Fort St. John is the largest city on the Alaska Highway with about 18,000 residents and somewhat of a present day golf mecca. It's located in beautiful northeastern British Columbia in the North Peace River Region. I compared the hotels in and near the downtown core for value based upon a number of factors including price, amenities offered, freebies and guest ratings and came up with the following short list.

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Editor's Top 7 Picks

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Book from ~$189 CAD
Highly praised Fort St John hotel with indoor pool, kitchenettes and free breakfast
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free local calls, free parking and free breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • Many reviewers praised the food and selection at the free breakfast
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and responsive service
  • Several guests found their beds to be comfortable
  • A few reviewers enjoyed the on-site pool area and gaming centre
Cons
  • A couple of guests thought that the room rates were expensive
The Pomeroy is the most glamorous and highly rated hotel in the city of Fort St. John (only 14 minutes to the airport). Most guests are pleasantly surprised at the quality of amenities and service found so high up north in Canada and give it raving reviews. It is the most expensive of the hotels I compared, and some have complained about the price of their rooms, but most seem to appreciate the quality of the stay. They have modern, clean and well-appointed rooms with comfy beds and pillows. They have an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and a fitness centre. They have a great free breakfast that people seem to really enjoy with a variety of hot items. There's a restaurant on site and it's close to other eateries, plus a 5-minute walk to the Totem Mall. Need I say more?
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Book from ~$166 CAD
Popular and pet-friendly Fort St John hotel with restaurant, free breakfast & jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast buffet, parking, lobby coffee and tea service
  • Many really liked their rooms and found them very comfortable
  • Many guests found the staff to be excellent
  • Many thought the free hot breakfast buffet was outstanding
  • Guests found the location convenient to the airport and in walking distance of all amenities
  • Wi-Fi was very good according to guests
Cons
  • A few guests found the parking limited
The Quality Inn is a very good hotel that affords its guests great hospitality, with newly renovated and cozy rooms. It comes highly recommended by its guests who love the free hot buffet breakfast for its variety and special extras, the upscale décor and heated bathroom floors in the rooms, and free coffee and fresh baked cookies in the lobby. Guests really like the staff members at this hotel, who are known to go above and beyond for their guests, and who make this hotel a popular and comfortable place to stay. It also comes with fast, free Wi-Fi and free outdoor parking. It offers the convenience of a restaurant and sports bar on site, for guests who want to relax or catch a game on the high definition TVs, plus some fun and fitness, with a games room and guest gym on site. Guests without cars can access the airport, on weekdays, with the hotel’s brand new airport shuttle, for a nominal fee of $10 each way, and avoid the extra hassle of arranging a cab. It's one of the closest hotels to the airport, only a 12-minute drive, and it is also centrally located near to the downtown core, in walking distance of amenities.
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Book from ~$152 CAD
Well-liked Fort St John hotel near Hwy 97 with indoor pool, waterslide and kitchenettes
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, airport shuttle, local calls
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well maintained
  • Many reviewers praised the food served at the free breakfast
  • Several guests enjoyed the indoor pool and waterslide
  • A few reviewers found the location convenient for accessing restaurants, shopping and the highway
  • Many guests gave the staff of this hotel high marks for customer service and friendliness
I thought I should add the well-rated Super 8 to this list. It is certainly a good option, especially for those of you who would need an airport shuttle. It's free and operates on demand daily between 8 am and 4 pm, and saves you the trouble and extra expense of finding your own way to the hotel and airport. Just call the hotel and they will come and pick you up at the airport. Once you get to Super 8, you can enjoy their amenities and clean, modern and well-maintained rooms. They have an indoor pool, waterslide, hot tub and fitness centre, plus an on-site restaurant. They serve a good free breakfast in the morning and also provide Wi-Fi and parking (with cold weather plug-ins), free of charge. There's another restaurant choice on the lot and Totem Mall is walk-able in 4 minutes. I thought the rooms looked nice judging from the pictures! Oh! I almost forgot--it's 14 minutes to the airport!
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Book from ~$189 CAD
Highly praised Grande Prairie hotel with indoor pool and suites with jacuzzi and mini-kitchen
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot and cold breakfast buffet, parking, airport shuttle, lobby coffee, hospitality night
  • Many guests said the rooms were clean and spacious with comfy beds
  • Several guests found the Wi-Fi fast
  • Guests liked the staff and said they were accommodating and friendly
  • Several reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the area by car or on foot
  • Many guests raved about the free breakfast
  • Some guests really enjoyed dining on site
Cons
  • Some guests were disturbed by hearing footsteps overhead and running water through the walls

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Book from ~$187 CAD
Well-liked Grande Prairie hotel with indoor pool, waterslide, jacuzzi suites & free breakfast
Pros
  • Free: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking and taxi to and from airport
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
  • A few guests found their beds to be comfortable
  • A couple of reviewers found the location convenient for accessing Prairie Mall on foot
Cons
  • A couple of reviewers were disturbed by noise from within the hotel
  • A couple of guests found the pool area too cold, although the pool water was warm

