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Highly praised north Thunder Bay hotel with well-liked free breakfast and free parking

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, continental breakfast, all day hot beverages
  • Rooms were large and clean, according to guests
  • Staff were friendly and helpful, according to guests
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Regional hospital and to the highway
  • Many guests seemed very pleased with the free breakfast
Cons
  • A couple of guests got rooms with older TVs
  • Some guests were disturbed to hear noise from adjacent rooms, and AC units
  • A few guests felt the room price was a little high
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 4, 2015
Overview
Located about a 1-minute drive east of the Trans-Canada Hwy (Hwy 17/11) and about a 2-minute drive (or a 15-minute walk) to Lakehead University, this hotel is popular with guests seeking accommodation close to a major highway and with Lakehead students and their visiting families.

All 56 rooms at this non-smoking hotel have free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, cable TV (some rooms have flat screens), a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Standard rooms are available (choice of king or queen beds) or more spacious king bed suites (a separate bedroom and a microwave). Pets are not allowed at this hotel.

While there is no restaurant on site, guests are offered a continental breakfast daily. There is a selection of restaurants within a 5-minute walk. On-site amenities include an elevator, free parking, a gym, a business centre, dry cleaning, meeting rooms and guest laundry. Accessible rooms are available.

This hotel is within walking distance of the Thunder Bay hospital (9 minutes). Golfers are very close to the Thunder Bay Country Club (5-minute walk). The downtown Thunder Bay area is an 11-minute drive away. Fort William Historical Park (a re-creation of the days of the North West Company and the Canadian fur trader) is a 17-minute drive away. Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT) is about 8 km from the hotel, so air travellers should plan for a 10-minute drive. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
The overwhelming majority of reviews used for this analysis were positive, and guests were particularly enthusiastic about the size and the cleanliness of the rooms.

Guests commented frequently on how spacious the rooms were (many were pleasantly surprised when they entered the room). They were nicely laid out, according to guests, who felt that they had more than enough room to accommodate their needs. A few guests also commented on the size of the lobby and of the common areas, saying that they were large as well.

Rooms and common areas were spotlessly clean, according to a number of guests.

Guests liked this hotel's proximity to Hwy 17/11 (Trans-Canada Hwy) saying that it was easy to find. They also liked being within walking distance of Lakehead University.

Staff were excellent, according to guests, who commented on the ease of the check-in process and on the efficiency and friendliness of front desk staff.

There was a sense from guests that there was good value received for the price that they paid. Guests said that the price point was reasonable, especially considering their level of satisfaction for what they got in return.

There were some additional comments about comfy beds and about the quality and selection of food offered at the complimentary continental breakfast.
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The Bad
Most of the reviews used for this analysis were full of praise, but guests did have a few complaints (although they did not seem reflective of overall guest experience).

A few guests felt the price of the room was a little high during their stay.

Some guests were bothered by noise from guests in adjacent rooms and in rooms above them. They said they could hear TVs and alarm clock, water pipes and had noisy AC units.

Although many guests were very positive about the breakfast there were a couple of guests who felt the selection could be improved.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #1 out of 30 Thunder Bay hotels, based on 71 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.5 out of 5, based on 8 reviews. 100% of guests would recommend this hotel.

Booking.com guests rated this hotel 8.8 out of 10 points, based upon 126 reviews.

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.
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