My family and I decided to break the trip from Georgian Bay to Ottawa in Napanne and get a good-night sleep. Fortunately we happened upon the Fox Motor Court. This was after inquiring at the Royal Napanee Motel immediately north of the highway and finding them too pricey for a single night. Instead we turned south and went into Napanee and found the Fox Motor Court. This is an old-school motel offering good value ($89/night before taxes). The décor is dated to a few decades ago but the room was clean and offered two good queen sized beds, multi-channel cable TV, good internet access, coffee maker, and microwave. A very small fridge was in the room and interestingly placed out of harm’s way approximately 5 feet off the ground. The air-conditioning worked well although a trifle noisy. A complementary cereal, toast, coffee and tea breakfast is not spectacular but a nice touch. The family running the motel was helpful and cheerful, although the elderly relative running the breakfast has limited English. We did not stay long enough to test the small on-site pool, but it appeared to be well maintained.
This motel might not be to everyone’s taste, particularly if you are accustomed to the shiny tin and plastic of large budget chain motels, but if you are comfortable with retro chic (without being self-conscious of better retro), you might like the Fox Motor. In any case, you will get a good and inexpensive night’s sleep here (I recommend the back area of the motel away from the main road traffic.)
On a personal note, I wish there was a good, informal network of such value-for-money Mom and Pop motels around N. America as they would make family road trips more interesting, pleasant and affordable.
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