I stayed in a private hostel room which was vintage. The second floor bedroom had a window overlooking the harbor, adjoining private bath with an old fashioned deep bathtub with a hose to rinse off. Plenty of hot water, another window overlooking the field in back. The legs of my bed, because of sagging floors, were propped up to make it even. The room was clean enough, had thick towels, toiletries. The room had old fashioned character. Wonderful salty fresh air coming through the windows.
The staff, lobby and dining rooms were pleasant. The porch of the hotel which runs along the front was sagging but had comfortable adirondack chairs. The 1871 building was worn by weather, on a hill overlooking the harbor. You could purchase dinner or breakfast. Plain home cooking. A Road Scholar group was staying there studying birds. They booked all the dorm room beds. Other guests were staying in the regular hotel rooms.
I loved visiting Grand Manan and would stay at the hostel again. This island is easily reached by a reasonably priced ferry which has a good cafeteria. It is a windswept island with high bluffs, interesting geography and history. Nice atmosphere to totally relax. I loved being there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Marathon Inn is everything you would expect of a hotel originally built over a century ago by a retired sea captain. The Inn has been well maintained over the years and has recently been refurbished. It still retains the charm and leisurely living of another age. Antiques and period decor complement the mood. You will be welcomed and served with gracious hospitality during your stay. The rooms are sun-clean and inviting with private bath. Many of them overlook the harbour. We offer a licensed bar and there is also a solar-heated swimming pool. We now offer High Speed wireless Internet Access. Marathon Inn is Grand Manan Island's Elderhostel/Road Scholar destination. At the Marathon Inn, your comfort and enjoyment is our first concern and your vacation on this enchanting island in Atlantic Canada will long leave fond memories with you. ... more less
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