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Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Saint John Canada

7.7 | Good
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Clean but dated St. John, NB hotel 9 min to Digby Ferry with mini-kitchens & free breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Many guests found clean rooms
  • Wi-Fi rated excellent by guests overall
  • Many thought the room rates were reasonable
  • Location was convenient to highways, Reversing Falls and Digby Ferry terminal
Cons
  • No elevator to second floor
  • Some found the location a little far to restaurants
  • Some guests thought the breakfast was lacking in selection or quality
  • Some complained of hard beds and dated rooms
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 1, 2016
Overview
This hotel provides a budget stay just off Hwy 100, and 9 minutes by car from the Digby Ferry terminal. Reversing Falls offers views of the tidal changes a 6-minute drive away.

The hotel offers 31 rooms that are smoke free and pet free. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a desk, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 or 2 queen beds, 1 queen + 1 double, or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a mini-kitchen (mini-fridge, microwave, sink), a small dining table, a living room, 2 separate bedrooms, a second TV, and views of the bay. Accessible rooms are available. 

Free outdoor parking, with cold weather hook-ups, is available on site for cars and oversize vehicles.

A free continental breakfast is served from 6:30 am to 9:30 am Monday through Saturday and from 7 am to 10 am on Sunday. Guests will find Greco Pizza restaurant a 3-minute walk from the hotel.

Hotel amenities include a business centre, a guest laundry, safe deposit boxes, a picnic area, free newspapers and a 24-hour front desk. There is no elevator to the second floor.

This hotel is about a 10-minute drive from downtown Saint John (Market Square, the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre, Saint John City Market, Brunswick Square shopping centre, Harbour Station Arena). Rockwood Park is 12 minutes away by car. The Digby Ferry terminal is 9 minutes away by car and.Saint John Airport (YSJ) is a 24-minute drive, without traffic. (All travel estimates: Google Maps) 

Confirmed with the front desk on February 1, 2016: all rooms have flat screen TVs
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The Good
Overall, guests described a pleasant stay with reasonable room rates at this budget hotel. 

The rooms were often described as clean, large, in good repair, and quiet with comfortable beds. Guests also liked having rooms with a mini-kitchen, flat screen TVs and some were pleased to see the bay in the distance, the sunrise or sunset.

Guests usually appreciated the staff at this small hotel, and they were often described as pleasant and friendly.

Guests typicall liked the location which was handy to the highway and Digby Ferry terminal, not far from Reversing Falls, a small shopping mall, zip line adventure and downtown attractions and restaurants.

Some guests enjoyed the free breakfast, which one guest described, "Breakfast was downstairs and included a nice variety of choices, as well as the Canadian specialties of beans and boiled eggs."

Adding value to the stay for some guests were: secure free parking, good free Wi-Fi, a guest laundry and free local newspapers.
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The Bad
Some guests were not fully satisfied with the hotel's offerings and they reported several shortfalls.

A number of guests were not all that impressed with the free breakfast which they described as meagre, disappointing, having stale cereal, stale rolls, poor quality fruit, and unappealing hard-boiled eggs. Sometimes guests found the breakfast all gone before the official time, the breakfast room hot and stuffy and lacking ambiance in a basement room with no windows, no music and no TV.

Some guests complained about the rooms. Recent complaints included: rooms very dated, spiders/ants in the rooms, musty odour, hard beds, a saggy mattress, poor sound insulation--could hear neighbours and highway, room with 1 double bed too small, loud AC unit, and old sheets.

Other complaints about the hotel were: across from a graveyard, poor lighting in parking area and exterior of hotel, old building, and exterior needs landscaping and cleaning.


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TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #11 out of 19 hotels in Saint John, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5, from 50 reviews.

Booking.com gave this hotel an average score of 8.2 out of 10, based on 57 guest reviews.

Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Rated 7.7/10 based on 225 reviews

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Map Marker Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Saint John Canada
1441 Manawagonish Road, Saint John, NB