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“Fantastic Value” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Residence & Conference Centre - Kamloops

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Residence & Conference Centre - Kamloops
Ranked #27 of 55 Hotels in Kamloops
Toronto
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69 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Fantastic Value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

The "TRU Residence" is fantastic value and NOT just for families on a budget and sports teams on the road. It's run professionally - like a hotel - and does not feel like a university dormitory. The rooms are sunny and bright; well-furnished, spotlessly clean and new. There's also an included continental breakfast that is perfectly adequate. Mattresses are a little hard but I like that. The view of the Kamloops river basin is spectacular. I would definitely stay here again. But do note if you want to cook, the kitchens have appliances but not dishes or pots/pans. There are plenty of nearby restaurant options, including healthy ones. This would be my first choice to stay in Kamloops on a return trip. It's just too great a deal and lacks nothing.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Canada
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

Pros:
- The 2-bedroom suite was quite functional and good for families with children
- Free breakfast: we liked the food varieties, it was good enough.
- Good location, nice view of the city.
- Nice gym; it was not crowded at all.
- Several fully-equipped kitchens in the building.
- Helpful and kind staff.
- Free parking.
- Free wi-fi.
- Many TV channels.
- Close to supermarkets.
Cons:
- Just showers, no bathtubs.
- No coffee machines,
- No hair-dryers.

Room Tip: Choose a room viewing the north side, i.e., river and the city.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank idonotcareatall
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BC
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

You are basically staying in university dorm rooms. Value wise you get a small kitchen and two rooms at a reasonable price. This was a good choice for a friend and myself in high season and was about half the cost of available hotels. On the other hand it's pretty spartan and the walls were a bit thin. On a budget I wouldn't hesitate to stay there but not the place to stay if you are looking for a more inviting cozy hotel feel.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank alexmichaels
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Williams Lake, BC
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

July the 1st weekend, 2012. ALL "regular" hotels booked solid ! WHO schedules a wedding on a long weekend ???? Someone WE know, apparently !
Booked a room at the TRU Res. (Thompson Rivers University Residence). Low rates, dorm room accommodation, BUT, continental breakfast included and BETTER accommodation than we have paid A LOT more for in Kamloops, in the past. A great idea to support the university facilities! Something you need in the room? JUST ASK the front desk.
So, if you don't need to be waited on hand & foot, just require the basics, want to save BIG $$$s, this is the place. We'll do it again and again...............

Room Tip: The penthouse "Loft" is more money, BUT well worth it for the view alone !!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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2 Thank Cariboofly
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, General Manager at Residence & Conference Centre - Kamloops, responded to this review, July 10, 2012
Thank you for your kind words and we hope to see you again soon!

Jordan Piper
General Manager
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Richmond, Canada
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120 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

We stayed here in a large group that included players from 3 boys soccer teams plus coaching staff and parents. The younger boys (12 -13 year olds) stayed in four room quads with at least 1 parent mixed in for supervision, while the older teams (14/15 year olds and 15/16 year olds) stayed in team only quads with parents/coaches next door. This was great for a 4 day tournament. Fridges allowed for parents to stock up the rooms with healthy snacks and beverages to keep the boys going in 35 degree heat, and kitchens on some floors allowed for team meals to be eaten at a great savings of money and time. The continental breakfast was convenient, the basement laundry was essential with a game per day in the heat, and free parking, nearby shopping, and a swimming pool a 10 minute walk away all helped make this a very successful venture for us. We thought the pricing was fabulous - we were in Kamloops a few months ago in another hotel where the boys slept 4 to a room to get a similar price and without a lot of the other features mentioned here. The views are beautiful, the rooms are clean. We would definitely consider this again.

Room Tip: North rooms have a great view of the hills, south rooms see the city but are hotter in the summer...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Lisa T
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, General Manager at Residence & Conference Centre - Kamloops, responded to this review, July 10, 2012
Thank you for staying with us and leaving a positive review.

Jordan Piper
General Manager
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Calgary, Canada
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

This was a big disappointment, partly due to our own fault. We booked via Expedia, who recommended it on the phone as outstanding value for the money. Well, let me tell you, we paid the price of a good hotel for three adults and two little kids, and got a whole residence suite, consisting of four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large kitchen. More rooms than we needed, but typical college dorm quality: clean and simple, small, no luxury whatsoever. The Internet works well, there is a card operated laundry facility in the basement, complimentary parking and a large strip mall in walking distance. The included continental breakfast was okay and there are great views of the area, as the campus is located on a hill and the residence in a high-rise.
Had we known this was a residence (yes, I know it's in the name but the Expedia employee made it sound like a resort) and wouldn't have expected more, this would have been an acceptable place to spend the night, if the price had been 1/2 to 2/3 of what we paid. UBC in Vancouver has better rates than this on its main campus, I just checked! And that location is hard to beat.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Roland K
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truresidence, General Manager at Residence & Conference Centre - Kamloops, responded to this review, June 19, 2012
Thank you for staying with us.

I am sorry that you were disappointed in our facility. We believe our suites are nicer compared to your average "dorm" and our prices are competitive with the local Kamloops market.

Jordan Piper
General Manager
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Additional Information about Residence & Conference Centre - Kamloops

Property: Residence & Conference Centre - Kamloops
Address: 950 McGill Rd, Kamloops, British Columbia V2C 0E1, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Kamloops
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 55 Hotels in Kamloops
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Residence & Conference Centre - Kamloops 2*
Number of rooms: 271
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When not used as a Student Residence for Thompson Rivers University, the facility has many configurations of rooms and amenities ideal for extended stay/long term guests, leisure travelers, and religious groups as well. Our hotel-like accommodations are available to the public May – August and include one, two and four bedroom suites, private kitchenette, lounges, yoga studio, gym facilities, multimedia room, business and banquet services, free parking, and more. Residence & Conference Centre – Kamloops also features eight Executive Loft Suites on the 11th floor with breathtaking views of either the rivers or the mountains, these eight suites are available year round. ... more   less 
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