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Ponderosa Motor Inn
Ranked #12 of 19 Hotels in Golden
Calgary, Alberta
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41 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Nothing fancy, but a good budget option”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

I've stayed here on three seperate occasions when driving through or skiing at Kicking Horse. Its a budget inn, so don't expect anything fancy. But it is clean, quiet and the receptionists are friendly locals who are happy to recommed local restaurants etc. and give directions. Rooms have a medium sized fridge (and I think also a microwave?). The heat works great, and there are lots of hooks to hang out your ski gear to dry. There is also a large communal hot tub, which is perfect after a long day of skiing.

I've also seen deer at the back of the property twice :)

One tip: Golden has consistently higher gas prices than Revelstoke or Lake Louise, so fill up before you arrive here!

Room Tip: first floor options are convenient since you can park right in front of your room.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

I stayed at the ponderosa while working in town, and chose the hotel because they allowed pets. The manager Kathy and her son were very friendly and accomodating and so was the cleaning staff.
I had a dog with me almost my entire stay and never had an issue. I had a kitchenette with 2 beds and the rooms were clean and fesh every day. The beds were comfy and the bedding was cleaned a couple times a week which usually isn't the norm when rented on a monthly basis. I would even come home to find my dishes done half the time!
I would definitely stay here again if ever in Golden.
Thank-you to Cathy, Shaun and the cleaning staff at the Ponderosa for the great service provided during my stay.

Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Kelowna, B.C. Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

NEVER AGAIN!!!! My husband was right! We should have booked in advance! All of Golden seems to be a wee bit expensive but do yourself a favor......pay a little more and suffer a little less! We paid $105 for a filthy, outdated crappy room. Soap from China for heaven's sake. No coffee pot (not that it would be appetizing to consume it anyway) and gross filthy carpets. Towel rack was ripped off the wall and not replaced - where to hang the old and yellowed scrawny towel? Don't put the blankets anywhere near your face.....Didn't know if I'd be cleaner having a shower or not and both of us could hardly wait to get the heck out of there..... lobby stinks something fierce and the "hot tub " was covered the whole time we were there - reason for the "stench" perhaps? Ick, ick, ick!

Room Tip: We stayed at back - maybe front better????
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

For the value, Ponderosa Motor Inn, is a bust. The staff was friendly enough, but the amenities are well below par. Any hotel/inn we have stayed at provides a coffee pot and coffee/tea, sugar, whitener in the room for convenience. We were told that in order to get coffee, a tray was provided to pick up coffee at the office. I picked up coffee at the office in the morning for my wife and myself. It is a joke. Their system is set up for individual use; bulk sugar, not packets, cream/milk in a pitcher, not packets. The coffee was provided in a 25 pot percolator by brewing with a 12 pot coffee system in the back room.
The room was clean and the hotel is situated close to the highway. There are other hotels close by with better amenities.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

We stopped in Golden en route to Banff. We arrived in the evening and after a few tries, found a vacancy at the Ponderosa. We did stay in a room that allowed pets, so maybe that was the reason for putting us in the back of the hotel. From our door, we had a view of garbage containers, and old junk laying around. (there was a grassy area for the dog though) The rooms are very outdated, fairly clean, (although there was no way I was going to step on the carpet with barefeet), and do not come with coffee or tea. On the bright side, it is pet friendly, and the bedding was fresh and clean. The beds were surprisingly comfortable, and we had a good nights sleep. Breakfast in the morning is coffee, white bread and small muffins. There are restaurants surrounding the motel, so many other options. The cost was $96.00 plus change. This was for double occupancy, a dog, ($12.00 a night extra), and taxes. Not bad for Golden, so I am told. (we did go to the Swiss Hotel first to check it out..same price and a total dump!) The woman at the front desk was very friendly and helpful. We might stay again, but ONLY if we were passing through and had the dog with us.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

We were just finishing up a long ride(545km) through the rain and 7C temps. Needless to say we were cold, wet and tired. We were greeted by a very friendly hostess who was very helpful. She made the process very quick and suggested ordering in some food so we could warm ourselves up. Great idea!! The room was clean and quiet. It had everything we needed, except a coffee maker. This just meant we had to go to the lobby in the morning to get it. The walk really wasn't that difficult ;) We had a very good night sleep and the beds were clean and comfortable. They like motorcyclists and sledders.....and we like them. Two thumbs up!

Room Tip: We stayed in 145, which was way at the back. It was well away from the highway noise.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012 via mobile

This place was nice...ish. The front desk staff was awesome. It's a clean place that they take pride in keeping up. We had a room with 3 Queen beds in it. The feng shui was odd and the bathroom was a bit small but overall we had a decent stay. Don't plan on having easily accessible electrical outlets.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Property: Ponderosa Motor Inn
Address: 1206 Trans-canada Highway, Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Golden
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 19 Hotels in Golden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Ponderosa Motor Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 83
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