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“Ok for a night's sleep, but absolutely charmless”
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Bears Cove Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Witless Bay
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Echo DavidhBerkshire's review below. Comfy beds, but totally out of the way, nothing happening, the pub recommended for dinner was tragic (and apparently the only thing within driving distance - might have been a factor that the chap who served us breakfast was the same guy who served up in the pub), hot water didn't work in the shower. Breakfast was ok. No options, but the pancakes were good. Overall, you can sleep here no problem, it is perfectly clean and the beds are comfortable, but as a foreign tourist in Newfoundland I expected a bit more warmth and genuine hospitality rather than a soulless boring night on a dead end to nowhere.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

We had a pleasant night's stay here.
The building is very pleasant and appears to be well kept although I did struggle with getting hot water in the bathroom in the morning. The rooms are comfortable.
The location is handy for a number of the tourist boat trips that run nearby, but eating in the evening is another matter. I think that because of this I might struggle if I was to stay more than 2 or 3 nights. Although the local bar was good, it has a limited menu.
The staff were good.
Breakfast is not a matter of options but is pleasant enough.

On the whole, I rather liked this place

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

Don't be fooled with the ocean view, It;s still far in the distance behind Telephonepoles. There is absolutly nothing to do in de near surroundings, so have to drive a long way to find a decent restaurant. There a lot better options in this area

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

I stayed here in July 2013 and had a very pleasant stay. The rooms are very clean and a fridge is available for guests to use. Tammy who helps the owner is a fantastic help and nothing is too much trouble. Breakfast time was different, as you are served but not offered a choice - however, I did not find this a problem. Although this is a B & B, evening meals being available, may be an area worth considering. Definitely, would stay here again!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

We recently stayed at the Bears Cove Inn for 4 nights. The Inn is spotlessly clean and the staff was fantastic. The staff made every effort to make sure your stay was pleasant, often offering advice on what to see and do in the area. Although not directly located on the sea, you can walk to the beach in 2 minutes. It's a short drive to St. John's. I highly recommend the Bears Cove Inn!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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linda1515, Owner at Bears Cove Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2013

Thank you for the review. Glad you enjoyed your slay. We enjoyed having you.
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

A good, clean, modern and comfortable place to stay outside of St John's. We stayed here as part of a trip around the Irish Loop, and it made a good stopping point for a trip to see the whales at the ecological reserve. Comfortable rooms, good wifi, good recommendation for where to eat dinner, and a tasty breakfast.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

In the last two decades, we think we've stayed at maybe 100-150 B&B s in North America. Disappointingly, this one falls comfortably into the bottom half dozen of these. When we arrived at 4.45 there was no-one there. A local lady hired by the owner- who apparently lives a half hour away-turned up after 15 minutes . And this is the root of the issue we had with this place. In our experience the worth of a B&B is in no small measure down to the part played by the owners in giving guests a good time. It's meant to be a more personal experience. The first time we laid eyes on this lady was the morning we checked out. Then our room wasn't serviced at all after our first night; the no choice breakfast ( no "how would you like your eggs" or " white wheat or brown toast"). You just get what you're given with no prior warning. There is no staff member on site at all the vast majority of the time. Its like renting an apartment.

We'd been looking forward to a pretty luxurious room close enough to the ocean to "close our eyes and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the waves roaring to shore and crashing on the pebbled beach from your private deck." as the website says Reality is that the sea view is little more than a glimpse, hundreds of feet away across other properties and unless there's a big storm the sea is too far away to hear anything. I wanted what I'd read on the website and that isn't anywhere close to what I got.

The place is for sale as the placard announces as you pull into the drive. Probably just as well. Everything that happens-or doesn't happen-here is there so that the owner can operate the business without too much involvement or expense and frankly it just doesn't work. Value is poor because you're not getting any owner input to your time here, a breakfast of someone else's choosing and a room and bathroom that was pretty small( I can exemplify by saying that the toilet roll was fixed to the wall on the opposite side of the bathroom and I could still reach it easily!).

I wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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linda1515, Owner at Bears Cove Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2013

Sorry we did not meet your expectations. We make every effort to please our guests.

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Additional Information about Bears Cove Inn

Address: 15 Bears Cove Road, Witless Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador A0A 1C0, Canada
Region: Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador > Newfoundland > Witless Bay
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Witless Bay
Price Range: £71 - £74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bears Cove Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the picturesque community of Witless Bay on Route 10, Irish Loop Drive, our cozy, 3-1/2 star inn is pleased to offer you, beautifully furnished rooms complete with en-suites and private decks. Here you can gaze at the Atlantic Ocean - maybe catch a glimpse of a whale's tail as they play in the bay, or watch the colorful Atlantic Puffins dive for caplin. Close your eyes and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the waves roaring to shore and crashing on the pebbled beach from your private deck. Bears Cove Inn is on the East Coast Trail overlooking the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and only minutes away from many other attractions, including boat tours, skidoo trails, fishing and hunting area. ... more   less 
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