Mackenzie's Motel and Cottages

Mackenzie's Motel and Cottages

260 Water Street, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0 Canada
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The King bed in our suite
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Super heated pool and area
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4.5
#1 of 2 motels in Shelburne
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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MacKenzie's has been family-owned for decades and offers the best of Nova Scotia's intimate cottages, affordable motel and luxury suites in a park-like, brook-side setting in a great location in the centre of town... something for every taste and budget! Free breakfast and wireless internet is included in all rooms.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Telephone
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Refrigerator
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming

Location

260 Water Street, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0 Canada
Getting there
Car recommended
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Bharmonband wrote a review Aug 2023
Salem, Indiana
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our cottage was well kept and well supplied for our visit. It was clean and orderly. The weather wasn’t nice enough to enjoy the deck, but it was pondside and a lovely little propane grill was provided.
The beds were comfortable and the linens were clean. Towels could have been thicker and more were needed - there were three of us. Small bars of soap and shampoo and conditioner satisfied our toiletry needs.
The shower was large and there was plenty of hot water. Water pressure was certainly adequate. The kitchenette had a coffeemaker that produced life-giving fluid for all three of us. There were appliances- fridge, microwave, stove, etc. an air conditioner kept us cool and dry for a comfortable nights sleep.
Overall, a quaint way to spend one night in Shelburne.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Linda4950 wrote a review Aug 2014
Waterloo, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is not a fancy Victorian house spa hotel. It is not a resort. It is not a chain hotel with predictable appointments. This is a family-run motel which offers three types of accommodation: motel room, a couple of suites in the main building, or cottages. We stayed in a suite and were very comfortable. There was a large comfy bed, two arm chairs, a fireplace (which we didn't need), and a basic bathroom. The room was not large (not sure what made it a "suite"), but it was big enough for the two of us. We also enjoyed having a door to the outside with a little patio, bbq, and table and chairs. This was right beside the pool, so it wasn't private, but there was no trouble with noise or horrid people. In fact, both the people who run the place and the people who stay there are really nice. Friendly without being intrusive. The breakfast was also good with fresh coffee and home baked goods.

If the word "motel" makes you run screaming, STOP! This place offers old-fashioned value and hospitality. It is located a 15 -20 minute walk from all of the quaint places that Shelburne has to offer. We liked the walk to and from dinner, which helped us digest the excellent meals we ate.
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Date of stay: August 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Winfield06 wrote a review Jan 2018
Claresholm, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked this hotel online as the rooms looked comfortable and clean and included breakfast. We had a great sleep and a wonderful full breakfast in the morning. Would recommend this hotel to anyone. Thanks
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Date of stay: November 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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William R wrote a review Jul 2022
Suffolk
1.0 of 5 bubbles
When you arrive, the first thing you do is go to the office, which is locked. You need to either ring a door bell, or call a cell phone, with an area code from British Columbia. Then you get to look around and see all around the door to the office and look at dead bugs, spider webs, mold and dirt all around the door area. Nasty. If they let things go so bad around the first thing you see, doesn't give you much hope for the inside of the rooms your going to rent. We had a king bed room with a shower, in the motel unit section. I believe they have been recently renovated. When my wife took her shoes off and put her bare feet on the floor, she could tell instantly that the floor was not very clean. We stayed 9 nights. We used the same bedding for 9 nights. We did take towels to them every 2 or 3 days to get clean ones. We paid full price and it wasn't that clean to begin with and they never attempted to clean anything in 9 days. They were not always easy to find, and they told me when I checked out that I had to request them to do anything. I felt I had saved them a lot of time and money and should have been given some kind of discount, but they said no. The room itself was ok. Not any charm and was not very comfortable. They did have a little desk area, and a strait chair. It was the only chair and there was no place to put a suitcase, so we used the table. The only light was in the ceiling, no table lamps. There was no place to plug in a charger. They claim to have WyFi, but the code we were given would not work. There are a few positive things to say. The king size bed was comfortable and the pillows were nice too. They had a large TV and it did have a large number of channels available. The shower was also new and nice, however, it leaked on the floor a little and the exhaust fan in the bathroom did not work. There was a nice mirror over the sink which looked nice and had a light around the boarder, however women are going to be upset when they try to put make up on or do their hair as it is too dark. I am not sure the people running the place really know what they are doing, or even care. The only other motel in town is the Wildwood. They own that too. There are a few other choices in town for either a room or cabin. I would check them out. Shelburne is a nice town, and they deserve better.
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: look for somewhere else!
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AmeePH wrote a review Sep 2023
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 1 night and it was adequate for a place to sleep. The room size was on a smaller size since we had a king-size bed and they could not position a night table on the other side of the bed because there wasn't enough space. Our luggage sat on top of the night tables because there was no space to park them.

