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Highly praised Sault Ste. Marie hotel with free hot breakfast and indoor pool and hot tub

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean, well-appointed, and spacious
  • Many reviewers complimented the staff for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing the Trans-Canada highway
  • Many reviewers said that they were likely to return to this hotel again in the future
  • The food quality at the free breakfast was complimented by several guests
Cons
  • A few guests thought that the pool and hot tub were too small
  • A couple of reviewers found the room rates to be expensive
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 18, 2015
Overview
The Fairfield Inn & Suites Sault Ste. Marie is located on Great Northern Road in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This hotel is situated in a commercial/industrial area in the north end of the city and is less than a 1 minute drive to big box shopping, restaurants, and the Sault Area Hospital. The Great Northern Road (Highway 17) provides access to/from Thunder Bay. 

This hotel is 100% smoke-free and does not allow pets. All 82 units include free wireless Internet, two telephones, flat screen televisions, coffee makers with free coffee, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, air conditioning, desks with ergonomic chairs, alarm clocks, mini-fridges, and microwaves. Free on-site parking is available.

A free breakfast buffet is served from 6:00am - 9:00am on weekdays and from 7:00am - 10:00am on weekends. Although the hotel does not have an on-site restaurant, guests found a Boston Pizza and LCBO nearby.

Other on-site amenities include: meeting rooms, business centre, indoor pool and hot tub, 24-hour fitness facility, coin-operated laundry machines, and dry cleaning services (extra fee applies).

This hotel is a 10 minute drive north of downtown Sault Ste. Marie which features boutique shopping, restaurants, the Essar Centre (home of the QMJHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Station Mall, and the OLG Sault Ste. Marie Casino (table games, slot machines, and entertainment). The International Bridge to the United States is a 9 minute drive from this hotel, while the Sault Ste. Marie International Airport (YAM) is about 25 minutes away, by car (driving time estimates: Google Maps).

Verified by a Front Desk Agent: The free breakfast is served from 6:00am - 9:00am on weekdays and from 7:00am - 10:00am on weekends.
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The Good
Positive comments for this hotel greatly outnumbered negative comments among the reviews used for this analysis. Many guests indicated that they would recommend this hotel or that they were likely to stay at this property again in the future.

The rooms were frequently described as clean, spacious, and well-appointed with modern furniture. One guest said that his room had "high-end amenities and fixtures", while another reviewer specifically mentioned having ample counter space in the bathroom. Several guests described their beds as comfortable.

Guests described the staff as friendly, genuine, knowledgeable, helpful, and accommodating. One guest called the staff "exceptional", while another reviewer described the service as "impeccable". A couple of guests also specifically complimented the staff in the dining area at the free breakfast.

Many guests found the location of this hotel convenient for accessing the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 17, north-west to Thunder Bay/east to Sudbury). A few reviewers also noted that they found several restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

Several guests praised the variety and the food quality at the free breakfast.

The pool, in-room air conditioning, and well-equipped fitness facility, were all mentioned as added value features by some reviewers. Several guests also thought that this hotel offered good value for the money they spent.
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The Bad
As mentioned above, most reviews for this hotel were positive, among the reviews used for this analysis. However, some guests had common concerns.

A few guests thought that the pool and hot tub were too small, specifically when the hotel was at capacity. One reviewer noted that the pool was "too small for lap swimmers".

A couple of reviewers described the room rates as expensive. One of those guests said that the room rate was "a bit more than I would have liked to have spent".

While several guests complimented the food quality at the free breakfast, as mentioned above, a couple of guests were disappointed that the breakfast ended too early (9:00am on weekdays).
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Show Sources
Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #1 out of 20 properties in Sault Ste. Marie, based on 46 guest reviews.

Hotels.com gave this property an average score of 4.5 out of 5.0, from 36 reviews.

Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.5 out of 5.0, with 88% of 8 guests recommending the property.

Verified by a Front Desk Agent on July 13, 2012: The free breakfast is served from 6:00am - 9:00am on weekdays and from 7:00am - 10:00am on weekends.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
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hotels in Sault Sainte Marie

Rated 9.0/10 based on 972 reviews

Ranked #3 out of 14 hotels in Sault Sainte Marie

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Map Marker Fairfield Inn & Suites Sault Ste Marie
633 Great Northern Road, Sault Sainte Marie, ON