I recently stayed at this hotel again, wanting to give it a second chance. This time around, I am happy to say there were no problems with the room, as I stayed on the 2nd floor, far away from the door that separates the wing from the main building. However, the restaurant was a huge problem.
I stayed Friday night, and so I went to the restaurant for the Crab Buffet ($47). I went at 7pm, and at 8pm, the restaurant ran out of crab legs. This shows me incredibly poor planning - I don't care if it is "busy," a restaurant should ALWAYS be prepared or have a contingency plan. I had a total of three crab legs for a total of $47. I suppose it wouldn't have been a problem if there was anything else that could compare, but there wasn't. Roast beef and pork was available, but neither one was impressive (dry and tasteless). In the case of the roast beef, I had to hunt down someone to cut the beef for me.
I went the next morning for the breakfast buffet, and unfortunately, the breakfast continues to be terrible. The sausages are incredibly poor quality (they must be 70% filler or more), the eggs were cold and tasteless, the bacon was incredibly greasy, the fruit was tasteless (with the exception of the pineapple), and the coffee was stale. The only good thing I had was toast and butter. I wanted peanut butter, but the kitchen staff began their changeover at about 9:15am (breakfast ends at 10) and pretty much no condiments were available. This is the 3rd poor quality breakfast I've had here, and I won't ever be doing it again.
On the first night, the service was pretty poor. I had to get my own cutlery and napkins -- and no, they weren't available at the buffet station. The waiter was apologetic when we went to pay, of course, but that was the only time I heard a peep out of him. During breakfast, service was average.
So, here's the verdict -- if you stay at this hotel:
* request a room deep in room wings, far away from the noisy doors that separate the wings from the main building, and you'll be happy
* avoid the restaurant and you'll be happy. Drive (5-10 min) down to Prime Social Kitchen for a decent meal (dinner or breakfast). If you're desperate, I would still avoid the restaurant and drive to Burger King or McDonalds (5 min). Both restaurants are towards Fort McMurray.
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