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Podollan Inn Fort McMurray

7.5 | Good
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Extended-stay accommodations, free underground parking and on-site pub

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests found their beds to be comfortable
  • Several reviewers enjoyed the food at the on-site pub
  • A few guests found their in-suite kitchenettes well equipped
  • A couple of reviewers appreciated the free breakfast
Cons
  • Several guests thought that this hotel did not offer good value for the money they spent
  • A few reviewers expressed concerns about hotel security
  • A couple of guests complained about hearing traffic noise
  • A couple of reviewers mentioned that the in-room climate control units were dated and ineffective
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated May 7, 2013
Overview
This hotel is situated among local businesses, restaurants and government offices in Fort McMurray. Offering fully furnished condominium-style accommodations, this property is well suited for guests in need of extended-stay accommodations.

This property offers both traditional-style hotel rooms and condominium-style suites. All units include free Wi-FI, a 37" flat screen TV, a large desk, a coffeemaker, sitting and dining areas and air conditioning. Rooms are furnished with one king bed or two queen beds and most rooms feature a soaker tub and walk-in shower. 

The condo suites are designed for extended-stay travel and feature a DVD player, a full kitchen, dining room and living room. One- and two-bedroom suites are available. 

Free heated underground parking is available on site and pets are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $25 per night.

A free breakfast is served daily from 5 am to 10 am. The on-site Podollan Pub serves lunch and dinner. Licensed room service is also available.

Other on-site amenities include dry cleaning service and grocery shopping service, which can be arranged at the front desk. Staff is also willing to add or remove appliances and furniture for extended-stay guests upon request.

There is a movie theatre within a 5-minute walk of this hotel, while the Boomtown Casino is 9 minutes away on foot. A big-box shopping complex and the Miskanaw Golf Club are both less than 5 minutes away by car. The downtown area, which includes restaurants and nightlife venues, is less than a 10-minute drive away. 

The Oil Sands Discovery Centre and MacKenzie Business Park are both about 10 minutes away by car. The Fort McMurray Airport (YMM) is a 20-minute drive away. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on May 7, 2013: Pet policy, free breakfast hours.
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The Good
There were a limited number of recent reviews available for this editorial and guest reviews were somewhat mixed.

Many guests described the beds as comfortable, while a couple of reviewers agreed that their rooms were clean, generally comfortable and spacious. However, some reviewers expressed concerns about the housekeeping service (see below for more details). A few reviewers mentioned that their in-suite kitchens were well equipped with amenities.

Several reviewers enjoyed the food at the on-site pub, while a couple of guests appreciated the free breakfast.

A couple of guests found the staff to be friendly and the Wi-Fi service reliable, however some other reviewers disagreed (see below for more details).
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The Bad
As mentioned above, there were mixed reviews for this property, among the reviews available for this editorial. Readers should also note that there were few recent reviews available.

While some guests were happy with their rooms, a few reviewers thought that the housekeeping staff could have been more thorough. One guest said that his room could have been cleaner, while another reviewer was unhappy that he had to request that his room be vacuumed.

A few guests had concerns about a lack of security at the hotel. These reviewers felt uneasy about the hotel being accessible to the public and thought that the hotel should have more security cameras throughout the property. One guest discovered a couple sleeping in the hall outside the room.

While a few guests thought that the staff were friendly, several reviewers complained about unprofessional and disinterested service.

Several reviewers thought that this hotel did not offer good value for the money they spent. Other concerns that were shared by a couple of guests included noise disturbances from traffic and the on-site pub, ineffective and dated climate control units, dated TVs and unreliable Wi-Fi service.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 2.5 out of 5, with 50% of 4 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #9 out of 17 hotels in Fort McMurray, with an average score of 3 out of 5, from 20 reviews.

Hotels.com gave this property an average score of 3.1 out of 5, based on 8 guest reviews.

The author called the hotel on May 7, 2013 to verify some information.
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.
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Rated 7.5/10 based on 247 reviews

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Map Marker Podollan Inn Fort McMurray
10131 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, AB