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Waterloo Inn

7.6 | Good | #4 out of 5 hotels in Waterloo

Waterloo hotel with indoor pool, restaurant, free airport/area shuttle and free parking 

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, airport (YKF) and area shuttle, local calls
  • Many guests found the rooms to be very clean and well appointed
  • Many enjoyed meals on site
  • Staff was a highlight at this hotel
  • Location convenient to highway, public transit, shopping, restaurants and universities
  • A couple of guests found the hotel layout confusing
  • A few guests found their beds uncomfortable
  • A few guests felt that the breakfast could use more hot choices
Free Wi-Fi
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated Sep 6, 2015
This hotel is well-located near restaurants and shopping, a 3-minute drive from the Conestoga Parkway and 8 minutes north of downtown Waterloo. It appeals to a wide variety of guests seeking a hotel for business or pleasure in the area.

This property is smoke free and all 155 rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a 32" flat screen TV with pay-per-view movies, data ports, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a work desk and ergonomic chair, an iron and ironing board, bathrobes, a hair dryer and individual climate control. Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds, 1 king bed or a queen Murphy bed. Room extras include a separated bedroom and living area, a dining area for 6, a second bathroom, a sofabed, a wet bar, a soaker tub with jets, a double jacuzzi and a balcony. Accessible rooms are also available.

This hotel also offers a free shuttle service to local offices and the Waterloo International Airport (YKF) from 7 am to 11 pm. Travel is based on availability and advance reservation. There is also a paid airport shuttle service to the Toronto Pearson airport (YYZ) by Airways Transit, which offers 4 trips daily.

Free parking is available on site. Pets are welcomed for $15 per pet, per night.

The on-site restaurant, RUSHES Restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus Sunday Brunch.  An outdoor terrace is available for dining in the summer. An on-site lounge and 24-hour room service are also available.

Hotel amenities include an indoor salt water pool, a hot tub, a sauna, a fitness centre, a business centre, a massage therapy clinic, same-day dry cleaning on weekdays, elevators and conference/meeting space

The Conestoga Mall is a 10-minute walk away, or 2 minutes away by car. Wilfrid Laurier University is 4 minutes away by car, while the University of Waterloo is about a 7-minute drive away. The Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is a 21-minute drive away, while access to Highway 401 is about 19 minutes away by car. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on Sept 2, 2015: Mader's massage therapy clinic is on site, pet fees are $15 per pet, per night and the hotel has 4 elevators
The Good
Many guests described pleasant experiences at this hotel, among the reviews used for this analysis. Reviewers seemed to be most impressed with the customer service and the on-site dining.

Guests enjoyed their interactions with the staff and called them friendly, helpful, very informative and accommodating. 

Many guests enjoyed meals on site. They mentioned breakfast, dinner and convention dining as all being well pleasing. Some recent reviewers wrote, "The food is delicious at both restaurants and we didn't have long to wait for room service to arrive when ordered." and "can't stress enough that you should have something to eat or drink at this establishment. An incredible chef and culinary staff...a real treat and excellent food!"

Many guests spoke about the rooms positively. They found the rooms to be very clean, comfortable, well appointed and nicely decorated. Guests conveyed special appreciation for the bathrooms, easy Wi-Fi access and balconies in their rooms.

Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing the universities, the Conestoga shopping centre, St Jacob's market and other area attractions by car or bus. One guest explained the location in this way, "Easy access to wherever you want to go. Mall and movie theaters 5 minutes way and the bus stops across the road from the hotel."

Other positive mention went to the clean and well-equipped fitness centre, the ample parking and the cheerful area shuttle service driver. Many guests were happy to recommend the hotel for business or pleasure.
The Bad
There were a few common complaints made by reviewers, in recent reviews that were read for this report.

Occasionally guests thought that the layout of the hotel was confusing and a couple of reviewers found the walk from their rooms to the restaurant and reception area to be long.

Some guests said their beds were too soft and uncomfortable.

A few guests said the breakfast was too basic, with not enough hot selections.

Sometimes guests complained that the pool and fitness room hours were too short.
Show Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.1 out of 5, with 95% of 63 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #6 out of 9 properties in Waterloo, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5 from 153 reviews. 

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8.2 out of 10 based on 33 guest reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
7.6 / out of 10
Ranked by Guests
4 / out of 5
hotels in Waterloo

The average guest rating for Waterloo Inn is 7.6 out of 10 based on 353 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Waterloo Inn at #4 out of 5 hotels in Waterloo.

Map Marker Waterloo Inn
475 King Street North, Waterloo, ON