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Grande Prairie hotel with some renovated rooms, free airport shuttle and free hot breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, bottled water
  • Some reviewers found the rooms clean and comfortable
  • Guests typically liked the staff and found them courteous
  • Location was convenient to shopping and the airport
  • Some guests enjoyed meals on site
Cons
  • Many said the hotel was older and needed updates
  • Guests comments were mixed about the free breakfast
  • Some guests complained of smelling smoke on a non-smoking floor
  • Some guests found the older rooms to have poor sound insulation and poor water pressure
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 24, 2016
Overview
This older hotel, in the Richmond Industrial Park area, is a 4-minute drive from the city centre and offers some refurbished business class rooms (with queen beds) on the 8th and 9th floors. A free airport shuttle service, to and from Grande Prairie Airport (YQU), along with a free hot breakfast at the hotel's restaurant adds value for guests.

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. All 102 rooms include free Wi-Fi, free bottled water, a flat screen TV with on-demand movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and air conditioning. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds or 1 or 2 queen beds. Room extras include a sofabed, a separate bedroom, a kitchenette (fridge, microwave, oven, sink) a dining table, and bathrobes.

Free parking is available on site for cars and trucks with winter plug-ins. Pets are welcomed for $25 per night up to $50 per stay. The hotel provides free shuttle service to and from the airport via a local cab company. 

A free hot breakfast is served daily from 6 am to 11 am. 

The on-site restaurant, Major's Homestyle, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tractor Jacks pub offers games and live entertainment and daily food and drink specials. Room service is also available.

Other on-site amenities include a business centre, a fitness centre, dry cleaning and laundry service, ice machines and meeting rooms.

Big box shopping and restaurants are located within a 3-minute drive or a 5 to 10-minute walk. The Grande Prairie Regional College and Centre 2000 Tourism and Trade Centre are a 4-minute drive away. Downtown Grande Prairie, which features the Crystal Centre (sports arena and concert venue), restaurants and bars, is also 4 minutes away by car. The Prairie Mall is a 7-minute drive away. (All travel estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on January 21, 2016: all rooms have flat screen TVs with on-demand movies, pet fees, kitchenette appliances-- has small oven but no stove top
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The Good
Reviews were somewhat mixed but some guests enjoyed their stays at this hotel. Although it is older, the hotel is renovating and updating its facility under new ownership and claims to have one-third of the rooms done (at Sept 2015). 

Guests who stayed in renovated rooms, plus other guests who have stayed frequently over the years for work, found the hotel to provide a clean and comfortable room. One reviewer mentioned that even-numbered rooms on the higher floors had the best view and stayed cooler. (Guests can control the air conditioning in the rooms but not the central heat which can be too hot for some.) A few guests found the beds very comfortable.

Guests liked the location for being close to the airport and for accessing shopping right across the road.

The staff were found to be courteous, friendly and accommodating by many guests.

Some guests enjoyed the lounge on site and several mentioned enjoying the free hot breakfast that was made to order and other meals at the restaurant.
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The Bad
There were lots of complaints from guests who found the hotel quite dated.

Recent room complaints were: dry air in room, mattress mediocre, noisy AC unit, centrally-heated room too hot and windows don't open to cool it down, pillows were square and too fat, controls for the new TVs too difficult, poor water pressure in shower, smelled smoke on non-smoking floor, marijuana smoke in hallways, room prices high, walls are paper thin, could hear noisy elevator in room, room was run down and icky and very noisy neighbours.

Guests sometimes complained that they found the food stale, cold and unappetizing at the free buffet breakfast. 

Occasionally guests felt the hotel was lacking amenities. These guests missed having a pool or hot tub, said the fitness room was often closed, and the on-site lounge closed too early.
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Show Sources
Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.2 out of 5 based upon 134 guest reviews.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #14 out of 21 properties in Grande Prairie, with an average score of 3 out of 5 from 63 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 Grande Prairie

Rated 6.6/10 based on 388 reviews

Ranked #14 out of 17 hotels in Grande Prairie

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Map Marker Paradise Inn & Conference Centre
11201 100th Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB