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Elkwater Lake Lodge and Resort

7.3 | Good
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In Cypress Hills Provincial Park, rooms with kitchens, great restaurant & staff

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's beautiful surroundings and proximity to beaches and the highway
  • The hotel's restaurant was complimented for its quality and service
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms
Cons
  • A few guests reported dated decor and noise transfer
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 6, 2014
Overview
Located in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park and about a 2-minute drive from Highway 41, Elkwater Lake Lodge and Resort is suitable for car travellers who prefer a hotel with on-site dining, a spa and wellness centre, extended kitchen amenities and easy highway access.

Each of this smoke-free hotel's guest rooms and suites comes equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a kitchenette, a sitting area with a sofabed and an iron and ironing board. Rooms with a full kitchen, a jetted tub, a fireplace and a deck are also available, as are cabins and one-, two- and three-bedroom condos. 

Hotel amenities include an indoor saltwater pool, a spa and wellness centre, meeting/banquet space, guest laundry, free parking and on-site dining at Buglers Dining Room, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and has a bar. The hotel is not wheelchair accessible and pets are permitted for $10 per pet, per night.

Hidden Valley Ski Resort can be found about a 4-minute drive away, while Elkwater Lake Lodge and Resort is 11 minutes away by car. Medicine Hat Mall is roughly a 43-minute drive away and Medicine Hat Airport (YXH) is a 50-minute drive from the hotel. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets $10/pet/night, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: January 17, 2014)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's location, food, staff and rooms.

Numerous guests praised the hotel's location. They described it as beautiful and close to beaches, fishing, skiing, Fort Walsh, the highway, trails and restaurants. 

The hotel's restaurant was enjoyed by many reviewers, who found it delicious, excellent and very good, with amazing service. One patron noted, "There was a wide variety of gourmet dishes to choose from and an excellent wine list. Breakfast the next morning at this same venue was also well prepared".

The hotel's staff were complimented by several travellers, who characterized them as helpful, efficient, friendly and informative. One guest remarked, "Reception was very courteous. She explained the hotel amenities and pointed out other places we could eat other than the hotel's dining".

Several lodgers were pleased with their accommodations at the hotel. They described their rooms as clean, spacious, quiet and well equipped, with comfortable beds and pillows. A few patrons had 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 common complaints about the rooms.

Although the majority of reviewers were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms, a few lodgers had complaints about their accommodations. They reported dated decor, old TVs, dim lighting, musty odours, poor views (of the parking lot) and noise transfer from guests in adjacent rooms.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #1 of 1 Elkwater hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 80 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 3.8 out of 5 from 15 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.8 out of 5 with a 100% recommendation rate from 15 reviews.

The author called the hotel on January 17, 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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1 / out of 1
hotels in Elkwater

Rated 7.3/10 based on 126 reviews

Ranked #1 out of 1 hotels in Elkwater

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Location
  • Hidden Valley Ski Resort (1.4 km)
Map Marker Elkwater Lake Lodge and Resort
401 4th Street, Elkwater, AB