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Older Fort St. John budget hotel on Alaska Hwy with restaurant, lounge & free hot breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Many enjoyed meals at the restaurant on site
  • Many guests found the staff pleasant and helpful
  • Location had easy access to the highway, amenities and services
Cons
  • Guests were mixed about the comfort and cleanliness of the rooms
  • Poor Wi-Fi according to a few guests
  • Guests offered mixed opinions of the free hot breakfast
  • Noise disturbance a problem for some guests
  • Guests were mixed over value for price of this hotel
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 25, 2015
Overview
This hotel is situated on the Alaska Highway, 7 minutes south of the city centre, and promotes itself as the last full-service hotel before Fort Nelson, which is 4 hours north by car. This property is geared to guests looking for an overnight or budget stay with convenient highway access and nearby access to services.

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. All 42 rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, cable TV with pay-per-view movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk and individual climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a 42" flat screen TV and a sofabed. Accessible rooms are also available.

Free parking, with cold weather hook-ups, is available on site for cars and oversize vehicles. Pets are permitted for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per night.

A free hot breakfast buffet is served daily from 4:30 am to 10 am. The on-site Burgers & Brew restaurant serves lunch and dinner.

Other on-site amenities include a guest laundry, dry cleaning service, a snack and liquor store, currency exchange and guest copy/fax service.

The Totem Mall (shopping centre and movie theatre) is an 11-minute walk away, or 3 minutes away by car, while the Pomeroy Sports Centre and the Fort St. John Curling Club are both a 4-minute drive away. The downtown area, which features dining, the North Peace Cultural Centre, the Lido Theatre and shopping, is 5 minutes away by car. The North Peace Regional Airport (YXJ) is a 14-minute drive away. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on August 25, 2015: the free breakfast is available from 4:30 am to 10 am, the hotel has one king bed room
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The Good
Guest reviewers offered mixed opinions about the hotel and its amenities, but the staff, location and restaurant received consistent praise in the reviews read for this report.

The staff was well liked by guests who stayed at this hotel. They were described as welcoming, friendly, helpful, courteous and pleasant. One guest remarked, "The staff were wonderfully friendly and helpful! They gave us helpful information about things we were trying to find in town."

Several guests said the location was handy to all services and amenities and provided easy access to the highway.

The restaurant also received consistent praise. Guests repeatedly said it had good food and was an added convenience to guests.


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The Bad
There were a lot of complaints posted online in the recent reviews read for this report and guests had mixed opinions about this hotel overall.

Some found the hotel to have an average room, good for sleeping while passing through and some also used it for an extended period while working in the area. These guests typically judged the rooms to be clean but dated. 

Other guests were not as comfortable with the level of cleanliness found in their rooms and cited stained bedding, old linens, a dirty wall, carpets that smelled of urine, a nasty tub, a broken alarm clock, rooms that reeked of smoke, poor lighting and a hard mattress. More than one guest just summed it up by saying the hotel was somewhat dated and worn. 

Heating and cooling did not always work well and several guests were upset with rooms that were either too hot or not warm enough. Other common complaints concerned poor Wi-Fi, a poor selection of cable channels and a muddy parking lot.

Guests gave mixed reviews about the free hot breakfast with about equal numbers liking and disliking it. 

Value was a contested point as well with some finding it good value and others finding it not worth the price paid.

A couple of guests who booked non-smoking rooms were given smoking rooms instead as the non-smoking rooms had been given to others before they arrived.

Noise was a factor for some, who cited the on site bar, trucks leaving in the early morning, loud night crews slamming doors, walking and showering at 2 am and thin walls to neighbouring rooms as the cause.
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Show Sources
Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.4 out of 5, with 85% of 62 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #10 out of 16 properties in Fort St. John, with an average score of 3 out of 5, from 23 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 6.5 out of 10, based on 16 guest reviews.


Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
Writing chose Tammy from the moment she could hold a pencil. The stories may have changed through the years, from creative fiction to television news reporting, but Tammy's passion for words (and fondness for pencils) continues on.
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Map Marker Econo Lodge Fort St John
10419 Alaska Highway, Fort Saint John, BC