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“The Place to Stay in Yellowknife”
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Explorer Hotel
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Yellowknife
Certificate of Excellence
Three Rivers, California
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3 hotel reviews
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“The Place to Stay in Yellowknife”
Reviewed July 28, 2007

I enjoyed my stay at The Explorer in 1993 and found it to be just as good when I came back in 2007. Sits on a promontory with view of Frame Lake. Walking distance to visitor center and to trails for Frame and Niven Lakes. Large, clean rooms. Comfortable beds. Heavy drapes to keep the sun out at night. Very helpful front desk. One of the very nice services provided by the hotel is safe storage for excess luggage while you're off in the backcountry. Nice restaurant.

  • Liked — Service
  • Stayed July 2007
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Reviewed July 16, 2007

Lobby desk area: helpful, friendly staff, (called cab readily, offered muffins-to-go for early morning rush to airport), digital display of sunset and sunrise (this is the land of midnight sun)
Dining room: buffet or menu breakie every morn. Buffet on weekends--eat 'til you bust-excellent quality
Public areas: clean, well maintained, cleaning staff pleasant
Rooms: clean, have everything required including blackout curtains (sunshine at 11:30 p.m!!
Exterior: renovations were secured and will be good,
Free, prompt shuttle to airport (but it didn't leave early enough in the morning--OOOOPS)
Disappointed there was no easy access to the garden which we viewed from the dining room--lots of sculpture there but no place to sit and rest once we trekked to the area.
Close to downtown parks and sights, a reasonable but long walk to Old Town (for dining)
Price: what we would expect to pay for the quality.

  • Liked — close to everything we wanted to see/do. Good food. Helpful personnel
  • Disliked — No access to garden area. Poor sidewalk access to street. No seating outdoors
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2006

Had a really rather awful night's sleep at the Capital Suites, and the Yellowknife Inn (which was really atrocious) and finally switched to the Explorer.

Front desk staff were really great, really warm friendly and helpful. Once we got there, it was just lovely. Comfortable beds, clean rooms, lovely view of Frame Lake -- we were SO happy to have moved. The restaurant was also decent. And the Business Centre had two computers, which was really handy.

Next time I go to Yellowknife, I am only ever staying at the Explorer.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Reviewed December 29, 2002

Don't plan on getting a good nights sleep. The night I was there, the tourists were up all night making lots of noise. They schedule night trips out to the the Northern Lights. If the Northern Lights are showing and you are not there to see them, tell the Desk to put your room on a different floor from the tourists. Other than that, clean rooms, good restaurant in hotel.

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Additional Information about Explorer Hotel

Property: Explorer Hotel
Address: 4825 49th Avenue | Box 7000, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A 2R3, Canada
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Location: Canada > Northwest Territories > Yellowknife
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Yellowknife
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Explorer Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 187
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