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“Worst Hotel in Dawson City, by far!” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Triple J Hotel and Cabins

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Triple J Hotel and Cabins
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Dawson City
Canada
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“Worst Hotel in Dawson City, by far!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2011

We stayed at the Triple J after deciding, last minute, to head to Dawson City for the weekend. We had been told in advance that everything is always fully booked, so don't leave without making a reservation. Unfortunately, that turned out not to be the case.

The outside of Triple J is old and weathered. It is about 5 blocks of the main road, but right across the street from Diamond Tooth Gertie's Casino. The whole town is small and walkable so location isn't an issue. Many tourists come to Dawson by bus so there is no issue with vehicle traffic, and there was lots of parking right at the hotel.

Upon walking into the lobby, we were greeted with the old grease/dank bar smell, dim lighting and filthy, worn carpets. The receptionist was friendly enough. We were on the second floor in a room facing the casino.

The carpets in the hallway were loose with lots of bubbles that posed a real tripping hazard. They were worn and appeared to have years of ground in dirt in them. As we walked along the hallway, you could see sunlight streaming around the doors of other rooms - a sign that they doors did not fit well. One room had the door open and a man in his underwear was passed out on the bed.

Our room was much of the same. Dim lighting coming from old 1970's hanging lamps. The curtains had rips and holes (moth holes?) in the light blocking part. Since most tourists come in the summer when there is 20+ hours of light a day, light blocking curtains are very important. The carpet was worn, dull and had years of ground in dirt in it. It appeared to have been vacuumed, but even the best vacuum cannot help that. Sheets were clean but the bedspreads were quite stained.

The bathroom was clean. The tub/shower unit looked deep but the lighting was dim so we opted not to shower. You could hear the neighboring rooms running water, flushing toilets, shutting their doors, and their TV's. There appeared to be very few tourists in this hotel.

There was no nighttime noise from Gertie's, as we suspected, but the bar in the hotel was playing some terrible folk/banjo/Deliverance music until the wee hours. The free wi-fi was an absolute joke. Once we found out the name of the network and the passcode (quite the feat as the front desk did not seem to know), we could get connected but weren't able to get internet access that night. In the morning we could get intermittent internet access but it was so slow that more often than not the page was timing out.

As we learned upon arrival, there was vacancy at almost every other hotel/B&B in town, we were not pleased with staying at Triple J's. I would absolutely NOT recommend this hotel to other travellers. You would be better to pick another weekend, camp or sleep in your car.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2009

I was surprised to find myself in a clean room in the motel outbuilding, as the appearance from outside sugested a double-wide trailer type building with many rooms. Very cheap in all aspects, and you can hear your neighbor breathe- glad he did not have the tv on...
All other accommodation in Dawson was sold out, and I had no camping gear.
They do have wi-fi and a coffee maker in the room. No phone, which is ok.
For the accommodation, I feel it is way too overpriced for what is offered. Two twins in a 10 by 10 room with full bath. New linoleum and cheap carpet, everything else really dated.
Glad to be moving to new Inn down the street tomorrow for a nominal increase in price!

  • Stayed June 2009
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2009

poor service at front desk, rooms were way over priced for quality of Hotel, and I have never stayed in a dirtier room in all my travels..also extremely noisy

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Triple J Hotel and Cabins

Property: Triple J Hotel and Cabins
Address: 5th & Queen, Dawson City, Yukon Y0B 1G0, Canada
Location: Canada > Yukon > Dawson City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Dawson City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Triple J Hotel and Cabins 2.5*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located hotel in downtown Dawson City, Yukon, home of the famous Klondike Gold Rush. Directly across the street from Diamond Tooth Gerties's Casino, two blocks from The Palace Grand Theatre, walking distance to all Dawson City has to offer and a 10 minute drive from the airport. Dawson City's newest hotel, a 29 room annex was built in the spring of 2013. Equipped with modern amenities, queen beds and air conditioning. 22 renovated cabins all have kitchenette's and offer a taste of northern hospitality, large front porches to lounge on and ample parking. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the entire property and all room types. Our 80 seat-licensed restaurant offers a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and features a Non-Smoking Dining Room. A comfortable 56 seat lounge with a covered outdoor patio lets you enjoy the hot northern summer days and almost endless evenings. ... more   less 
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