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Powell River hotel 4 min to YPW with free shuttle, restaurant and pet-friendly rooms

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, airport shuttle
  • Several reviewers found the location convenient for accessing shopping and restaurants on foot
  • Many guests found clean, quiet and comfortable rooms
  • The staff were very well liked and called professional and accommodating
  • Many guests enjoyed meals at the restaurant on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by reviewers overall
Cons
  • A few guests felt the rooms were overpriced
  • Several guests complained of dated rooms
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 13, 2016
Overview
This downtown hotel is situated within a big-box shopping complex and a 7-minute walk from the Crossroads Shopping Centre. It offers a well-liked restaurant and free 4-minute shuttle ride to the airport and ferry, along with a number of comfortable renovated rooms.

This property is smoke free and all 71 rooms include free Wi-Fi, a TV with movie channels,  a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a hair dryer, and individual climate control. Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 double beds, 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a microwave, a work desk, iPod docks, an iron and ironing board, a separate bedroom, a second flat screen TV, a table for 4, a balcony and a double jacuzzi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are also available.

Free parking is available on site. A free shuttle service, to the Powell River Airport (YPW) and the ferry dock to Comox and Texada Island, is available and operates on demand. Travel may be arranged in advance with the front desk. The airport and the ferry are both about 4 minutes away by car.

Pets are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $10 per pet, per night. 

A free continental breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 10 am.The on-site Garden Court Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch and offers outdoor seating. TC's Pub & Lounge offers lunch and dinner with big screen TVs. Guests can also grab a quick bite at Tim Hortons and A&W next door.

Other on-site amenities include a 24-hour front desk, an elevator, a guest computer, laundry services, boat rentals and conference/banquet facilities. 

The waterfront area, which features boutique shopping and restaurants, is about 11 minutes away on foot. The Malaspina University College is a 5-minute drive away, while the Powell River Recreation Complex and skate park are also 4 minutes away by car. The Willingdon Beach Campsite and Trail is a 3-minute drive or 16-minute walk away. Comox and Kin Beach Provincial Park are about 1.75 hours away via car and ferry. (All travel estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on November 1, 2015: the hotel has a 24-hour front desk, a laundry pick-up and delivery service for $12 and an elevator, pet fees are $10 per night
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The Good
Guests who rated this hotel online usually had a comfortable and pleasant stay.

Guests typically enjoyed their rooms. They were described as clean, quiet and spacious with comfortable beds. Guests found the rooms that faced the courtyard quieter than those that faced the street, and guests with renovated rooms were more enthusiastic about them.

Guests often mentioned the staff in reviews and invariably said something good. They were characterized as professional, welcoming, friendly and helpful. One guest said, "The staff are great and easy to deal with."

Several reviewers found the location central and convenient for accessing the beach, shopping and restaurants on foot and the ferry via the hotel's shuttle service.

Recent guests were well pleased with meals on site. TC's pub, the restaurant and the free breakfast were all mentioned favourably in the reviews. One guest reported, "The free breakfast was a continental style. I think the muffins were homemade and it included hard boiled eggs or little cheese omelettes as well as toast and bagels, cereals, fruit and juice. The food in the pub was good too!"

Wi-Fi was rated as excellent overall by online reviewers.
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The Bad
Guests who complained about the hotel were in the minority, in the reviews that were read for this analysis.

A frequent complaint about the hotel was voiced by guests who were given a more dated room than the ones they had seen pictured online. The hotel does have renovated rooms and older rooms, and renovations are ongoing. 

These same guests also felt the older, tired rooms with polyester blankets, old TVs and loud heaters were not worth the room price being charged. Occasionally guests that were assigned newer, upgraded rooms, also judged them too expensive for what was offered.

A few guests said the courtyard also looked tired and could do with a sprucing up.


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TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #3 out of 7 hotels in Powell River, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5, from 77 reviews.

Booking.com guests rated this hotel 8.1 out of 10 from 113 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Rated 6.0/10 based on 62 reviews

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Location
  • Powell River Airport (1.6 km)
Map Marker Town Centre Hotel
4660 Joyce Avenue, Powell River, BC