Akai Motel
1717 Mountain Ave, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2W1 Canada
Akai Motel - The pork chop on the floor of our supposedly clean room
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#2 of 4 motels in Canmore
3.6 of 5 bubbles
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2.9 of 5 bubbles
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See why so many travellers make Akai Motel their motel of choice when visiting Canmore. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a budget friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

Rooms at Akai Motel offer air conditioning and a kitchenette providing exceptional comfort and convenience.

If you are driving to Akai Motel, free parking is available.

Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Canmore Recreation Centre (0.4 km) and Cross Zee Ranch (0.9 km), guests of Akai Motel can easily experience some of Canmore's most well known attractions.

Travellers looking to enjoy some shrimp can head to Crazy Weed, The Iron Goat Pub and Grill, or Tapas Restaurant. Otherwise, you may want to check out a steakhouse such as Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue, Rustica Steakhouse at Silvertip Golf Resort, or Patrinos Steak House & Pub.

Plus, during your trip, don't forget to check out a history museum, such as Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Akai Motel as you experience all of the things Canmore has to offer.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Air conditioning
Kitchenette
Refrigerator
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HOTEL STYLE
Budget

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1717 Mountain Ave, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2W1 Canada
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 62 out of 100
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Scarcethings wrote a review Aug 2010
Oak Park, Michigan32 contributions21 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Staying one night on our way through. Nice amenities, price is right. Clean and well taken care of.
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Date of stay: August 2010
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Edward M wrote a review Aug 2011
Saint Thomas, Canada1 contribution4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place improves a lot compare to one year ago I stayed. Clean, comportable & well trained staffs..... What else you want regraing this price.
I strongly recommend this motel.
Good Value!!!!
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Date of stay: July 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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mark m wrote a review Apr 2019
Calgary, Canada6 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed overnight while passing thru. Clean and comfortable very good value for the rate. Friendly staff and conveniently located to restaurants, groceries and hiking. Banff is a short drive away.Happy to have discovered it on our journey.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lostherd wrote a review Aug 2010
Calgary, Canada93 contributions76 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Not fit for human habitation + Worst service ever = The Akai. This place would get a no star rating if this system allowed that. My expectations were low to begin with, but it's mind blowing a place this filthy can be allowed to remain in business. I took a room at the Akai in August 2010 only because there was nothing else left in Canmore due to the long weekend. The room was not yet clean when I checked in at 2:30 pm and was told I could not see it. The service at this point was very courteous, but I should have walked away right then. I went by later and got my key, and went to the event I was attending. After arriving back to my room, # 41, early in the morning, I was greeted by the smell of rotting garbage, mold in the shower and no shower head, urine and hair on the bathroom floor behind the toilet, dried up food in the sink and fridge, and the dirtiest dark blue carpet I have ever seen. The cleanest thing in the room was the sheets on the bed. When I pulled these back to look at them, I happened to lean over the other side of the bed, and there was a half decayed pork chop on the floor. This was company to the pop bottles, hair, bottle caps and dirty kleenex also under the bed. There was no one in the office until 8:30 am, so I spent an uncomfortable night in my truck. My choice, right? When I approached the owner/manager in the morning, he didn't offer so much as an apology when I showed him the pork chop and flat out refused a refund or any other kind of reparation. After an attempt to reason with him and explain why the condition of the room was so poor I did not sleep in the room, he told me to get out and that he was calling the police. At this point, I am still a registered "guest", if only on paper, and have not even so much as raised my voice. I told him to yes please call the police, I would be happy to show them my room. Needless to say, I did not get my $107 back. If your last resort is the Akai, then you're better off sleeping in the park - it's cleaner.
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Date of stay: August 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Mikes19998 wrote a review Mar 2010
Calgary1 contribution17 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
In March 2010. I had to stay in the crack house called The Akai. I have to say this motel is the most repulsive place I had stayed in. When we checked in there was an Asian Guy at the front desk, " if you want to call it that" that was drunk. You can smell the booze off his breath and when he talked it all went into one word. Then he gave us a room and when we got to the first room he gave us it was not even done. The room had dirty dishes in the sink and the bed was not made there was garbage everywhere and smelled like something died in it. So then we went back to front desk and asked to have a different room because the one he gave us was dirty. So he was mad and made some comments under his breath and gave us a different room. Once we got into the room that we stayed in for a few hours. The room was so grimy and unsanitary, that I didn't want to touch anything. I looked under the bed and there was moldy food and a sock that must have been there for a month or so because the amount of dust that was on it, the walls where so dirty it looked like there was a film of smoke on the walls mixed with vegetable oil. The room smelled like the back of a dump truck and nothing worked in the room. The little kitchenette was like looking into a crack house kitchen you see on the movies. The cups where dirty and dishes still had food stuck to them. The silverware where as bad and the tips of the knives where burnt. The bathroom was bad!!! Nothing was clean the toilet was almost black and the bathtub had a dark ring around it. The heat in the place was not working and everything was just so awful. But the far most revolting thing that happen that night was when we turned off the lights and got into bed just after a few minutes when it was dark you started to hear things move in the walls on the floor everywhere it was like sleeping in the forest that was infested with bugs. Then my wife looked at me and said that she thinks she felt something by her foot, so then she jumped out of bed and I pulled the sheets back and seen a huge cockroach or some kind of beetle but after smashing it with my boot and trying to kill it it just would not die. So I cornered it and picked it up with paper towel and flushed it in the toilet that's when we got our cloths on and left. I didn't even want to go to front desk and deal with a refund or talk to the drunk staff about this! I just needed to get the hell out of there!!! If I had to rate this place from 1-10 i would give it a number so low that even the lowest number to man would still be not enough. I would not recommend this motel/hole in the ground to anyone!!!! So if you want to deal with something you would in like an episode of trailer park boys then by all means go to the Akai... But if your someone that is just a bit clean find a different motel there are a lot in Canmore that are clean and nice and allowed pets
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Date of stay: March 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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wearytraveller154916 wrote a review Jul 2011
Grande Prairie, Canada1 contribution12 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
There were bugs crawling on the floor and two large flies in the room when we checked in. The grout in the shower had black mold all over it and there was some sort of weird green permanent crust around the base of the plug up to the tap. The tap in the sink leaked ALL night. Half of the dishes in the cupboard were dirty and we found hair (which appeared to be dog hair) all over the blanket that covered the sheets.

