by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
July 18, 2004
Fortunately the motor hotel has been renovated recently and most of the rooms are now non smoking. There are also a number of services on site including pub, restaurant, free Internet access, cash machine in the lobby and an attached liquor and convenience store.
Check in was pleasant and efficient but the décor left something to be desired. Long narrow hallways with exposed brick walls painted an uninspiring beige gave the place an institutional feel. Our room had the same beige brick and was a bit cramped considering there was a double bed, a single bed and a rollaway cot all in a row. We had enough room to walk between beds and to get to the window but that was about it. The room was rather dim with overhead lighting but only one lamp between the double and twin bed, which meant the cot had no reading light. We didn’t use the microwave but the small fridge came in handy for keeping drinks cold.
The bathroom was clean with a nice deep tub that had recently been fitted with a new insert. The sink had no counter top and the one small shelf above the toilet wasn’t big enough to hold three toiletry kits. There were enough towels and mini bars of soap for three but no other toiletries in the bathroom although complimentary shampoo, toothpaste, etc. were available from the front desk along with irons and hairdryers.
The majority of Haida’s guests are boaters, kayakers and whale-watching tourists. Given that, we expected the restaurant to be open for early breakfast but on weekends it didn’t open until 9 a.m. – much too late for anyone wanting to get on the water early. As well as a regular menu, the restaurant has a buffet for $21.95 per person on Friday and Saturday nights. The pub is one of the entertainment centers in Port McNeill with large screen TVs, pool tables, and reasonably priced food.
Our room cost $119 for 3 people. Overall, the Haida Way was acceptable and probably the best choice for a motel in the area. During a drive around town, we did discover some nice looking B&Bs along the waterfront and would be more likely to stay at one of them if we returned to Port McNeil.
From journal A Whale of a Weekend