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Well-liked riverside Shawinigan hotel with jacuzzi suites and free hot breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Many guests enjoyed their clean and spacious rooms
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good overall by guests
  • Location was peaceful with pretty view and a short drive to restaurants
  • Many enjoyed the quality and selection of the free hot breakfast
  • The staff were very well liked, polite and professional
Cons
  • No elevator to second floor
  • Aging decor according to some guests
  • Some felt that town was a little far to walk to
  • Gym closes in the summer season (to be used as an additional guest room)
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 4, 2016
Overview
This hotel is just off Hwy 157 and a 3-minute drive to downtown restaurants and shops. It offers a comfortable stay with views of the Saint-Maurice River and Île Melville.

This hotel has 71 smoke-free guest rooms, each offering free Wi-Fi, free local calls, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a desk with ergonomic chair, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a river view and a double jacuzzi.  Accessible rooms are available.

Free outdoor parking, with cold weather hook ups, is available on site for cars and oversize vehicles. Pets are welcome for $25 per night.

A free hot and cold breakfast buffet is served from 6 am to 9:30 am. Free coffee is available in the lobby.

Hotel amenities include a business centre, a fitness centre, jogging track/trail, picnic area, a guest laundry, dry cleaning, free newspapers and meeting rooms. There is no elevator to the second floor.

Plaza de la Mauricie offers shopping 8 minutes away by car. The Shawinigan Falls are a 7-minute drive away, and Trois-Rivieres Airport (YRQ) is a 23-minute drive, without traffic. (All travel estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on February 2, 2016: breakfast times, the hotel is non-smoking
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The Good
This hotel offered a peaceful respite and very friendly personnel added to guests' stays.

Guests enjoyed this quiet and beautiful location. They found it to be close to Mauricie National Park, Shawinigan Falls, walking trails, downtown and several restaurants. Many were pleased with views of the river and Energy Tower from a nearby observation deck and enjoyed the peaceful and well-treed area.

Guests found their rooms clean, quiet and spacious, with comfortable beds. Although the rooms are getting older, they were well maintained.

The hotel's breakfast was enjoyed by guests. It offered a good selection of items, hot choices and dollar-size waffles.

Many felt the hotel offered good value with reasonable rates. A free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking all added value to the stay.
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The Bad
There was some negative feedback offered online.

Occasionally guests were disappointed in the layout of their rooms. What one guest thought was a one-bedroom suite did not supply a fully separated bedroom, but two rooms with an open archway. Another guest said they expected more space and some room separation for the junior suite.

Some guests felt the hotel was a little far to town for walking (20 minutes) and that the hotel was getting a little older.

A few guests missed having an elevator on site, especially if they were carrying a lot of luggage and were tired from their travels.

Occasionally guests complained about the free breakfast, feeling letdown over being served on paper plates or by the selection.

There were also a few complaints over hearing a noisy AC unit and the smell of smoke in the hotel.
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews ranked the hotel 8.3 out of 10 from 180 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.2 out of 5, from 154 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #1 out of 7 Shawinigan hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 85 reviews.


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 8.4/10 based on 629 reviews

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Map Marker Comfort Inn Shawinigan
500 Boulevard du Capitaine, Shawinigan, QC