The price may seem right for a cheap overnight ($79) but this is one of those rare places where just spending another $30 at another hotel is a better idea.
The rooms are tiny, with the foot of your bed only a couple of feet from the door. The walls are paper thin to the point where if someone is knocking on someone else's door, you would think that it was your own. The floors are so creaky that when people are walking in the hallway it'll wake you up (not like you'll sleep anyways on the poor quality mattresses and the cheap pillows). The heating is poor which is why every room has a plug-in space heater so prepare to freeze, lol.
There is no plug-in near the little desk where the coffee maker is located so you'll need to make your coffee on the floor of the room. The balcony is sloped poorly and judging by the dip on a section of balcony floor it wouldn't surprise me of an impending collapse down the road. Cigarette burns in the comforter and pubic hairs in the shower...I wish I was making this stuff up.
Hey, free entertainment though...sketchier part of Calgary had us up at 6 am with 3 police cars, and ambulance and one hell of a commotion in the hallway.
We could not wait to write off the lack of sleep, count our losses and get back onto the highway.
If you're just looking for a place to "get it on" then yes, this might be the place. If you're looking for a place to rest...errr...go somewhere else and spend the little extra for a hell of a lot more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Free breakfast, Wifi, parking, Local calls & room coffee. Guest Laundry. Few minutes to downtown, Stampede ground, Saddledome, Chinook centre, Heritage park, Rockyview Hospital & Mitchell Eye Care. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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