Editor's Top 4 Picks

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Book from ~$122 CAD
Clean rooms, a 7-minute drive from Fairview Park Mall
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to Hwy 8 and Fairview Park Mall
  • Good customer service, according to guests
  • Clean, comfortable rooms, according to guests
Cons
  • Some guests were bothered by noise from guests in the hallways
  • Some guests felt that the breakfast lacked in both selection and quality of food
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Book from ~$162 CAD
Highly praised Waterloo-St Jacobs hotel near market with indoor pool & free hot breakfast 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot & cold breakfast buffet, parking, local calls, 24-hr coffee & tea
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
  • Several guests found the beds comfortable
  • Several reviewers said that the location was convenient for accessing shopping and dining
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Book from ~$85 CAD
Kitchener guest houses ideal for families with shared kitchen and 3 room types
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free bathroom toiletries
  • Many guests were pleased with their clean and well-equipped accommodations
  • The hotel's staff were found to be efficient and helpful
  • Services include daily housekeeping and a business centre
  • Located 10-minute drive to downtown Kitchener
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the hotel's proximity to shopping and Waterloo University
  • All bedrooms have a furnished balcony
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise transfer during their stay
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Book from ~$120 CAD
Popular Kitchener hotel off Hwy 8 with indoor pool, restaurants and free area shuttle
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, parking, area shuttle
  • Guests found the location convenient to restaurants, shopping and the highway
  • Many guests liked the restaurants on site
  • Rooms were very clean and well maintained said guests
  • The staff were very well liked by guest reviewers
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise disturbances
  • Some guests missed having an included breakfast
  • A few found the sleep-number beds difficult to adjust

8 Other Hotels Close to University of Waterloo

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Waterloo hotel with indoor pool, restaurant, free airport/area shuttle and free parking 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, airport (YKF) and area shuttle, local calls
  • Many guests found the rooms to be very clean and well appointed
  • Many enjoyed meals on site
  • Staff was a highlight at this hotel
  • Location convenient to highway, public transit, shopping, restaurants and universities
Cons
  • A couple of guests found the hotel layout confusing
  • A few guests found their beds uncomfortable
  • A few guests felt that the breakfast could use more hot choices
Location
Situated just a 3-minute drive from the Conestoga Parkway, the Waterloo Inn and Conference Centre is rather secluded from the commercial locations nearby. The university is a 7-minute drive away.
Getting Around: Public Transit
A couple transit routes are available nearby, but each would require over a 10-minute walk from either the hotel to the bus stop, or from the bus stop to the school.
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Book from ~$139 CAD
Centrally located, accommodating staff and good food at the on-site restaurant
Pros
  • Free Wi-FI and free parking
  • Many guests found the hotel centrally located for accessing area attractions and the universities
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their helpful service
  • Several guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • A few reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise from rowdy guests in neighbouring rooms
  • A couple of reviewers complained that this hotel did not have an elevator
Location
Just east of the Wilfrid Laurier University campus, this Comfort Inn is a popular choice with those visiting either school and is a 5-minute drive from the UW campus.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Transit to the school is easily accessible in under 15 minutes via a number of bus routes.
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Book from ~$153 CAD
Well-liked Waterloo hotel with indoor pool, free parking, mini-kitchens and jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local business shuttle, bottled water, local calls
  • Guests enjoyed clean, spacious and comfortable rooms
  • Many guests found the staff efficient and friendly
  • Guests found the location convenient to the business park, the mall, the RIM sports field and restaurants
  • Many thought the hotel provided good value
Cons
  • A few guests were upset to have to pay for breakfast and found it too expensive
Location
Surrounded by a number of shopping and dining options, the Destination Inn offers suites across from the Conestoga Mall an 11-minute drive from the school.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Guests can choose from a variety of buses to get to the university in under 30 minutes travel time.
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Book from ~$175 CAD
Near St. Jacobs outlet shopping, modern and clean rooms, and an on-site Bistro
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers thought that their rooms were well-appointed and modern
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing outlet shopping
  • Many reviewers indicated that they were likely to return
Cons
  • Several guests were disappointed that this hotel did not offer a free breakfast
Location
Formerly known as a Best Western, this Courtyard Marriott is on a side road with the St. Jacobs shopping outlet a mere 4-minute walk from the property. The university is an 11-minute drive from the property.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Public transit is not easily accessible from this location and the nearest bus stop heading to the university is a 17-minute walk from the hotel.
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Book from ~$237 CAD
Guests liked this hotel's historical charm and its downtown location
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Historical charm made for a unique stay, according to guests
  • Convenient downtown location, close to shops, restaurants and attractions, according to guests
  • Good customer service, according to guests
Cons
  • Worn decor, according to guests
  • Lack of detailed cleaning in rooms and in common areas, according to guests
Location
Located in downtown Kitchener, the historic Walper Terrace Hotel is an 11-minute drive from the University of Waterloo.
Location
Due to its central location, guests can choose from a number of routes to get to the university, all within a 5-minute walk of the hotel and all taking under 30 minutes.
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Book from ~$139 CAD
Staff go out of their way to help at this downtown hotel
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Excellent customer service, according to guests
  • Convenient downtown location, close to shops, restaurants and attractions, according to guests
  • Many guests praised the comfy beds and linens
Cons
  • Aging decor in the common areas and in the rooms, according to guests
Location
This Delta Hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Kitchener among shops, restaurants and entertainment and is a 13-minute drive from UW.
Getting Around: Public Transit
At just a 5-minute walk away, a number of buses can be caught heading towards the campus for a travel time of under 30 minutes.
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Book from ~$91 CAD
Near Hwy 8 and Conestoga Pkwy, indoor pool, but mixed guest reviews
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Several guests found the location convenient for accessing area highways and attractions by car
  • A couple of reviewers described their rooms and beds as comfortable
Cons
  • No on-site restaurant
  • Many guests described their rooms as dated and in need of upgrades
  • A few reviewers said that the rooms did not meet their cleanliness expectations
  • A few guests complained about the selection of food at the free breakfast
  • A few reviewers said that the in-room heating was ineffective
Location
Southwest of downtown Kitchener, this Howard Johnson is on a commercial main road a 14-minute drive from the University of Waterloo.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Guests can catch bus #8 or #7, just a 1-minute walk from the hotel, for a travel time of approximately 45 minutes to the school.
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Book from ~$71 CAD
Older budget hotel in Kitchener with an outdoor pool and free parking but mixed reviews
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, morning muffins
  • Guests found the hotel's location convenient to the highway and restaurants
  • Cheap room prices were attractive to some guests
  • Some guests found a clean bed and hot shower
Cons
  • Many guests complained of poorly kept rooms, old and stained furniture and dirty carpets
  • Several guests complained of the presence of prostitutes
  • The staff received mixed reviews
Location
Located at the Highway 8 on- and off-ramps, the Knights Inn is in a commercial area, a 15-minute drive from the school.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Bus #8 can be caught directly in front of the hotel for a travel time of approximately 45 minutes to the school.

