The White Fox Inn

The White Fox Inn

1345 Mountain Rd, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7J 1C3 Canada
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If you’re looking for an inn in Thunder Bay, look no further than The White Fox Inn.

Fort William Historical Park (3.4 km), located nearby, makes The White Fox Inn a great place to stay for those interested in visiting this popular Thunder Bay landmark.

Rooms at The White Fox Hotel provide air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with wifi.

In addition, while staying at The White Fox Inn guests have access to room service. You can also enjoy a restaurant. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at The White Fox Inn.

While you’re here, be sure to check out ROBINS on HWY 61, one of the Italian restaurants that can be found in Thunder Bay, which is a short distance from The White Fox Hotel.

Looking to explore? Then look no further than Belluz Farms (1.8 km), which is a popular Thunder Bay attraction – and it is conveniently located within walking distance of the inn.

The staff at The White Fox Inn looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

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chrisCrunchy wrote a review Oct 2011
Winnipeg
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Please see the photos that I have included with this review.

This stately inn is situated on a quiet road away from the main part of the city. It offers free on-site parking, as well as complimentary breakfast which you schedule the night before.

We stayed in the Valembray East room which was cozy, if not a little cramped. Our overall impression walking in the room was OK, however the decor appeared more than a little dated. That being said, it was sufficient for our purposes - we just needed a place to hang out and sleep before and after a wedding.

Once we started to settle in, we started to notice problems.

As soon as I went to sit down on the bed, I noticed the state of the bed cover and decorative pillows. They were very dirty with stains upon stains. They were starting to take on a blackish hue from years of dirt. I shoveled them all on the floor because I didn't even want to be near them.

At one point my wife made use of the spare blanket from the closet. That too was starting to change color as it looked as though it had not been laundered in some time.

Other cleanliness issues were apparent too. For example, the coffee maker and drinking cups were stored on dirty shelves within an arm's length of the toilet. The fabric mat that the cups sat upon looked like it hadn't been washed in over a year. There were areas that were incredibly dusty and had not seen recent cleaning. The toilet was covered in streaks of black mold. Very gross and not sanitary. In the evenings I wore white socks and by the time I took them off to go to bed, they were almost black - the carpet was utterly filthy.

There were maintenance problems as well. The blinds were old and tattered, the portable stereo was missing the volume knob, the shower curtain broke when we tried to use it, the sink and bath stoppers were broken, and somebody had done an unattractive repair on the sink plumbing that looked like it was made out of junk.

I have included photos in this review, please view them to see that I'm not exaggerating!

In the evenings we tried to pass the time watching TV and surfing the Internet. The TV was a small, low-definition model with limited channel selection, but at least it worked. And that's more that I can say for the supposedly free WiFi, which we could not connect to for the duration of our trip. The host tried 5 times but ultimately admitted he didn't know what to do to fix it. Major inconvenience!

I was able to take a nice long soak in the jet tub. That was quite a pleasure for me because I'm a tall guy that doesn't get to enjoy baths very often. The tile and jet tub were clean and looked like they were in newer condition, so did the sink.

As for sleeping, the room was quiet and peaceful, and the beds were comfortable. The one thing that counts the most they got right, thankfully.

But in the morning the alarm clock did not go off! As a result of the broken alarm clock, we slept through our complimentary breakfast and were put almost 2 hours behind schedule. I was 30 minutes late to the wedding rehearsal because of this!!!

I later confirmed that we set it correctly and that it was just broken, and not something we did wrong. I even took a video of it not working. Thankfully the host provided a replacement.

While I was away at the rehearsal, my wife was able to see the room in the light of day. She was so turned off by the stains on our mattress pad and sheets, she called to have all the linens replaced. The staff changed them without complaint but told my wife that although they were clean, most of the linens at the Inn had permanent stains.

After the wedding we returned for our final night stay. I didn't want to stay the second night, I wanted to go to a nice clean hotel. Unfortunately, the Inn demanded payment up-front, so we were stuck there with no way to get refunded for the 2nd day.

On the second night, I went to the front at 9:30 to ask for ice. Where was the host? Nowhere to be seen. He went home early even though the front desk is supposed to stay open until 10:00.

I decided to go through a door, which is where I had seen the host getting ice the previous night. By doing so I unwittingly found my way into the kitchen! I saw that it was very dirty, so much so that my wife and I chose not to order breakfast the next morning.

We experienced so many problems that we could not recommend this place to anybody. Our experience there didn't offer one single thing to wow or impress us. The worst part is that they charged $40 a night more than hotels that are nicer than they are!

When checking out I made the host aware of many of the issues. He didn't seem very interested in listening, I'm sure he's heard it all before. On the bright side, he did ultimately refund us $30 per night.

All in all, The White Fox Inn looks like a place that was probably very nice once upon a time, but has suffered due to years of neglect.

I definitely DO NOT recommend The White Fox Inn.
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Date of stay: October 2011
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Don't stay here.
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DjlJih wrote a review Aug 2011
Fort Frances, Canada
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My husbands step-daughter was recently married at the White Fox and the problems were numberous. The first problem we experienced was arriving at the White Fox on Friday, with the fresh flowers, only to find the place locked up tight. We banged and banged on the door but no one answered. I walked around the back and found the tent company guys setting up the tent for the wedding and they said they thought that someone was inside but didnt know how to get in. I tried every door and found one leading to the kitchen that was open. I went inside to what was like a porch/storage area that was extremely dirty. I then went in further and found a door into the kithcen. I found an employee and asked if the could open the front door. They immediatly did. We quickly got the flowers put away. We checked into the room we were staying in and I quickly noticed how run down the Inn was. The sink in the bathroom was cracked, the jacuzzi looked very old, some paint around the window was peeling but what bothered me the most was how dirty the room was. The floor in the bathroom was covered in long black hair and the toilet bowl had streaks of what looked like black mold. There was dust everywhere and it looked like the room hadnt been cleaned in along time. The carpet in the room was light brown and have several stains that looked like bleach. I also notice that the carpet in the halls leading to the rooms, looked like it hadnt been vaccumed in quite some time. I went outside to have a look at the grounds and quickly noticed that they were also in need of attention. There was a great deal of garbage near and visable to the wedding tent, the grounds needed a lot of raking and the grass had not been cut. A I was very upset because the tent company already had the tent up and there would be no way of cutting the grass inside the tent. I went to find my stepdaughters room to discuss what needed to be done and when I arrived at her room, she was very upset because she couldnt find anywhere in the room to hang her dress that wasnt dirty and dusty. We knew that we needed to have a discussion with the owner, Lisa, about the quote as the bride was still confused as to what she owed, what she was getting and not getting. The quote was always misunderstood by the bride. While that is not the fault of the White Fox, the White Fox does advertise on their web site that they will do all the free consultations that are necessary. If there is confusion about anything, the White Fox, being the professionals, should ensure that the bride and groom understand the terms. I also found it very very strange that every single penny, including the rooms, gratuity, everything had to be paid in advance. Because the bride and groom opted for a cash bar, they had to pay an $8 per person upcharge and there was even a 15% gratuity on that. I always thought that when you are tipping someone, it was because you have received exceptional service and it was a way of rewarding the person who deserved it. I felt that this "upcharge" was completely ridiculous. The White Fox owner, Lisa, claimed that she must charge that because with a cash bar, people dont drink as much as they do with open bar and since she had to pay staff, we had to pay it. But at the wedding there was only one bartender. And since the White Fox made ALL the money from the bar, I could not understand this "up charge". While I agree that the food portion and a room deposit should be paid, never would I have agreed to pay the entire amount because once they have ALL your money, there is no guarantee that you will get what you paid for.....which is what happend to us.

The good and the bad.
First the good, the food was EXCELLENT. Everything for the dinner, the late night snack and the morning brunch was FAB FAB FAB. And the staff did all they could do to help and accommodate us to the best of their abilities.
Once the wedding started, everything went off without a hitch and for that, we were all very thankful. I even went and thanked the owner after the dinner.

