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Well-liked but older Medicine Hat hotel with indoor pool, comfy beds and rooms with kitchens 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, airport shuttle, local calls
  • Many reviewers were well pleased with clean and comfortable rooms
  • Comfy beds were a highlight for more than one reviewer
  • Many guests appreciated the value the hotel offered
  • The owners and staff were well liked by many guests who found them welcoming and attentive
  • Location was a plus, right off Hwy 1, but in a residential area, with restaurants and hospital close by
Cons
  • Some guests pointed to areas that still needed renovation when they stayed
  • No elevator to the second floor
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 18, 2015
Overview
This budget hotel is just off the Trans-Canada Highway, about a 6-minute drive from downtown Medicine Hat and offers good highway access with recently refurbished rooms for guests needing a convenient stopover hotel. Guests travelling by air will appreciate the free airport shuttle service and location, only a 5-minute drive from the airport.

All smoke-free rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a cable/satellite TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and individual climate control. Some rooms include a kitchen (fridge, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, cookware, dinnerware) and second floor rooms may lead out to a balcony. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. The hotel also offers a king suite with a 2-person jacuzzi.

Free parking is available on site and includes oversize vehicles. This hotel provides a 24-hour free airport shuttle. Pets are welcomed in pet-friendly rooms for $10 per pet, per night.

A free hot and cold continental breakfast is served daily at the on-site restaurant, IPHO Vietnamese & Korean.There are also a few restaurant choices within a 5-minute walk including ABC Family Restaurant, McDonald's and Tumbleweed's Grill.

Other on-site amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna, a fitness centre, a business centre, a games room, an ATM, a guest laundry, dry cleaning service, a common BBQ area, free newspapers, ice and vending machines and meeting space. There is no elevator to the second floor.

The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre is 5 minutes away by car, while the Medicine Hat Arena (home of the WHL`s Medicine Hat Tigers) is a 7-minute drive away. The Medicine Hat Mall (retail shopping, restaurants and a movie theatre) and The Casino by Vanshaw (slots and table games) are both about 10 minutes away by car. The Greyhound bus station is 6 minutes' drive east, while the Medicine Hat airport (YXH) is a 5-minute drive west of the hotel.

Verified by a front desk agent on July 17, 2015: pet fees, free parking, free breakfast with hot choices, mini-fridge and microwave in each room, no clothes washer and dryer in guest rooms, second floor rooms may lead out to a balcony
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The Good
This hotel was well liked by many reviewing guests online, judging from the reviews read recently for this editorial. They were very pleased with the comfort of the beds, the cleanliness of the rooms and the ongoing renovations to the hotel.

Many guests found the room rates reasonable and felt that the hotel, although older, was well kept and provided for a comfortable stay. Guests mentioned good showers, great Wi-Fi signals, and a well kept pool, sauna and hot tub area.

Guests typically enjoyed the food and selection at the free breakfast and one reviewer described the selection as including muffins, bagels, toast, scrambled eggs, fruit and cereal.

The front desk agents were described as friendly and accommodating by many guests. Guests really seemed to connect to the owners and said they were welcoming and attentive to guests' needs.

Guests who spoke about the location mentioned that it had easy highway access, was quiet and situated in a residential area allowing for an evening stroll. Others liked that it was close to restaurants, hospital and a short drive to a major shopping district.
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The Bad
Although most of the reviews read for this report were positive, there was the odd complaint from guests who felt the hotel was still in need of more refurbishment.

Although many reviewers said the hotel and rooms were very clean, sometimes a guest would mention that the exterior of the hotel looked rather old, or they found furniture that was stained, or bathroom tiles that were mouldy. A couple of guests were bothered by older windows that they said were dusty, small and had condensation. One guest pointed to the need for a new carpet in their room, although they said the room was large and clean.

Occasionally a guest felt the breakfast was too basic or offered stale baked goods.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.5 out of 5, with 86% of 148 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #8 out of 18 properties in Medicine Hat, with an average score of 4 out of 5 from 83 reviews.




Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Rated 7.0/10 based on 757 reviews

Ranked #9 out of 13 hotels in Medicine Hat

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Map Marker Ramada Limited Medicine Hat
773 8th Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB