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Thunder Bay hotel 2 min to YQT with free: shuttle and parking, indoor pool and waterslide

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, parking, airport shuttle, local calls
  • Families especially enjoyed the pool and waterslide
  • Guests found the staff friendly and accommodating
  • Several guests enjoyed dining on site
  • Guests found the location convenient to the airport, the highway, shopping, groceries and restaurants
  • Many guests reported clean and comfortable rooms
  • A number of guests were bothered by noise from other guests and from the pool area
  • Occasionally guests complained of a lack of attention to detail from housekeeping
Free Wi-Fi
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
Free Internet
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 13, 2016
Located on a main thoroughfare just off Hwy 61, this hotel is popular with guests who want accommodation close to the airport or highway, while its indoor pool with waterslide attracts families with young children.

All of the 182 rooms at this hotel have free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free local calls, a 37" LCD TV with full cable channels, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a 55" LCD TV, a second 37" flat screen TV, a Wii entertainment system, a gas fireplace, a kid's theme room with twin beds, pool-view rooms, pool-side rooms, bathrobes, walk-in shower, and a double jacuzzi. Microwaves are available upon request.

Free parking is available on site. There is also a free airport shuttle available on demand. Pets are permitted for an additional $25 per stay.

A free hot breakfast is available at Chicago Joe's if booked directly with the hotel. The hotel provides 2 breakfast vouchers per room which can be redeemed for any item off the menu from 7 am to 10 am.

Guests can dine on site at Chicago Joe's restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily or Chicago Joe's Sport Bar serving lunch and dinner. Room service is also available. There are a number of restaurants located within a 5- to 10-minute walk. 

On-site amenities include  an indoor pool, a children's wading pool, a waterslide, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a guest laundry and event space. This hotel has an elevator.

Guests will find a grocery store, a drug store and restaurants along Arthur Street in walking distance. Serious mall shoppers can access the Intercity Shopping Centre in 9 minutes' drive. The downtown Thunder Bay area is about a 6-minute drive away, while Lakehead University is about a 9-minute drive away. This hotel is about a 10-minute drive from Fort William Historical Park (a re-creation of the days of the North West Company and the Canadian fur trader). Air travellers should plan for a 5-minute drive between Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT) and the hotel. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on October 27, 2015: pet fees and free breakfast details--not available with all bookings
The Good
Guest reviewers were usually quite pleased with their stays and highlighted the location and indoor pool with waterslide.

A number of guests liked this hotel's proximity to shops and to restaurants. They mentioned a drug store, groceries, fast food as well as regular dining spots. 

Several guests enjoyed the clean pool area. They liked being able to view the pool from hallways and rooms, had fun on the waterslide and appreciated that there were lifeguards on duty.

Guests said that rooms were clean, comfortable and well laid out, and some enjoyed comfy beds, updated rooms and quiet air conditioning units. One recent reviewer wrote, "Rooms were clean, newly done and a nice size."

Several guests found the hotel staff very accommodating and helpful, and some called the reception quick and friendly.

Guests seemed to enjoy dining on site. More than one conveyed that the food was good at Chicago Joe's and one guest told of how they accommodated a young girl with a pancake breakfast even though the breakfast was officially over.
The Bad
There were some complaints found online in recent reviews.

A number of guests were disturbed by noise. Some found poolside rooms noisy and a few heard guests in neighbouring rooms and the hallways.

Room complaints consisted of: cot blanket had holes, carpets in hallway and room needed better cleaning or replacing, musty smell in the rooms and imperfectly cleaned bathrooms.

Some guests complained that the rooms only came with 2 breakfast vouchers, although the kid's breakfast was only $3.99

A few guests complained that the waterslide was open for limited hours, although the pool was open all day.

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Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
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