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Reviewed November 29, 2012

Stayed here on my 7 week road trip across Canada & the U.S.
After fighting traffic gridlock in downtown Vancouver that afternoon it was time to pull off the road and get a place for the night before taking the ferry to Nanaimo the next morning. This motel offered me the peaceful retreat I needed after a day of noise and constant GPS instructions!
MY room was a little dated but otherwise clean, comfortable, and close enough to the downtown for an easy walk to check out local shops. I found the staff especially friendly and helpful in suggesting good local eating establishments to try. In fact, they gave me a card for Blenz Coffee so I went there and loved it. I returned the favour by picking up a takeout for the girl at the front desk (sorry I can't remember her name) and also tried a place on the main street just down from the motel for some of the best fish & chips I've ever had. Took a picture before I devoured that plate! Met some really interesting people back in the parking lot from all over the world..a father and his daughter over from Germany and another gentleman from Texas who loved our Tilley hats! He was checking mine out...I was checking his out. Any time you see somebody wearing a Tilley hat you know he's a seasoned world traveller and a conversation always strikes up!
I found this to be a quiet place to sleep with some spectacular views down at the wharf. The only thing I found strange and it has nothing to do with the motel is the fact that even though you're within "spitting" distance of the ferry you have to drive out of town and then head back towards Vancouver and then take the next exit and turn around and head back in order to get on the ferry!
One of the locals told me in the past you could just drive from the motel directly over to the ferry lines which is about 100 yards at most but the port authority in all it's wisdom decided to do away with all that and force people to drive 20 miles out of their way to go that same 100 yards. Yes folks, we live in an age where the powers in charge specialize in using sledge hammers to peel oranges and can justify it while doing so... mark my words, they will justify this "new and improved" way for people in Horseshoe Bay to get to the ferry!

Room Tip: Leave lots of time to get to the ferry!
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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atthebay, Manager at Horseshoe Bay Motel, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2012

Dear Wheyboy,

Thank you for your comments. We are so pleased to have been a successful part of your seven week cross Canada & USA road trip.

We take great pride in the friendliness of our staff. We are very happy that we were able to provide you with a positive and comfortable environment. . Thank you for your own generosity - it was really kind of you to bring our Front Desk Associate, Shannon, a treat from the Blenz Coffee Shop.

The only part of your review which needs clarification is the driving distance from the Horseshoe Bay Motel to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. The driving distance is actually only 9 kms (approximately 5.5 miles). Perhaps you traveled further east than necessary before you circled back towards Horseshoe Bay. We usually provide our guests with exact directions to the Ferry Terminal. It is most unfortunate that we did not this particular time as it would helped you considerably. We trust that the balance of your trip was good and we hope to welcome you back to The Horseshoe Bay Motel in the very near future. Bree

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Horseshoe Bay is a separate little community outside of West Vancouver. It is quiet and not overly traveled by the tourists. Staying in such a small village was very much a treat from the noise and confusion of the big cities. Right in the middle of this charming town was the Horseshoe Bay Motel. Not very big, but full of surprises. The parking area is surrounded by a brick wall that adds to your sense of security. The rooms are large and well appointed. We actually had a queen sleigh bed in our room, surrounded by quality furniture that was purchased at a high end furniture store. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was clean and roomy. Best part of the motel was the front staff. Both the owner and her crew saw to our every need; from where to go and what to do, to directions and shortcuts. I love this place.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Pilot7700
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atthebay, Manager at Horseshoe Bay Motel, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2012

Dear Pilot7700,
Thank you so much for taking the time to post your comments. We are grateful for all customer feedback and are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for your kind comments about our staff, our priority is to make sure our guests are happy and comfortable and to share our knowledge of local places to visit and attractions not to be missed. We definitely look forward to welcoming you back to The Horseshoe Bay Motel. Naomi

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

The Horseshoe Bay Motel looks like a basic motel from the outside, but the rooms are very nice and closer to what you would expect at a bed and breakfast (minus the breakfast unfortunately, but we were given a discount card to a local coffee place). The room was comfortable, well appointed; had a microwave and a coffee pot and the tub was nice and deep. Internet access was a nice bonus. The rooms were also immaculate. Well worth the drive out of Vancouver.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank freebcat
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atthebay, Manager at Horseshoe Bay Motel, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2012

Dear Freebcat,
We really appreciate the fact that you took the time to post a review and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Hopefully you were able to make use of the Blenz Coffee Shop discount coupon!
Thank you again for your vote of confidence. We look forward to welcoming you back!
Bree

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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Stayed at the Horseshoe Bay on a recent motorcycle trip to Powell River. Another reviewer posted the place has bed bugs but this is a outright lie. The room was a little warn but clean & tidy. The internet worked great. The location is very convenient for a short walk down to the main street for food or checking out the bay. The staff at the desk was friendly and responsive. The cost is a little high but hey, it's tourist season and that is when they have to make their money. Resting up after a long motorcycle ride from Portland made it easy to transition to the ferry the next day. Nice little town. Nice little place. We will be staying there again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank MrMotoman
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atthebay, Manager at Horseshoe Bay Motel, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2012

Dear Mr. Motoman,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and were able to get fully rested after your very long motorcycle ride. We look forward to welcoming you back – the sooner, the better! We are very grateful for your kind comments.
Bree

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

This motel is close to the ferry terminal and convenient if you want to catch the early ferry. The staff were friendly, the room was simple, but clean and comfortable. A coffee machine and coffee are provided and kettles available on request.
Overall a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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atthebay, Manager at Horseshoe Bay Motel, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

Dear Goodgar,
Thank you for your kind comments. We are pleased that your stay in Horseshoe Bay was successful and we hope to welcome you again. Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Bree

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