Tips For Staying Near University of Waterloo

Location
Surrounded by parkland in upper Waterloo, the University of Waterloo's Waterloo campus is spread out over 1,000 acres of land and home to a large number of faculty and residence buildings. With six faculties of study, of which the sciences are one of the most reputable in the country, and alumni all over the world, the University of Waterloo campus takes over the town during the school months, and together with Wilfrid Laurier University, makes Waterloo a university town.

Aside from the main Waterloo campus, there are also campuses in Kitchener, Stratford and Cambridge.
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Getting Around
Given the sheer size of the campus (walking from one side to the other takes 20 minutes), interactive campus maps are available online to help with navigation. The main entrance, visitors' information centre and most bus stops can be found off of University Avenue West.

Campus tours can be booked through their online form, are led by student ambassadors and last a total of 1 hour. A helpful tips guide is available to visitors for easy campus tour and visit planning.
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Getting Around: Driving
From the main entrance of the university campus, downtown Waterloo is a 6-minute drive or 23-minute walk, while Kitchener is a 16-minute drive from the school. Conestoga Parkway, Highway 85, is a 13-minute drive from the school, while the 401 Highway is a 20-minute drive away.

The Waterloo Region International Airport (YFK) is a 23-minute drive from the school, while Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is a 1-hour drive away.
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Parking
Visitor parking is available in numerous coin-entry or pay-and-display lots. Rates start at $2 per hour, and can go up to a daily maximum of $15. View the online interactive map to find the lot with the best rates in the best location for your needs.

Student parking permits are available for $169.50 per term, on an unreserved basis. Permits for faculty and residence students are also available. For more parking information and regulations, visit their website.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
Grand River Transit (GRT) operates a number of routes that service the campus through a variety of different locations on campus.

Single-ride fares are $3 and an unlimited-ride day pass can be purchased for $6. For more fare and route information, visit the GRT website.
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Dining
A large number of dining options are available on site, including restaurants, take-out food and cafeterias. For a full list of restaurants and their locations, visit the school's website.
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Entertainment
A variety of workshops and classes open to students and faculty are available throughout the year. Visit their events calendar for more information.

The Waterloo Warriors play numerous sporting events throughout the year. For team and event information, visit the Waterloo Athletics website.
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