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“This motel is very good for the price. It was quiet, clean, and comfortable.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Fair Wind Motel & Cottages
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Clayton
Bradford, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“This motel is very good for the price. It was quiet, clean, and comfortable.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2011

The cottages are down by the water but the motel rooms are at the top of a steep hill. The gazebo is a great place for drinks or relaxing with a great view of the seaway. We ordered pizza and ate dinner out there and then had coffee there the next morning. Nice, clean rooms, reasonable rates, clean swimming pool, ice is available and there is a large yard with lots of trees for shade. This place is pet-friendly and they provide free dock space and room to park your boat trailer. You would have to launch the boat somewhere else because the dock and water are down a steep stairway. The views are quite nice and our group of 7 plus baby spent a very comfortable time there.

Room Tip: Call ahead but we got ours about 1 week prior to arrival.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Elbridge, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2011

We stayed there this weekend. We showed up with no reservations. We took cabin #9 which is located near the water. The cabin was small and old but....very quaint for 2 adults. Large grassy area at every cabin, lawn chairs and a small propane grill at every picnic table. Each room has its own table. Very, very, clean inside with cable and internet. Bath room is small but has a good shower, sink and toilet. Large outside trash can on the side of the cabins. The smaller cabins have air conditioning. We did not have our boat but the docking looked to me to be able to hold probably (4) 18-20 foot runabouts. Most people though launched their boats and took them out at night with ample parking of the boats at their room. This is not the Holiday Inn but typical rustic adirondack style. We have paid much more for much worse in the past 30 years. Fathers day weekend cost us $65 a night. Animal and biker friendly. Very nice manager that spoke English and was very accomadating. The towels are a little on the small side but no problem getting extras.

Room Tip: Take a cabin for the views, space and parking.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank hdelectraglide
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Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2010

Recently stayed for an extended weekend and found accomodations very nice. It is more of a rustic cabin but was just what we were looking for in a vacation. It is located in a nice area away from tourists but close enough to find lots of activity in Alexandria Bay. The weather could have been better but was very happy with choice of accomodations.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank faith8159
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Lake Leelanau, Michigan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2010

We found this place online and since we have never been to the area, we took it. The room smelled moldy, the towels were postage stamp sized and were ripped and frayed. We stayed at a Motel 6 for 1/2 the price and was alot better. I would not recommend this place. I can understand now why they had so many available rooms.

Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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1000 Islands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2009

The location is fantastic, and the view is beautiful. Keeping in mind that we were in an older cottage we really expected things to be cleaner and more up to date than what we found. We were mislead to believe that we had a kitchen - we had a sink, a stove w/2 burners, no oven and a dorm sized fridge. Not possible to keep a weeks worth of food there.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank kane1025
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Brooklyn, New York
Level Contributor
47 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2009

This was our first trip to 1000 islands region - so, I have nothing to compare my stay to. That being said, the Fair Winds is not horrible, but you do get what you pay for. For $85 we had a motel room with 2 beds, a tv, fridge, and microwave. The pool was warm - and the views were amazing. We were disappointed by the picnic/bbq situation. There was 1 picnic table for the 12 rooms to share, and 1 gazebo which was monopolized by 1 person for the few days we were there. The BBQ's were a disgrace. The owners should be ashamed of themselves for even stating they have bbq's available. They were all rusty, and the unit brought to our room was filthy and filled with garbage which we were told to dump in the woods next to the rooms (??? ... what ). The grass was cut, but there were clippings everywhere. It didn't surprise us the gate wasn't moved to cut the lawn, so the lawn was long under the gate. Small stuff ... but, gives you the impression the person(s) maintaining are not giving it a 100%. All in all, if you need a place to rest your head - and plan on spending minimal time on the property. This might be the motel for you.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank HelenAKord
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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2009

It's only 10 miles out of Alex Bay to Clayton but much more scenic and without the noise and the crowds. Freshly painted yellow room with blue accents, nice and clean, with comfortable queen beds. Older, but much more charming and better-maintained than the standard fare in Alex Bay. And much cheaper, about $80. We couldn't believe we had paid $120 for a dump the previous night.

They have a heated outdoor pool, wifi and cable TV, and you can enjoy the view of the river from the front patio -- each room has its own set of Adirondacks. There's plenty of lawn for little ones to play and because it's a smaller motel there's hardly any traffic. Only a short walk and you're down at the water, where a dock awaits. The only thing we would add is a fire pit with some chairs to enjoy the beautiful evenings.

It's been under new management for the last four years . . . you can tell they love the property and care for it accordingly. We'll be back!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank K2Lee
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Property: Fair Wind Motel & Cottages
Address: 38201 NYS Rt. 12E, Clayton, NY 13624
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Region: United States > New York > Clayton
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Clayton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 26
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