Howard Johnson North Ridge InnHoward Johnson North Ridge InnHoward Johnson North Ridge InnHoward Johnson North Ridge InnHoward Johnson North Ridge Inn

Budget hotel with attached bar close to Edson's city centre, with many very negative complaints

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Some guests found the hotel affordable
Cons
  • Reviews were largely mixed regarding the comfort of rooms and friendlness of staff
  • Guests complained of dirty rooms and mouldy bathrooms
  • Guests had concerns about leaving vehicles parked in the lot
  • Some guests experienced noise transfer during their stay
  • A few guests felt the decor was worn and out-dated
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Rates & Availability
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 2, 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 geared to 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).
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The Good
Reviews for this property were largely mixed.

There were very few comments regarding the staff, some guests found them unhelpful and other found them pleasant and friendly.

Some guests found clean and comfortable rooms with comfortable beds and other guests found the hotel dirty, rundown and full of unsafe vibes.
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The Bad
There were a lot of very negative reviews for this property.

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. Guests noticed sketchy characters milling around the hotel's parking lot and some considered them to be "local drunks loitering near the front door".

The hotel's rooms were a disappointment for many reviewers. Complaints were many and included: mouldy bathrooms, dirty walls, doors that looked broken into, rooms that smelled bad, bed bugs, parking lot in very poor shape with pot holes, loud bar customers coming and going at all times of the night, making noise, fighting and arguing from guests and bar patrons, smoke and marijuana smells, motorcycle gang fighting in the parking lot, smashed windows, hallway carpets stank, noisy AC, smoke detector broken, stucco finishing in the bathroom looks dirty, drunks harassing guests in the parking lot
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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

Rated 5.7/10 based on 70 reviews

Ranked #8 out of 8 hotels in Edson


7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed October 20, 2013

"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!"

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3 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed August 10, 2013

"Bar seemed to be far more important than the hotel guests. We had people out side till 3:30 a.m."

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3 out of 10 | Debra stayed August 02, 2013

"Room was dirty, no elevators, noisy bar in hotel, never stay"

"It was convenient but dirty..."

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3 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed January 11, 2013

"Very old. Needs renovations."

"The noise from the bar/nightclub made it hard to sleep for the working man."

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8 out of 10 | Jason stayed July 05, 2012

"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"

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2 out of 10 | Bob stayed June 05, 2011

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

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Map Marker Howard Johnson North Ridge Inn
5018 1st Ave, Edson, AB