7.4 | Good | #48 out of 50 hotels in Edmonton

11-min. walk from University of Alberta, great staff, clean, no AC, Wi-Fi issues

  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's friendly and knowledgeable service
  • The hotel's location was described as safe and close to the University of Alberta
  • Several travellers were satisfied with their clean and spacious rooms
  • No air conditioning and poor in-room Wi-Fi were reported
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated Mar 20, 2014
Located about a 9-minute drive from Edmonton's city centre and an 11-minute walk from the University of Alberta, HI-Edmonton is suitable for travellers who prefer a centrally located hostel with free Wi-Fi and easy access to the University.

This smoke-free hostel offers both dorm-style and private rooms, each with a shared bathroom, free Wi-Fi, a desk, and free linens. Rooms with an en suite sink are also available, but wheelchair-accessible rooms are not. 

Hostel amenities include a computer kiosk, a common lounge with a TV, a games room, a common kitchen, free coffee and tea, BBQ facilities, a library, guest laundry, storage lockers and free parking. Pets are not permitted.

West Edmonton Mall offers shopping about an 11-minute drive away, while University of Alberta - South Campus can be found 8 minutes away by car. Edmonton Valley Zoo is roughly a 13-minute drive from the hotel and Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is a 22-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, no pets, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: March 11, 2014)

The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's staff, location, rooms and rates.

The hotel's staff were the source of many compliments by reviewers. They were characterized as friendly, knowledgable, accommodating and helpful with directions.

Numerous guests were pleased with the hotel's location. They described it as safe and close to Whyte Avenue, shopping, restaurants, public transit and the University of Alberta.

Several lodgers were satisfied with the hotel's accommodations. They described their rooms as clean, spacious and quiet. A few patrons were disappointed with their lodgings, however (see below).

Several travellers enjoyed the hotel's rates. They found them to be reasonable, cheap and economical.
The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the rooms.

Although several lodgers were pleased with their clean and spacious rooms, some guests had complaints about their accommodations. They reported no air conditioning (leading to hot and stuffy rooms), poor in-room Wi-Fi connectivity (the Wi-Fi in the common areas was reported to be fine) and noise transfer from guests in the outdoor courtyard and hallways.
Show Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.6 out of 10 from 98 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #3 of 9 specialty lodging in Edmonton with an average rating of 3 out of 5 from 35 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 11, 2014 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.
Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
7.4 / out of 10
Ranked by Guests
48 / out of 50
hotels in Edmonton

The average guest rating for HI-Edmonton is 7.4 out of 10 based on 102 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks HI-Edmonton at #48 out of 50 hotels in Edmonton.

Map Marker HI-Edmonton
10647 81st Avenue, Edmonton, AB