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Great downtown location and comfortable rooms, but no free parking

Pros
  • The location was praised by most guests for being within walking distance to many attractions
  • Many guests enjoyed their rooms, describing them as spacious, spotless, and with comfortable beds
  • The customer service was complimented by several reviewers
Cons
  • Some guests were disappointed with the additional parking fee
  • A few reviewers felt the decor in the hotel was out-dated
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 29, 2012
Overview
Located just south of Vanier Highway, the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook is situated in downtown Fredericton and is popular with business travellers and those visiting the University of New Brunswick (roughly 5 minutes' driving time). 

This non-smoking hotel has 168 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites, all of which offer free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, a CD player, a coffeemaker, a desk, and a hair dryer. Suites offer additional amenities such as a cordless phone, turndown service, bathrobes, a mini-fridge, and a whirlpool tub. The hotel also offers 7 meeting and conference rooms, a business centre, fitness facilities, an indoor pool, a hot tub, and a steam room. Accessible and pet-friendly rooms are available at no extra charge, and parking is $10 per day.

The hotel has 4 on-site restaurants: The Terrace Dining Room (open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner), The Governors Room and Maverick Room (both open daily for dinner), and the James Joyce Irish Pub (open daily for lunch and dinner).


The Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook is a 5-minute drive to the University of New Brunswick and is across the street from the Fredericton Playhouse. The Fredericton Convention Centre and the Provincial Legislative Building are both within a 2-minute walk. Shopping is available throughout the downtown district (where the hotel is located) at several one-of-a-kind retailers and artisan shops within walking distance. The hotel is roughly 14 km (a 16-minute drive) from Fredericton Airport (YFC). (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, parking is $10 per day, and pets allowed. (Call date: August 25th, 2012).
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The Good
The majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive with much praise going to the hotel's location, rooms, and staff.

Several reviewers praised the location of the hotel, characterizing it as close to everything, and "within walking distance to all attractions". The hotel was also complimented for its views of St. John River and for being near biking/hiking trails such as the Old Train Bridge Trail (roughly a 15-minute walk from the hotel).

The rooms were the source of several compliments by guests, who described them as quiet, spacious, and spotless. The beds were also deemed very comfortable by some reviewers.

Many guests were pleased with the staff and the service they provided at the hotel. They described them as capable, helpful, having great suggestions, and that they "made you feel at home".

The food at the on-site restaurants was also praised by some. The Terrace Dining Room's breakfast buffet (offered Monday through Friday), was described as having many delicious hot and cold items.
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The Bad
While most of the reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints among them about the added charge for parking and dated decor.

Some reviewers were disappointed they were charged $10 for parking. A few guests mentioned that parking used to be free at the hotel, and they felt it should still be included in the price.

A few guests described their rooms and the lobby of the hotel as being "tired" in terms of its decor. They described old and stained carpets and faded paint. 

Additional complaints about the hotel included loud air conditioning units in the rooms and that the only elevator was located at the far end of the lobby and it was often busy.
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TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #3 out of 19 Fredericton hotels from 139 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 4.3 out of 5 from 39 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.4 out of 5 with a 100% recommendation rate from 18 reviews.

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, and pets allowed. (Call date: August 25th, 2012).
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.
Guest Reviews
8.2
Very Good

Rated 8.2/10 based on 374 reviews

Ranked #4 out of 11 hotels in Fredericton


10 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed November 02, 2010

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10 out of 10 | Ellen stayed July 29, 2006


9 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 16, 2006


10 out of 10 | Delcia stayed June 15, 2006

"- nice big pool area and exercise room - very nice king size bed with lots of comfortable pillows"

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9 out of 10 | Stephanie stayed November 07, 2005


8 out of 10 | Michael stayed August 27, 2005


9 out of 10 | Peter stayed July 30, 2005

"Unfortunately we were on a tight schedule and had little time to enjoy Fredericton the way we would have liked. The Lord Beaverbrook provided a gorgeous view of the St. John river. A most picturesque vista. I would definitely stay at the Lord Beaverbrook again, and will recommend it to anyone traveling to Fredericton."

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7 out of 10 | Carla stayed May 16, 2005


8 out of 10 | Gavin stayed November 07, 2004


10 out of 10 | Gary stayed August 03, 2004

"Love the location, great for walking after a long drive. Would stay at this hotel again. Great price."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 26, 2004

"Wonderful location, but how do they have a filthy, cigarette burned carpet in an otherwise renovated room?"

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3 out of 10 | Earl stayed June 27, 2004

"Found our room dark, poorly furnished, broken furniture, (luggage rack, door on tv cabinet. Pool area was old and not clean and stocked with piles of excess furntiure."

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3 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed April 17, 2004

"It was too hot, the air conditioner wouldn't work and everything was old and dirty! We were supposed to stay for 3 days but only stayed the 1 night b/c it was too late to leave and go elsewhere!"

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8 out of 10 | Thomas stayed February 16, 2004

"This is an older mid range hotel. It is not new, could be considered historic. As long as the rate reflects this you have no problem. Within walking distance of the Lord Beaverbrook is a brand new Sheraton which is better more modern. I think you need a rate differential to sell the Lord Beaverbrook. Also advise people of the situation. The old idea you pay for what you get. This is a special deal because of x, y, and, z."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed November 21, 2003


8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed November 21, 2003


8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed October 22, 2003

Map Marker Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel
659 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB