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Older Grande Prairie motel 9 min to YQU with free: shuttle & parking and kitchenette rooms

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, airport shuttle, local calls
  • Many found clean and comfortable rooms
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good by reviewers online
  • Staff were a highlight for guests, helpful and caring
  • Many enjoyed breakfast and other meals on site
  • Location handy to downtown, shopping, a movie theatre and restaurants
Cons
  • Some guests complained of dated rooms in need of updates
  • Dim lighting in rooms prevented reading, said guests
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 30, 2016
Overview
This motel is located near Hwys 40 and 43, near fast food restaurants and big box stores, a 4-minute drive to the city centre. It provides a clean budget stay with free airport shuttle, fitness room and well-liked restaurant.

Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. All 204 rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, an iron and ironing board, and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds, 2 twin beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a kitchenette (stove top, fridge, microwave), a full kitchen (stove, oven, fridge, microwave), a dining room, a separate bedroom, a living room, and a double jacuzzi.

Free parking for cars and oversize vehicles is available on site. A free airport shuttle operates weekdays on demand. Pets are welcome for $20 per pet, per night. Pets are given a welcome treat and waste bags upon arrival.

Monica's restaurant is on site and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sipps Lounge offers a place to relax, watch the game or play pool.

Motel amenities include a fitness centre, a sauna, a guest laundry, dry cleaning, ice/vending machines and meeting rooms.

Grande Prairie Regional College, Great Northern Casino, Centre 2000 Tourism & Trade Centre and the Crystal Centre (sports arena and concert venue) are all less than a 5-minute drive away. The Prairie Mall shopping centre ia a 7-minute drive and Grande Prairie Airport (YQU) is 9 minutes' drive from the hotel, without traffic. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on January 30, 2016: all rooms have flat screen TVs, mini-fridges and microwaves, there are suites with a separate bedroom
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The Good
Although this motel is older, and looks quite old from the exterior, the interior has been seeing some updates, but it sounds like it is a work in progress. 

Although dated, guests described their rooms as clean and spacious, with basic furniture and amenities. Guests had come for short stays, mainly to sleep and reported quiet and restful stays with comfortable beds and good showers. Guests who stayed in remodeled rooms thought they were beautiful.

Staff seemed to be a highlight, with many guests praising them. They were described as genuine, friendly and caring. One recent guest described how staff used the guest shuttle to help him locate food late at night (1 am) on a very cold winter's night after his plane had delayed his arrival to the hotel.

The location was convenient to downtown, shopping, a movie theatre and restaurants.

The restaurant put out great breakfasts and lots of menu items. One guest recently wrote, "The food was excellent...The options on the actual menu are so diverse ranging from very generous buffets, to comfort food, to sizeable entrees, to ethnic dishes." Another mentioned the bar as being his go-to place in Grande Prairie, with really good food that is cheaper than most places in the city.
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The Bad
Although many felt positively about the hotel, there were some complaints posted online.

Some guests were disappointed about the age of the hotel and complained about dated decor and furnishings, stained or dirty carpets, and rooms that smelled musty or of stale smoke. A few guests reported dim lighting in the rooms. 



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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #12 out of 21 properties in Grande Prairie, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5 from 53 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 7.1 out of 10 based on 33 guest reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
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17 / out of 17
hotels in Grande Prairie

Rated 6.1/10 based on 235 reviews

Ranked #17 out of 17 hotels in Grande Prairie

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Map Marker Stanford Hotels & Resort
11401-100 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB