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Guests felt that they received good value at this Lakehead University area hotel

  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Guests liked this hotel's price point
  • Very helpful staff, according to guests
  • Spotlessly clean, according to guests
  • A few guests felt unsafe in this hotel's neighbourhood
  • Some guests thought that this hotel needed updates
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Sep 20, 2012
Located on Memorial Avenue, about a 6-minute drive to Lakehead University, and a 7-minute drive to Confederation College, this hotel is popular with students and their visiting families. 

All of the 49 rooms have free Wi-Fi, a hair dryer and a coffeemaker. All rooms are non-smoking and guests can choose between queen or double beds in their room. Pets are permitted for a cost of $20/stay.

There is no restaurant on site, but guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast daily. There are restaurants within about a 5- to 10-minute drive of the hotel. On-site parking is free and cold-weather hook-ups are available.

This hotel is within a 10-minute walk of a number of big box stores (Pet Smart, Chapters and Play It Again Sports). It is about an 8-minute drive to downtown Thunder Bay. Fort William Historical Park (a re-creation of the days of the North West Company and the Canadian fur trader) is about a 23-minute drive away. The Trans-Canada Hwy 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: September 18, 2012).
The Good
Most of the reviews used for this analysis were positive. Generally, guests felt that there was good value at this hotel and that the hotel was well maintained and clean.

There was a sense from a number of guests that there was good value received for the price paid. Many guests commented on affordable pricing and appreciated the price point.

Rooms at this hotel were very clean, according to number of guests (many of whom described their rooms as spotless). 

Guests received good service from staff, who were flexible and helpful. One guest described how a front desk staff member spent over an hour helping him research bus routes to local attractions.

There were some additional comments on the quality and the selection of the food offered at the continental breakfast. Other guests liked this hotel's proximity to shops and to the university.
The Bad
While many of the reviews used for this analysis were favourable, guests did have a few complaints in common, most notably about the state of the neighbourhood around the hotel.

Although a number of guests liked this hotel's proximity to shops and to the university, a number of guests thought the neighbourhood around the hotel was undesirable. A few guests thought that the area did not look particularly safe, but they did not elaborate on specifics.

Guests suggested that this older hotel was in need of a makeover and mentioned bedding, carpets and furniture as needing specific attention.

A few guests said that they had problems working their air conditioning units, and were challenged in regulating the temperature in their rooms.

There were some additional comments from guests who thought that the beds were sagging and uncomfortable.

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Sources guest reviewers ranked this hotel #17 out of 30 Thunder Bay hotels, based on 24 reviews. guest reviewers rated this hotel 3.4 out of 5, based on 9 reviews. 78% of guests would recommend this hotel. guest reviewers rated this hotel 3 out of 5, or "good", based on 35 reviews.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast (call date: September 18, 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

Rated 6.6/10 based on 209 reviews

Ranked #7 out of 12 hotels in Thunder Bay


7 out of 10 | Gerald stayed May 27, 2013

"Not bad for the price"

"Good parking for pulling a trailer."


9 out of 10 | Carolyn stayed July 28, 2011

"the prices are very good it's in walking distance to stores and eating places. the beds were very comfortable and the staff was very pleasant. the rooms are very clean. I would definitely stay there again."


8 out of 10 | Frances stayed July 09, 2011

"I liked the excellent service."

"Air conditioning unit was not functioning and had a hard time sleeping in the hot conditions."

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7 out of 10 | Sheila stayed September 23, 2010

"basic but clean and comfortable"

"I stayed here because other hotels were sold out. The location wasn't pretty, next to a bowling alley and a muffler shop and the lobby and halls were very basic but clean. However, the room was spotless and the bed was comfortable. So overall, not bad at all."


8 out of 10 | Barbara stayed October 13, 2009

"We were in Thunder Bay due to a sudden death in the family . The hotel front desk staff were very helpful and sympathetic ."


9 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed October 07, 2006

"We were treated kind of rudely when we got back to our hotel later in the night. We had two people in our rooms waiting for us when we got back to the hotel, and I know the rules about having guests in the rooms after a certain time, but my car got hit in a parking lot and we had to wait for the cops to come to report it and get it towed away. The two guests in our room we only waiting for us to return to our hotel room to make sure we got back alright (seeings as we had no car to get back)I would still stay at his hotel again. I have stayed threre a few times before and had no problems at all. The staff is very friendly and outgoing, this was the only time i felt treated rudely. (the man at at the front desk could have been a little more understanding and a little more polite, especially when you see one or more of your guests come in and she is upset and crying)"


8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 24, 2006

"The front desk people were very helpful and kind."


9 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed May 26, 2006

"Wonderful customer service. Delicious muffins and coffee in the morning. Spacious rooms,comfortable beds. We were even allowed to bring our little yorkie. This is the second time we have stayed here."


3 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed March 19, 2006

"The Night staff is very incosiderate of it's visitors"


8 out of 10 | David stayed August 27, 2005

"Despite being cleaner than I would have thought, when pulling back the bed covers there was a small worm cuddled on the underside of the cover. Needless to say, we almost checked out at that time. Further searches failed to uncover any other creatures. We did not complain to management. We stayed thinking that the worm was really an aberration as everything else was as clean as any more expensive motel."

Map Marker Econo Lodge Thunder Bay
686 Memorial Avenue, Thunder Bay, ON