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Reviewed October 12, 2017

This is an older Motor Inn that has been well maintained and on which the owners , with obvious pride, have made improvements and incorporated modern amenities to the extent that the structure will allow.; example - door keys are the most modern with tap and sight recognition, also worked flawlessly. The absolute best feature of this hotel is its location and the scenery it provides, but while i's not a Sheraton, it is immaculately clean, and the beds are most comfortable. The decor is pleasant, though simple. We had a room with a balcony, which was well sheltered with a glass (plexi) enclosure.. Twas a delight to sit there late afternoon with light wine, admiring the scenery, and basking in the quietude. We had dinner in their pub/restaurant and we well pleased with our meals, not an extensive, but varied menu. The atmospher was very pleasant, cordial , and the service truly great. When everyone around you seems happy, chatty and smiling, you know you have be in a good place. And while not a direct link to the hotel, the Highland Village historic park is well worth a stroll through. , we had to rush our visit thru it, but still most rewarding.
It rates a 5 in my books for service, attentiveness of staff, and locality. Due to age, and inherent constraints, the physical property is still a solid 4.
Plan to return , again.

Room Tip: ifavailable , get room with balcony. just an added pleasant touch.
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Iona_Heights_Inn, Owner at The Iona Heights Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2017

What a thourough and pleasant review! Thanks very much indeed. We're very glad you enjoyed your stay here in Iona. We are slowly, but surely checking off our "To-Do" list. Cheers until next time!

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Reviewed September 19, 2017

The inn, from what we understand, has been updated recently. Could still use better lighting and a few other upgrades. But the view from the second floor balcony was nice; and the beds were very comfortable. Our room had a small fridge and microwave available. The pub/restaurant was very good for a glass of wine and dinner. There is a coffee shop with take-out style breakfast (bagels, etc) on site. However, it would be nice to be able to get a full breakfast on site in the morning as there are not other alternatives nearby. Staff was helpful overall.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2017 via mobile

What a pleasant surprise this place turned out to be. Classic older hotel that has been remodeled into a real gem even by today's standards. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS FROM THE ROOMS! Wonderful staff throughout the property. Candy making store on site that also doubles as a breakfast provider with good coffee. But the biggest surprise was the pub. Bartender/server Rory was such a delight and represented the Inn exceptionally. The food was excellent. We were glad we chose to eat there. Best food in the middle of nowhere you will ever have! Penne pasta chicken was excellent. Bacon cheeseburger was excellent with the fries fresh cut and seasoned to perfection. Seafood chowder should not be missed. Lightly breaded fish was also a winner. Don't miss an opportunity to stay and eat at this property if you have the chance!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Iona_Heights_Inn, Owner at The Iona Heights Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2017

Well those are some of the kindest words we ever did hear. Thanks very much indeed!
We are super happy that you enjoyed your time here with us in Iona, and grateful for you to take the time and write out such a lovely review. Hope to see you again. Cheers for now!

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Reviewed September 9, 2017

You'll find comfortable accommodations here, overlooking one of the prettiest areas in Cape Breton. The hotel changed ownership a couple of years ago and renovations are first rate, though, if you look close enough, still a bit ongoing.

The rooms are spacious and immaculate The beds are comfortable. The bathrooms are modern and have plenty of water pressure. Front desk service is friendly and welcoming (including an offer to store our local snow crab meat in one of the inn's freezers). Most rooms have windows that open wide to the evening breezes; ours on the lower level did not and a room fan was essential on the warm night we spent. Pets, for a fee, are welcome and there's lots of grass for your pooch to stretch his or her legs.

The attached restaurant offers tasty, reasonably priced pub grub and is known for some quality Celtic music. Be aware that it can fill up quickly at night. The inn even has a small liquor store on site, and is next door to the interesting Highland Village Museum cultural center.

The downsides? Our room was dark. It had just one bedside lamp, plus lights in the closet area and bathroom. So we needed a flashlight to read the directions for the coffee maker. Plugs to re-charge phones and laptops are quite limited. The hotel is in a rural setting and the only immediate option for breakfast is in-house. The offerings aren't outrageously priced but are quite limited and must be eaten in your room. And you do have a sense of being part of a captive audience. You might be better off, as we did, to travel a bit in either direction for better choices.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Iona_Heights_Inn, Owner at The Iona Heights Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2017

Hi NMDave.
Thanks for the lovely review. As you mentioned, we are indeed checking off our "To-Do" list. Extra plugs and lamps are next on the list.
Just wanted to let other potential guests know, you can in fact eat breakfast in our pub if you choose to.
Cheers for now!

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Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

Close to Highland Village. Gorgeous location. Room and hotel look nice on surface, but there are several upgrades that need to be made. Walls are very thin. Can hear neighbours. No overhead lights. No A/C. TV uses Roku system which was complicated and didn't work well. Pub and cafe in hotel both great. Cafe sells Jill's Chocolates which are delicious.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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