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Howard Johnson North Ridge Inn

Howard Johnson North Ridge Inn is a 2 star hotel in Edson, Alberta, Canada 5018 1st Ave, Edson, AB, Canada
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Clean and modern rooms, but concerns with noise and decor

Pros 
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Most reviewers praised their clean and modern rooms
  • Many guests were pleased with the staff and service
  • The hotel was considered of good value and price by several lodgers
Cons 
  • Some guests experienced noise transfer during their stay
  • A few guests felt the decor was worn and out-dated

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Apr 25, 2014
Overview
Located just south of the Yellowhead Highway and less than a kilometre from Edson's city centre, the Howard Johnson North Ridge Inn is popular with road travellers requiring an overnight stay in a central location of downtown Edson.

This hotel has 65 air-conditioned guest rooms, each offering one or two double beds, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, a desk, and a hair dryer. Rooms with microwaves and mini-fridges are also available, as are those with full kitchenettes. Hotel amenities include a business centre and fitness facilities. Parking is free, and pets are permitted for a fee of $10 per stay. The hotel does not offer accessible rooms.

A free continental breakfast is offered to all guests daily at the on-site Timberfire Lounge and Bar, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Other restaurants nearby include Coconut Tree Restaurant (around the corner), and Golden Honey Restaurant (roughly a 5-minute walk northwest of the hotel).

The Howard Johnson North Ridge Inn is a 6-minute walk from the Edson Curling Club, while the local cinema, Nova Theatre, can be found 5 minutes north on foot. Red Brick Arts Centre and Museum is a 4-minute drive north by car, and Edson Airport (YET) is about a 7-minute drive west of the hotel. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets stay for a fee of $10 per stay. (Call date: December 2, 2012).
The Good
The majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive with much praise going to the hotel's rooms, staff, and value.

Most reviewers praised their accommodations at this hotel. They described the rooms as clean and well-maintained, with comfortable beds and linens, modern design, and hardwood flooring.

The hotel's staff were a source of several compliments by guests. They were characterized as friendly, courteous, and helpful with directions. One guests remarked, "All of my requests were immediately taken care of in a very professional manner".

Many lodgers were pleased with the hotel's value, and described the rates as reasonable. One guest mentioned, "The North Ridge Inn had the best rates I could find by far!". The hotel's food and service was also cited by several guests as adding to the value of their stay.

The Bad
Negative reviews found for this analysis mentioned the hotel's noise transfer and worn decor.

Some guests had complaints about noise transfer during their stay. They described hearing noise from other guests through the walls, as well as from the trains outside. One reviewer also mentioned being disturbed by the music from the on-site lounge at night.

The hotel's decor was a disappointment for a few reviewers. They specifically mentioned the towels they were provided were stained, and that the furniture was rundown. It should be mentioned however, that this hotel has undergone a full renovation (as of December 2012), and that most guests were very pleased with the decor and their accommodations.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #5 out of 13 Edson hotels from 15 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 2.8 out of 5 from 10 reviews.

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets stay for a fee of $10 per stay. (Call date: December 2, 2012).
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
5.7
Mediocre

#8 out of 8
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 5.7 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 46
Guest Recommended: No
Guest Ranking Explained

Howard Johnson North Ridge Inn is #8 out of 8 hotels in Edson ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Pincher Creek, AB CA rated Howard Johnson North Ridge Inn 7 out of 10 on October 20, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"value for sure"
"Customer service was great. Don't be fooled by the pictures, it is newly renovated, although some of the carpentry work is a little shoddy it is a very nice, economical place to lay your head for the night!"
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Saskatoon, SK CA rated Howard Johnson North Ridge Inn 3 out of 10 on August 10, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Bar seemed to be far more important than the hotel guests. We had people out side till 3:30 a.m."
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Debra from White Rock, BC CA rated Howard Johnson North Ridge Inn 3 out of 10 on August 02, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Room was dirty, no elevators, noisy bar in hotel, never stay"
"It was convenient but dirty..."
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Fredericton Junction, NB CA rated Howard Johnson North Ridge Inn 3 out of 10 on January 11, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Very old. Needs renovations."
"The noise from the bar/nightclub made it hard to sleep for the working man."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Jason from Edmonton, AB CA rated Howard Johnson North Ridge Inn 8 out of 10 on July 05, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"a good nights sleep after a late drive"
"it was not meant to be a 5 star hotel that we needed for the night, but very glad we chose to stay here for the night, the bed was way better then expected, soft and almost as good as one that i would by for my home bedroom...if you're needing a good sleep for a reasonable price i would say go for this hotel / motel"
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Bob from Kamloops, BC CA rated Howard Johnson North Ridge Inn 2 out of 10 on June 05, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"not up to howard johnson standards, no smoke detectors, lots of noise from attached bar"


Amenities

  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Refrigerator
  • Wake-up Service
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • Golf Course (nearby)
  • Photocopier
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Cots
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Free Parking

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