The Glacier View Inn

At Columbia Icefield Centre, great views, good but expensive restaurant

Pros
  • Free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's proximity to Athabasca Glacier and the highway
  • Many lodgers enjoyed their clean rooms and amazing glacier views
  • The hotel's restaurant was complimented for its quality and service
Cons
  • Several guests found the restaurant's prices to be expensive
  • A few lodgers reported poor signage when trying to locate the hotel
  • No in-room Internet available (lobby only, charges apply)
Freebies
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 21, 2013
Overview
Located on the top floor of the Columbia Icefield Centre along Highway 93 at the Jasper National Park South Entrance, The Glacier View Inn is suitable for road travellers who prefer a hotel with easy highway access and on-site dining.

Each of this smoke-free hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms offers cable TV, a coffeemaker, a desk, a hair dryer and a sitting area. Rooms with a sitting area and a sofabed are also available. The hotel is not wheelchair accessible and pets are not permitted.

Please note that Internet access is only available in the hotel lobby and charges apply.

Hotel amenities include 24-hour reception, a business centre, free parking, a gift shop, a cafe (which serves breakfast and lunch daily), an elevator and on-site dining at Columbia Icefield Restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner daily. 

Jasper's city centre and Jasper Yellowhead Museum & Archives are both about a 12-minute drive from the hotel, while Mount Robson Provincial Park can be found 25 minutes away by car. Jasper-Hinton Airport (YJP) is roughly a 1-hour and 10-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Internet available in the lobby (charges apply), free parking, pets not permitted, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: November 8, 2013)

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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's location, rooms and food.

Many guests praised the hotel's proximity to the Athabasca Glacier and the highway, and described the location as breathtaking and amazing. One patron remarked, "The location is what you are getting in this hotel experience. The windows look out directly over Athabasca and Snow Dome glaciers and of course Mts Athabasca, Andromeda and Snow Dome. The hotel is directly above the tourist centre where you have the gift shop, buy tickets and eat at the dining room of cafe".

The hotel's accommodations were enjoyed by numerous reviewers, who found their rooms to be clean and spacious, with amazing glacier views and large bathrooms. One guest noted, "The views of the icefield and glacier area from the room, including the bathroom, are unbelievable. The windows are spotless and large so one can take pictures right through the window at sunset, sunrise, etc. with no crowds". A few lodgers complained of no in-room fridges, however.

Several patrons complimented the hotel's restaurant. They described the food as outstanding, delicious and excellent, with friendly and engaging staff. The restaurant's prices were criticized by several lodgers, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the hotel's value and poor signage.

Several guests were disappointed with the hotel's value. Several lodgers found the restaurant prices very expensive and were disappointed there were no other options nearby for eating. The hotel's rates and lobby Internet costs were also found to be overpriced, and some guests felt a free breakfast should have been included in the room rates.

A few lodgers had difficulty locating the hotel due to the lack of clear signage from the road.
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Sources
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.9 out of 5 with an 86% recommendation rate from 301 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8 out of 10 from 161 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #11 of 23 Jasper National Park hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 138 reviews.

The author called the hotel on November 8, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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hotels in Jasper

Rated 7.4/10 based on 1293 reviews

Ranked #12 out of 20 hotels in Jasper

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Map Marker The Glacier View Inn
Highway 93 N, Icefields Parkway, Jasper, AB