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River Cree Resort & Casino

8.4 | Very Good | #25 out of 52 hotels in Edmonton
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Popular west Edmonton hotel with indoor pool, restaurants, casino and free parking

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi in lobby/public spaces, parking, shuttle to WEM, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and well appointed with comfy beds
  • Location was handy to West Edmonton Mall and the highway
  • Staff were accommodating and friendly
  • Guests enjoyed the dining on site
  • Many were pleased with the free shuttle to WEM
  • Guests found the pool clean and large
Cons
  • Wi-Fi costs $8.95 or $13.95 per day
  • The attached casino leaked cigarette smoke into the lobby
  • Some found the meal prices expensive
Freebies
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated Dec 22, 2017
Overview
About the hotel: This casino resort hotel is located on the outskirts of west Edmonton, a 13-minute drive from West Edmonton Mall and 26 minutes’ drive from downtown Edmonton.

The 9-storey hotel has 249 smoke-free and pet-free rooms with elevator access.

All rooms include Wi-Fi and wired Internet for $8.95 or $13.95 per day, a flat screen TV with cable and pay-per-view movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk with ergonomic chair, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, floor-to-ceiling windows and climate control.

Some rooms include a separate bedroom, 2 TVs, a living room, a dining table for 6, bathrobes, slippers, 2 bathrooms and concierge lounge access which offers free beverages/snacks and an honour bar. Accessible rooms are available.

Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed.

Free outdoor parking is available on site.

An airport shuttle
service is available for $18 per trip.

A free shuttle to the West Edmonton Mall runs every half-hour from early morning to late at night.

Restaurants on site:
Kitchen Buffet & Bistro features live cooking stations and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Lobby Lounge serves breakfast with Starbucks coffee, lunch and dinner.
Sage Restaurant (adults only) features steaks next door (in the casino).
Tap 25 Sports Bar (adults only) overlooks the hotel’s ice rinks and features 20 flat screen TVs offering lunch and dinner
The Centre Bar (adults only) offers light snacks and dinner.
Room service is available from 6:30 am to midnight Sunday to Thursday, and 6:30 to 1 am on Friday and Saturday.

Off-site restaurants: Original Joe’s, Tim Hortons and Starbucks are a 5-minute drive and Boston Pizza is an 8-minute drive. Guests will also find the Cactus Club Cafe and Earls at West Edmonton Mall, a 13-minute drive away.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a gaming casino, a 24-hour fitness centre, a business centre, dry cleaning, a guest laundry, virtual concierge, a 24-hour front desk, a gift shop, a convenience store, safety deposit boxes, foreign exchange, an ATM, free newspapers, 2 NHL-size hockey rinks, and meeting rooms.

What’s nearby? Costco Wholesale and Liquor Store is a 5-minute drive. Lewis Estates Golf Course is a 6-minute drive.

City attractions: Fort Edmonton Park is an 11-minute drive. Edmonton Valley Zoo is 20 minutes’ drive. Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and Telus World of Science are a 21-minute drive.  Rogers Place is a 27-minute drive.

Getting around: Highway 216 (Anthony Henday Drive) is a 5-minute drive. Yellowhead Hwy is a 12-minute drive. Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is a 25- to 35-minute drive. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed by hotel Dec 18, 2017: shuttle to West Edmonton Mall typically runs every half-hour from early morning hours to past midnight

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The Good
Guests typically enjoyed their stay.

Rooms were clean and well appointed with comfy beds.

Location was handy to West Edmonton Mall and the highway.

Staff were accommodating and friendly.

Guests enjoyed meals on site and a well-stocked breakfast buffet.

Many appreciated the free shuttle to West Edmonton Mall.

Guests also liked: a well-lit paved parking lot, high quality bed linens and toiletries and good food at the concierge lounge.


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The Bad
There was a little negative feedback.

Recent room complaints were: standard rooms were smaller than average, no towel racks in the bathroom, glaring/bright white lights in room, mini-fridge was small and awkwardly placed, a microwave was not a standard amenity in the rooms, no free bottled water and a room with a poor view.

Noise transferred from: neighbouring rooms and the elevator.

Other comments found were: parking was shared with concert goers and could be far from the door of the hotel, location was out of the way, prices were too high and breakfast and Wi-Fi was not included.

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TripAdvisor.ca reviews ranked the hotel #38 out of 91 Edmonton hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 465 reviews.

Booking.com guests rated the hotel 8.7 out of 10 from 267 reviews.


Expedia.ca reviews rated the hotel 4.3 out of 5 from 785 reviews.

Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
8.4 / out of 10
"Very Good"
Ranked by Guests
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25 / out of 52
hotels in Edmonton

The average guest rating for River Cree Resort & Casino is 8.4 out of 10 based on 1705 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks River Cree Resort & Casino at #25 out of 52 hotels in Edmonton.

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Map Marker River Cree Resort & Casino
300 East Lapotac Blvd., Edmonton, AB