The bad. The dirty rooms and the overall condition of the Inn was an extreme disappointment. They did mow the grass on Saturday after we complained, but as I said, it couldnt be mowed inside the tent. On Friday, when we requested that they bring us the long tables that they were supplying. We were all quite shocked at how dirty they were. We had to request buckets of water so that we could wash them. (but just so be fair, the tables and chairs from the tent rental company were no better. We had to scrub all of that too.)
On Saturday morning we requested the linens that the White Fox was providing for the tables. Once again we were shocked as to the condition that they were in. The pad covers that go under that table cloths were extremely soiled and I mean BAD. It was so bad that you could see filth thru the table cloths. We decided not you use the pads and just the table cloths but most all of the table cloths were very stained and/or had black streaks. We brought it to a staff members attention and he said he would bring out more. He returned with several more and they too, were very soiled. The staff decided to try washing them to get them clean, but we quickly realized that there just wasnt enough time and we went to linen rental company and RENTED all the table linens. The linens didnt arrive until 1:15pm the day of the wedding. Many pitched in to help get the reception area set up. Because of this many of us did not have ample time to get ready for the wedding. Some, including myself, had to cancel hair appointments and I didnt have time for a shower.

On Sunday, after the breakfast we realized that not all the bottles of wine that were paid for were actually opened or drank. Since the White Fox gets to keep them and can resale them, we thought there should be a refund. We also felt that the White Fox needed to pay for the cost of table linens since theirs were unuseable. My husband and I had been told by the bride that the rate of our room for Friday night was to be $140 + tax but our bill was $180 + tax. We were over charged $40 + tax. I also found a bill in the lobby, that was in my husbands name and held with MY personnal credit card, for the room that the bride stayed in on Friday night and for the bar tab that the bridal party ran the night of the wedding. I immediately approached the White Fox and demanded to know why my credit card was being used for SOMEONE ELSES bill. I was told that they didnt have a credit card number for the bride and groom so they were using mine. I blew a gasket and demanded that my husband and I be removed from that bill. As of this morning there is still $200 of my card card funds being held. The White Fox also has a credit card number of my husband and he will be checking his credit card daily to ensure that the owner of the White Fox has not charged him for other bills.

