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Reviewed June 13, 2019

My husband and I stayed in one of the riverview rooms - well worth the extra cost. The room was very clean, and comfortable and had all that we needed - microwave, coffee machine, fridge. The setting was quiet and peaceful and right at the entrance of the park.

On registration, Gregg suggested places in town for breakfast and dinner and this amazing bakery. He also suggested trails and sights to see.

We had a flat tire while we were there. Gregg had to call in a favour with the local mechanic (it was a Saturday and they were closed) and inflated the tire to get us there. They were all so helpful. Although I keep mentioning Gregg, his better half Cathy was also very helpful and made us feel so so welcome.

We would definitely recommend this motel.

Date of stay: June 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Cornerstonemotel, Owner at Cornerstone Motel, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2019

Hi Bella,

Thanks you for taking the time to share with everyone the great experience you had with us at the Cornerstone Motel!

So glad we were able to assist you with your tire troubles and it made us both feel better knowing that the tire was checked and not going to cause issues as you traveled through the CB National Park and the mountains.

Hope to see you again in the near future or whenever you are out this way next time and we wish you guys all the best in your travels!

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Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

We stayed here just for one night when travelling through the Cape Breton park. The service was very friendly. The room had all the usual things you need. I didnt give it five starts as the bathroom toiletries were a bit skimpy.

Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Eliza-Tay
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Cornerstonemotel, Owner at Cornerstone Motel, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2019

Hi Eliza-Tay,

We are glad to hear your stay was a good one and that everything was as expected, but we are so sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations around toiletries we offer.

I wish you would have come to the office and asked for extra toiletries if you required them, as we would have been more than happy to provide you with additional toiletries so your stay would have been much better. We will revisit the quantity we provide and make sure we let people know when they check in that if they need it they just need to ask us. Thanks for the feedback!

Hope we get to see you again and be sure to let us know if you need anything extra and we will be more than glad to help where and when we can! Safe travels and have a great summer!

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Reviewed January 15, 2019

This is a well cared for motel and grounds. They even have a walking path that leads to the waters edge and a bench to sit and admire God’s beautiful creation. Very friendly staff and owners. I highly rate recommend staying here.

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank Brenda B
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Greg L, Owner at Cornerstone Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2019

Hi Brenda,

We are so glad you enjoyed yourself at the Cornerstone Motel and thank you fro taking the time to share your experience with the other travelers!

Having the many trails we have cut into the woods and on the property is something special we like to offer our guests so they can do bird watching, look for deer or moose or just simple relax and enjoy listening to the wind in the leaves. No better way to start off your morning than to take advantage of this as you did!

Be sure to drop back soon, as we do plan on expanding the trails and adding more benches this year and next!

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Reviewed January 5, 2019

Out of the many hotels we patronized on our NS whirlwind tour, this was definitely one of the best. It checked all of the boxes... clean rooms, comfortable bed, good water pressure in the shower, reasonable rates, and a lovely setting by the river just at the jumping-on point of the Cabot Trail.
But I would do you a disservice if I did not highly recommend it especially because of the people who run it. We were only there a very short time, but our hosts were so kind and open that they felt like friends. And these guys are doing what many of us would secretly like to do. They left their city jobs behind, put their retirement on the line, and opened a very well-run little motel so that they can live the lives many of us just wish we could live. And they are doing a great job of it.
I personally appreciate that they chose to take what was an old derelict motel on a pretty river, and instead of razing it to build some shiny new monstrosity, took the more challenging, but responsible, course of lovingly coaxing a new, vibrant life into the existing place. The motel today is an inviting, low-key but well-done tribute to what made us fall in love with the old Motor Inns in the first place.

Room tip: Riverside rooms are available
Date of stay: September 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Greg L, Owner at Cornerstone Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2019

Hi "Jmillsnc",

Thank you for the kind words and amazing description of your experience at the Cornerstone Motel!

You are correct in stating we are very proud of the newly renovated facility we have updated and brought back to life!

Owning a Motel and providing a unique experience in Cape Breton was a dream for both of us and a passion we both had. We wanted to develop a place where people would come and be taken back by the cleanliness, friendly service, well kept rooms and provide ways for our guests to enjoy the peace and serenity of all that nature surrounding us!

It sounds like we have truly succeeded to provide this to you and your fellow travelers based on your feedback and this tells us we are doing the right things for our guests! We will definitely keep on doing what we are doing for our guests, as your comments tell us this is working well!

We are so grateful you took the time to share this feedback with other travelers so maybe they too can stay with us and feel as good about their stay in Cape Breton as you did about yours!

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Reviewed November 1, 2018

Great motel under new owners + care in the details is obvious. Nothing fancy but great location, view + amenities are on point. Would highly recommend. Only thing missing is restaurant, would be nice to get small breakfast onsite.

Room tip: Ask for view of the river / mountains
Date of stay: October 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank SunsetChaser1
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Greg L, Owner at Cornerstone Motel, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2018

Hi "HotelLover71"

We really appreciate your feedback on the Cornerstone Motel and the facilities.

Having a restaurant available is something we too would like to offer our guests! Just so you are aware, we are presently renovating the registration office building into a restaurant over the winter season and are expecting to have breakfast available in 2019 for our guests! As with all renovations, things may not go as originally planned so the actual date of opening the doors for food is yet to be determined.

Great feedback and thanks for staying with us. We hope to see you back should you ever come out this way again!

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