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Pet-friendly downtown Regina hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and some updated rooms

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, newspapers
  • Many guests found clean and comfortable updated rooms
  • Staff were helpful and accommodating
  • Many enjoyed the restaurants on site
  • The pool was well liked and clean
  • Location was handy to restaurants, the stadium, the hospital, shopping and Wascana Lake
Cons
  • Parking is $15 per night
  • Guests were upset about having to pay extra for parking
  • Some felt the hotel charged too much, especially if the room was dated
  • Some felt the hotel should offer a free breakfast
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 11, 2016
Overview
This older but accommodating hotel has been updating its rooms and is located in the heart of downtown Regina, a short walk to many restaurants.

The hotel offers smoking and non-smoking rooms. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a 32" flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk with ergonomic chair, an iron and ironing board and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a 50" flat screen TV, iPod docks, a Keurig coffeemaker, free bottled water, bathrobes, a double jacuzzi and turndown service.

Underground (heated) and outdoor parking is available on site for $15 per night. Pets are welcome for  $20 per stay.

Atrium Family Restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mulligan's Lounge is open evenings for dinner (closed Sundays and holidays). Magee's Pub offers lunch and dinner and Laugh Shop entertainment on Saturday nights. Room service is available.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna, a fitness centre, a business centre, concierge, dry cleaning, a guest laundry, safe deposit boxes, an ATM, free newspapers, elevators and meeting rooms.

The Cornwall Centre (shopping mall) is 8 minutes away on foot. The Conexus Arts Centre (performing arts venue) and the Mosaic Stadium (home of the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders) are a 5-minute drive or 25-minute walk away. The Regina International Airport (YQR) is 8 minutes' drive without traffic. (All travel estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on February 9, 2016: parking fees, all rooms have flat screen TVs
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The Good
Many guests enjoyed their stays at this hotel. It was well located, had good dining on site and the hotel has made updates to its rooms.

Guests who stayed in renovated rooms found them very clean, comfortable and quiet, although there was some mention of small bathrooms.

Many reviewers liked the location. They found it convenient to shopping, restaurants, Regina General Hospital, the stadium, the Regina Folk Festival and Wascana lake.

Guests had positive experiences at the restaurants and bars on site. Good food and good service was echoed throughout the reviews.

Many were pleased with the staff. One guest who stayed for medical reasons commended the staff for being so helpful and accommodating to the point of helping with the wheelchair in the pouring and chilly December rain.

The indoor pool and hot tub were well liked by guests who found them inviting and clean.
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The Bad
Although positive reviews outnumbered negative reviews, there were still a lot of complaints from dissatisfied guests.

Many guests were upset about the extra charge for parking, and had issues with having to get the front desk to deal with tickets issued by the company who owned the lot. One guest said he was charged another full day's rate for 5 extra hours. One guest said there were no security cameras and his rear view mirror was vandalized.

Although some felt the hotel offered affordable rates, others felt the hotel did not compete well with newer hotels in the east side of downtown, which offered a free breakfast and free parking for the same rate or less.

The hotel had upgraded its lobby and some of the rooms, but guests still found dated hallways with old carpet. Guests who were placed in dated rooms felt the room price was not justified.

Rooms facing Victoria street were noisy during the night and some could hear traffic early in the morning, although this was not mentioned often in the reviews.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.6 out of 5, based upon 471 guest reviews.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #19 out of 31 properties in Regina with scores of 3.5 out of 5, from 372 reviews.


Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
Writing chose Tammy from the moment she could hold a pencil. The stories may have changed through the years, from creative fiction to television news reporting, but Tammy's passion for words (and fondness for pencils) continues on.
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Rated 7.1/10 based on 1673 reviews

Ranked #19 out of 24 hotels in Regina

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Map Marker Ramada Plaza Regina
1818 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK