Merit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & SuitesMerit Hotel & Suites

Merit Hotel & Suites

7.8 | Good | #7 out of 10 hotels in Fort McMurray
MAP

Fort McMurray hotel near downtown with kitchenettes & free: underground parking & breakfast 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, outdoor/underground parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and comfortable
  • Location was handy to the highway, downtown area, restaurants and shopping
  • Staff were friendly and helpful
Cons
  • Hot tub was not in working order, according to some guests
  • Some guests found the Wi-Fi unreliable
  • Several guests were unimpressed by the free breakfast
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Free Internet
Editor's Review
Updated Oct 1, 2017
Overview
This hotel is located just off Hwy 63 in the Lower Townsite area, a 7-minute drive from the downtown area.

The hotel has 160 smoke-free rooms on 4 floors with elevator access.

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free local calls, a flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, and climate control.

Some rooms include a sofabed, 1 or 2 separate bedrooms, 2 TVs, a living room, a fireplace, a microwave, a mini-kitchen (mini-fridge, microwave, sink), a kitchenette (stove top), a dining table, bathrobes and a 2-person hot tub. Accessible rooms are available.

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

Parking: Free outdoor and heated underground parking is available on site.

Pets are welcome (dogs only under 50 lbs) for $25 per night.

A free coffee station is available in the lobby.

A free hot breakfast is served daily from 5 am to 10 am.

There is no restaurant on site, but guests will find Mucho Burrito Fresh Mexican Grill and Panago Pizza a 2-minute walk and Starbucks and Original Joe’s in a 5-minute walk.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub*, a 24-hour fitness centre, a 24-hour business centre, laundry service, a 24-hour front desk, ATM, safety deposit box, free newspapers, and meeting rooms.

What’s nearby? River City strip mall/big box shopping centre is a 10-minute walk. Keyano College is an 11-minute walk. MacKenzie Industrial Park and the Oil Sands Discovery Centre are a 9-minute drive. Heritage Park historical village is 2 minutes by car. Peter Pond Mall is a 7-minute drive. Borealis Park is an 8-minute drive. MacDonald Island Park offers hiking trails and a nature park, 10 minutes away by car.

Getting around: Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) is an 18-minute drive. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed by hotel Oct 1, 2017: pet fees, free coffee in the lobby, safety deposit at front desk
*(hot tub was not in operation at the time of writing)
more
The Good
Guests found this hotel a comfortable place to stay.

Rooms were clean and well appointed with comfortable beds.

Guests liked the location. It was handy to the highway, restaurants, shopping, Keyano College and the downtown area.

Staff were friendly and helpful.

Guests also liked: added security of key card to use the elevator or stairs.

more
The Bad
There was some negative feedback.

Recent room complaints found: uncomfortably hard/uneven beds, Wi-Fi could be more reliable, mostly news channels on cable, poor view, no dedicated charging stations, mini-fridge a little small for an extended stay suite, heater in room did not work and was not remedied, and room smelled like smoke.

Noise transferred from: the street, the elevator, AC units and the fans in the pool area.

Several guests complained about the selection of the free breakfast.

Other comments found were: need more parking space due to many trucks, side door to parking lot not working (requiring a longer walk from the front of the hotel), poor fitness room, restaurant is now closed, pool was cold, and hot tub was not in working order.

more
Show Sources
Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.5 out of 10 from 32 reviews.

TripAdvisor.ca guest reviews ranked the hotel #4 out of 18 Fort McMurray hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 267 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.8 out of 5 from 159 reviews.

Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
7.8 / out of 10
"Good"
Ranked by Guests
#
7 / out of 10
hotels in Fort McMurray

The average guest rating for Merit Hotel & Suites is 7.8 out of 10 based on 500 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Merit Hotel & Suites at #7 out of 10 hotels in Fort McMurray.

500
Map Marker Merit Hotel & Suites
8200 Franklin Ave., Fort McMurray, AB