I was spending a weekend in southwestern Ontario in August 2012 with a couple friends, and we ended up staying at this motel off Highway 401 just outside of Ridgetown. I didn't book the room, so I can't talk about the reservation experience, but I can say that this place was old and in need of major renovations. (It was kinda dumpy.)
When we first pulled in (around 8:30 on a Saturday evening), the parking lot looked pretty empty and you could tell very few people were staying here. When we walked in, the front desk attendant was not at the desk so we had to ring the bell to get him to emerge from his back office area. The check-in process was quick, but there was a misunderstanding about the key. This motel is one of those places where you can park right outside your door, but there's also an interior hallway you can walk through to get to the front desk, pool, breakfast area, and so on. With the front desk attendant's thick accent, I didn't understand him when he'd told us that the key would not work from the outside. So we had to go in the lobby and through the interior hallway to check into the room. Not a huge deal, but still, it would have been better if the key had worked from the outside.
When we walked into the room, we could tell it was old and not that great. There used to be an air conditioning unit on the wall, but they never repainted the wall after they removed the unit to match the rest of the paint. It looked really tacky. The carpet looked old, and the light bulbs on the wall above the nightstand did not work. The toilet and shower are in a separate room from the sink and counter space, but for some reason, the light switch in the toilet/shower room did not work. To turn on the light in there, you had to use the same switch for the outer part of the bathroom (counter/sink).
Another issue with the motel was that the pool and hot tub were closed. I don't know if they were cleaning or making repairs to it, but we could not use them. The free continental breakfast was a joke. All they had was cereal that looked stale, maybe a couple bagels, and juice. Not very appetizing at all. Instead, we ended up eating dinner at the separate restaurant that's attached to the motel.
The only redeeming quality of this motel was that the bed was fairly comfortable even though it was old. I didn't sleep very well, but that's probably just because I had a lot on my mind and didn't have anything to do with the comfort of the bed.
In general, we were not impressed. I would never stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ridgetown Inn Features:- Located just off the 401 just outside of a small agricultural town (Ridgetown) Ridgetown Inn is a simple Country Inn. Complimentary Continental Breakfast is inclued, high speed internet, heated indoor pool, indoor racquetball court, and more is on site. Close to Rondeau Provincial Park, OLG Slots and Erieau Beach- Microwave and Fridge in all rooms- Free Local and Long Distance Calls- Conveniently located off Hwy 401, Exit 109. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Ridgetown Hotel Ridgetown
- Econo Lodge Ridgetown
- Ridgetown Econo Lodge