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“Good budget hotel”
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Econo Lodge South
Ranked #90 of 109 Hotels in Calgary
Westbank, BC
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8 reviews
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“Good budget hotel”
Reviewed March 15, 2012

My family (my partner, my sister, my 2 y/o son) and I had come to Calgary at the end of August 2011 for some back to school shopping and our 'big' summer trip. We were travelling on tight budget and accommodations can eat away at that budget very quickly if not careful, so after extensive research and reading MANY reviews of hotels within our price range we decided on Econo Lodge South.
Our room was a standard hotel room, everything was clean and where it should be. The bathroom was small but had a tub. The beds were comfortable and the only thing that we struggled with was the temperature control, warm then too cool. But it was not a big deal at all, I didn't even mention anything to the staff.
My main concern was safety having 2 children with us, after coming back from going to get some dinner the first night we came back to the hotel and went to our room which was on the first floor past the front desk and to my surprise there was a door blocking the entire hallway. This made me feel secure that this door was guarded by the front desk staff all night, it may be trivial but it made me feel more comfortable.
The next day we were going to the zoo and I was on the zoo website and found that because the weather was less than perfect they offered and "rainy day" discount coupon. Of course I had no printer, I asked the front desk staff if they would mind printing off a coupon for us and she was more than happy to help us out. I found the staff very hospitable and friendly. The breakfast was nice pretty standard continental and the room it was served in was nice and big with a lot of tables and a big projector TV as well as a little balcony area.
All in all was a good stay and I would come back. I enjoy travelling although most of the time cannot afford more than an budget hotel and I was satisfied with our stay and my family thoroughly enjoyed our 'big' trip.

Room Tip: If you have safety concerns the first floor is pretty secure.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Lethbridge, Canada
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

we checked in on the 11 of feb and out on the 12 we had trouble with the heater on the wall the afternoon shift was very nice about it he brought extra blankets and a small heater which helped the next day i checked with front desk was told maintaneice would fix it but after talking to her 4 times she want home she didnot offer another room just put me off till she went home i was able to get holed of the caretaker who brought a bigger heater and said no maintence on sunday. on monday the same girl was on i asked what her problem was with me she said the night should have taken care of me and my problems so she took off ten dollars off my bill i will tell every one never stay at this motel down the street is better places to stay

Room Tip: go some place better
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2012

The first day we were there, I could smell cigarette smoke in the room. I don't know if this hotel is old enough to be of the day when EVERY room was a smoking room and maybe it was in the carpet? But it was gone the second day so I have a feeling the previous tenant had a smoke or two. TINY cramped bathroom, continental breakfast...meh but I've been places that gave Hostess Ding Dongs and called it continental breakfast.

Nice staff, helpful and, contrary to other comments, the area wasn't that bad. It was all commerce but Chinook mall was a few blocks away and the LRT runs from there so you can get to the zoo or Heritage Park easily.

Good sized hot tub and 'decent' pool (we had it all to ourselves), all in all, worth the money. Don't expect fancy, expect comfort, plain and affordable.

Room Tip: Many people said the front street is noisy. (I live on a noisy street so didn't notice).
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2011

Not too bad for economy. Rooms are touch-and-go.. nice bathrooms, shoddy furniture. Terrible C. Breakfast. 5/10

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Brampton, Canada
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

Presently staying at the Econolodge. The room is clean and the staff is super nice and helpful. For the price you can't go wrong. The fitness room is a real bonus. I highly recommend this place, you won't be dissapointed. Nick F.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2011

For 100$ a kingsize bed, two burner kitchenette, microwave, fridge, coffee pot. Can't complain, this isn't the ritz people but it's affordable.

If I had to pick something... the dishes were all mismatched dollarama plates and random china, and the pots and pans were worn out and dirty, prompting me to was everything when I got there. Only butter knifes, no sharp ones to cut say, an onion?
Front desk had nothing extra to help me out. Just said sorry.

Oh well. I would stay again.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Manitoba
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed June 14, 2011

This hotel has seen better days, but the price reflects that.
The unit was equipped with a TV, desk, queen bed, fridge, stove & microwave (& dishes). They also offered free Wi-fi.
The carpet had stains but the room appeared to be clean.

The hotel was busy the night we were there & as a result, there was a fair amount of noise from the adjoining units & the floor above.

An adequate continental breakfast is served in a nice sunny room.

The location is convenient.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Econo Lodge South
Address: 7505 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, Alberta T2H 0L8, Canada
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Location: Canada > Alberta > Calgary
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #90 of 109 Hotels in Calgary
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Econo Lodge South 2*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel is ideally situated in the energetic heart of Macleod Trail. Our location puts you just minutes away from a variety of tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping centres, pubs and nightclubs. Our many amenities and friendly welcoming staff will help set the stage for a total piece of mind during your stay. We offer 73 tastefully appointed guest rooms that will make you feel at home. You can count on our combination of outstanding value and personal service to make your stay as convenient and comfortable as possible. ... more   less 
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