I have never been so disgusted at an establishment in my life. The worst of it is that we paid $95.00 for a double room, plus tax. We stayed a couple of nights and didn't receive housekeeping service ONCE. I don't understand how the owner justifies the price when you don't even receive fresh towels or amenities.

The Asian man at the Front Desk was awful. He wasn't able to help with ANY of our problems and he was extremely patronizing, rude and did nothing in the means of customer service. Our air conditioner didn't have any knobs on it and I tried to explain this to the Front Desk man. He then smugly tried to show me how to use the Air conditioner in the lobby. Once he realized he hadn't understood me correctly, he had to pull the knobs off of the air conditioner in the lobby and made me attempt to go back to my room and use those, and then the AC STILL didn't work.

They have *COMPLIMENTARY* wireless internet, but it doesn't connect, so if they mention that as a perk...you're going to spend half the night trying to get it to work just to find out that it doesn't. No Laundry facilities or restaurant on site.
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Date of stay: July 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Don't stay here. Find a cleaner room for $5.00 more a night somewhere else.
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Tim M wrote a review Jun 2009
Calgary, Alberta1 contribution7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Akai prior to running the Melissa's Road Race in Banff in September 2008. This is hands down the most awful place I have ever stayed in and I really hope I never stay at a place as bad as this again. The "motel rooms" were essentially a bunch of ATCO trailers hammered together to resemble a building with a super long hallway.

