Located along Highway 2 and about an 18-minute drive from Edmonton's city centre, Econo Lodge Edmonton is geared towards road travellers who require a basic hotel with a free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a microwave and mini-fridge in the guest rooms and easy highway access.
Each of the hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a microwave, a mini-fridge, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available upon request, however, the hotel does not offer wheelchair-accessible rooms, ground-floor rooms, or an elevator.
On-site amenities include guest laundry, free parking (including cold weather hook-ups) and a free continental breakfast served in the lobby between 7 am and 10 am daily. Reception is open 24 hours a day. Pets are not permitted.
Big-box shopping and several dining establishments are available within an easy walk of this property. For example, Walmart is about 3 minutes away on foot (although you would have to cross Highway 2), and Montana's Cookhouse and Saloon is within a 5-minute walk (also across the highway), or 2-minute drive.
The University of Alberta is about a 13-minute drive away, while West Edmonton Mall can be found 15 minutes away by car. Shaw Conference Centre is roughly a 16-minute drive from the hotel, and Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is a 17-minute drive away. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)
All property details verified by a front desk agent, May 19, 2014
Guest reviews sourced for this review showed positive responses towards the hotel's staff and location and some mixed opinions about guest rooms. On the whole, however, most guests were dissatisfied, and there were very few truly positive recent reviews found among the reviews sourced for this analysis.
Some guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received during their stay. They characterized the staff as friendly, accommodating and helpful.
The hotel's accommodations were enjoyed by some lodgers. They described their rooms as clean, spacious, updated and quiet, with comfortable beds. Some patrons were disappointed with their lodgings, however (see below).
The hotel's location was convenient for some reviewers. They found it close to restaurants, shopping, highway access and Walmart.
Guest critiques sourced for this review showed negative responses towards the hotel's rooms, lack of elevator and free breakfast. Overall, many guests were dissatisfied or downright unhappy with their stays.
Although some guests were pleased with their updated and comfortable rooms, some lodgers were disappointed with their accommodations. They reported spotty Wi-Fi, worn or broken fixtures and appliances, cleaning issues and train or road noise, which interrupted their sleep.
The hotel's lack of elevator was a challenge for some reviewers. They reported narrow and steep stairs and recommended booking a different hotel entirely for those with mobility issues.
A few guests complained about the free breakfast, describing it as limited, sparse and poor, with no hot items and a small eating area.
guest reviews ranked the hotel #78 of 90 Edmonton hotels with an average rating of 2 out of 5 from 42 reviews.Booking.com
guest reviews rated the hotel 5.5 out of 10 from 27 reviews.
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 2.4 out of 5 with a 60% recommendation rate from 20 reviews.
The author corresponded with the hotel on May 19, 2014 to verify some information.