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Harbourview B&B and Motel
Sussex UK
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“Fantastic motel, in a great location for Cape Breton Island”
Reviewed 13 June 2011

Spent 3 days here, a really friendly family run motel/B+B, great value and wonderful service. we stayed in the motel rooms, all newly refurbed. Great hosts, a really good home cooked breakfast. Location by the harbour, a railway nearby, but just more fun as the infrequent trains pass. Near enough to the town to use the restaurants and shops, particularly if you have a car.

Free wi-fi, a little slow, but fine for email , surfing etc.

Highly recommended, with a very competitive price for this region.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
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Reviewed 12 October 2010

We had a very nice overnight stay in one of their motel rooms. Pros: Very clean, comfortable bed, some water views, great breakfast and warm hosts (the Spencers) in lovely old home on the water. Cons: small kitchenette but not stocked with any cups, utensils, etc. Railroad runs behind this location but we did not hear a train until 9 AM. A very good value for a quick stay on Cape Breton.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Oldenburg, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2010

located only steps from the operational wharf. Good for people how like the maritime atmosphere and looking at boats / ships. Quiet during nite time. 6 Motel units and a few B&B-rooms in an historic house. Breakfast was for ALL (B&B + Motel) in a large dining room. Tenant always brought new food / tea / coffee. Friedly staff & conversations with other guests.
Seperat guest laundry ($2 each washing/drying). Motel units include kitchenette (sink, Microwave, fridge), no cutlery / plates / glases though!
Few blocks to walk into uptown, nice uphill stroll.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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globeseeker007
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Reviewed 19 July 2010

We stayed here for one night on our way from North Sydney to PEI. The place is sort of a Victorian type home and is located in a pleasant neighborhood with a view of the harbor. We stayed in one of the upstairs rooms with the bathroom being accessible from the hallway and not from our room. The place has wifi and the owners are charming hosts. Our room was comfortable and very clean and neat. The only problem we encountered was with the showerhead. It couldn't be adjusted and was at an uncomfortable angle. However, everything else was fine. The breakfast consisted of bacon, eggs, toast, biscuits, cereal, juice, coffee, and cookies and was very good.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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MA
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Reviewed 15 February 2010

The Harbourview is a nice, quiet old house. (There's a motel part too, but we stayed in the Bed & Breakfast proper.) Beautifully maintained and furnished. It's like staying in someone's home (someone who maintains a nice house!). The bedroom we stayed in was on the 2nd floor and wasn't especially private - the bathroom wasn't shared, but was just outside in the hall, for instance, but that didn't seem to be a bother. The floors are old and sqeaky, as you'd expect in a place like this.

The propietors were gracious hosts. At the breakfast in the morning - which was delicious - they chatted with us without seeming pushy and were helpful when we inquired about some needed car repairs (we had a problem with a tire).

The view from the hotel is nice - it really is a harbor view! Also, Port Hawkesbury is right at the start of Cape Breton so is convenient both to the rest of the island and also to mainland Nova Scotia.

It's a Bed and Breakfast, so it isn't a particularly amenity filled place. But if that's what you're looking for, you'll enjoy it.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 10 September 2009

On a long planned Labor Day week end trip to Nova Scotia, we contacted the Harbourview B & B and Motel in Port Hawkesbury on Breton Island based on the TripAdvisor reviews. TA enthused further that for $54/ night we would have quite a wonderful place to stay and eat. Calling over a day early on our own dime (no toll free offered), a woman affirmed an opening but denied that Harbourview ever had a $54 room rate. After taxes, we were quoted just under $100 (Canadian) for lodging the next evening. We agreed and dutifully provided our credit car number and cell phone. “Call if you are to be here after 10PM,” she said. Arriving at 7:45PM the next evening, over two hours early, we were bushed from 10 hours of travel by car and most eager for some rest. “We have a problem here as your credit card number did not register,” said the lady, implying that I was somehow trying to cheat; I pulled out the VISA card and, sure enough, she had written down one number incorrectly and had given our evening’s abode to someone else! No call to us, no ownership of a mistake and absolutely no apology. On her suggestion, we went to the Gagnon House for the night and were pleased. Harbourview, that’s no way to treat a customer anywhere; shame on the woman manager!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Vaughan, Canada
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Reviewed 11 July 2009

My son, wife and I stayed one night in one of the motel units. The property is located by the Strait of Canso. The room was clean and just enough for 3 adults. We arrived in late afternoon when one of the guests dressed in Scottish costumes playing windpipe on the large deck facing the water with a nice sunset. Luckily we did hear any train at night. Breakfast was average. In my view, it is still a bit pricey considering the living cost in the area. We paid almost $100 for the night, on par with a chain hotel in a large city.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Harbourview B&B and Motel
Address: 209 Granville St, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia B9A 2G4, Canada
Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Port Hawkesbury
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Port Hawkesbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Bed & Breakfast is a restored Provincial Heritage Property that was built in 1880 for Ferry Captain James Embree. The property is located on the water with a large enclosed patio overlooking the Strait of Canso and conveniently located next to the yacht club/marina, boardwalk, and Granville Green which offers free outdoor concerts on Sunday evenings in July and August. This is a great home base for your Cape Breton vacation featuring the legendary Cabot Trail, Fortress of Louisbourg, Alexander Graham Bell Museum & other attractions. The B&B main house accommodations include 2 guest rooms: one with a queen-size bed, private bath, satellite television, and air conditioning; and one with 2 double beds, private bath and air conditioning. Our motel accommodations include air conditioned guest units with queen size beds, (some also have a double size sofabed), a 4 piece bath, satellite television, fridge, and microwave. Breakfast is included with all rooms and all of our rooms are non-smoking. We offer free off street parking, free wireless internet access and coin operated guest laundry facilities. Sorry no pets are allowed. Visa, Mastercard, Direct Debit and cash are accepted. ... more   less 
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