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St. Andrews Motor Inn
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Saint Andrews
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Winter getaway”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

The accommodations were quite fine and clean. Great view, and a nice walk through town if you wish. Affiliated with the Kennedy Inn, which has great food. It was quiet when we were there and staff gave us good advice on a room at time of booking.

Room Tip: Ocean side is great.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 9 October 2013 via mobile

Moldy smelling, tv didn't work, could hear people walking upstairs, and no elevator. The town is quaint but this place wasn't very accommodating with all the problems listed above. Balcony view of bay was nice .. Didn't even have phone in the room and continental breakfast was a donut.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Toronto
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2013 via mobile

Loved the view.

Loved the walkout.

Room was big..... but size isn't everything. ...

For the price it was not worth it. We were on the bottom level and heard everyone who went up or down the stairs.

Clean enough. Needs updating.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Chevy Chase, MD
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Leaving Nova Scotia on our way to the coast of Maine, we ventured into St. Andrews By-the-Sea, a small pleasure boat, kayaking and fishing port upstream from the Bay of Fundy. We turned onto Water Street, the main business and tourism strip, passed restaurants and shops, whale-sighting boats at the wharf, and 18th century flower-bedecked homes. Seduced by the sights, we needed a bed. We came upon the three-story St. Andrews Motor Inn at 111 Water. In the style known as Highway Bland, with a grayish-white clapboard façade and glue-on black shutters, it had little up front to say for itself.
But we discovered that in the right room, at the right times of day, in the right season, this unassuming lodge comes with an amenity of thrilling, even magical power that not one in a thousand hotels can match. Our room opened upon an unobstructed, front-row view of one of world’s great natural wonders, the tides of Canada’s Bay of Fundy. This place could be a tent, but for its view upon a tidal sea that rises and recedes more than anywhere else on earth, thirty, forty, even fifty-five feet twice a day, we give it five golden stars.
As we approached the inn, the gentle lady at the counter said they had rooms available and showed us around. All had glass doors and windows facing patios and balconies overlooking the harbor and Passamaquoddy Bay, which flows into the Bay of Fundy. The rooms varied somewhat in feel, size and furnishings. First floor rooms, near an indoor swimming pool, felt a bit dank and dreary. But among the rooms on the second and third floors are six bigger ones with balconies that poke three or four feet beyond the others toward the sea and seem cantilevered above it.
Our guide opened the door to No. 307, which she called a king suite. “Suite” in motel-speak may be no more than a king-bedded room with room for a coffee table and couch. But I paced off No. 307. It came to 825 square feet--deep enough to bowl in. A reviewer here called the décor of these rooms mired in the 1980s. They are indeed shamelessly pre-Martha Stewart. But I’d call their design brazenly Retro 60s and mired in authenticity.
For $250 a night, taxes included, this room had: A firm four-poster king bed (albeit piled with pointless pillows), a couch with a coffee table stacked with current issues of regional magazines, a big flat screen TV, a dining table for four, a three-burner stove and a microwave, a dishwasher, a toaster, a coffee maker, enough glassware and china and pans for a family of six and soap to wash it with. (And they’ll dock your bill if you don’t.). Our room had air conditioning, an uncommon convenience in St. Andrews.
For plumbing, the room provided one space for the bath, shower and toilet, and another for the vanity, both separated by a door. The management acknowledges that the pipes might act up: Next to the toilet, it posts a notice advising guests to turn off the inlet valve in the event of a flood. The vanity wouldn’t accommodate two toilet kits, but the separate spaces made an efficient arrangement so couples don’t have to take turns.
I’ve got some complaints. There’s no fitness center. Parking, though free, is tight for late arrivals. Public spaces, including the lobby, are too small for more than a two or threefew guests to gather, so there’s no room to serve breakfast. The inn does make an effort, however perfunctory. The store will give you a coupon for a ten-percent discount for breakfast at a co-owned hotel. And across from the check-in counter, they also set up a little table with coffee and donuts. We thought they could have sprung for a little more fare, like muffins, hard-boiled boiled eggs and croissants and Danish.
But it’s that balcony of No. 307, with two Adirondack chairs and a table for binoculars and wine, that dwarfs our quibbles. We took our seats after checking in in early afternoon to watch the sea drifting away and leaving islands of Goliathian rocks. We returned later, at low tide, to see boats still afloat at their deep-harbor moorings and the beach, or sea bottom, stretching over hundreds of mud. The rocks, no longer islands, looked bigger than automobiles.
At some peril, we climbed down a rocky shoreline and out onto the mud. There, on the surface, every couple of inches, we came upon the bubbling holes of grayish white clams buried just below the surface. As we walked, four pickup trucks rolled out in front of us, a quarter mile or so out. Grizzled men in heavy rubber boots brought buckets and claw-like rakes to dig. Each collected a clam or two a minute. They advised us to leave that work to them because you need a license to dig, and the clams are often contaminated. The men bring their clams to a truck on shore to be sterilized.
Most hotels take your credit card, assign you a room, and that’s pretty much it. The St. Andrews Motor Inn does more. It makes your stay an adventure.

Room Tip: For the view and great space, get Room No. 307
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, ON
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2013

We had a queen suite overlooking the harbour, which was awesome! The room was clean, staff was friendly, and the hotel is very well situated in the middle of town. I, however, like a dark room to sleep. Get this- the living room had black-out curtains and all the bedroom had was a dinky old see-through curtain from the 80s. There was a porch light located right outside that window so all night long that bright orange light shone into our faces and when the sun came up in the morning it was blinding. I was less than pleased because I ended up having a terrible sleep as a result. It also sucks having to lug your bags up to the second floor (no elevators), but the views were worth it!

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newmarket, New Hampshire
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53 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2013

I stayed here with my husband and daughter en route to PEI. We thought it was totally fine. Yes, the locks are a little flimsy (slide lock) but we are not paranoid and feel pretty comfortable in a capacity filled hotel. It was a little dated and did smell a bit musty when we checked in but we turned on the AC and it cleared up the air fine. The hotel is directly on the water and we stayed on the lower level floor which had a balcony that went straight out to the water with amazing views. Bonus for smokers (I am not one!) there is a balcony on what appears to be every room.
Location is fabulous as it is in walking distance to the cute downtown area and a great restaurant (the Gables) where we ate dinner.

Melanie and the rest of the staff were great. The pool area was nice (we didn't have a chance to use it but it seemed pretty popular so it can't be too bad!). The owners also own the Kennedy Inn and offer a 10% off coupon. We ate there for breakfast and although the presentation of the food was not great it was surprisingly delicious!

Also - each room had a fridge which is a bonus when traveling with a young child.

Room Tip: We liked our room - it was the last room on the hall next to the suite.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2013

My wife and I were in St. Andrews to go whale watching and thought that staying here would be a good thing - I guess when they took my reservation by phone only, that should have been my first clue. I haven't filled in a hotel registration card since the dawn of computers.

I was promptly handed two physical room keys - no electronic door locks here. Each was labeled with the room number so someone finding the key would have no problem using it on the room. I addition to that, the keys were not even copied protected - they were simply Weiser-like keys that you can have duplicated at any Home Depot.

Upon arriving at the room, I realized that instead of a proper heavy wooden, or steel door like most hotels, it was simply a lightweight luaun circa-70's entry door which wouldn't stop a charging chihuahua. Inside the room, wasn't much better. The door's deadbolt was nothing more than a sliding deadbolt that you'd lock the backyard gate with - really??? Who are they trying to kid?

The building is made of wooden joists and floors, so walking around the rooms makes for a squeaky night's sleep. The door leading to the balcony is a steel door, but it too has only a small sliding deadbolt so I imagine if anybody wanted to break in, it wouldn't be difficult.

One item that you should be aware of if you stay, is that by using the key on your room door, depending on the direction you turn the key, there is a 50% chance that your door is now unlocked. As we were leaving to go to dinner, the doorknob was not locked when I closed the door. These door locksets are not hotel grade locks - they are what you'd buy at Home Depot.

When you get to the hotel, you will be given a 10% coupon for the Kennedy Inn restaurant up Water Street. We ate there for a supper and a breakfast and both meals were great. The two establishments share the same owner.

The bathroom wasn't the best. The sink is outside of the bathroom and the toilet and bath/shower are in a small room by themselves. This is not a problem, but since the bathtub shower enclosure were recently replaced, I'm not sure why they didn't simply renovate the whole bathroom. The space between the tub and the wall where the toilet is is little more than an airplane washroom's.

The room is very old and dated including wicker chairs which were less than comfortable. The ceiling in the room is a tile drop-ceiling (who knows what that was covering) and the smoke detector in the room was so old, I was concerned whether it would work or not in an emergency.

I wouldn't recommend this hotel - it's just too old and lacked the minimum amenities that a $180 hotel should have.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: St. Andrews Motor Inn
Address: 111 Water St, Saint Andrews, New Brunswick E5B 1A3, Canada
Region: Canada > New Brunswick > Saint Andrews
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Saint Andrews
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — St. Andrews Motor Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 33
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