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Pet-friendly cabins and inn near Canmore with kitchens, free parking and free Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Many guests praised the hotel's relaxing locale and proximity to highway access
  • The hotel's staff were found to be friendly and accommodating by numerous reviewers
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the hotel's reasonable rates
  • The hotel's rooms were described as clean and comfortable
Cons
  • A few lodgers complained of dated rooms and noise transfer
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 5, 2014
Overview
Located about a 2-minute drive from the nearest Trans-Canada Highway on-ramp and an 8-minute drive from Canmore's city centre, The Gateway Inn is geared towards road travellers who require a hotel with free Wi-Fi, extended kitchen amenities and easy highway access. 

Each of this smoke-free hotel's guest rooms comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge and a bathroom with free toiletries. One-, two- and three-bedroom cabins are also available and additionally offer a full kitchen with cooking and cleaning supplies. 

The hotel also offers BBQ facilities and free parking. Pets are permitted upon request in certain units and charges may apply (please contact the hotel for details). The hotel is not wheelchair accessible.

Canmore Nordic Centre is about a 16-minute drive away, while Canmore Golf and Curling Club is 3 minutes away by car. Sobey's can be found roughly an 8-minute drive from the hotel and Banff Airport (YBA) is an 18-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets permitted in certain units (please call hotel for details), not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: March 14, 2014)

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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with compliments going to the hotel's location, staff, rates and rooms.

The hotel's location was praised by many lodgers, who described it as beautiful, relaxing and easily accessible, as well as close to Canmore, Banff and highway access. One patron noted, "The area between Canmore and Banff provides a view of the Three Sisters Mountains and the quiet outdoor property has a gentle flowing stream behind the building". One guest did complain about the hotel being too far from Canmore, however.

Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received. They characterized the staff as accommodating, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful with recommendations.

The hotel's rates were complimented by several reviewers. They described them as great, reasonable and "great value for the cost".

Several travellers were satisfied with their accommodations at the hotel. They found their rooms to be clean and quiet, with comfortable beds. Some patrons criticized their lodgings, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few complaints about the rooms. 

Although several travellers were satisfied with their clean and comfortable rooms, a few guests had complaints about their accommodations. They reported dated decor, old TVs and noise transfer from guests in overhead and adjacent rooms.

It should be noted that the majority of the negative reviews posted on popular hotel review sites were from 2010 and earlier.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #2 of 4 specialty lodging in Harvie Heights with an average rating of 3 out of 5 from 23 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7 out of 10 from 17 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 14, 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
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33 / out of 35
hotels in Canmore

Rated 6.0/10 based on 32 reviews

Ranked #33 out of 35 hotels in Canmore

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Map Marker The Gateway Inn
800 Harvie Heights Road, Canmore, AB