Motels in Ontario, Canada

by Mark Heidelberger Google
Places like Toronto and Niagara Falls are key to Ontario's tourism industry.

Places like Toronto and Niagara Falls are key to Ontario's tourism industry.

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The province of Ontario, Canada, features a balance of popular brand-name chain motels and individually owned mom-and-pop types of properties, most of which share the goal of providing affordable accommodations for businessmen and vacationers alike. Amenities and services are often limited; but free perks like breakfast, parking and Internet access can make these motels preferable to pricey, higher-end hotels when travelers are operating on a budget. In addition, most are strategically placed close to local attractions, restaurants and major highways.

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Executive Inn & Suites

The Executive Inn & Suites is located in Kingston, one of Canada's most famous historic cities, with attractions like the Electronics and Communications Museum, Fort Henry and the Kingston Trolley Tour all less than three miles away. Property amenities include fax and copy services, a seasonal continental breakfast served each morning and high-speed wireless Internet access in all public and private areas. Recreational opportunities range from a solar-heated outdoor pool to spacious grounds for walking or jogging. For lunch and dinner, guests are just a short drive from downtown, with its farmers' market and an array of restaurants like Chez Piggy and Le Chien Noir Bistro. Bright and airy guestrooms feature a 27-inch TV with premium cable channels, refrigerator, microwave and direct-dial phone with voice mail capability. Both smoking and nonsmoking rooms can be requested.

Falcon Inn Motel

The Falcon Inn Motel sits along historic Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls, just minutes from the giant Floral Clock, Niagara Square Shopping Mall and the Horseshoe Falls themselves. The property, open year round, offers an outdoor swimming pool with water slide, picnic area, BBQ grills and a playground for the kids. A continental breakfast is included in the room rate during summer months, while local eateries range from a Mandarin buffet-style Chinese restaurant to the Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls. Guests can choose between single and double rooms, adjoining family rooms with a kitchenette and suites with heart-shaped Jacuzzi tubs and separate showers. In-room amenities include individual heating and A/C controls, mini-fridge, free morning newspapers and cable TV with more than 75 channels. In addition, the main office provides GST tax rebate forms, local area maps and discount coupons to area attractions.

Dewar's Inn on the River

Dewar's Inn on the River is family owned and operated, with accommodations designed primarily for adult couples. The property is nestled against the shores of the St. Lawrence River in Prescott, lying in close proximity to the Fort Wellington National Historic Site and Prescott Golf Club. The landscaped grounds feature a 300-foot riverside boardwalk, various fruit trees and feeding stations for squirrels and birds. A complimentary light breakfast is offered each morning in the sun room, while a bevy of eateries like Dragon Garden and the Bridgeview Restaurant are only minutes away by car. Accommodations range from motel units with one queen or two double beds to efficiencies with kitchenettes to a roomy cottage with a full-sized kitchen and fireplace. Many of the furnishings are hand-crafted by the owners from red oak, maple, ash and pine wood. No pets are permitted on the premises.

Super 8 North Bay

The Super 8 North Bay is situated near the shores of Lake Nipissing, a fashionable vacation area where out-of-towners go fishing, swimming and boating in warmer months and skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter. The pet-friendly property has a 24-hour guest services desk with multilingual staff and provides valet laundry service; wake-up calls; and ample outdoor parking for trucks, buses and RVs. A breakfast bar is off the lobby, while East Side Mario's, White Owl Bistro and Alkazar's Sports Bar are dinner spots convenient to the property. All rooms offer cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and coffeemakers with unlimited fresh roast grounds. Some units also have a fridge and microwave. Discounts are available for AARP cardholders, seniors, government or military travelers and AAA members.

About the Author

Mark Heidelberger has been writing for more than 22 years, from articles and short stories to novels and screenplays. He is a consummate foodie, loves to travel and has run several businesses, all of which influence his work. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA.

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