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Book from ~$209 CAD
Grande Prairie hotel 8 min to YQU with free shuttle, indoor pool, restaurant & jacuzzi suite
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, airport shuttle, all day coffee & fruit
  • Several reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Many guests liked the customer service at this hotel
  • Guests found the location convenient to airport, restaurants and shopping
  • Good sized rooms with comfy beds, according to guests
  • A few guests mentioned the Wi-Fi and said it worked well
Cons
  • A couple of guests complained of noise disturbance from bar music
  • Occasionally a guest would complain about the hotel's room rates and the lack of a free breakfast

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Book from ~$103 CAD
Popular downtown Prince George hotel with pet-friendly rooms, kitchenettes & free breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Many guests said the rooms were very clean and well appointed with comfortable beds
  • Good customer service by excellent staff said guests
  • Several reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
  • Excellent room prices and value said guests
  • Downtown location was convenient to restaurants, VIA Rail and highway
Cons
  • A few reviewers described the parking facility as small

3 Other Hotels Close to Fort St John Airport

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Book from ~$134 CAD
Located on Hwy 97, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and clean rooms
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free local calls, free parking and a free breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several guests found the location convenient for accessing the highway
  • Several reviewers found their rooms to be spacious
Cons
  • Several guests thought that the hotel appeared somewhat dated and in need of upgrades
  • A couple of reviewers complained that their beds were uncomfortable
  • A couple of guests mentioned that there was broken equipment in the fitness centre
Location
Situated just off of the Alaska Highway heading into town, this Howard Johnson is a 12-minute drive from the airport.
Getting Around
The Fort St. John city centre is about an 8-minute drive from this hotel, and the Alaska Highway is less than 1 minute away by car. 

Located just across the highway from this hotel is the Fort St. John Motocross Track, which can be accessed by car in 9 minutes. The Totem Mall and Aurora Cinema Centre are a 4-minute drive away.
Dining
A free breakfast is served to guests, and the on-site Northern Star Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other restaurants can be found heading towards town at a 3-minute drive from the hotel.
Entertainment
At this hotel, guests can take advantage of the on-site fitness centre, hot tub and sauna.
Other Tips
This hotel has been undergoing renovations to its hot tub room, fitness centre and restaurant. Renovations should be complete by September 13, 2013. These amenities should re-open to guests no later than the end of September, 2013.
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Book from ~$113 CAD
Situated on the Alaska Highway with free parking and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
Cons
  • No elevator
  • No on-site restaurant
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Book from ~$117 CAD
Older Fort St. John budget hotel on Alaska Hwy with restaurant, lounge & free hot breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Many enjoyed meals at the restaurant on site
  • Many guests found the staff pleasant and helpful
  • Location had easy access to the highway, amenities and services
Cons
  • Guests were mixed about the comfort and cleanliness of the rooms
  • Poor Wi-Fi according to a few guests
  • Guests offered mixed opinions of the free hot breakfast
  • Noise disturbance a problem for some guests
  • Guests were mixed over value for price of this hotel
Location
Situated at the on- and off-ramps to the Alaska Highway (less than a 30-second drive), this hotel is a 15-minute drive from the airport.
Getting Around
The Fort St. John city centre is a 6-minute drive away, while the Totem Mall and Aurora Cinema Complex is a 3-minute drive from the hotel.
Dining
A complimentary breakfast is served up for guests and the on-site restaurant, Burgers and Brew, serves lunch and dinner. An on-site liquor store is open daily.

Other options are available within a 3-minute drive.

Tips For Staying Near Fort St John Airport

Location
Located south of the Peace River, the Fort St. John Airport, or the North Peace Regional Airport (YXJ), is just a 14-minute drive outside the city of Fort St. John. 

Originally a trading post, Fort St. John is in northeastern British Columbia and is currently the largest city on the Alaska Highway. 
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Parking
Parking at the airport is $8 per day, and can be easily extended online by registering with your license plate number. Extended parking rates (weekly, monthly or permanent) can be acquired by calling the airport directly. 

All of the hotels featured below offer free parking available during the course of your stay.
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Getting Around
There are a number of car rental options located in the airport, as well as a taxi stand easily accessible for those coming off flights.

The Alaska Highway 97 is a 10-minute drive away, and the nearby town of Taylor is a 16-minute drive away.

Charlie Lake and the Charlie Lake Provincial Park, as well as the Beaton Provincial Park, are a 25-minute drive away, while the Northern Rocky Mountains and surrounding provincial parks are an approximate 2.5-hour drive away.
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Dining
The only restaurant in the airport is the Aviator Cafe in the terminal building. It is open from 4 am to 12 am every day, is fully licensed and serves up hot meals, including hamburgers and fries.
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