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The Algonquin Hotel

5.5 | Mediocre
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Downtown hotel, some rooms with shared bathrooms, guests said rates were cheap

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking and free local calls
  • Many guests found their rooms clean
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • The staff were complimented for their friendly service by several guests
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Several guests said that their rooms were dated and in need of upgrades
  • A few reviewers complained about noise disturbances from the on-site bar
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 20, 2014
Overview
This property is situated in downtown Sault Ste. Marie and is located within a 5-minute walk of the Canadian Bush Plane Heritage Centre, the Sault Ste. Marie Water Aerodrome, the Public Library, the Art Gallery of Algoma, and shops and restaurants on Queen Street.

This hotel is smoke free and all rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls and a TV. Microwaves and mini-fridges are available upon request. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are not available. Some rooms at this property have shared bathrooms. This hotel does not have an elevator. Please note that rooms do not have air conditioning.

Free parking is available on site and pets are not permitted.

Free coffee and muffins are available in the lobby 24 hours. This property also has an on-site bar that is open on Friday and Saturday nights only.

Other on-site amenities include a guest computer, an ATM, vending machines and luggage storage.

The Station Mall and the Essar Centre (events centre and hockey arena) are both about an 18-minute walk away, while the Agawa Canyon Tour Train/Algoma Central Railway Station is about a 5-minute drive away. The OLG Casino and the International Bridge to the U.S.A. are both about 6 minutes away by car.

Access to Highway 17 (the Trans-Canada Highway) is a 6-minute drive away, while the Sault Ste. Marie Airport (YAM) is about 25 minutes away by car, depending on traffic. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on January 6, 2014: Pet policy, no air conditioning, availability of accessible and smoking rooms, on-site dining and bar details.
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The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, many guests found the room rates reasonable.

Many reviewers found the hotel conveniently located for accessing downtown attractions, shopping and restaurants on foot.

The rooms were described as clean by many guests, however, some other reviewers disagreed (see below for more details).

The staff were complimented for their friendly and helpful service by several guests, while a couple of reviewers appreciated the free Wi-Fi.
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The Bad
There were several common concerns found for this property, among the reviews sourced for this editorial.

Several guests thought that the rooms appeared dated and one reviewer described his room as "old and rundown".

While many guests described their rooms as clean, as mentioned above, there were a few reviewers who expressed concerns about the cleanliness. These guests noticed stained carpeting, a clogged bathtub drain, dusty furniture and an unpleasant odour in a room.

A few reviewers were disturbed by noise and loud music from the on-site bar, while a couple of other guests complained that this hotel did not have an elevator.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this property an average score of 2.8 out of 5, with 68% of 22 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this property #2 out of 5 specialty lodging properties in Sault St. Marie, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5, from 22 reviews.

The author used Expedia.ca and Booking.com as sources for writing the overview. The author called the hotel on January 6, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
Writing chose Tammy from the moment she could hold a pencil. The stories may have changed through the years, from creative fiction to television news reporting, but Tammy's passion for words (and fondness for pencils) continues on.
Guest Reviews
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Mediocre
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12 / out of 14
hotels in Sault Sainte Marie

Rated 5.5/10 based on 230 reviews

Ranked #12 out of 14 hotels in Sault Sainte Marie

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Map Marker The Algonquin Hotel
864 Queen St E, Sault Sainte Marie, ON