Though I was immediately offered a 10% discount on the $100/night rate (8-26-12) for riding a bike, my budget had not included a room for this night, anticipating staying with a friend. However, after going up the road and seeing what was available for $60/night, I turned around and went back! Nolan was pleasant and welcoming, though I had now interrupted his dinner twice!
It wasn't just that the Swanton has a pool, I felt comfortable and safe, as a woman traveling alone. It was a beautiful evening and I was so impressed with both the room and the grounds, I wandered about taking photographs, feeling no need to close the door to my room while in or out!
I travel a lot, staying in everything from little independent motels to the Hilton. The Swanton is the Hilton of the little independents! Wooden hangers, glass drinking vessels, ceramic coffee cups, with metal spoons, and a vase of colourful silk flowers on the bureau are a touch of class rivaling the Clarion!
The room, and the bathroom, were exceptionally clean. The soap dispensers at the sink and in the shower are neat, sanitary, and thrifty. The towels are thick and snuggily soft. The spray from the shower head could have been better, and I felt only mild temperature fluctuations at the tail end of a long, hot shower.
I found the bed to be very comfortable, with extra blankets and pillows in the dresser. The room was well lit, with easily accessible switches; whether in the bathroom, sitting at the table, or reading in bed.
The bedside drawer holds a folder containing the menus of local eating establishments, several of which offer delivery services. Optionally, the coffee pot, microwave, and refrigerator provide the means to store and prepare personal supplies at will.
Entertainment options in the room include a flat screen, cable TV, DVD player (with DVDs available at the office), and Wi-Fi. Outside, across a well paved parking lot, is a BBQ patio next to the pool and tended gardens.
There was a patched section behind the door that had yet to be painted. It had been properly repaired, the white of the spackle the only clue there had been damage.
This is a family run motel, with the feel of being welcomed into a private extension of their home, without the personal interactions of a bed and breakfast. Nolan was quick to point out that all the quaint little touches are that of his mom, while he is just learning how to take care of everything.
The Swanton Motel is a rare gem for guests of the road! Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The last AAA approved motel before the Canadian border. We are a family run motel and gift shop where cleanliness is top priority. 2014 Updates include new water pipes to the south half of the motel to improve water flow and pressure. We also remodeled four rooms with new bathroom tile, tubs, toilets, sinks, ceilings, lights, and ceiling fans. Newly painted bedrooms with new light fixtures, mirrors, paintings and furniture. 107 And 111 have new carpet. And there is a lot more in the making... ... more less