We came here on the group tour. I had reserved a private room. The bunk rooms were downstairs, separate bathrooms. A bit small but nobody complained about comfort at all.
Private rooms were upstairs, you got the room, which was a bit on the small side but nicely decorated, had a nice comfortable bed. You also had a private bathroom and the upstairs lounge.
Bear on the Lake is very much tied with the Salty Bear Tours, but while I was there there were a few other guests. The location is a bit remote, but if you have been hiking all day its not going to matter much really. It was a set up as a hostel, but really it felt like more than a hostel. Great kitchen facilities and comfortably and roomy to hang out in. Ample opportunities to walk by the lake or go hiking nearby.
Perhaps the most memorable thing was the superb view over the lake! It was gorgeous! Especially at sunset
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
After a long day of driving along the Cabot Trail, it was time to look for a place to stay for the night. We chose the MOUNTAIN VIEW MOTEL in Pleasant Bay. It was a drive-up motel and offered high-speed internet for Hansi. They also had a restaurant which we liked. The price for the night was $69.95 but with all the taxes added on, it came to $82.05.
Very pricey for what is there. One bedroom with 2 twin beds, yes , twin beds. My partner has a service dog for sight impairment, not a pet friendly accomodation,which is almost unheard of for a cottage. BBQ on deck, but not covered so we couldn`t use the bbq as it typically rains in Cape Breton, no fire pit either and way to far to walk to the coastline, mosquitos made sitting outside miserable anyway on the one evening it didn`t rain. We tried to leave after the first night, but was told by manager that since it wasn`t 48 hours notice, he was charging us for the second night. So much for making the customer happy....if this guy is a Cape Bretoner, I will be surprised, very unfriendly, obviously is all about the money with this place....There was also an open fuse panel above one of the beds, which I`m pretty sure is against code, if a child had stuck a finger or metal instrument in there, they would have surely been electrocuted....Neither a pet or child friendly place, couldn`t wait to get out of there, stayed at the cottages down the road after we left, much cheaper, friendlier and closer to the water with covered verandas....would never recommend this place to anyone, unless you want to pay alot to sleep in a twin bed and don`t go outside...
If you really want to spoil yourself on your holiday to Cape Breton, stay at the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish. The property houses an Inn, a lodge and cottages. There's a top notch dining room with a view and a more casual restaurant. There's a bar with nightly entertainment, on property shops, tennis courts, a pool and a spa. Nearby there are several golf courses, beaches, outdoor activities, whale watching and the hotel provides a transportation shuttle. They do various packages including some with breakfast included. They also have 2 two-bedroom luxury suites with separate entertainment areas. All rooms and suites have private bathrooms, some rooms and cottages are air conditioned. Some cottages have fireplaces.
it is also near one of the top golf courses in Canada, Highland Links.
Open from May 20 to October 20
Hiking, Golf, spa and Whale Watching packages available.
They have two Queen rooms with private en-suite facilities and 2 rooms that share a bathroom. They offer a continental breakfast and are in the centre of the town, close to any attractions. The cost for a Queen en suite room at the end of September is $120. Not sure if that's off season rates or if it's the normal all year rate. That is a little higher but most of the accomodations in Baddeck seem to be around that price give or take $10.
We had a room on the main floor and the room was a good size with a large bathroom that had a jacuzzi tub and a nice sized shower stall. Impeccably clean. Bed was fairly comfy. There is no television in the building, however, not even in a guest lounge though one is available to use to watch dvds. They have 2 or 3 you can borrow. Ok, that's not really what you're there for anyway, is it? You can walk anywhere you need to go in the town centre, including some nice gift shops and a number of restaurants.
Rooms are non-smoking.
Owner carves wooden folk art figures and the grounds have them displayed.
There is a hot tub on the back deck though we didn't go out to see it.
The Ocean View has ... a view of the ocean! It's just on the edge of the village of Cheticamp and has a large property with small cottages (chalets) and a motel section with suites that have either double or king beds. Some of the chalets have 2-person whirlpool baths. Most of the chalets are not singles, they are a duplex style with thick walls between. All motel rooms are wheelchair accessible and one of the chalets is as well. Off season rates after September 15, 25% off. We booked a king suite for $95 instead of $125 for the end of September. They also offer specials and discounts for things like golf and whale watching. Online reservation form promises reply in 24 hours and it was indeed under that. Pets are welcome but at a $15 rate. Same with extra cots, $15. Children under 12 no charge (unless you're getting the cot!) Breakfast is included as the rooms have kitchenettes and chalets have kitchens. Prices range from $100 to $220.
They also have a fairly good selection of dvds you can borrow to watch in the rooms and they will offer freshly baked muffins in the morning. They don't keep tea in the rooms but I think you can ask for some teabags at the office. Better just to bring your own. There's a little fridge for your milk.
