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Older downtown Fort McMurray budget hotel with restaurant, mini-kitchens and smoking rooms

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Guests found clean and comfortable rooms in the renovated tower section
  • Location in downtown near Hwy 63, restaurants and offices
  • Guests found accommodating and friendly staff members
  • Guests enjoyed meals on site
Cons
  • Several guests described worn and poorly-maintained rooms in the motel section
  • Several guests complained about the limited selection at the free breakfast
  • Several reviewers thought that the room rates were expensive
  • Some guests complained of rigid hotel policies
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 26, 2015
Overview
This hotel is situated in downtown Fort McMurray and is within walking distance of several restaurants, bars, and shops. The Peter Pond Mall is a 4-minute walk away. This property offers easy access to public transit and Hwy 63 and is geared to budget travellers who are looking to access amenities or nearby offices on foot, by car or by bus. 

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. All rooms are pet free and include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a TV with pay-per-view movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk, black-out curtains, an iron and ironing board and air conditioning. Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a microwave, dinnerware, a sofabed, a mini-kitchen (a mini-fridge, a microwave, a sink with counter), a separate bedroom and a fireplace.

Two-bedroom apartment accommodations are available at an off-site location featuring 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fireplace and a full kitchen. 

Free outdoor parking is available on site.

A free all-day breakfast is served daily from 7 am and guests can upgrade to a full hot breakfast for $2. There are multiple on-site dining options including The Keg Steakhouse and Bar which is open for dinner, Live Cafe serves gourmet coffee and snacks from 7 am, and Live Bar and Grill opens at 4 pm for hearty Canadian cuisine and features live entertainment weekly.

Other on-site amenities include a fitness centre, a 24-hour business centre ($5 fee for 20 minutes), and airport limousine service ($31.50 each way for a maximum of 2 persons, must be arranged in advance) and laundry service.

The Boomtown Casino (slots, table games, poker, and live entertainment) is about a 3-minute walk away. The MacDonald Island Park (nature park and hiking trails) is 4 minutes away by car or a 20-minute walk away, while the Heritage Park historical village is a 6-minute drive away. The Oil Sands Discovery Centre is a 10-minute drive away. The Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) is 20 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with front desk on August 26, 2015: business centre fees, shuttle fees, breakfast hours, no stove top in rooms, but some have a mini-fridge, a microwave and a sink with counter
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The Good
Positive reviews for this property outnumbered negative reviews among the reviews used for this analysis. 

Many guests described their rooms in the renovated tower section as basic, clean and comfortable.

Several reviewers found the location convenient for accessing attractions or offices in downtown Fort McMurray on foot. One reviewer found the highway easy to access from this property. Guests mentioned taking the city bus to McDonald Island.

A few guests found the on-site Keg Steakhouse and Bar and Live Bar & Grill to be an added convenience.

Several reviewers described the front desk agents as accommodating and friendly. One guest said, "The staff at the front desk are particularly helpful with questions related to transportation, bag storage and eating options."
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The Bad
As mentioned above, positive reviews outnumbered negative reviews for this hotel among the reviews sourced for this analysis.

Several reviewers described the in-room decor and furnishings as dated. There were mixed reviews regarding the condition of the rooms. Some guests said that they had received renovated rooms (in the tower) and some stayed in rooms that were in need of upgrades (hard beds, slow drains, stinging showers, smoke smells, bright morning light coming through old black out curtains, stained carpets, not enough electrical outlets, limited cable channel selection, noisy mini-fridges).

Several reviewers thought that the room rates were too expensive for the value received. Several guests were also upset with the hotel's rigid policies and extra charges for late check outs ($20 per hour).


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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.4 out of 5 with 89% of 76 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #12 out of 19 properties in Fort McMurray, with an average score of 3 out of 5 from 46 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 6.7 out of 10 based on 33 guest reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
Writing chose Tammy from the moment she could hold a pencil. The stories may have changed through the years, from creative fiction to television news reporting, but Tammy's passion for words (and fondness for pencils) continues on.
Guest Reviews
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hotels in Fort McMurray

Rated 6.7/10 based on 228 reviews

Ranked #12 out of 13 hotels in Fort McMurray

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Map Marker Nomad Inn
10006 MacDonald Avenue, Fort McMurray, AB