As others have mentioned, this hotel is now called the Arctic Hotel but locals continue to refer to it as "The Nova".
When I moved to Iqaluit for work, my apartment wasn't ready so I was put up at The Nova for 8 days. The front desk staff were friendly when I arrived. My one complaint is that I had nine bags and bins with me (since I had just moved to town) and there was no one to help me get it all to my room. There were luggage carts available however, and I managed to get it all to the 4th floor in two trips (on the elevator of course!)
My room was an average hotel room, clean, nothing fancy. It included a queen size bed, desk & chair, comfortable chair by the window, 6-drawer dresser, older style TV, large closet, bathroom and small kitchenette (with mini-fridge, toaster, kettle, microwave). The kitchenette was key for me as I was able to keep some food in my room and, with a little creativity, make a few small meals. Eating out can be quite expensive in Iqaluit.
I had my room cleaned every couple of days and found that only very basic things were done. When I left 8 days later, my room was getting quite a layer of dust and the tile part of the floor was never swept. Things like tissue boxes and items for making tea/coffee weren't refilled unless I specifically requested it.
The Nova is very central. It's within walking distance of the major grocery stores, the post office, movie theatre, other restaurants, etc. On the main floor there is a restaurant, Water's Edge, and a pub, Kickin' Caribou. I went to the pub on several occasions and found the food to be very good. It's usually busy and local crafters/carvers are often around selling their wares. Eating there provides a good opportunity to pick up a local gift or souvenir. The downside of this is that there is often a group of people smoking outside the main doors of the hotel (despite signs saying not to do this).
A few items of note:
There is a small gym located on the 4th floor. Laundry service is not available at this hotel but apparently you can take your laundry across the street to their sister hotel, Capital Suites. There is satellite TV in your room and free wireless internet available.
Liked best: central location, restaurants located on main floor, free wireless internet, nice view from my 4th floor room on the front of the hotel
Liked least: could be cleaner, no laundry service in hotel, smokers at main doors
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Arctic Iqaluit, Nunavut