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Fireside Inn Hotel & Conference Centre

7.0 | Good
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Just off Hwy 3, free breakfast, great staff, clean rooms, pool located across street

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Many guests were pleased with the hotel's proximity to the highway and restaurants
  • Numerous travellers praised the hotel's attentive and helpful staff
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and well equipped
Cons
  • A few guests reported dated decor and highway noise
  • The hotel's pool and hot tub are located across the street
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 14, 2014
Overview
Located just off Highway 3 and about a 6-minute drive from Castlegar's city centre, the Fireside Inn Hotel & Conference Centre is suitable for business or vacation travellers who require a centrally located hotel with meeting/banquet space, a free breakfast and easy highway access.

Each of the hotel's guest rooms and suites comes equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Rooms with a kitchenette, a fireplace and a living area with a sofabed are also available and all rooms are non-smoking. The hotel does not have wheelchair-accessible rooms. 

The hotel also offers meeting/banquet space, a business centre, guest laundry, BBQ facilities, free parking, a free continental breakfast and free access to the hotel's sister property (across the street), which has an indoor pool, a waterslide and hot tub. Up to two pets per room are permitted for an additional $10 per pet, pet day.

Kootenay Crossing Mall is about an 8-minute walk from the hotel, while Castlegar Golf Course can be found 9 minutes away by car. Selkirk College is roughly a 7-minute drive away and West Kootenay Regional Airport (YCG) is a 5-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets $10/pet/night, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: January 13, 2014)
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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, staff and rooms.

The hotel's location was convenient for many reviewers. They described it as easily accessible and central, as well as close to highway access, shopping, restaurants, a grocery store, Starbucks and the town of Nelson.

Numerous guests praised the hotel's staff, characterizing them as friendly, attentive, accommodating and helpful with directions. One patron remarked, "The staff was very accommodating. When we asked for another pillow, they were able to find one quite quickly for us. There was someone at the front desk 24 hours a day, which puts you at ease as well".

Several lodgers were pleased with the hotel's accommodations. They described their rooms as clean, quiet, well equipped, spacious and updated, with comfortable beds and linens. A few travellers had complaints about their lodgings, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few complaints about the rooms and pool facilities.

Although the majority of reviewers were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms, a few guests criticized their accommodations. They reported old TVs, dated decor and fixtures and noise transfer from the highway and guests in adjacent rooms.

A few lodgers were disappointed with the location of the hotel's swimming pool and hot tub. They were under the impression they were located on the premises, but are in fact at the hotel's sister property across the road (as noted in the overview above).
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Sources
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.9 out of 5 with a 90% recommendation rate from 51 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #3 of 7 Castlegar hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 19 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8 out of 10 from 18 reviews.

The author called the hotel on January 13, 2014 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 Castlegar

Rated 7.0/10 based on 257 reviews

Ranked #2 out of 4 hotels in Castlegar

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Map Marker Fireside Inn Hotel & Conference Centre
1810 8th Avenue, Castlegar, BC