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Clean and basic Huntsville hotel with free breakfast and dog-friendly rooms

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and weekday newspaper
  • Clean and comfortable rooms, said many guests
  • Good value, according to numerous guests
  • Several guests praised the friendly and helpful staff
  • Good location near Algonquin Park and downtown Huntsville, said many
  • Many guests enjoyed the waffle station at breakfast
Cons
  • Many guests were not happy with the complimentary breakfast
  • The hotel can be noisy, according to some guests
  • Some guests said it was overpriced during peak season (July - September)
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Free Internet
Rates & Availability
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 20, 2014
Overview
This hotel is located just off Highway 11, across from Avery Beach. It is a popular hotel for guests wanting basic accommodations while exploring the Huntsville, Algonquin and Muskoka regions.

This 100% smoke-free hotel has a total of 34 guest rooms and 2 whirlpool suites. The standard guest rooms offer one king or queen bed, or two double beds. Each room comes with a 27” LCD TV, a microwave, a small fridge, a hair dryer, an iron and an ironing board, free Wi-Fi and wired internet, and free local calls. Complimentary newspapers are offered on weekdays. The suites come with one king bed, all amenities mentioned above, and a whirlpool tub. Dogs are allowed for a fee of $10 per night.

The hotel offers ice and vending machines, as well as a free continental breakfast for guests. Copy and fax services can be made available upon request. There is no restaurant on site, but downtown Huntsville is a 2-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the hotel, where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from.

Within a 5-minute drive there is Muskoka Pioneer Village, downtown Huntsville, Algonquin Theatre, and Huntsville Place Mall. Within a 10- to 15-minute drive, there is Arrowhead Provincial Park and Hidden Valley Ski Club. Algonquin Park, west entrance, is a 40-minute drive from the hotel, as is Santa's Village. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent on October 26, 2012: 34 guest rooms, 2 suites, both Wi-Fi and wired internet access, pet fee of $10 per night, hotel is 100% smoke-free.

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The Good
In the reviews used for the analysis, the hotel received many positive reviews. The reviews praised the clean, comfortable rooms, the good value, the helpful staff, the good location, and the waffle maker at breakfast.

Although it was commonly noted that the rooms were very basic, they were also reviewed to be very clean and comfortable.

Many guests felt that the price for the accommodations was fair. One guest said "If you're looking for a cheap place to stay, this is it!"

The staff were praised by many for being very friendly and helpful.

The location close to downtown Huntsville was a positive for many guests. Those who were staying at the Econo Lodge as they passed through to Algonquin Park liked the hotel's proximity to the highway.

While many guests were disappointed in the selection of food at the free breakfast, some guests were very pleased with the do-it-yourself waffle station, providing warm waffles for breakfast.
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The Bad
While many of the reviews used in this analysis were positive, there were some complaints. These included a poor selection at breakfast, noise in the hallways, and steep prices during peak season (July - September).

Some guest reviewers loved the waffle station, but most guests who commented on the breakfast were disappointed in the selection and lack of sitting room. One guest said "We thought the breakfast was sparse, and the eating area was very small."

There were some complaints about the noise in the hotel. One guest said β€œThe interior walls and room doors were quite thin. It was easy to hear children running up and down the hall.”

Overall, many guests thought the hotel was a good value. However, some guests thought it was overpriced. One guest said the room was "overpriced by approx. $30 probably due to it being the last Canadian long weekend of the season.” Another guest who thought it was expensive, but said "it is all relative to the area (Muskoka is expensive)." Peak season in Huntsville typically runs from July to mid-September.
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TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked this hotel #9 out of 17 Huntsville hotels, and rated it 4 out of 5, based on 50 reviews.

Expedia.com guest reviews rated this hotel 3.8 out of 5, with a recommendation rate of 78%, based on 27 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated this hotel 7.6 out of 10, based on 59 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated this hotel 3.8 out of 5, based on 73 reviews.

Verified with a front desk agent on October 26, 2012: 34 guest rooms, 2 suites, both Wi-Fi and wired internet access, pet fee of $10 per night, hotel is 100% smoke-free.


Editor's Analysis by Candice F.
Analyzed by Candice F.
Having travelled to 25 countries on 5 continents, Candice understands what a traveller is looking for when booking a hotel. She currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, but originally hails from Toronto, Ontario.
Guest Reviews
7.8
Good

Rated 7.8/10 based on 242 reviews

Ranked #10 out of 16 hotels in Huntsville


7 out of 10 | Sueanne stayed October 13, 2013

"Garbage and cans with cigarette butts all around entrance ways."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed August 22, 2013

"Overall, a pleasant stay."

"My girlfriend and I stayed at the Econolodge in Huntsville for three nights. This budget friendly facility met our needs. Aside from a noticeable accumulation of dead bugs in some of the ceiling lights, which I alerted the staff to, it is a clean comfortable hotel in a very good location, within walking distance of Fairy lake."

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6 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed June 08, 2013

"OK , but only for a one night stay"

"Front desk personnel friendly and helpful. Room (two doubles) was spacious,but bedsheets on one bed looked dingy, and covering blanket worn and tired looking. Basic toiletries, with no coffee maker in room. No concerns re outside noise. But don't expect much for breakfast here ... advertised as Continental, choice is very limited and very much Econo class offerings."

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6 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed September 04, 2012

"Stayed one night"

"It was good for a one night stay alone. If I brought my wife, she would not stay here."

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7 out of 10 | Beth stayed November 12, 2011

"Nice little spot for a stop over."

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Map Marker Econo Lodge Huntsville
117 Main Street West, Huntsville, ON