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Northwest Calgary budget hotel near C-train with free breakfast, but many complaints

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking
  • Location was convenient to the C-train, restaurants and Foothills Hospital
  • The odd reviewer thought the price was reasonable
Cons
  • Many guests found the hotel dirty
  • Some guests said they were surprised by extra and unexpected charges
  • Many guests complained of rude and unhelpful staff
  • Many guests said the hotel was in need of repairs and renovation
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 18, 2015
Overview
About an 11-minute drive north of the downtown area, this hotel is located in Calgary's northwest quadrant, about a 4-minute drive from the University of Calgary. This hotel is convenient for those who want to be close to the University of Calgary as well as with visitors to Foothills Medical Centre, a 5-minute drive away.

All 70 rooms are smoke-free, air conditioned, and include free Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. Room extras include a mini-fridge and a microwave. Rooms are furnished with 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. (Note: in-room safes may incur an extra fee.)

Free parking is available on site for cars and oversize vehicles.  Up to 2 pets are permitted at this hotel for $25 per night.

Guests are offered a free continental breakfast daily. While there is no on-site restaurant, there are a few eateries within a 7-minute walk including Denny's, Empress Garden, McDonald's, Swirl Indian Fusion and Phil's Restaurant. 

On-site amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a guest laundry, free newspapers, ice and vending machines

The Calgary Zoo and the downtown area (which features the Stampede Corral, the Saddledome and the business district) are both a 15-minute drive away. The C-Train (which gives guests easy access to downtown and southern parts of the city) is only about 3 minute's walk from this hotel. The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is about a 20-minute drive (17.6 km) away. (Distances and driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
While the great majority of the reviews read for this report were very negative, some guests offered positive comments on the location and lower room price.

Some guests said this hotel was in a good location due to its proximity to the C-Train, Foothills Hospital and restaurants in walking distance.

There were some additional comments from guests who liked the price point.
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The Bad
The bulk of reviews used for this analysis were negative. Much of these complaints focused on the dirtiness of the rooms and the state of disrepair they were found to be in.

Many guests described run down and very dirty conditions at the hotel with rude and unhelpful staff members.

Some mentioned being charged extra fees on their visas that were unexpected.

The free breakfast was not well liked by reviewers and described as consisting of toast, cold cereal and muffins.

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Sources
Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 5.2 out of 10, based on 418 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 2.3 out of 5, based on 656 reviews. 58% of guests would recommend this hotel.

Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews
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Rated 4.3/10 based on 2587 reviews

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Map Marker Ramada Limited Calgary
2363 Banff Trail North West, Calgary, AB