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Well-liked Iqaluit hotel with popular restaurant and bar, free Wi-Fi & free airport shuttle

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, airport shuttle, local calls
  • Guests typically found clean, spacious rooms with comfortable beds
  • Many guests liked the staff who were friendly and helpful
  • Highly praised dining and bar on site
  • Guests liked the central location and said it was an easy walk to most places in town
Cons
  • Guests found the Wi-Fi intermittent and slow
  • Noise from nearby rooms was occasionally an issue for guests
  • Some found the room and restaurant prices high
  • No individual climate control in the rooms, making the rooms too hot (or too cold) at times
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 28, 2015
Overview
The Frobisher Inn is connected to a mall which offers indoor access to a convenience store, movie theatre, cafe, bar and restaurant, in the city of Iqaluit. It's a 17-minute walk or a 3-minute drive from the city centre where guests will find a bank, a Tim Hortons and the Northmart grocery store. 

This hotel is smoke free and pet free. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a 37" flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, an iPod dock, a DVD player, a clock radio, a hair dryer and a full bathroom. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 queen bed or 1 king bed. Room extras include views of Frobisher Bay, a soaker tub, a double jacuzzi, a fireplace and a mini-kitchen (mini-fridge, microwave, sink).

Free parking is available on site. A free airport shuttle service is offered weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm, and weekends from 10 am to 2 pm. 

On site, The Gallery Fine Dining restaurant offers local cuisine and showcases local art. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday Brunch. The Storehouse Bar & Grill offers pool tables, games and wide screen TVs along with light meals. The Caribrew Cafe offers breakfast and lunch and is open each morning and afternoon. Room service is also offered.

Other on-site amenities include a fitness centre, a business centre, same-day laundry and dry cleaning service, and meeting space. There is a convenience store, ATM and cinema in the same building.

Northmart is 20 minutes away on foot and Tim Hortons is an 18-minute walk away. Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum can be reached in 16 minutes on foot. The Niaqunngusiariaq Arena is 5 minutes away by car and Geraldine Lake is a 4-minute drive away. The Iqaluit Airport (YFB) is 5 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on November 27, 2015: free airport shuttle times, there's a double jacuzzi in the executive suite, lunch is available on site
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The Good
Guests typically enjoyed their stays at this hotel and appreciated its many on-site amenities. Some thought it was the best hotel in Iqaluit and liked being able to access groceries, dining, cafe and theatre from the lobby.

Guests liked their rooms, found them spacious, cleaned to their satisfaction with comfy beds. They found the staff to be polite and very helpful. Some said this hotel, set up on a hill, had the best views of the bay.

Another big plus was the on-site dining which guests invariably liked. Besides being able to access meals on site, guests enjoyed the fine dining quality, although some did find it expensive, but of course this was the north so the higher prices were understandable for such a remote area of Canada. Some guests enjoyed the bar on site, found it fun and entertaining, and enjoyed cheaper meals offered as specials (Wednesday hot wings for 60 cents and Tuesday tacos for $2), plus a good cold beer.

Guests gave high ratings for the location, but not many actually spoke about it other than to say that one could walk anywhere in Iqaluit from the hotel.

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The Bad
The hotel did have some weak spots.

One common complaint was that rooms were centrally heated and that guests could not control the amount of heat coming into the rooms, which usually resulted in a room that was too hot, but could also be too cold. The front desk staff were at times able to adjust the heat, or offered portable heaters to help guests out, and at times guests opened their windows in order to regulate the heat.

Wi-Fi was slow and sometimes sporadic, but some guests said it was not due to the hotel, but actually standard for Iqaluit and other northern communities.

Prices for the rooms and meals were higher than most were used to paying in the more populated parts of Canada and some found the hotel, and meals on site, pricey.

Occasionally guests complained of noise disturbance, especially when the hotel became more full; guests could hear their neighbours--music, footsteps, and water running.

Guests who had a flight leaving before 9 am on weekdays or on the limited weekend service, were disappointed that the free shuttle service did not operate at the times they were flying out. 

One guest mentioned that there was no easy pedestrian path from the hotel to town, but what existed was difficult to navigate and unplanned. A couple of guests thought the bed sheets could be newer.
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TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #2 out of 5 hotels in Iqaluit, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5, from 79 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 7.6 out of 10, based on 33 guest reviews.


Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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