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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Somass Motel & RV

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Somass Motel & RV
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Port Alberni
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“Old and New”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2009

The units are older duplex cottage buildings. Yet they have modern conveniences including kithcen facilities, AC unit, cable tv and excellent wi-fi signal. The owners are friendly, attentive and efficient. Port Alberni is a saw mill and lumbering town. Two late afternoons in a row we went to the nearby small boardwalk and spotted black bear. They come out of the woods on the far side of the tidal "river" and look for salmon to eat. Best if you can be there at low tide. This is popular with locals and tourists alike. Good place to capture the heart of Vancouver Island. Came out of Wal*Mart one night and spotted several deer in the parking lot!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Chaplin Sask
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2009

We stayed at the RV park at the motel and the service we got was top notch, The owners were very friendly and helpful and the grounds were clean. thank you for a great stay....

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Devonport, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2008

We stayed at Somass Motel for 2 nights late October 2007.

Whilst initially not sure what to expect, we were certainly pleasantly surprised at what we got from the moment we arrived and checked in. The receptionist was super friendly and willing to offer advice of the local area. Our motel room was at the rear of the property and whilst looking neat and tidy was nothing spectacular. Inside, our room was beautifully presented, fresh and very clean. The decor and colors was very pleasant and the room was very comfortable. Certainly a warm place to return to after a day of exploring Vancouver Island.

We had a standard double room and the rate was extremely good value ($70). The room had a microwave and fridge and the free wireless internet was a bonus. Downtown Alberni is only s short walk away and the Motel is situated across from the river.

All in all, if we were ever passing through this way again, we'd definetely stay at Somass.

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  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2008

We recently spent 1 night at the Somass. After a long day of travel we arrived at property. It was exactly what we needed: a nice, clean room at a reasonable price.

It is a small motel. Our room was at the back of the property. Road noise was not an issue. Town is within walking distance.

  • Stayed July 2008
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Wiltshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2008

We stayed here for three nights in June. We were a bit anxious as the Canada Select rating was only 2.5 stars, but our fears were dispelled on arrival as we were made most welcome and our motel unit was excellent..well above average for a motel. The owners have obviously taken great care and invested money in the decor of the rooms and the only reason it doesn't rate more stars is that they don't provide breakfast. However, there are plenty of eating places nearby. The free internet service was much appreciated too.

This place is a good place to stay to explore the Pacific Rim N.P. which is a very scenic 90 minute drive away (watch the bends!).
There's not a lot to do in Port Alberni and we were very surprised to find their major tourist attraction, the Mclean heritage steam mill closed on weekdays in June!!. If this place wants to be on the tourist map, I'd suggest that they open the place up in the summer...along with the steam train service.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2008

My daughters ball team stayed here for a tournament weekend. They are small row cottages that are extremely well kept. It's a family run business and they really care about the property. The inside of the rooms were immaculate... clean and bright and quite spacious with everything you need. We had 2 double beds, a tv, area for tea/coffee, a fridge and the sink was separate from the toilet and bathtub shower. I was very pleasantly surprised. The owners were very accommodating. The other nice feature was being able to drive right upto your door. It made unloading all the ballbags and luggage etc. must easier. There is an area for tents or RV's too so it enables the team to mix up the accommodation and stay together.

The pool had been drained, I didn't ask why because we didn't have any time to use it anyway. They do have a great gas BBQ if you would like to cook up a meal.

We would stay there again. It was great value for the $85 a night.

  • Liked — Clean and good value
  • Disliked — Pool was drained
  • Stayed June 2008
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2007

It is very hard to find a place to stay in Vancouver Island on weekends during summer, but Somass Motel was so clean, cozy and affordable.

The lady at the motel was very helpful for us to find a place to eat after 8pm and she gave us many recommendations for things to do on the way to Victoria too.

The room was small but clean and cozy. The shower was great too.

  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Somass Motel & RV
Address: 5279 River Rd, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 6Z3, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Port Alberni
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Port Alberni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Somass Motel & RV 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our Cottage Style Motel located in the heartland of Vancouver Island's Pacific Rim region. Our central location makes us the perfect base for daytrips throughout the area. Cruise the Alberni Inlet on the MV Lady Rose, ride the summer steam train out to McLean Mill National Historic Site. Our well appointed and air conditioned rooms include 1 and 2 bedroom fully equipped kitchen suites as well as standard rooms with fridge & microwave. ... more   less 
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