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Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University is a 2 star hotel in Calgary, Alberta, Canada 2231 Banff Trail, Calgary, AB, Canada
Estimated Price
$113
CAD
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Clean, budget-friendly, and near both the U of C and the Trans Canada
Pros 
  • Several guests felt as though they received good value
  • Many guests liked being near the Trans Canada Highway
  • Numerous guests thought that the hotel was clean
  • Free parking, free Internet, and free breakfast
Cons 
  • Many guests thought the breakfast lacked selection
  • Some guests thought that parking was tight

Other Hotels in the Area
Travelodge Calgary University (0.0 km)
Hampton Inn & Suites By Hilton Calgary-University Northwest (0.1 km)
Calgary North Thriftlodge (0.2 km)
Canadas Best Value Inn Calgary (0.2 km)
Quality Inn University Calgary (0.2 km)
Econo Lodge Motel Village (0.3 km)
Super 8 Village Calgary (0.4 km)
Ramada Limited Calgary (0.4 km)
Comfort Inn & Suites University (0.4 km)
BEST WESTERN Village Park Inn (0.6 km)
Alma Hotel Calgary (1.7 km)
River Wynde Executive Bed and Breakfast (2.4 km)

This Hotel is Near...
Alberta Children's Hospital (2.7 km)
Calaway Park (16.7 km)
Calgary Airport (8.2 km)
Calgary Zoo (5.8 km)
Cross Iron Mills Mall (17.2 km)
Foothills Medical Centre (1.5 km)
Heritage Park Calgary (9.8 km)
Heritage Park Historical Village (9.1 km)
McMahon Stadium (0.5 km)
Millennium Park (2.9 km)
Rockyview Hospital (8.9 km)
Scotiabank Saddledome (5.4 km)
Stampede Park (5.3 km)
University of Calgary (1.8 km)

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Mar 12, 2012
Overview
The Econo Lodge University hotel is located on the west side of Banff Trail NW and just to the north of 16th avenue NW (Trans Canada Highway) in Calgary, Alberta. Nearby destinations include McMahon Stadium (within 1km), the University of Calgary (within 1km), and Foothills Hospital (within 3km). The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is just less than 20km from the property while downtown Calgary's city hall is about 7km away (all distances - Google Maps).

Facilities at the non-pet friendly hotel include free parking (one vehicle per reservation), a swimming pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a business centre, elevator access (not for all rooms), and coin laundry. 

There are 82 guest rooms at the hotel with smoking and non-smoking options available. Rooms have either one king bed, one queen bed, two queen beds, or two double beds and room amenities include mini-fridges, microwaves, hair dryers, air conditioning in some rooms, and irons with ironing boards.

The hotel offers free newspapers, free Bright Starts Breakfast, free wireless Internet access in all rooms, and free local calls.

Check in time at this hotel is 3pm while check out time is 11am.
The Good
Guests who stayed at the Econo Lodge University in Calgary were typically happy with the hotel. The property received many compliments and there was consistent praise for room rates, the location, and the guest rooms.

Guests that liked their room rates were common. Several guests called the price that they paid either "good" or "great" while others called their rates "reasonable" or "fair." There were virtually no complaints about pricing except one guest who said the rates were high during the Calgary Stampede.

The location of the hotel was well-liked for several different reasons. Guests commonly indicated that they liked being near either the Trans Canada Highway, the University of Calgary, and/or the C-Train (Calgary's rail transit). Occasionally a guest mentioned that he/she found restaurants in the area while one guest even considered the hotel to be close to the Calgary airport.

Several guests who stayed at this hotel said good things about their guest rooms. Occasionally guests indicated that they were happy with the size of their rooms while some guests were happy to have a microwave or fridge. Numerous guests said that the hotel was clean and some of these guests specifically mentioned their rooms.

The Bad
Some guests who stayed at this hotel had concerns that often pertained to the hotel's breakfast or to the parking.

Guests that complained about the breakfast at the hotel often said that it lacked selection. There were some compliments, however for the most part guests felt that the meal was "basic" or meager.

The parking situation at the hotel was called "cramped." Many guests complained that there was not enough space and another guest called the parking "tight.'

Occasionally guests complained about the elevator service at the hotel. A couple guests called it slow while another guest said there wasn't one available to get to his room. Lastly, some guests did not consider the hotel to be comfortable and a couple patrons called their beds "hard."
Priceline.com guest ratings averaged to 8.1 points out of 10 and the hotel ranked 11th of 79 Calgary properties.

Booking.com guest ratings averaged to 8.1 points out of 10 and the site had 137 reviews.

Hotels.com guest ratings averaged to 3.5 points out 5 and the site had 12 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Shane L.
Analyzed by Shane L.
With ample personal travel experience and years of professional hotel work experience, Shane is prepared and determined to help travelers find what they want when booking Canadian hotels.


