Best Western , North Bay - Not.....
Best Western -North Bay - Not........
We stayed at the Best Western, North Bay for two nights in August 2016, visiting family.
Air Miles Canada gives a choice of Best Western or Hamptons where we usually stay.
Hamptons wasn't available on this trip on my points.
New motels/hotels are normally a better choice than "old" motels.
Best Western is an old motel, I believe about 40 years or older ( 2 floors, no elevator) We were on the first floor, so that didn't matter.
I'll give you the good news first:
We were greeted very well at the front desk by Sarah.
There is plenty of parking (free). The motel is located on the main street through the West Ferris
section of North Bay. Matter of fact Lakeshore Drive is the main artery through the Ferris area
which runs by Lake Nipissing.
There is a large indoor pool, which we inspected and it appeared clean and bright. We didn't swim.
You get spoiled when you have a pool back home in your back yard.
There is an on site restaurant we didn't eat at either. We had a supper there a number of years ago and it
was quite good.
Best Western North Bay advertises itself as the only full service motel/resort with restaurant and conference centre,
and there were two weddings there when we stayed.
It is within a few minutes drive of two large public beaches at Sunset Park and Champlain Park at the end of Premier Rd.
There is a very small public beach access across the road.
Nipissing University and Canadore College and the main hospital are about a 20 minute drive. (Hampton Inn is much closer,
as are some other motels/hotels).
The beds were extremely comfortable. Our room and bathroom were updated and we had a flat screen TV and fridge.
The room appeared fairly clean.
Heres the bad news:
1. Probably because of the onsite restaurant, you don't get a free breakfast. Yes there is coffee but only until 5 pm, an to be honest,
it didn't taste good at all. I just use milk in coffee without sweeteners, so I can appraise coffee pretty quickly.
No free paper either that I could see. (I picked up breakfast take out at Tim Hortons about 5 minutes drive up the road).
2. Our inside lock did not work, and the extra security lever had had its two screws pushed out, and screwed back in closer to the door
edge, so it didn't work either. I advised the front desk. This wasn't something new but either no one else complained or it never got fixed.
3. Although the beds were comfortable, the comfortable was placed between two bed sheets, instead of the one duvet type set which
Hamptons used and swears it is washed every time.
4. The towel rack in the bathroom was screwed in over the toilet right beside the tub, so when I attempted to adjust the water in the shower
I managed to bump my head twice (didn't hurt since I moved slow!) when I straightened. Obvious design problem.
5. Although the motel advertises it was renovated, we noticed the wall paper circa 1980s was not replaced and really dated the unit. The lamps
appeared to be original or fairly old, and if the furniture was new, it had the 1980s design again. The carpet was newer, but again, very dated
looking and it didn't really spruce up the unit.
6. The points with Air Miles seemed to be about the same number as a much nicer, much newer Hamptons. I checked the price difference on
the interned and it looked like perhaps a $10 lower price/night at Best Western over Hamptons. But so much nicer at Hamptons, with free
breakfast, coffee and tea all day long, free fruit and cookies during the day. No I'm not a Hampton employee either. Just that New is New, and Old
is not and breakfasts being free especially for a family including a nicer motel/hotel is a big plus.
Hope this will help in your decisions. less