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Low cost hotel close to river, casino, downtown and skiing, minor concerns with no elevator

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • The hotel's location was praised for its proximity to downtown and the St. Lawrence River
  • Many guests enjoyed their tastefully-decorated and clean rooms
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the level of customer service they received
Cons
  • A few guests were disappointed with the hotel's lack of elevator
  • Noise transfer was reported by a couple of lodgers
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 27, 2013
Overview
Located in La Malbaie's city centre on Highway 362, the Econo Lodge La Malbaie is geared towards road travellers who prefer a centrally-located and economical hotel with easy highway access for an overnight stay.

This non-smoking hotel has 17 air-conditioned guest rooms, each offering one queen or two double beds, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a mini-fridge, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. 

The hotel also offers a business centre, a meeting room, free parking and dining at Resto-Pub Belles & Bum, which offers breakfast and dinner daily. Pets are not permitted and the hotel does not offer wheelchair accessible rooms.

Centre Commercial Place Charlevoix 2 minutes south by car, while Saint Joseph Hospital is a 1-minute drive north of the hotel. Charlevoix Casino is roughly a 6-minute drive south, and Charlevoix Airport (YML) is about a 5-minute drive southwest. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets not permitted, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: March 18, 2013).
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The Good
The majority of the reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's rooms, location, staff and value.

Many guests praised the accommodations at this hotel. They described their rooms as tastefully decorated, clean, spacious and cozy, with comfortable beds and linens.

Numerous reviewers were pleased with the hotel's location. They described it as easy to find, as well as close to the St. Lawrence River, Grand Fonds Ski Centre and the Charlevoix Casino, and within walking distance of the downtown area.

The hotel's staff were the source of several compliments by lodgers. They were characterized as warm and attentive, and helpful in suggesting restaurants, giving directions and carrying luggage for guests up the stairs.

The hotel was praised for its value by several guests, who described the prices as good and reasonable. One guest remarked the hotel was, "perfect for a weekend in Charlevoix at a low cost".
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The Bad
While the majority of critiques consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few complaints about the lack of elevator and noise transfer.

A few guests were disappointed that the hotel does not offer an elevator. These guests reported climbing the stairs with their luggage, and also mentioned it was difficult to climb the stairs with mobility issues. They recommended guests with mobility issues book rooms on the first floor. However, it should be noted that several other reviewers mentioned that staff were willing to carry luggage up the stairs for guests.

Noise disruptions were mentioned by a couple of guests, who reported a noisy fridge and traffic noise from outside. It should be noted however, that the majority of reviews reported a quiet stay.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #8 out of 13 La Malbaie hotels from 14 reviews.

Expedia.com guest reviews rated the hotel 4 out of 5 with a 100% recommendation rate from 2 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 4 out of 5 from 2 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 18, 2013 to verify some information.

Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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Rated 7.2/10 based on 183 reviews

Ranked #10 out of 11 hotels in La Malbaie

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Map Marker Econo Lodge La Malbaie
625 Boulevard de Comporte, La Malbaie, QC