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Budget-friendly hotel with an outdoor pool, 5 minutes from Fairview Park Mall

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to Fairview Park Mall and to Hwy 8
  • Attractive price point, according to guests
  • Clean, comfortable rooms, according to guests
Cons
  • Aging decor, according to guests
  • Some guests said their rooms were dark
  • A few guests had trouble working the air conditioning units
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Rates & Availability
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 30, 2012
Overview
Located on Webber St, directly off Hwy 8 (a 1-minute drive), this hotel is popular with road travellers who want budget-friendly accommodations with easy access to the highway.

All of the 45 rooms at this hotel have free Wi-Fi, a microwave, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer and an iron and an ironing board. Guests can choose between queen or double beds. Some rooms have a kitchenette with a stove top and some have a jetted tub. Pets are not permitted at this hotel.

There is no on-site restaurant, but guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast daily. There is also a selection of restaurants within a 5- to 10-minute drive. On-site amenities include free parking and an outdoor pool. 

Mall shopping is available at Fairview Park Mall, a 5-minute drive away. Downtown Kitchener is a 6-minute drive away. The Waterloo Region Museum, which includes the Doon Heritage Village (60-acre living history village), is a 10-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast (call date October 26, 2012).
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The Good
Most of the reviews used for this analysis were positive, and guests really liked the hotel's location and rates.

Location was a big plus for a number of guests, who liked this hotel's proximity to shops and restaurants and to Hwy 8 (a 1-minute drive).

Several guests were pleased with the price point, and words like "affordable" and "reasonable" surfaced often in the reviews.

Rooms were clean, comfortable and spacious according to guests, who said that there was adequate room to accommodate their needs.

Staff were friendly and helpful, according to guests, and often went above and beyond to make sure that guests were looked after. Hotel management and front desk staff were mentioned specifically.

There were some additional comments from guests who enjoyed the outdoor pool area.
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The Bad
The majority of reviews used for this analysis were positive, but guests did have a few complaints, mostly centring on aging decor and on lighting.

This hotel was showing its age, according to guests, and was in need of various updates throughout. Peeling paint and wallpaper, worn and dirty bedding and linens and ceramic tiles were all mentioned specifically.

Several guests mentioned a lack of lighting in their rooms, including many burnt out light bulbs. Some guests felt that there was insufficient lighting in the rooms, making them feel dark.

Some guests had trouble with the air conditioning units and had challenges regulating the temperature in their room.

There were some peripheral comments about small towels provided in the bathrooms.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #5 out of 14 Kitchener hotels, based on 71 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 3.5 out of 5, based on 35 reviews. 74% of guests would recommend this hotel.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 6.6 out of 10, based on 61 reviews.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast (call date October 26, 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
6.1
Fair

Rated 6.1/10 based on 245 reviews

Ranked #9 out of 11 hotels in Kitchener


4 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed April 12, 2014

"Good service, poor room"

"When we arrived at the hotel the gentalmen at the desk was very nice. However once we checked our room out the bedding was dirty and there was garbage under the bed. We a slept on top of bedding. With a good cleaning and replacement of a few things fridges, drapes, the place would be a much better place. You get what you pay for."

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed February 28, 2014


8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed February 15, 2013

"Everything with in walking distance. Had a great stay"

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed August 23, 2012


8 out of 10 | Charles stayed July 01, 2010


3 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed May 23, 2010

"Between the hooker's room next door and the domestic violence you can hear every night, don't waste your time. Sleep in your car...it's safer"

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9 out of 10 | Kerry stayed February 21, 2006

"For someone unfamiliar with the area, the hotel was very easy to access from the highway."

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7 out of 10 | David stayed February 15, 2006


2 out of 10 | Marvin stayed October 16, 2005

"Hotel needs a million dollar refurbishing job. Room was damp and smelled of mildew. Carpet was filty..even the bedspread had cigrette burns in it. Everything looked like it need repairs. Rust on the wall underneath sink, 2 colour tiles around tub, Water temperature kept changing when someone was taking a shower.....the list goes on. Note we only stayed there for 2 night October 14 and oct 15th please refund my credit card. I called the hotel well in advance with this cancellation. Marvin"

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6 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed October 07, 2005


8 out of 10 | Doug stayed September 07, 2005


3 out of 10 | Forrest stayed August 27, 2005


3 out of 10 | Connie stayed June 21, 2004


5 out of 10 | Tabitha stayed May 24, 2004

"Very scary at night .. very old and looks that way but for the price of 58 a night you are getting exactly what you paid for"

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6 out of 10 | Valencia stayed January 27, 2004

"Dave the clerk who checked me in was great. Super service, super friendly and polite. The room was OK, it had a comfortable bed, hot shower and good tv reception. However, I would not recommend this motel in the winter. The part I stayed in is an old 1 story motel. The whole front "wall" is windows/glass. The windows rattled endlessly and there was a breeze coming through the bottom of the door jam that made newspaper ruffle. The heat was very lame. Although, I didn't mind that too much as I keep my heat low at home in the winter. I put towels on the floor around the door to stop the breeze. The only major complaint I have is that the neighboring clientell were lound and obnoxious and even though I asked the front desk to ask them to quiet down, they did some, but it wasn't much help. Can't really blame that on the motel I guess. So, I just bit the bullet until I finally managed to fall asleep. In milder weather, it would be nice place to stay when you don't plan to spend much time in the room and the neighbors are respectful. Also, keep in mind I just happend to be caught up in what the news reported as the worst winter storm in the area in the past 5 years. The location was great for my purposes. As long as they keep the rate low and the rooms clean, not bad for the money."

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Map Marker Knights Inn Kitchener
1455 Weber Street East, Kitchener, ON