In some ways, I feel bad for this hotel. I think it has wonderful intentions but is located in such a horrible area that it can never be what it wants.
First off - this property is undergoing major renovations which are intended to really spruce up the joint. A Starbucks is going in the lobby next month, and a new convienience store has opened in the lobby as well. Most of the work in the main area has been completed and it looks much nicer than it used to. There is also some work happening in the sports bar and restaurant. It all looks very promising.
The rooms have been refreshed, though not gutted or changed dramatically. The most welcome difference is the bed - gone is the thin mattress and blanket, replaced by a plush bed with duvet. A desk, open closet area and TV stand remain. The bathroom hasn't changed (if anything, the heated floors haven't worked when I've been recenty) except for the new San Francisco Soap Company products, though I noticed the shower head has changed, which is great since they old one used to actually hurt me. Overall the rooms are comfortable.
Internet is available for free inside the rooms, and there is a business centre as well which was free last time I used it. There is a pool and exercise area located on-site though I have yet to use it. I've heard it's quite nice and has also been updated recently.
Food-wise there is a sports bar and restaurant in the hotel. The bar is known for its wood oven pizzas, which I have tasted many times. They are good, as in most food in there. The menu was a little different last time I visited, if anything it was more upscale. I have never dined in the restaurant but the menu looks quite nice there as well. There is also a Keg Restaurant located 2 blocks away if you'd prefer to eat outside the hotel.
Now the down-side. The location. It's awful. I'd be uncomfortable walking around there at night, especially by myself since it's dark and quiet in the surrounding areas. There is a run-down hotel across the street with a bar, though I have heard it's being bulldozed next month which isn't necessarily a bad thing (though the town will lose some history). We are frequently harassed by drunk or homeless people when we exit our taxi at the front door. It really is a rough area, which is such a negative mark on an otherwise decent hotel.
Other than that, I enjoy my stays here. I tend not to go outside, instead opting to enjoy the room and the facilities the hotel has to offer. You make what you can of an uncomfortable situation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern 6-story Hotel located downtown, 5 blocks from V.I.A. train station & 8 km from airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Prince George
- Prince George Ramada