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Well-liked Blue River hotel along Hwy 5 with popular restaurant, clean and modern rooms

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking
  • Many found the rooms nicely updated, clean with comfy beds
  • Guests said the staff was friendly
  • Many guests enjoyed meals at the restaurant
  • Location was seen as a good place to stop while driving through, near the highway in a pretty spot
Cons
  • No elevator to second floor
  • Wi-Fi intermittant and slow
  • No air conditioning in certain rooms
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Dec 6, 2015
Overview
This property is situated on the South Yellowhead Highway, a 3-minute drive from the town centre. It provides a pleasant stopover to guests travelling along the highway in western Canada.

The hotel is smoke free and all 35 rooms include free Wi-Fi, a 27" flat screen TV, a coffeemaker, a desk, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds. Room extras include air conditioning.

Free parking is available on site. Pets are permitted in ground floor rooms for an additional fee of $10 per pet, per night. 

The on-site restaurant, Tony's Grill, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Other on-site amenities include a business centre and a 24-hour front desk. This property has two floors and no elevator.

The downtown area, which features a hockey arena and shopping, is about a 3-minute drive away. The Blue River Pine Provincial Park is about a 5-minute drive away, while the Blue River Airport (YCP) is 3 minutes away by car. Eleanor Lake is a 4-minute drive away, while Blue River cross-country ski trails are about 6 minutes away by car. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
This hotel was well liked by it guests, many of whom were just passing through.

They were not expecting much in such a small town, but they were pleasantly surprised to find renovated and clean rooms that had a nice ambiance and very comfortable beds.

While close to the highway, guests maintained that it was quiet, affording them a good night's rest. 

Another plus was the convenient on-site restaurant, which guests also typically liked. One recent guest remarked, "The restaurant was the highlight. Friendly people and good food."

Guests also spoke about the surrounding area as being treed, fresh, restful and beautiful.
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The Bad
There were some complaints found online.

Complaints regarding the rooms were: no air conditioning in some of the rooms, no satellite TV, rug was dirty, no water pressure for hot water and uncomfortable bed.

Complaints regarding the hotel were: ice machine was not working, no other restaurant choices in walking distance and restaurant service was slow.

The free Wi-Fi was intermittant and slow according to reviewers, and one guest said it only worked in the lobby.
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Show Sources
Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.7 out of 5, with 90% of 206 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #1 out of 1 B&B and Inn properties in Blue River, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5, from 71 reviews.

Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
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2 / out of 2
hotels in Blue River

Rated 7.3/10 based on 468 reviews

Ranked #2 out of 2 hotels in Blue River

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Location
  • Wells Gray Provincial Park (60.0 km)
Map Marker Sandman Inn Blue River
Highway 5 South, Blue River, BC