Every time I visit Yellowknife I stay in a different place. On this latest occasion it was the Arnica Inn's turn. I made the booking with some trepidation, after having read several negative reviews. But I was not disappointed.
In addition to getting a great rate (for a pricey town like Yellowknife), I found that, in my case at least, the Arnica had more than made up for any past inadequacies. From booking to checkout, I received excellent service, and my room was more than satisfactory. More specifically, the room (a typical double Queen) had a fridge, microwave, coffee maker and basic cable tv, all in good working order. There was also a standalone air conditioner, which was nice on those days the temperature outside hit +27C (I overheard people complaining that another well known local hotel didn't offer any air conditioning and that their rooms sweltered). And one thing that makes all the difference for me is a working shower (with adequate hot water and pressure), with a working drain that doesn't let my feet soak in my own rinse during a shower.
I would never call it luxury, but the Arnica certainly did the job; if you want something more luxurious you'll have to pay for it. If there was anything negative about the Inn, it would be that it's somewhat out of the way if you're hoping to be close to downtown: it's a good 15-minute hike, but it's not far enough to justify a taxi. Good thing the weather was awesome.
It's a motel set up, with a number of rooms having doors that open to the outside. In the winter...
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