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Very accommodating staff, clean rooms, and a highly recommended on-site restaurant

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking, free local calls
  • Numerous guests raved about the restaurant's food, prices, and service
  • The staff were friendly and very helpful according to guests
  • Many guests liked the rooms and said they were clean, comfortable and well appointed
  • Some guests enjoyed the views of Dundurn Castle from the hotel
  • Guests praised the location for being close to downtown Hamilton
Cons
  • Although this is a smoke-free hotel, a few guests complained about the smell of smoke
  • A few guests complained of noise transfer from adjoining rooms
  • A couple of reviewers thought that more updates were needed
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 11, 2014
Overview
The Admiral Inn Hamilton is located  on the west side of Dundurn Street North across from Dundurn Castle and Park which overlooks Lake Ontario. This hotel is ideal for guests wishing to access Hamilton and are looking for basic accommodations in a friendly environment with an excellent on-site restaurant.

This 100% smoke-free hotel offers air-conditioned rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking, free local calls, in-room climate control, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a microwave, a mini-fridge, a hairdryer, and an iron with ironing board. Suites with hot tubs are also available.

Other hotel amenities include an on-site restaurant called Reflections which is open daily, same-day Valet Service (excluding weekends), an ATM machine, a sauna, an exercise room, and a meeting room with modern audio-visual equipment and catering services.

This hotel is pet-friendly and allows pets in certain rooms at no extra charge.

Downtown Hamilton, McMaster University, Copps Coliseum and the Hamilton GO Station can all be reached in about 5 minutes by car from the hotel. The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM; 20km) is the nearest major airport to the property and it is about a 14-minute drive away (all distances:- Google Maps).

Confirmed with a front desk agent on February 11, 2014: room amenities offered and pets stay free at this hotel.
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The Good
This hotel received a lot of praise, in recent online reviews read for this analysis, from happy guests who enjoyed their stays, many of which said they were returning customers and many of which were planning to return to this hotel.

Numerous guests enjoyed the food and service at the on-site restaurant. Meals and breakfast was described as delicious, with generous portions, and the wait staff were complimented for doing a good job. More than one reviewer said he enjoyed excellent room service as well.

Many guests were pleased with the clean and spacious accommodations and some said that the hotel appeared to have been renovated recently. One guest in particular mentioned the "cute decor" in the lobby and there were comments about the rooms being nicely decorated, comfortable and well appointed.

Some guests mentioned that they slept well and that the beds were comfortable and someone pointed out that the beds had a very good layered system of blankets and quilt which a guest could adjust to achieve the perfect balance of warmth for sleeping (as opposed to a heavy duvet).

Guests were pleased about the nearness of the parking lot to the building and the many parking spaces available, even easy access for the handicapped.

A couple of guests mentioned enjoying lovely views of Dundurn Castle and the lake from the restaurant and their room.

The location of the hotel was appreciated for being close to downtown, hospitals and attractions in Halifax.

The staff were very well liked for being genuinely friendly and accommodating.
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The Bad
There were some dissatisfied guests at times who voiced their complaints online, in recent online reviews read for this analysis.

A few guests had difficulty sleeping due to loud guests in the hallways and in adjoining rooms. They thought that the doors between the rooms were not particularly soundproof.

A couple of reviewers thought that although the hotel was newly renovated, they could have done more to renovate the bathrooms by replacing the smaller tubs.

Some guests smelled smoke in the non-smoking hotel, and management explained that they are monitoring those that break the non-smoking rules.
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Booking.com guest ratings averaged to 8 points out of 10 and the site had 129 reviews.

Expedia.com guest ratings averaged to 3.9 points out of 5 and the site had 17 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com ranked the hotel #5 out of 21 Hamilton properties with a 4 out of 5 rating and 72% recommendation rate from 85 reviews.

