The City of Sarnia is a strong hub for tourism in Ontario due to its’ geographical location and the attractions it offers. Sarnia-Lambton is located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, bordering Michigan, USA. The Blue Water Bridge links Sarnia and the neighbouring village Point Edward, to the city of Port Huron, MI. The Bluewater Bridge is a popular crossing point for travellers and commercial trucks, joining the two countries at the point where Lake Huron flows south into the St. Clair River. Sarnia is 280 kilometers (174 miles) west of Toronto, and 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of Detroit, MI.
Hotels in Sarnia Ontario vary in quality and location, and your choice should be dependent on the purpose of your visit. For rush stays and travellers looking for a place to lay their head, there are many locations just off the highway at the bridge, and Sarnia hotels near the border. See the Map below for more details.
For families, there are parks located on the waterfront such as Canatara Park and Centennial Park. Centennial Park is known for the Canada Day celebrations and the fireworks show, while Canatara Park delivers sandy beaches with blue waters for swimming and play. These parks are great for families or pets. There are pet friendly hotels in Sarnia such as the Holiday Inn Sarnia Hotel & Conf Centre, and a lower price-point would be the Howard Johnson Inn.
There is no defined business centre in Sarnia/Point Edward, but the downtown core has seen a resurgence of economic growth. Restaurants and bars, fitness centres, shops and shared office space. If you are determined to find a hotel downtown the Drawbridge Inn has recently been under renovations and promises modern amenities. There’s a lot of history there, and they have upgraded the indoor pool, consistent air conditioning and the fitness facility. The Holiday Inn has an indoor pool with speedy wifi and many spaces to hide and get work done, including the usually quiet bar. If you are traveling with children during the summer months, it should be at the top of your list of requirements. Luckily, Sarnia has a selection of hotels with indoor and outdoor pools to meet all your needs. For business travellers or the temporary worker that plans on spending most of their waking hours on the job, there are many inexpensive Sarnia Hotel and Motels. It’s all about finding the right deals and booking ahead of time.
Couples looking for accommodation in Sarnia have options outside of Sarnia hotels motels. There is a growing market of vacation rental properties in the area. Airbnb and home swapping have become a prominent services for the Sarnia-Lambton tourism industry. Now more than ever you can become your own travel agents. The lowest prices nightly will be hotels, but these two forms of integration travel has its benefits. Often these units come equipped with a kitchenette and larger fridge space. It’s easy to integrate. Use the Airbnb mobile app to book on the fly.
There are not many Sarnia Hotels on the water, but a spacious Airbnb unit on Front Street directly overlooking the river, has been a popular spot for visitors. A benefit of this style of travel is that the owner of the property is often the host. They can provide excellent advice on the local events in Sarnia, and the nearby towns and attractions reachable by car or taxi. Find property info on the website feedback and review page.
On the east side of the city, easily accessible from the highways is the “Golden Mile”. London Line offers a variety of Sarnia hotels cheaply priced, and motels with a higher guarantee of vacancy for anyone only needing a quick sleep. You won’t get complimentary hot meals, but Donut shops and the breakfast spot Nicks Restaurant is nearby. This can bring a new meaning to bed and breakfast. The East Court Inn Motel, Bluewater Motel, Versatile Inn, Gables Inn, Palace Inn Motel and Faulds Motel are highly searched locations. Some come with air conditioning.These lodgings are a drive from downtown and the lake, but they could be ideal for the worker with no checkout date in sight.
If you are a travelling sports team or a family looking for a quick booking, it is beneficial to be near the 402 highway. This allows easy travel from the US border to your hotel or destination. Highway access points are rarely busy, and easy to find. Various youth Hockey tournaments such as Silver Sticks® that take place in mid-January, brings in large teams from all over Canada and the USA. During these large tournaments, hotels are generally full.
Arena venues are spread across the city and so are hotels in Sarnia, so it comes down to preference. If you need a fitness centre for your team make sure you ask about the size before you book. Find the suitable spot for your team and book direct well in advance for price guarantee and certainty they can accommodate. There has been occasions where teams were forced to drive the BlueWater Bridge and stay in Port Huron due to limited space.
The events in Sarnia Ontario are scattered across the calendar. Depending on when you plan your visit, this should be considered. Please check out the Events Page to learn more.
In Point Edward a charity Casino was announced in 1998. The property is currently managed by Gateway Casinos. They run a restaurant that has good food, hot breakfast, and a nice view of the St. Clair River from their patio. There are nearby Sarnia casino Hotels, such as the Holiday Inn or the Hampton Inn. Occasionally they offer guests discounts when they plan to gamble.
The Progressive Auto Sales Sarnia Arena is the marquee rink for hockey, as well as other occasional events and concerts. It is the home ice for the Sarnia Sting OHL team. During wintertime, a lot of hockey teams visiting the area boost occupancy. These types of bookings are done months and even years in advance. Most hotels are within a ten minute city drive from the arena. There are motels closer on London Line, but most travellers choose the hotels at the opposite end of the city due to quality and star-rating.
The simple answers are The Best Western, The Holiday Inn, and the Comfort Inn. This information was last confirmed in March of 2018. Travelling with pets are a common experience. They are members of the family and sometimes arrangements cannot be made back home so they must join us on the road. Or maybe they always travel with you. Regardless, they need a place to rest as well. If the pet-friendly hotel locations are all booked up, an option would be the gold star dog resort called the Fox and the Hound. This place has an amazing training facility, housing for the animals, caring staff, and affordable rates. Highly recommended by our team and family.
Recent bookings statistics show that Summertime is busy. This is expected as the waterways and beaches are utilized often. The rumour among locals is that the sunsets are top ten in the world. Watching a sunset from Canatara Park beach or Centennial Park is ideal. The business centre is split between the Lambton Mall area and Christina St downtown. If you are searching for accommodation in these two areas, here are the most popular: Near Downtown shopping and Casino; Harbourfront Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn, Choice Privileges Hotels, Comfort Inn, Quality Inn Sarnia. Close to Lambton Mall Rd Sarnia, and shopping; East Court Motel, Bluewater Motel, and Faulds Motel.
Motels and Hotels in Sarnia Ontario are also experiencing higher volumes of long-term bookings by temporary workers in the industrial sector. Due to the nature of the industry and income generation, some tradesmen and tradeswomen are booking vacation rentals (again, using the mobile app) rather other choice hotels or the Chipican Motel (The Chipican Motel is now closed). Travel Agents and Placement Companies have been utilizing vacation rentals located on the waterfront to house upper brass employees and engineers for large corporations.
As previously mentioned, Airbnb is an option with limitations. The other is looking in nearby townships or villages such as Petrolia or Camlachie. Keep an eye on the developments of the recently announced Kingswell Hotel in Petrolia. That place will be worth the commute!
The bottom line is hotels in Sarnia Ontario are relatively easy to come by. The lowest prices necessarily don’t bring the best deal. Location is key, so research where you want your hotel located. Hotel features vary so depending on your requirements this may be a factor. Browse our many posts to learn more about various services and complimentary breakfast options. When you decide on staying in a hotel or motel Sarnia will also be a determining factor of availability. Plan accordingly. Book your checkin date well in advance. As always, if your checkout date changes give the staff notice as soon as possible. Visit our calendar of Sarnia Attractions here. If you plan to travel over the Blue Water Bridge, remember to bring coins for the fare. When you’re looking for a hot breakfast unlike any other, go here. Good journey, The Sarnia Living Team
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