The room we got came with a kitchenette and the appliances/counters/cupboards looked like the kind you would see in a run down crackhouse, everything was so old and disgusting in there that I didn't dare make any food for fear of getting sick. The dishes provided in the kitchenette cupboards were all scratched up, unmatched and looked like they were purchased from a Salvation Army used bargain bin.

The cleanliness of the room was well below standard. The carpets were so stained and gross looking that I wouldn't take off my outdoor shoes in the motel room since I was afraid of what could be living in that carpet. It appeared that the cleaning staff never made any effort to vacuum under the beds either since there was lots of dust bunnies, dirt, crumbs, and unknown debris under the bed that absolutely revolted me.

The motel beds were extremely uncomfortable. After just one night sleeping there, I had a very sore back that lasted almost 48 hours. My sore back ended up affecting my running race the next morning and I'm sure I would have performed better if I could have slept in a comfortable bed the night before.

We had our extended family staying in two other motel rooms at the Akai the same night we stayed there and their feedback about the rooms was almost the same as ours, absolutely terrible and the worst place they have ever stayed.

The only thing good about the Akai is that they allow pets so we were allowed to bring along our dog with us overnight (which is the reason we chose this motel to start with).

Even though this might be the only motel in Canmore that allows pets, the management seems to make no effort to keep the rooms clean or even comfortable for their guests. It still makes me shudder to think of my awful experience at this hell motel!
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Date of stay: September 2008
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Bakerzbaja wrote a review Apr 2015
1 contribution6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The akai motel is by far the slum hole of Canmore! And not to mention the owner "Albert" is rude and unaccomidating. Did not clean my room at all in 4 months of bein therefor work. Attempted to charge extra each month if you have a "extra guest". I paid For the room not for a single bed. If that were the case id stay at the local hostel which is 5star in comparison to this hole.. Place should be shut down due to mold and lack of maintenance.
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Date of stay: January 2015Trip type: Travelled on business
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fdaddy wrote a review Jun 2009
fdaddy1 contribution5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a hard time finding a clean motel at a decent price in Banff, so we decided to try the next town, Canmore,
At travel info centre, we were told about Akai Motel and when I called to find out about the price, I was almost shocked by their good price.

I was unsure about the place so we decided to see the room first.

The staffs were incredibly wonderful, especially the manager who told us he used to be a tour guide in the mountain gave us all kind of information about the mountain and even planned our following day schedule for us,

Each rooms were equipped with little kitchen, beds were confortable, had free wireless internet, which we didn't expect and it was very clean.

We will definately recommend this motel to everyone I know plus more.

If you are looking for a place to stay overnight and don't want to spend mega bucks for all the facilities you don't even get to use, this motel is the one you are looking for
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Date of stay: June 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Heavenly_Joel wrote a review Dec 2009
Vancouver1 contribution4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in this little place in Canmore, Alberta not too long ago as my 3 friends and I traveled through the Banff area and I must say there was no better value in the Rockies. I don't think this place is the best motel/hotel in the world but as we were very conscious of the limited spending budget this place fit the bill perfectly. We were going to stay at the hostel but found out the pricing was actually better when you counted all 4 of us!! And we even had our own kitchen and bathroom!! The room we stayed was clean and quiet. The manager was very friendly and courteous. He was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of tips and information about touring the Rocky area. I'd definitely use this motel again and recommend to other friends and families.
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Date of stay: September 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Barbara W wrote a tip Sep 2019
Rochester NY210 contributions135 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try another hotel"
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TAxent wrote a tip Jul 2019
1 contribution3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay away from this place."
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wearytraveller154916 wrote a tip Jul 2011
Grande Prairie, Canada1 contribution12 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't stay here. Find a cleaner room for $5.00 more a night somewhere else."
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Which popular attractions are close to Akai Motel?
Nearby attractions include Policeman's Creek Boardwalk (0.5 km) and Canmore Recreation Centre (0.4 km).
Which room amenities are available at Akai Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Akai Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Akai Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wild Orchid Bistro & Sushi Lounge, Crazy Weed, and Chez Francois Restaurant.
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