The sheets were clean, as well as the shower, which looked updated. In that tiny room, there was a fridge, coffeemaker and microwave. However, we had to go to the office to ask for coffee and an extra pillow.

I found an empty water bottle behind the night stand, which speaks of the quality of work of their housekeeping.
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Date of stay: September 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LeeAnn K wrote a review Jul 2022
Cairo, Egypt
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Unfortunately you won’t find any NS hospitality here. The girl at the desk was rude, unfriendly, and not one bit helpful. We were in town for the marathon and when we asked about the complimentary breakfast, we were told it was a ‘grab and go’ that included a juice, an apple, and a granola bar. This grab and go had to be picked up between 7 and 8 am only and they would not allow us to pick it up earlier. The person at the desk was cold and I could not even have a conversation with her. We were really disappointed by how we were treated and spoken to and will never return. The rooms are not worth the money. Very disappointed overall.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kathleen B wrote a review Sep 2023
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Our recent stay was terrible. The rooms were filthy and smelled musty. The sheets had not been changed and the bedding smelled of severe body odour. Sheets had stains, dead bugs, and hair (including pubic). The towels were also stained. The floor was covered with a grit. When we went to get new sheets from reception, a staff member was laying on a couch barefoot. Please save your money and don’t stay here.
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Date of stay: September 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Bring your own sheets.
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Basil H wrote a review Aug 2023
Sydney, Canada
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Small cottage, I could live with that. The couch looked like something that a bunch of college kids would drag in from the garbage dump. The floors were gritty with dirt, spider webs around, the worst part was the mould in the bathroom. Mould on the shower curtain, mould half way up the wall under the sink.
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Date of stay: August 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Go somewhere else
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Lor M wrote a review Jul 4
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The bad: Moldy nightstands. Cobwebs and dirt in every corner. Sticky/dirty floor. Dried up food pieces were in kitchen cabinets. Baseboards were dirty. Dirty stove hood & controls.
The good: the refrigerator, stovetop, shower, sinks, sheets & toilet appear clean. Quiet area, I felt safe there.
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Date of stay: June 2024
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Moldy nightstand. Dirty floor & baseboards Dried food pieces in cabinet drawers. Dirty stove hood...
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Cindy G wrote a review Jun 2020
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We were disappointed in the cleanliness. Especially after covid 19 crisis. We found someone's tshirt and random pistachios under the sofa when we hit the recline button. Dozens of large ants all over the area rug. My daughter woke up with a tick in her back we had to remove. We stayed 2 nights and no one came to tidy up or change out towels. For the price we paid we could have stayed at a nice hotel. Definitely wont be going back.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lor M wrote a tip Jul 4
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Moldy nightstand. Dirty floor & baseboards Dried food pieces in cabinet drawers. Dirty stove hood & controls. Cobwebs. "
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Kathleen B wrote a tip Sep 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your own sheets. "
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Basil H wrote a tip Aug 2023
Sydney, Canada1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go somewhere else"
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William R wrote a tip Jul 2022
Suffolk3 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"look for somewhere else!"
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Cherry H wrote a tip Sep 2018
Hubbards, Canada49 contributions19 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"ask to see it first before you hand over your visa.."
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PRICE RANGE
C$138 - C$149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
mackenzies hotel shelburne
LOCATION
CanadaNova ScotiaSouthwest Nova ScotiaShelburne
NUMBER OF ROOMS
15
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mackenzie's Motel and Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Mackenzie's Motel and Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Black Loyalist Heritage Centre (5.3 km), Dory Shop Museum (1.3 km), and Shelburne's Museums By The Sea (1.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Mackenzie's Motel and Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Mackenzie's Motel and Cottages?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Mackenzie's Motel and Cottages?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Mackenzie's Motel and Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mackenzie's Motel and Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Charlotte Lane, The Ship's Galley Pub and Eatery, and The Beandock.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mackenzie's Motel and Cottages?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Mackenzie's Motel and Cottages?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Black Loyalist Heritage Centre (5.3 km).
Is Mackenzie's Motel and Cottages accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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