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Motel with clean rooms and affordable rates, with good Hwy and C-Train access, indoor pool, hot tub

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Many guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The motel was praised for its proximity to the University of Calgary and highway access
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their clean and spacious rooms
Cons
  • A few guests complained of dated rooms and noise transfer
  • The free breakfast was found to be limited with a lack of protein items
  • No elevator
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Rates & Availability
Editor's Analysis
Updated Sep 23, 2014
Overview
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
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The Good
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).
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The Bad
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.
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Sources
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.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
7.0
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Rated 7.0/10 based on 143 reviews

Ranked #60 out of 81 hotels in Calgary


4 out of 10 | Lorrie stayed March 29, 2012

"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."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed January 11, 2012


10 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 16, 2011


2 out of 10 | Ada stayed April 22, 2011

"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."

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10 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed March 13, 2011


7 out of 10 | Claudette stayed November 13, 2010

"Good value for the money and good location."


4 out of 10 | Salem stayed September 30, 2010

"Room was ok for the price, staff though are not friendly with the exception of front desk."

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7 out of 10 | Bradley stayed July 17, 2010

"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."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed June 15, 2010


9 out of 10 | Wenda stayed June 14, 2010

"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."

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed June 03, 2010

"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."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed April 21, 2010

"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."

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10 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed April 17, 2010

"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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3 out of 10 | Jean l stayed December 16, 2009

"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"

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7 out of 10 | Mark stayed November 05, 2009

"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!"

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9 out of 10 | Marco stayed October 31, 2009

"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!"

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10 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed October 13, 2009


2 out of 10 | Samir stayed September 06, 2009


8 out of 10 | Camila stayed August 28, 2009

"The room is good and the kitchen makes staying at this hotel a great deal!"

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9 out of 10 | Helen stayed May 16, 2006


8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed January 01, 2006

Map Marker Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University
2231 Banff Trail, Calgary, AB