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Econo Lodge Edmonton

Econo Lodge Edmonton is a 3 star hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 4009 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Just off Hwy 2, free parking, in-room mini-fridges & microwaves, but poor guest ratings

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Some guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • Some reviewers were pleased with the hotel's proximity to shopping and the highway
Cons
  • The hotel's breakfast was described as sparse and limited
  • The hotel's lack of elevator was a challenge for some lodgers
  • Some guests reported noise transfer
  • Reviewers gave mixed opinions about guest room cleanliness and comfort
  • No restaurant or fitness facilities on site

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Jul 8, 2014
Overview
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
The Good
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. 

The Bad
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. 
TripAdvisor.com 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.

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
5.9
Mediocre
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 5.9 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 14
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Econo Lodge Edmonton is #61 out of 67 hotels in Edmonton ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Ron from Lethbridge, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 1 out of 10 on May 04, 2014 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"BLOODY AWFUL"
"I didn't think smoking rooms were allowed anymore - but we got one - what a horrible stench. We asked to be moved but the response was they were full up (funny there were only 6 cars in the parking lot) I swear the sheets and pillow cases weren't changed from the last poor souls that stayed in that room. Everything was old old old and dirty. The toilet didn't flush until we fiddled around in the tank ( management said it worked perfectly). We couldn't plug in our hair dryer cause the receptacle didn't work - had to use the recept behind the entertainment center. Wish we had known there were railway tracks behind the dump (from midnight on yup trains going by) We were given one card key and were told not to forget or lose it cause there would be no one in the office between Midnight and 6 AM.There was old food in the fridge.The air conditioner was about 30 yrs old and probably never cleaned, talk about DIRTY . The continental breakfast was a joke - corn flakes and cheerios in some sort of despenser. Not fit for even the homeless!!!!"
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Betty from Lethbridge, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 4 out of 10 on May 04, 2014 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The hotel was undergoing renovations so the place was dirty, I think the steps were not safe - there were no handrails. The room was hot and the mickey mouse air conditioner did not cool the place. The thermostat did not appear to be working.Very few electrical outlets with a lot of cords plugged into a powerbar.The bedside lamps were not plugged in- the outlet could not be reached.We had to pay at Check-In and not Check-out- probably they were afraid we would check out after one night. I would not stay there again."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Daphnie from Calgary, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 6 out of 10 on August 29, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Accessible"
"We stayed for 4 nights. The staffs were nice. Parking is easy and train or other modes of transportation such as bus and cab is accessible. They have microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board plus TV amd free wifi. It also includes continental breakfast for its price"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Howard from Cromona, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 7 out of 10 on November 25, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"good"
"I enjoyed my stay,had problem with key and coffee pot switch but it was well looked after, i would encourage anyone to stay there."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Abdul from Calgary, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 8 out of 10 on July 30, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Great experience at Econo lodge in Edmonton"
"It was clean and friendly services. The breakfast was very good and food was always replaced as it runs out. It is more of a motel style design but a hotel standard of rooms and beds. I loved it and so were the kids and wife. Great for the price. The biggest seller is its location for a family. Close to everything."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Wesley from Siksika, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 8 out of 10 on March 27, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"restaurant was excellent"
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Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Saskatoon, SK CA rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 8 out of 10 on September 12, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The only thing I can say is that it would be nice if there was an elevator, as I had a lady with me who walks with a cane and finds stairs hard to manueuver."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Saskatoon, SK CA rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 8 out of 10 on September 12, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Everything was fine except there was a party next door to me that went on till 4:00am."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Edson, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 9 out of 10 on October 29, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Sas, SK CA rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 7 out of 10 on June 11, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Janine from Calgary, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 9 out of 10 on October 10, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The room was exactly as pictured on their web site. The front desk was very friendly and polite. We did not hear any noise from other guests despite a No Vacancy posting. There's a large shopping center directly across the street and the West Edmonton Mall was only a 10 minute drive away. Is a pet-friendly hotel. At $75/night, was a great deal."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Gareth from London, GB rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 8 out of 10 on August 20, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"If you did not want to drive it was a pain (2 buses) to get to downtown. The resteraunt attached to the hotel was closed so eating and drinking close to the hotel was not a good option"
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Curtis from Saskatoon, SK CA rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 4 out of 10 on December 01, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"We used the laptop in the truck to access the internet, we made reservations on line. What was interesting was the parking lot when we arrived was mostly empty, and the general office lights were turned off and the SIGN in the window was NO VACANCY. After a few minutes of standing and ringing the door bell an unkept man strolled to the door. We were pleased to find out that our online requests were done, so I will give the hotel and the night person the benifit of the doubt. But I must say it was interesting. Would we stay at this place again, well... you get what you pay for and we did not pay much. When the lights were turned out it was great."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Michelle from Calguary, AB CA rated Econo Lodge Edmonton 8 out of 10 on February 16, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review


Amenities

  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Air Conditioned
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Photocopier
  • Family Room
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Self Laundry

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5.9
Mediocre

#61 out of 67 hotels in Edmonton city based on 14 guest reviews

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