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Reviewed February 1, 2018

The hotel is located in the central area of Yellowknife. It offers free shuttle to/from the airport. The room is good and the window is very clean, so the view is beautiful when you see outside from the room's window. Also the hotel restaurant is great and we went to eat the dinner and the Brunch on Sunday morning.

Room Tip: Choosing high floors' room.
  • Stayed: January 2018, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sophie-Song80
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Karl S, General Manager at Explorer Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2018

Dear Sophie Song

Thank you for sharing your comments with us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Until then,

Karl H Schaefers

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Reviewed January 31, 2018 via mobile

We stayed at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife for 3 nights at the end of January. We really enjoyed our stay. We had breakfast at the restaurant twice. Great food! The hotel staff was wonderful as well.

Stayed: January 2018, traveled as a couple
Thank libbyco
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Karl S, General Manager at Explorer Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2018

Dear libbyco

Thank you for your kind words. We truly appreciate you taking the time to write this review and hope to see you again .

Warm regards

Karl H Schaefers

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Reviewed January 20, 2018

It is nice to come back home for four days , check in 16 Jan with Girl Friend #1 , , I left Yellowknife around * 80s *,and I did own are restaurant on main st , those were the GOOD YOUNG DAYS ! Stay in Discovery Inn all the time ,and hang out Black Knight PUB all the time too !! the Explorer Hotel had been open since 1974 , yes ,the building do show her ages ,but the good news is ,there will be extra over 70 new rooms may be opening up end of this year ,now the hotel is going thought expansions ,Little noise if you happened on the the 2,3,4,flours face the North side ,but ,it is o.k , not that bad , hotel is very Conveniences ,Comfortable ,and Casual , well run ,the restaurant and the Bar price is O.K ,and staff is Excellent , ( I was so happy to see the Front desk staff is Fabulous and helpfully ,had the Can Do Attitude ! special Arvy and Zora , they all my idea Staff ! I know is high seasons room less over 90% full ,Because we was on the 3 floors ,and some body on the 4 floors have a heaver steps ,we can hear them walking around almost every 5 mins ! after almost four hours out in the Aurora Village to see the Northern Light ! last thing you want to do is some body wake you you up every 5 mins ,not complaining ,but I do ask the two girls in the front desk any way can I move to other room , I do not mine to pay more ! they so nice and tell me wait till next day ,see what can they do ! all the rooms is full to night (16th )That is how you get people coming back ! Great Job ! this is the core values for a great success hotel , ) the room is average and a lot of space to move around ,only small down side is the House keeping ,the bathroom is not 100% up to my stander , around the toilet seat ,a lot of spots and a lot of hairs on the bed sheets , and they start cleaning so early ,and I noticed a lot of young girl is working ,but over all ,it is busy seasons ,so many tourists Group check in every day , great location , very cozy and comfortable room for Northern Territories town like Yellowknife , closed to the Airport ,and restaurants and shopping ,as long the place is conveniences ,comfortable ,be happy , we are not in Vegas or Paris , forget your 7 stars services , so if you in Yellowknife ,there is so many hotels also the new one just open last year , Check this hotel first ,keep this in mind ,I never wrong ,and special Girl friend #1 happy and like it and no complaint at all ,, you could not go wrong to stay here ! also they do have the bus shuttle to the airport ! and free wi fi . very Satisfied stay .I will truly recommend it , also keep in mind ,a lot of restaurants is not open Sunday ! ** QUANA qaigaffi ** **Bienvenue *

Room Tip: Room on lower floors face North side do little noise
  • Stayed: January 2018, traveled as a couple
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Karl S, General Manager at Explorer Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

Dear Tony L.

Thank you ! We are absolutely delighted to read your review of your stay at the Explorer Hotel.
I would like to extend my sincerest apologies for your dirty bathroom.
I like to offer my assurances that the cleanliness fall well short of our established standards and will be immediately addressed. 
We very much look forward welcoming you back in Yellowknife




Yours in Hospitality,



Karl H Schaefers

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Reviewed January 17, 2018

The Explorer Hotel was a fantastic base for our aurora trip to Yellowknife.

1) The hotel is very centrally located (just a 5 minute walk from the Yellowknife Centre--with the famous temperature sign--and shops like Northern Souvenirs and the Yellowknife Book Cellar, plus a quick drive to the Price of Wales Heritage Centre).

2) The hotel itself is great. The rooms are massive-- huge king beds with incredibly thick and comfortable down comforters (perfect for minus 30 degree winter weather!) and large picture windows to watch the gorgeous Yellowknife winter sunsets. Importantly, the hotels also have fridges and microwaves, which is great for storing and eating snacks.

The two restaurants (there's a restaurant and then a slightly more casual lounge) offer extensive menus with huge portions (you can easily split entrees at the restaurants). Importantly, the restaurants have long hours, which is particularly valuable on Sunday when many other places in Yellowknife are closed.

3) The hotel also offers a free shuttle to/from the airport, which is very handy. For early morning airport departures prior to the restaurant's 7 am opening time, the staff provides a small continental breakfast of pastries and coffee-- it was much appreciated. There is also a small but very functional gym, and the staff in the restaurant and at the front desk is warm, friendly and helpful (including with recommendations around Yellowknife). The hotel is also undergoing an expansion/renovation.

I highly recommend a stay at the Explorer without hesitation.

  • Stayed: January 2018, traveled with family
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Karl S, General Manager at Explorer Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2018

Dear VertiableVoyager

Thank you for sharing your comments with us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Until then,

Karl H Schaefers

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Reviewed January 16, 2018

Great hotel in close proximity to supermarkets, shops and restaurants. The hotel restaurant was great as well but a bit pricey. The room was spacious with enough room for 2 adults and 2 kid. Our room came with 2 queen beds which were comfortable to sleep in. The staff were very helpful and friendly. I highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Pick a room facing the Ice Road.
  • Stayed: January 2018, traveled with family
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Thank Arrowheadz
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Karl S, General Manager at Explorer Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2018

Dear Arrowhead_007

Thank you! We were absolutely delighted to read your review of your stay at the Explorer Hotel. We take pride in our hotel and we're happy you enjoyed every aspect of your visit with us. We very much look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

regards

Karl H Schaefers

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