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9.0 | Excellent
Courtyard Hotel Highway 401 Kingston

Highly praised north Kingston hotel with restaurant and indoor pool with waterslide

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free parking
  • Close to the 401, shopping and restaurants, according to guests
  • Clean, nicely decorated rooms, according to guests
  • Friendly, accommodating staff, according to guests
Cons
  • Some guests thought the food in the on-site restaurant was expensive
  • A couple of guests thought the pool was small, and that the waterslide hours were restrictive
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Dec 9, 2014
Overview
Located about a 3-minute drive south of Hwy 401 and about a 9-minute drive to the downtown Kingston area, this hotel is set among a cluster of hotels, restaurants and shops in the north end of Kingston. This hotel is popular with travellers who want accommodations close to the 401.

All of the 128 rooms at this hotel are smoke free and have free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, a microwave, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Guests can choose between rooms with 2 queen beds or larger king bed rooms with a pull out sofa. Pets are not permitted at this hotel.

Guests can dine on site at Bistro, serving breakfast and dinner daily. There are also a number of restaurants located within a 5-minute walk of the hotel. On-site amenities include free parking, an indoor pool with a waterslide (waterslide only open for use on Friday, Saturday and Sunday), a hot tub and a gym. 

With the exception of King's Crossing Outlet Shopping Centre, which is about a 1-minute walk away, many of Kingston's points of interest are nearby this hotel, but guests will need access to a car to get to most of them. Queen's University is about an 11-minute drive away. Bellevue House (former home of Sir John A MacDonald) and Fort Henry (originally built during the war of 1812) are a 13-minute and a 14-minute drive away respectively.

For travellers arriving by air, Norman Rogers Airport (YGK) is about a 20-minute drive away. Train passengers will have a shorter drive, about 7 minutes. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
Guests generally praised this hotel, among the reviews used for this analysis, and were particularly enthusiastic about the convenient location and about the general appearance of the rooms and the common areas.

Guests liked this hotel's proximity to the 401, shopping and restaurants. A few guests felt that it was within a reasonable distance to the downtown area as well.

Many guests appreciated the fact that this hotel was newer. They liked the modern decor and said that the rooms and the common areas looked and smelled clean. Rooms were well laid out and comfortable, according to guests.

Staff were excellent, and there were several comments made about the friendliness of front desk staff and about the speed and efficiency of the check-in process. A few guests appreciated the service they received from the kitchen and service staff in the on-site restaurant.

Several guests commented on the convenience of having a fridge and a microwave in their room.

There were some additional comments on comfy beds and from guests who liked the price point for this hotel.
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The Bad
The majority of the reviews used for this analysis were positive, but guests did make a few complaints (although they did not seem to be reflective of overall guest experience).

A number of guests commented that the food in the on-site restaurant was expensive, and a few suggested walking to one of the area restaurants (Boston Pizza, Swiss Chalet) for a more affordable meal.

While a number of guests enjoyed the pool area, a few felt that the pool was small. A couple of guests felt that the waterslide hours of operation (only open for use on Friday, Saturday and Sunday) were restrictive.

There were some peripheral comments about lack of closet space in the rooms.
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TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #4 out of 36 Kingston hotels, based on 122 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.7 out of 5, or "outstanding", based on 89 reviews.

Expedia.ca  guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.6 out of 5, based on 41 reviews. 95% of guests would recommend this hotel.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, wired Internet and parking (call date: September 17, 2012).
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews
9.0
Excellent

Rated 9.0/10 based on 725 reviews

Ranked #1 out of 1 hotels in Kingston


7 out of 10 | Wayne stayed April 29, 2012

"The Hotel was good, nice room and staff. The breakfast was poor and overpriced. Having to stand in line to pay $12.95 for Buffet Breakfast, served on paper plates and plastic cutlery(!), and with very limited choices for food."

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Map Marker Courtyard Hotel Highway 401 Kingston
103 Dalton Ave., Kingston, ON