Located just off the Trans-Canada Highway and about a 3-minute drive from the University of Calgary, Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University is geared towards travellers who require a well-priced motel with a free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and easy highway access near the university.
Each of the motel's air-conditioned guest rooms comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Rooms with a kitchenette, a dining table, a seating area with a sofabed and a desk are also available.
This motel offers smoking, non-smoking and wheelchair-accessible rooms. Pets are not permitted.
On-site amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub and fitness centre (all open from 7 am to 10 pm), a business centre, a storage room for sports teams, coin-operated laundry, vending machines, free 24-hour coffee in the lobby, a free continental breakfast (served in the breakfast room from 7 am to 10 am) and free cold-weather hook-ups, car and bus parking. There is no on-site restaurant.
Stadium Shopping Centre is roughly a 3-minute drive from the motel, while Calgary's city centre can be found 12 minutes away by car. The Calgary Zoo is about a 14-minute drive away and Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a 21-minute drive away. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)
All property details verified by a front desk agent, May 16, 2014
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the motel's staff, location, rates and rooms.
Many guests complimented the motel's staff, finding them friendly, efficient, accommodating and helpful with directions and suggestions.
The motel was conveniently located for numerous reviewers. They described it as easily accessible and close to public transit, University Hospital, highway access, McMahon Stadium and the University of Calgary.
Several reviewers were pleased with the motel's rates. They found them to be affordable, budget friendly, great and fair.
The motel's accommodations were enjoyed by several travellers. They described their rooms as clean, quiet, spacious, cozy and updated, with reliable Wi-Fi. A few guests had complaints about their rooms, however (see below).
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the rooms and free breakfast.
Although the majority of lodgers were pleased with their clean and spacious rooms, a few guests had complaints about their accommodations. They reported noise transfer from the highway and guests in overhead and adjacent rooms, as well as dated decor and worn fixtures.
A few reviewers were disappointed with the free breakfast. They described it as poor and limited, with a lack of protein items and too many carbohydrate-heavy and sugary items.
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the motel 3.6 out of 5 with an 85% recommendation rate from 104 reviews.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the motel #64 of 99 Calgary hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 100 reviews.
Booking.com guest reviews rated the motel 7.7 out of 10 from 77 reviews.
The author corresponded with the motel on May 16, 2014 to verify some information.