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Good value hotel in Fort McMurray with comfortable rooms, sports bar and free hot breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, guest laundry, DVD rentals
  • Rooms were clean, affordable with comfy beds, according to guests
  • Guests praised the staff of this hotel for their hospitality and friendliness
  • Several guests thought the breakfast provided good variety
  • Victory Sports Bar open from 4pm to midnight serving light fare & drinks
  • A few guests appreciated the in-room DVD player and the free DVD rentals
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise disturbance
  • A couple of guests felt the hotel needed better maintenance
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated May 8, 2015
Overview
This hotel is situated in a commercial area just off Highway 63, and is about a 4-minute drive north of the MacKenzie Industrial Park. This property is well suited for guests looking to access offices in the nearby business park or for travellers looking to explore the Fort McMurray area by car. 

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. All 83 rooms and suites are air conditioned and include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, cable TV with a DVD player, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, a sofabed, blackout curtains, an iron with ironing board, and a hair dryer. Suites offer more spacious accommodations with a separate living area and a sofabed. All rooms and suites are furnished with one or two queen beds. Extended stay rates are available.

Free parking is available on site and pets are permitted for an additional fee of $20 per night, per pet, for the first 7 nights and then $10 per night. A refundable deposit is required at check in of $300 per stay and a credit card is required at check in.

A free hot breakfast is served daily from 5 am to 10 am. The Victory Sports Bar serves light fare and drinks 4 pm to midnight, Monday to Saturday.

Other on-site amenities include an elevator, an ATM machine, free guest laundry, dry cleaning, meeting rooms, a 24-hour business centre, a fitness centre, free DVD rentals, discounted limousine service to and from the airport ($30 each way), luggage storage, free newspapers and car concierge services. 

The Oil Sands Discovery Centre is 3 minutes away by car, while Heritage Park historic village is a 4-minute drive away. The downtown area, which features the Peter Pond Shopping Centre, the Boomtown Casino, restaurants and bars, is 7 minutes away by car. The MacDonald Island Park (nature park and hiking trails) is a 9-minute drive away. The Fort McMurray Airport (YMM) is 16 minutes away by car. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with front desk on May 7, 2015: the free breakfast hours are 5 am to 10 am and the hotel offers free Wi-Fi 
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The Good
The majority of guests left positive comments in the reviews that were read for this report.

Several guests described their rooms as clean and affordable, with comfortable beds. Some reviewers appreciated well-equipped rooms which included a fridge, a microwave, a coffeemaker and a DVD player. 

Several reviewers were pleased with the free breakfast. Guests liked having hot items and said that the breakfast had good variety.

The staff were very well liked at this hotel by recent reviewers. This list of words to describe them in the reviews recently read were: great, nice, polite, very friendly, professional, helpful, courteous and hospitable. One guest told of how the staff supplied the free breakfast earlier than the normal time, for guests who had to leave early.

Guests typically thought that the room rates were reasonable and that the hotel offered good value. Guests pointed to the free parking, the free guest laundry, the free breakfast, the airport shuttle service price reduction and free DVD rentals as all adding value to the stay. A couple of guests commented on the free Wi-Fi and said it worked very well. 

Several guests said they would return to this hotel when in Fort McMurray.
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The Bad
Although most guests spoke positively about their stays, there were some complaints found online in the reviews read for this report.

A couple of guests were disturbed by noise from early risers starting their trucks in the parking lot. Although a lot of people did not complain about noise disturbance, and a few found the rooms quiet, noise complaints did surface from time to time in the reviews. Other instances, were music from the attached bar, noisy neighbours and a loud heater fan.

A couple of guests also felt the hotel needed better maintenance. One mentioned an ice machine that remained broken over his two separate stays (the manager said it was on the fritz for a while and was getting replaced), and a couple of people mentioned broken tiles which also lacked grout in the washroom.
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TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #14 out of 19 properties in Fort McMurray, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5 from 28 reviews.

Expedia.ca gave this property an average score of 3.9 out of 5 based on 73 guest reviews.


Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Map Marker Vantage Inn & Suites
200 Parent Way, Fort McMurray, AB