A handful of motels service the thousands of travelers who pass through each summer. Laurie's Motor Inn, on Main Street (tel. 800/959-4253 or 902/224-2400), has more than 50 motel rooms and newer suites in a string of buildings situated right in town; rates run from C$99 to C$299 per night (mostly toward the lower end of that range). The inn also manages some nice rental homes and apartments around town for longer stays; inquire if you're interested in something bigger or need cooking facilities.
A number of serviceable cottage courts and motels are located in the area. (If you're booking by phone, be sure to find out which Ingonish you're staying in; the town names in this area all sound the same, which could create confusion.)
In addition to the choices listed inthis guide, Glenghorm Beach Resort in Ingonish (tel. 800/565-5660 or 902/285-2049) has about 75 units on a spacious 8-hectare (20-acre) property that fronts a sandy beach. Calling it a resort is a little bit of a stretch. Some rooms feature painted cinderblock walls and decor that's plain and a bit dated, though others feel a bit fresher and nicer. The expensive two-bedroom deluxe suite on the second floor is quite nice, though, featuring Jacuzzi tubs, kitchen units, and fireplaces. (Other suites are in a building out back, and aren't as nice.) Options include motel rooms and efficiencies, along with cottages and some elaborate suites. Prices are C$95 to C$129 for the motel rooms, C$115 to C$189 for the cottages, and C$195 to C$399 for one- and two-bedroom suites.
There are lots of choices in and around Baddeck, but none really jumps out head-and-shoulders above the rest. If the places below are booked, you could just as easily try Auberge Gisele's Inn, 387 Shore Rd. (tel. 800/304-0466 or 902/295-2849), a nicely modern 75-room hotel that's open May to late October and popular with bus tours; regular rooms cost C$115 to C$150, upgraded rooms and suites run from C$140 up as high as C$300 (with fireplace and Jacuzzi). There's also the cost-effective Cabot Trail Motel (tel. 902/295-2580) on Route 105 about a mile west of Baddeck, with 38 motel units and four chalets overlooking the lake, a nice little heated outdoor pool, and private saltwater beach. Its rates run from C$95 to C$125 per night.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.