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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

8 Other Hotels Close to Wilfrid Laurier University

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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 campus, the Comfort Inn is easily the closest hotel to both Wilfrid Laurier and the University of Waterloo, making it a popular choice for visitors to either school. Laurier is a 3-minute drive or 10-minute walk from the hotel.
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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
Near the Conestoga Parkway (3-minute drive) and set back far enough off the main road to be secluded from the commercial strip, the Waterloo Inn is a 5-minute drive from campus.
Getting Around: Public Transit
At just a 3-minute walk from the hotel, bus #7 will take guests directly to campus in approximately 10 minutes.
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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
The Destination Inn is across the street from the Conestoga Mall and surrounded by shops and restaurants, just an 8-minute drive from Laurier.
Getting Around: Public Transit
At a 4-minute walk to the mall, guests can catch bus #7 which will drop them directly in front of the university.
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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
Just a 4-minute walk from the popular St. Jacobs farmers market and outlet shopping, this Courtyard Marriott (formerly Best Western) is a 9-minute drive from the university.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The nearest bus stop is over a 17-minute walk away.
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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
This historic hotel, located in downtown Kitchener, is a 10-minute drive from Wilfrid Laurier.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Due to its central location, a number of bus routes are available to the school within a 4-minute walk of the hotel.
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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 in downtown Kitchener is surrounded by shops and restaurants and is a 10-minute drive from Laurier.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Public transit is easily accessible from this hotel, at a 6-minute walk to the Charles St. Terminal.
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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
Just outside the city of Kitchener, this Howard Johnson is in a commercial neighbourhood a 12-minute drive from the university.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Bus #7 can be caught right outside this hotel, and drops guests immediately outside the university campus.
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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
Situated immediately off of Highway 8, this Knights Inn is a 12-minute drive from the school.
Getting Around: Public Transit
A public bus, #8, can be caught directly out front of this hotel.

Tips For Staying Near Wilfrid Laurier University

Location
Wilfrid Laurier's Waterloo campus, in downtown Waterloo, is its main campus, and as it's right next to the University of Waterloo, the city becomes a university town during the months of the school year.
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Getting Around: Driving
Downtown Waterloo is a 3-minute drive or 17-minute walk from the University Avenue main entrance, and the Conestoga Parkway, Highway 85, is a 5-minute drive from campus. Downtown Kitchener is an 11-minute drive away, and Highway 401 is a 13-minute drive from the school.

The nearest airport, The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF), is a 20-minute drive from the school. The main transportation airport for Ontario, Pearson International Airport (YYZ), is just under a 1-hour drive away.

The university is committed to reducing the environmental impact of commuting to school, and therefore offers One Card unlimited-use bus passes for all full-time students, as well as car-share and a partnership with Travel Wise, including carpooling resources.
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Parking
Pay-and-display parking is available to visitors in lots 4, 10 and 20, and rates start at $2.50 per hour, or $7 as a daily maximum. Meters are also available, and start at $2.50 an hour with no daily maximum.

Students and staff can purchase parking permits, allowing them access to reserved parking lots throughout the school year. Permit costs are approximately $250, depending on the type of student (residence or non-residence) and are valid for 8 months.

Full parking information for Wilfried Laurier University, including maps, lot numbers and up-to-date fees, is available online. Please refer to the detailed parking map, outlining the numerous lots available, to find which lot is best appropriate during your visit.
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Getting Around
Walking from one side of campus to the other takes approximately 10 minutes, making the campus easily accessible on foot. Tours for potential students and their parents can be booked through their online form for numerous days throughout the week. 

To navigate the campus or the many school buildings, a number of maps are provided on the school's website, or a virtual tour with interactive maps and descriptions can also be found.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
A number of bus routes, operated by Grand River Transit, serve the school and surrounding areas. Bus stops are located on both King Street and University Avenue West. Full-time students receive a One Card, allowing them unlimited travel on the GRT system. 

Single-ride fares are $3 and an unlimited-use day pass can be purchased for $6. For more fare and route information, visit the GRT website.

GO Transit also operates a service from Mississauga's Square One Terminal to the university campus. For fare and route information, visit the GO Transit website.
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Dining
For students, meal plan information is available on the school's website.

For visitors, or students without a meal plan, there are a number of restaurants and cafes, as well as The Terrace Food Court on campus that will accept cash as payment. For a map, menus and locations, visit the Campus Dish website.
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Entertainment
The theatre auditorium houses musical, theatre and dance performances throughout the school year put on by students. On top of that, a number of open lectures and classes are offered to the students and community. For an events listing, visit the website.

A number of sporting events take place throughout the year, led by Laurier Athletics department and the Golden Hawks teams. Event listings and team updates can be found on their website.
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