Breakfast isn't included, as I said, but there's a really good diner next door that does a good breakfast in the morning.
Free DVDs to borrow, internet access, across the road from a golf course, restaurant next to property and laundry facilities. All rooms are non-smoking.
The Stacey House is a small B&B in Louisbourg, Cape Breton. There are two en suite rooms and two rooms that share facilities. The house was originally a Methodist parsonage and is furnished with many antiques. Open June through mid October. Two queen rooms, two double rooms and cots are available. The establishment is on the main street through the town and is within walking distance of the playhouse and the fortress though that's a bit longer to get to. Upper rooms overlook the harbour. Rooms are $75 to $85 per night
The house is decorated very elaborately with the antiques, floral prints, and dark wood furniture. Almost a bit too much depending on your taste though i did like some areas. The room we had was smallish, with a tiny bathroom built into one corner of the room with a small shower stall. The only real complaint i had was that the bed was hard. The mattress seemed thin and was of an older type, not the newer, thicker and padded ones. We did spend an uncomfortable night. Breakfast in the morning was really good, though, and the owner and the lady that cooked the breakfast were both very nice.
Furnished with antiques, provide full, continental or vegetarian breakfasts.
I am from Cape Breton but don't get back much anymore. We just returned from a wedding and I was very pleased with our stay at the Comfort Inn . Its a convenient location , walking distance to restaurants and easy to find. The rooms are comfortable and a great deal considering there is a big continental breakfast included.
They have a pull out couch...my granddaughters enjoyed it!!
Our stay at Sea Breeze Cottages was the only negative experience we had while visiting Nova Scotia. The beds were so bad I woke up with a backache. But the worst was the unfriendly, even rude, woman staffing the desk. Look elsewhere for a pleasant spot to visit when in the Ingonish area. Nova Scotia is so full of charming, helpful people - just not at Sea Breeze!
Beautiful Baddeck is a destination in itself and the Inverary Inn is a beautiful place to stay while you're here.
I've lost track of the number of times we've been here. We use to take the kids when they were little for get-a-way weekends. We've spent many New Year's Eves here in the company of friends and we've stayed here for meetings and conventions.
The resort sits on 11 acres of impressive landscaping located on the shores of the Bras d'Or Lakes and offers magnificent views.
The Inn has accommodations for all budgets and tastes. There are motel style rooms, traditional rooms, deluxe rooms, suites and cottages.
There are two places to dine, Flora's in the main lodge and the Lakeside Café by the shore, where you can eat inside or out. Thistledown's is a casual pub where you can sing along with local entertainers.
If you want to stay in shape while away, you can swim, play tennis, kayak or canoe.
The Health Spa opened this year and is the only place I haven't been so I can't comment on it yet.
Rates and packages range from $99.00 to $476.00
Lots of activities.
Close to Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Bell Bay Golf Club.
Start and end of Cabot Trail.
Service was good. There is a little shop where you can get meals. Restrooms are a little scary, I don't remember seeing showers anywhere (we were only there for a night). Not a good place to bring little children as the sites are high up on a cliff with no fences or barriers. I made sure I didn't even drink alcohol for fear of falling off! Absolutely beautiful views and it seems as though you are completely isolated from civilization.
All the sites are built on a cliff above the ocean. There is a path up a hill where there are even better views.
This is a convenient place to stay in Baddeck . It's right in the center of town and is an quaint old inn....quite historic really .The Telegraph House, built in 1861 ,once contained the office of the first Trans-Oceanic Cable Company, some of the first telegraph messages in North America were sent from the office in the "Telegraph House".
The rooms in the main lodge are done in a Victorian Style . There's an add on motel section...not as nice.
During the summer months there is live music in the dining room.
We stayed here quite a few years ago . the service as you would expect is top notch.
If you want to treat yourself ..this is a great way to do it.
High on a cliff, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Keltic Lodge commands a view like no other. The Keltic Lodge is a 5 star hotel and a landmark in Cape Breton.
There are hiking Trails and an 18 hole golf course called Highland links.
We had a nice stay here for a fall weekend. The rooms are simple but clean . In this part of Nova Scotia this is a good option . If you book on the internet you can often get a better price , depending on the time of year.
There's a neice pub attached that was full ....and there was pretty good live Cape Breton music!!
Right on the Cabot Trail in Ingonish Beach.... would be great in summer.
Golf the #1 Public course in Canada – Highlands Links (just 5 minutes away)
We stayed for a couple of hours, and only had a picnic, but this would be a highlight campsite if we were camping. there are just 20 or 30 sites - but they are on top of a grassy hill with the ocean - whales frolicing - as a backdrop. Most scenic!
I would imagine you would need to book in advance in July/August, but by mid-September, there was only one trailer using the campsite.
Sorry, I did not enquire as to the camping costs.
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