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Surrey, British Columbia
October 14, 2009
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
November 2, 2001
The two storey building is a 5 minute walk from the center of Ganges and is directly across from the harbour. Most rooms are on the 2nd floor but there are some main floor rooms for those with mobility issues since the hotel doesn''t have an elevator. There is also a newer, separate annex with rooms that include a fireplace.
I stayed in the main building and my room was huge with a sloped cedar ceiling, two queen size beds and French doors that led to the balcony. The bathroom was small but had an assortment of toiletries in a wicker basket and lots of towels.
The balcony was the best feature since it was almost as big as the room and could easily seat 20 or more people. The harbour was across the street and I spent lots of time soaking up the sun and watching the boats and float planes come and go. One of my favorite memories was watching dawn break over the harbour. If there was any drawback, it was the fact that the balcony railings are only a few feet high so there wasn''t any privacy from the next door rooms. It wasn''t really a big deal since we were all so busy admiring the view that it didn''t matter.
The hotel has a hair salon, convenience store, restaurant and a pub. The HMS Ganges Lounge is modelled after a Tudor-style English pub and has thick wooden beams and is decorated with English memorabilia. The manager has a quirky sense of humor since their Sunday special was advertised as "Nothin''" even though they had a large selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads, etc. I stopped in for a drink and snack and the service was friendly and prices reasonable. Smoking is allowed only on the outside patio and most tables have a view of the harbour.
There is a car rental agency across the street as well as a laundry if you are staying for an extended period.
Since the tourist season was coming to a close, the prices were ridiculously low and a newspaper coupon reduced them even further. My room was $49.00 due to the $20.00 off coupon and with taxes, the total was $56.35. During high season, the same room is $129.00 plus taxes.
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