Guest Reviews

7.1
Good

#56 out of 81
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 7.1 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 204
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University is #56 out of 81 hotels in Calgary ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Lorrie from Lacombe, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 4 out of 10 on March 29, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"bad smell"
"My son has autism and is very sensitive to smells. The hall way going to our room was very smelly and very humid. As a result we couldn't stay the night as my son was getting upset about this. I told the desk person and it was like, "Oh well, we still have to charge you for the room, like she couldn't care less about my problems."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Calgary, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 8 out of 10 on January 11, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 10 out of 10 on July 16, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Ada from Peace River, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 2 out of 10 on April 22, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Don't stay here!"
"the outside rooms smell of urine and smoke. Looked like puke on the side walk. This hotel has not been renovated for many years and is in great need of it. Staff at front desk was nice. Rooms inside main building were better than outside rooms but still in desperate need of a reno, bathrooms small, carpet old and dirty, old paint, furniure, tile looked like tile from the 60's."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Edmonton, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 10 out of 10 on March 13, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Claudette from Victoria, BC CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 7 out of 10 on November 13, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Good value for the money and good location."

Hotel review by guest is Negative
Salem from Edminton, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 4 out of 10 on September 30, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Room was ok for the price, staff though are not friendly with the exception of front desk."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Bradley from Edmonton, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 7 out of 10 on July 17, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The swimming pool was very dirty with hair on the bottom of the deep end, making it impossible to swim in the at area, we did notify the front desk but it was after 5:00 and their were no maintenance staff working to clean it."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Edmonton, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 8 out of 10 on June 15, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Wenda from Kelowna, BC CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 9 out of 10 on June 14, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Room was spacious, clean & comfortable. Staff were friendly & helpful. Location was perfect in hotel/motel alley. Easy access to north and south Calgary. Continental breakfast was just okay-perfect if you like straight carbs! Toast, cereal, muffins. We would stay here again though. Great price for what everyone else is offering at a higher price."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Hinton, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 7 out of 10 on June 03, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The service was good. The room we stayed in was comfortable. I liked having a kitchen sink and a microwave. The lighting was poor in that part of the room though. The only other complaint is about the lack of fitted sheets."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Golden, BC CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 8 out of 10 on April 21, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Very pleased with hotel and the service was extremely courteous. Needed to go back and forth to Foothills hospital and was very easy to go back and forth. Would recomend to anyone who was looking for lodging in that area of the city."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Maple Creek, SK CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 10 out of 10 on April 17, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"I have already recommended this hotel to many people."
"Everything is wonderful at this hotel. Really great value for your dollar. I only have one little negative tidbit and that is only that I am a coffee drinker and enjoy having coffee in my room and when I asked for more coffee I was only given one bag, I would have liked 2 or 3 but was told I could only have the one. But, otherwise, an awesome stay. Great location, nice to have kitchenette in room, great service at desk."
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Hotel review by guest is Negative
Jean l from Edmonton, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 3 out of 10 on December 16, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"place needs better cleaning. smell on floor and in room, maybe a cleaning product I'm not sure only one elevator for guests and staff, needs to be cleaned more that once a day"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Mark from Vancouver, BC CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 7 out of 10 on November 05, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The jets in the whirlpool were not working. The pool is tiny. The shower curtain only consisted of the cloth outer part, and there was no vinyl lining that usually goes on the inside part of the shower. The shower fixture was loose because the hole in the wall was way too large. The shower head was simple - one setting. I wasn't impressed with the continental breakfast. The mattress was a little too hard. Some of the more positive notes include a friendly, helpful, courteous staff; the rooms were clean and in generally good condition; plenty of towels; small kitchenettes and irons & ironing board was convenient. The location is perfect if you are going to McMahon Stadium (walking distance); lots of eating options nearby. Good value for the price - especially for Calgary, where hotel rooms can be pricey!"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Marco from Vancouver, BC CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 9 out of 10 on October 31, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Hotel is clean and room has all amenities.Great inexpensive stay with free wifi, rapid access to the city via closeby cTrain station and in walking distance of some restaurants. There is a small indoor pool and a hot tub.Breakfast included. Definitely one of the best priced hotels for the budget conscious. Great Value!Will use it again when in Calgary!"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Debert, NS CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 10 out of 10 on October 13, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Samir from Edmonton, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 2 out of 10 on September 06, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Camila from Sao Paulo, BR rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 8 out of 10 on August 28, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The room is good and the kitchen makes staying at this hotel a great deal!"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Helen from Highgate Hill, QL AU rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 9 out of 10 on May 16, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Mississauga, ON CA rated Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 8 out of 10 on January 01, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

Hotel Address: 2231 Banff Trail, Calgary, AB, Canada

Overview & Amenities


Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University

Amenities
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Security Guard
  • News Stand
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Photocopier
  • Jacuzzi
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Private Toilet
  • Pool Indoor
  • Cots
  • Luggage Storage
  • Ice Machine
  • Vending Machines
  • Family Room
  • Self Laundry

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