First time in Prince Rupert and stayed only 1 night. The hotel is supposed to be nicer than others in the same neighbourhood and it probably is. I arrived w/ 4 colleagues so we all compared rooms.
The rooms are fairly comfortable if a bit small - not much space to move around the bed. The modern decor is nicely co-ordinated in plaid and stripes. The best feature in the room is the king bed, w/ a soft duvet, fluffy down pillows and decent mattress. There is also a wing chair w/ ottoman, as well as a nice window seat in the bay window.
The lighting is poor, however, so if you plan on working in your room, you will find it too dark. The lamps are in bad spots so the entire room is left dim.
The small bathroom has some modern features. The best thing is the heat lamp to keep you warm as soon as you can step out of the tub. Illumination is excellent but there is no counter space to lay out your toiletries. The bathtub was old and not altogether clean between the white ceramic tiles. Wouldn't have minded that if I could have had a hot shower. I would lose the hot water when someone else in the hotel flushed the toilet or whatever. Quite frustrating to stand and wait for the hot water to come back on and then sometimes, too hot.
Furthermore, if you get a room on the parking lot side, you will hear the comings and goings outside. For that matter, there is rather poor insulation between the walls and you also will hear all the hotel plumbing.
On the plus side, the staff is wonderful, from the friendly reception employees to the lively restaurant waitresses. The food at both restaurants is very good, in addition to a lovely view of the coast. You can even sit outside on the deck, which is equipped w/ heating lamps to keep away the damp cold. Check out the men's washrooms and watch some TV while you're, er, busy.
As for location, this is such a small town that nothing is too far away. Nonetheless, the Crest is closer to the charming Cow Bay area than other hotels.
Not bad, better than I expected for a small town hotel but definitely could use a lot of improvements.
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