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5849 York Rd, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 3S3 Canada
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The Thunderbird Motor Inn is centrally located in the Cowichan Valley; an easy walk to downtown Duncan, the Cowichan Sports Plex, and across the street from the Cowichan Theatre / Rec Centre / Aquatic Centre.We are 40mins north of Victoria (BC's Capital) and 35 minutes south of Nanaimo (The Harbour City) which makes us the perfect stopping point after travelling from the Washington State Ferries, BC Ferries, or the airports.We are close to the Chemainus Theatre, Cowichan Valley Exhibition Grounds, Sports Fields, many Local Wineries, Golf Courses, Shopping, BC Forest Discovery Centre, Vancouver Island University, Maple Bay Marina, Cowichan District Hospital.Located in the City of Totems, in the heart of Duncan B.C.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Coffee shop
Children's television networks
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
Newspaper
24-hour front desk
Street parking
Wifi
Restaurant
Non-smoking hotel
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Self-serve laundry
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Allergy-free room
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
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Microwave
Flatscreen TV
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Telephone
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
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Darrell wrote a review Aug 2022
Cypress, Texas38 contributions8 helpful votes
Room was nice and clean and everything worked. Motel was quiet considering it was near a busy road. Laundry was very nice. Melanie on the front desk was very cheerful and helpful. Would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Phyllis P wrote a review Jun 2022
Courtenay, Canada8 contributions2 helpful votes
I spent only one night (thankfully!) at this motel, as I was on my way through the town. For the price I had to pay ($172 CAD) the quality of the room was terrible. The room was very dark due to low wattage bulbs in the lamps. Even over the bathroom mirror, where one needs ample lighting, there was only very dim lighting. There was a large hole in one wall, it looked to be about 8" x 10", that hadn't been repaired. There was no chain on the door to give me a sense of security and the deadbolt wouldn't engage fully. The door had scratches and gouges that made it look as if someone had been trying to gain entry. On top of that, the office shuts down at 9:00 PM and the staff leave. That means that, had I run into trouble with the boisterous people hanging around outside, I would have been on my own, and it would have meant a 911 call. Going forward I will definitely pay to stay at a reputable place, or else I will drive on through.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: Just don't stay here!
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Lucas7158 wrote a review May 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates20 contributions23 helpful votes
Stayed for 3 months on business without a single problem. Quiet, ample free parking, good location for food outlets, walking distance to Duncan town centre (10 minutes), friendly staff always on hand, comfy beds and best of all ….. spotlessly clean. If you check my reviews, I do not tolerate bad quality or service, Thunderbirds are go!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Try Saigon subs Vietnamese takeaway across the road.
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Krista B wrote a review Oct 2021
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If you want a good night sleep don’t stay here. The homeless sneak on to the property at night to shelter in the overhang. Then there is a lot of screaming and yelling in the middle of the night and extremely foul language as the homeless person is evicted. Happened twice during our 5 night stay. We would have left but everything else in the area was booked. Anther night we were awoken again by drunk guests who were sitting outside their room at 1 in the morning talking loudly. Sound really caries under that overhang. I have always stayed here when I come to Duncan to visit my mother but it’s really gone downhill since my last visit. The rooms are clean but we will never stay here again. Horrible!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nicholas wrote a review Sep 2021
79 contributions13 helpful votes
This far and away the best motel that I have ever stayed in. Everything is spotless, well maintained and everything works. It is superb value for money and in a great location. The stair treads and walk ways are covered with a rubber compound which is easy to walk on and totally non-slip-a really nice touch.I recommend this place most highly-nice and quiet too. In short as close to pefect as one can get.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Andres_Jaramillo_U wrote a review Sep 2021
Medellin, Colombia46 contributions37 helpful votes
I do not give the hotel a 1-star review because of the staff members at the front desk who were very nice. Other than that, the room maintenance is lacking badly Toilet kept running after flushing. So did the shower after taking a bath. We could hear every time someone in other rooms used their washroom. I know the pandemic hit everyone by surprise at the beginning but to put a plastic (like a shower curtain) cut with scissors on the front desk does give a very poor impression. The floor on the outside of our room was cracked. The fridge had a Jordan sticker on its door. The bathtub had obvious cracks. Overall the hotel looks like has not been able to keep up with regular maintenance. The price/quality relationship was not right, it was very highly-priced (which creates higher expectations).
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Room Tip: Centrally located
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T H wrote a review Jul 2021
Duncan, Canada40 contributions6 helpful votes
I found the people at the front desk very polite and helpful, the room was clean when I arrived, and the air conditioner was a huge welcome relief. The room was kind of on the small size, but it did have 2 queen-sized beds, as they didn't have a single when I booked the room. There was a small fridge, a coffee maker, table with chairs, The only two problems I had were the beds, when you sit on them they feel really soft and bouncy, but wow don't be fooled the beds once you lay down are quite firm so firm in fact that they are very uncomfortable, had to get up several times in the night to sit at the table for some relief. If you can walk around a bit without your wheelchair, then you are fine, but the rooms are way too small to allow full use of them. And the toilets are way too close to the floor, not sure why they are so close like that but wow, very difficult for anyone who has problems sitting and standing. If it were not for these problems, I would have rated it a 5 because of the cleanliness and the friendliness of the people at the front desk.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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John B wrote a review May 2021
Westlock, Canada7 contributions2 helpful votes
Even in the midst of a pandemic, when hotels must be suffering from lack of travellers, how can a hotel afford to turn away business? Like this: I gather the end of April marks the end of their winter rates, and so May 1, their prices go up. From about $110 per night to $140-something per night. I asked to extend my 3-night stay - (the last 3 days of April) - for another 4 nights (first 4 days of May) at the same (winter rate) I was paying. Nope. Price had to go up. Even if I will walk? Yes, that’s the way it is. So, I sit right now in a (nicer it turns out) hotel down the road for $112 per night, including a breakfast the T-Bird didn’t supply. Was this a case of the front desk staff not having any authority to make business decisions on their own? Nope. They “phoned the manager” to see if they could meet my request. The result was not a particularly good example of either business practice or customer service.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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KOontheroad wrote a review Mar 2020
Nanaimo BC17 contributions5 helpful votes
This family motel is comfortable and has a good restaurant sharing the parking lot. It is quiet and clean with friendly staff and all the usual amenities and close to downtown Duncan. I would stay there again, if only for the York Restaurant right outside the door.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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zamboniman wrote a review Feb 2020
16 contributions17 helpful votes
Spent 1 night here following a dance. Was very impressed with the size of the room , comfort and cleanliness. Reception staff very friendly and accomodating. Close to town,shopping and resturants. Very low traffic noise from highway, very restful sleep
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: very quiet, no noisy guests on either side of our room
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US$104 - US$119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
CanadaBritish ColumbiaVancouver IslandCowichan Valley Regional DistrictDuncan
NUMBER OF ROOMS
32
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thunderbird Motor Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Thunderbird Motor Inn?
Nearby attractions include Duncan Farmer's Market (0.9 km), Duncan Totem Poles (0.9 km), and Cowichan Valley trail (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Thunderbird Motor Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Thunderbird Motor Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Thunderbird Motor Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Thunderbird Motor Inn?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Thunderbird Motor Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Craig Street Brew Pub, Just Jake's, and Dog House Restaurant and Take Out.
Are any cleaning services offered at Thunderbird Motor Inn?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Thunderbird Motor Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Thunderbird Motor Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Cowichan Native Village (1.1 km).
Is Thunderbird Motor Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.