Confirmed with a front desk agent on February 11, 2014: room amenities offered and pets stay free at this hotel.
Editor's Analysis by Shane L.
Analyzed by Shane L.
With ample personal travel experience and years of professional hotel work experience, Shane is prepared and determined to help travelers find what they want when booking Canadian hotels.
Guest Reviews
7.6
Good

Rated 7.6/10 based on 78 reviews

Ranked #6 out of 14 hotels in Hamilton


8 out of 10 | Dianne stayed May 30, 2014

"Close to everything"

"Admiral Inn Hamilton was a perfect location for our stay while my husband had knee surgery. The room was clean and comfortable. It was an easy drive to the hospital and local attractions. Will stay again."

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8 out of 10 | Wayne stayed April 26, 2014

"Wayne"

"We booked on short notice and were lucky to get a reservation. Everyone was very helpful, the room was very large and clean. the location was easy access to the highway and close to where we were going. over all we had a very nice one night stay, and will certainly recommend to our friends."

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9 out of 10 | James stayed December 03, 2010

"I was there for a course and all I needed was a clean and comfortable room wtih a fridge and thats what i got."

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10 out of 10 | Luc stayed July 24, 2010

"Thank you Admiral Inn"

"I spend nights to different hotels more expensive and the customers service was better in the Admiral Inn in Hamilton. Thank you for everything. From the heart ! Luc Dostie, Edmonton, AB."

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10 out of 10 | Frank stayed August 18, 2009

"Although this hotel was some distance from the airport, the directions were straight forward and we found it with ease. Upon entering the lobby, we were pleasantly surprised by the ambience and friendly, professional staff. The suite was terrific and included seating where one could relax as if you were at home. Close to parks, museum, business, etc. A great experience."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed October 15, 2006

"We just needed a hotel close to the theatre where we saw a show. Nice clean place to stay, for a good price too. We didn't get to use the pool or anything, but that was our fault, we didn't have the time. My only suggestion would be to buy new pillows,very uncomfortable!!"

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed January 21, 2006

"Rooms very comfortable, clean and quiet. Lobby a little cramped and musty. Overall, fine for a one-nighter."

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4 out of 10 | David stayed October 17, 2004

"This is the noisiest hotel I've ever stayed in. It's not that the other guests were particularly loud, it's that the walls were so thin you could hear normal conversations in other rooms. Every knock at any door sounded like your door."

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9 out of 10 | Linda stayed August 24, 2004

"We stayed just one night to attend a concert at the Coliseum, but were impressed with the friendliness of the staff - including the cleaning staff. Room was very clean and fresh. We had a nonsmoking room that truly smelled as if nobody had ever smoked in it. This hotel is in easy (and safe) walking distance to the Coliseum. Be warned if you have children, though - the tv seems to have free access to an x-rated channel that is easy to stumble onto by accident when channel surfing."

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5 out of 10 | Rick stayed July 11, 2004

"Halls smelled of cigarette smoke even though we were on a non-smoking floor"

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7 out of 10 | Louann stayed June 17, 2004

"My biggest dissapointment was with the food in the restaurant. I had stayed at your hotel last year and loved the food. This year although the service was quick it was evident the food had been reheated rather than cooked fresh. In addition, the air conditioner in the room did not appear to work properly and was therefore somewhat warm for sleeping."

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4 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed April 29, 2004

"Supposed to be a non smoking room/floor, but smell of smoke quite evident in halls and some in room Breakfast was fast and cheap..good value"

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9 out of 10 | Yvette stayed February 07, 2004

"More than one sachet of coffee would have been nice in a twin room, but the lady on reception was very helpful when my friend was desperate for a cup of tea! The lack of 24 hour room service was probably the only thing I missed when comparing it to other hotels I've stayed in. When you've just arrived and are still working on UK time, it would have been very useful! Breakfast was wonderful and the service was great. If the hotel has rooms available in the summer, I plan to take my husband and children too."

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Map Marker Admiral Inn Hamilton
149 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton, ON