So as you can see, while the wedding and reception went very well and the food was amazing, at the end of the day, there were so many other issues with this establishment, I would not recommend anyone booking the White Fox for a wedding. Nor would I recommend that you stay at the White Fox for a romantic weekend. You can find other hotels in the area that offer much nicer rooms for alot less money.
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Date of stay: August 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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DebbieJimThunderBay wrote a review Mar 2011
Thunder Bay
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My hubby and I got the Frisky Fox Package as a Christmas gift from family as we love to B&B it. We have been to several B&B'S around the area, the states and in B.C. This present cost approximately $200.00 and was so not worth it. Your are supposed to be welcomed with a Split of Champagne in our room which never happened and is clearly stated in the package card, It is also says you get a four course dinner for 2 but doesn't inform you you are excluded from some of the meals and salads.My husband decided to upgrade $10,00 to order the Linguine with Lobster and it was terrible.It tasted like chemical liquid smoke. I had the chicken dish and it was okay,The onion soup and the bread with sun dried tomato tapenade was really good. The breakfast was good but definitely not gourmet as indicated on the package card. No one told us about the complementary movie selection-I had to ask as this was listed on the card as well. The glasses in the bathroom were dirty,a pillow had a hole and the bathroom could have been cleaned better. The room was very small,stuffy and dry with a few cellar bugs. The only person we had contact with was the waiter who was great at his job and engaging. I was so excited to go here but I'll never recommend it to anyone.It seems they got their cash from the pre paid package and didn't care. Such a disappointment.
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Date of stay: March 2011
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ambassador36084 wrote a review Dec 2002
new york, new york
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The White Fox was a recommended place to eat (did not stay there) but we found it terrible. Greeting by the manager was cold, sevice was slow, the 5th person in our party got his food 15 min after the other 4, my 1st and 2nd dessert choices were unavailable and the food was totally unexceptional. We've had better at roadside diners for 1/3 the price.
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cmsmith4105 wrote a review Nov 2003
St. Catharines, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend (now husband) and I spent a night at the White Fox Inn last year and had the most romantic evening. A beautiful country setting with the chance to view deer and fox while you enjoy dinner (we saw 2 deer and a fox). Dinner was incredible, especially the "Death by Chocolate" dessert. In our room we enjoyed champagne while relaxing by the fireplace and jacuzzi tub. This is also the night we got engaged and it couldn't have been more special. The service was exceptional, and the mood was more romantic than we could have imagined. We will be returning to the White Fox for our engagment anniversary.
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Cosmopolitan36533 wrote a review Jul 2003
Thunder Bay, Ontario
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I had our wedding at the White Fox and what a mistake that was, and I don't mean the marriage. The service that we were told we would receive and the service that we DIDN'T receive weren't even close. I had to clean tables off during the evening because they didn't have enough staff to do it. The Manager promised us a refund because of ALL the problems however we haven't seen a dime of it yet!!
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Climber7610 wrote a review Aug 2004
thunderbay
4.0 of 5 bubbles
it was a very enjoyable evening very elegant and the food was very good.great anniversary get away.the only negative was at breakfast when two business people decided the breakfast room was their private office ,got out their laptops and talked loudly on their cell phones.this should not be allowed in the dining room or the breakfast room.
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Jennifer130 wrote a review Aug 2012
Thunder Bay District, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed there overnight for our anniversary. The dinner and breakfast were delicious, but our room wasn't that great. The room was dated and needed to be CLEANED. Our room had a whirlpool tub in it and the glass surrounding the tub was very dirty. The bathroom floor hadn't been cleaned very well, there was lots dust and black hair in the corners. There was even hair on the bathroom counter, the toilet, and even in the shower stall. The coffee pot still had coffee in it from the last guest, and the shelf that the coffee machine sits on was covered with spilt coffee. The glass coffee cups were stained, and one of them had white powder in it (coffee whitener?). Were the glasses even replaced from the last guest? We wouldn't touch the glass drinking glasses, they were sitting on the bathroom counter on a very dusty black napkin. It looked like the bathroom was only wiped down, not cleaned. The sheets on the bed were threadbare and the top sheet had a rip in it. The pillows need to be replaced, they are old and lumpy. The toilet paper is the kind you see in stadiums and the towels are thin.
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Date of stay: August 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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trekkin_around wrote a review Dec 2009
Thunder Bay, ON
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked the entire Inn for a wedding (all guest rooms, ceremony, dinner, brunch, etc). When a date mix-up was discovered and our function had been double-booked, my fiance and I so loved the setting that we considered moving dates to keep the Inn. However, the response from the Inn staff was so unapologetic and downright rude at times that we have since taken our business elsewere.
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Date of stay: June 2009
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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deb w wrote a review Feb 2012
Thunder Bay, Canada
1.0 of 5 bubbles
we used to stay here years ago and everything was great....so we thought it would be an excellent place to have our daughters winter wedding. were we wrong!!!!! even though the food was great, when we went to check out and there were bar drinks on our tabs that no body even had, we were charge extra gratuities even though we paid them already. After the meal we were rushed from the dining room so the staff could set up for breakfast and all the wedding favors disappeared, nobody has seen them since so no memorial bags to bring home. When we tried to straighten out the bill the owner wasn't there and we had to call her from home only to be told that someone has to pay for the drinks on everyones bills and it wasn't going to be her...what a crock!!!!! If you like the food get it catered from there but don't stay there, unless ou like to pay for services not rendered
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Date of stay: February 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: bring a rv
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deb w wrote a tip Feb 2012
Thunder Bay, Canada1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"bring a rv"
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chrisCrunchy wrote a tip Oct 2011
Winnipeg56 contributions93 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't stay here."
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Frequently Asked Questions about The White Fox Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The White Fox Inn?
Nearby attractions include Fort William Historical Park (3.4 km), Mount McKay (3.4 km), and Alexander Henry Museum (7.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The White Fox Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and room service.
What food & drink options are available at The White Fox Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The White Fox Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The White Fox Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Man vs Meat, Monsoon Thunder Bay, and Boston Pizza.
Are there any historical sites close to The White Fox Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fort William Historical Park (3.4 km).
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