Last time we were here we stayed at the Holiday Inn. Exceptional service, modern rooms, hearty breakfast, newspapers and nice lounge. But there was a charge to use a small fitness room and the rooms were very expensive. So this time we took the budget route. All hotels/motels look the same from the back of your eyelids and since most of what we do is sleep in these places, we didn't need modern rooms.
We checked in and the desk clerk seemed unfamiliar with the motel - subbing in for a friend perhaps. So when we pointed out there was a modest overcharge (approx $10), he couldn't correct it and nor did the primary desk person, whom he called to address the situation. Had that been addressed, I would have given a higher rating. The fellow, however, was very friendly and encouraged us to contact him if we needed anything at all. He showed us the beverage room where there is a microwave and teas, which is a nice touch.
Otherwise, the room appeared clean, water pressure was good, it was very quiet (could have been the time of year too) and for a budget motel, the little extras were a nice touch.
I have to wonder if the owners have been listening as there was an air conditioner in our room. Not professionally installed - just a hole cut into the wood to give it access to outside and then covered with packing tape to hold it in. We didn't try it. It's fall, so we didn't need it (we needed heat which was slow to come on but worked just fine).
Pros: Price, decent breakfast (7 types of bread/bagels, hard boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt, cereal, coffee), access to a mircowave, fridges in the rooms. The Queen room is the smallest/simplest and ours had a fold out couch and desk as well. Free internet. 1 km from downtown Collingwood. Half a block to a nice walking/running trail.
Cons: Our room (#42) smelled of B.O. We should have but didn't ask for another room.
The Mariner had what we needed in a motel. We'd stay here again.
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- Mariner Motor Collingwood
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