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Older Portage la Prairie hotel on Hwy 1 with indoor pool and restaurant but mixed reviews

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Guests found the location convenient to Hwy 1
  • Some guests liked the pool and hot tub
Cons
  • Many guests complained about the free breakfast for selection and quality
  • Many guests found the staff unhelpful
  • Many described the hotel as very dated and poorly maintained
  • Guests provided mixed reviews about the cleanliness of the rooms
  • The restaurant received mixed reviews
  • Guests were mixed over the value of the hotel
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 18, 2015
Overview
This property is situated on the Trans-Canada Highway, west of the city centre and typically used as a stopover hotel for car travellers seeking a budget overnight stay.

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, individual climate control/air conditioning and a balcony. Room extras include a microwave. Rooms are furnished with two double beds, one queen bed or one king bed. Accessible rooms are available.  

Free parking is available on site for cars and oversize vehicles. Pets are permitted for an additional charge of $8 per pet, per night.

A free continental breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 9 am. The on-site Manitoba Restaurant and Lounge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

On-site recreational facilities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, and an outdoor tennis court. Other on-site amenities include a business centre, meeting space, an ATM, free newspapers, a 24-hour front desk and ice/vending machines.

A shopping and dining district is about 7 minutes away by car, while the Splash Island Water Park is a 9-minute drive away. The Portage Golf Club and the Fort La Reine Museum (100-year old log cabin) are about a 7-minute drive away. The Portage La Prairie (North) Airport (YPG) is 5 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
Guests who found the hotel satisfactory seemed to be in the minority in recent reviews read for this report. Some found the hotel a satisfactory place to stay for overnight while passing through.

Positive comments focused on the hotel's location, just off Hwy 1, allowing guests easy access to all parts of town.

Guests who commented on the pool, typically said it was nice or their kids enjoyed it.
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The Bad
There were a several concerns shared by guests of this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this report. 

Guest reviewers often described the hotel as being in a state of disarray with very dated rooms and unkempt grounds. 

Other common complaints found in the reviews were: non-functioning air conditioning or heaters, very poor Wi-Fi and poor TV reception. 

Rooms that smelled of smoke and musty hallways were another sore spot for some, but guest comments appeared mixed over the topic of room cleanliness with some saying the rooms were clean and others pointing to stained and dirty carpets.

Several guests described poor service from the staff and owners, although the staff was occasionally described as pleasant.

Many disliked the free breakfast which guests said was stale with minimal selection and presented in what appeared to be a storage room. The restaurant was considered decent by some and sub par by others.

Guest opinion was divided over value, of those who mentioned it in recent reviews, with slightly more reviewers judging the hotel to provide poor value and not worth the money charged.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.2 out of 5, with 78% of 73 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #6 out of 6 properties in Portage La Prairie, with an average score of 2.5 out of 5, from 171 reviews.




Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
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