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Popular Guelph hotel with indoor pool and waterslide, private jacuzzis and free breakfast

Pros
  • Free breakfast, free parking, free Wi-Fi and free wired internet
  • Rooms were clean and spacious, beds were comfy, according to guests
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their welcoming and knowledgeable service
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
  • Pool and hot tub clean and well maintained, said guests
  • A couple of reviewers thought the location was convenient to the 401 and downtown Guelph
  • Good value and reasonable room rates, according to a couple of reviewers
  • Rooms are well-equipped with mini-fridges, iPod docks, and desks with task chairs
Cons
  • A couple of guests were disturbed by noisy guests in neighbouring rooms
  • A couple of reviewers thought that the pool area was small
  • Waterslide is open during specific times only
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Free Internet
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 27, 2015
Overview
This hotel is situated within a commercial area of Guelph and is less than a 1-minute drive from Hanlon Parkway or Highway 6 (a major thoroughfare in Guelph). This property is well-suited for both business travellers and tourists who prefer to explore the Guelph area by car.

This property is 100% smoke-free and all 88 rooms and suites include free Wi-Fi, a desk and ergonomic chair, a flat screen TV with pay-per-view movies, an iPod dock, an iron and ironing board, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker and air conditioning. Rooms are furnished with either 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Select king bed rooms include a jetted tub. Suites at this property offer separate living and bedroom areas, a sofabed and a microwave.

Free parking is available on site and pets are not permitted.

A free breakfast is served from 6:30 am to 9:30 am on weekdays and from 7 am to 10 am on weekends.

On-site recreational facilities include an indoor pool featuring a waterslide, a hot tub, and a 24-hour fitness centre. Other on-site amenities include a 24-hour business centre (print, copy, fax, and courier services), free coffee and tea in the lobby, a BBQ and picnic area, coin-operated laundry machines, dry cleaning (extra fees apply), free newspapers, safe deposit boxes, and foreign currency exchange.

The University of Guelph is 12 minutes away by car, while the Stone Road Mall is a 10-minute drive away. Downtown Guelph, which features the Sleeman Centre (sports and entertainment venue), the Old Quebec Street Mall, the Guelph Farmer's Market, the Guelph GoTrain station and nightlife venues is 10 minutes away by car.

Access to Highway 401 is a 9-minute drive south of this hotel and the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is 30 minutes away by car. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
Positive reviews greatly outnumbered negative reviews for this hotel among the reviews used for this analysis.

Many guests described their rooms as clean and well maintained. Several reviewers thought that their rooms were well appointed with modern furnishings and bathroom fixtures. Several guests found their beds to be comfortable and a couple of reviewers said that their rooms were spacious.

The staff were frequently complimented and guests described the front desk agents as friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating.

Many guests praised the food and the selection at the free breakfast. More than one guests said they enjoyed the make-your-own waffles and breakfast burritos. Another guest said that the free breakfast at this property was "far superior to any other hotel I have stayed at". 

Many reviewers described the indoor pool, waterslide and hot tub as clean and well maintained. Several guests, who were travelling with children, thought the pool area was a value-added feature.

A couple of guests found the location convenient for accessing the downtown area and highway 401 by car.

A couple of reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable and that the hotel offered good value. Guests mentioned the following amenities as value-added features:  flat screen TVs,  fitness centre and free Wi-Fi.
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The Bad
As mentioned above, positive reviews for this property greatly outnumbered negative reviews, among the reviews sourced for this analysis.

A couple of guests were disturbed by noisy guests in neighbouring rooms. 

A couple of reviewers thought that the pool area was too small. A few guests were disappointed to discover that the waterslide was not open during their stay.

A couple of guests complained that the dining area for the free breakfast was crowded during their stay and that the selection was not adequately replenished. A couple of other reviewers said they had to wait at the front desk for staff.

Isolated complaints included: no on-site restaurant, room was not ready at check-in time, and hotel was difficult to locate from the Hanlon Parkway.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.8 out of 5 with 95% of 21 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #7 out of 12 properties in Guelph with an average guest rating of 4 out of 5 from 75 reviews.

Hotels.com gave this property an average score of 4.4 out of 5 based on 33 guest reviews.


Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Map Marker Fairfield Inn & Suites Guelph
35 Cowan Place, Guelph, ON