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Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University
Ranked #79 of 110 Hotels in Calgary
Reviewed 9 February 2012

Pros:
1. Close to the U of C nd C-train
2. Relatively inexpensive
3. Newer rooms in the tower
4. Very clean (rooms in the tower)
5. Good pool and Gym
6. Fast Internet
7. Fridge and microwave in every room

Cons:
1. Carpets smell like they are just off chemical plant
2. Reception is under-stuffed
3. Breakfast is continental and not a lot of choice (but has apples, which is nice-at last some fruits)
4. Gym is missing dumbbells
5. Hot tub is barely working (weak streams)
6. There will be some cigarette smell even in non-smoking rooms
7. No connecting rooms provided to our family :(

Oerall, if you et a good price-it's ok to stay there. It is one of the best you can get on Banff. trail or whatever is the address.

Room Tip: choos the tower if you wish newer rooms
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank MarAndr
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EconoInnsSuites, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2012

Hello!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about us!

We are glad that you noticed that our rooms are clean! We have one the Alberta Hotel And Lodging Associations Housekeeping 5 years in a row, including 2011! During the winter, we take time to fully deep clean each of our guests rooms, which would account for the strange chemical smell. Our front desk is manned 24 hours a day, should this occur again, call the front desk, and we will be glad to go out of our way to make your stay enjoyable.

In recent weeks we have been under staffed at our front desk, however we are now in the process of training some new helpful front desk agents.

All of the rooms in our tower are non-smoking, however sometimes a guest smokes in the room. When this happens, a $200 dollar reconditioning fee is charged, so we can go to extensive lengths to remove the smoke smell from the room.

Our gym is missing dumbbells, however we do have state of the art cardio equipment.

If you have any further concerns, we encourage you to contact the hotel!

Rory Siddall
EconoLodge Inn & Suites
Sales & marketing Coordinator

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Reviewed 19 January 2012

It's not the best, it's true, but this motel looks better than area motels' average. I had a room in main building, at first look seems to be OK. Breakfast is served in a nice area, large room with TV, fireplace, comfortable tables and chairs.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

I was just after a room that was reasonably priced and that would give me a comfortable place to rest after some long driving. It served its purpose. It was clean and it was comfortable but apart from that nothing special. Typical of an Econo Lodge.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

This simple, value priced accomodation was clean, basic (they really "could" do better without much cost or trouble) breakfast, friendly staff, and is an excellent location for visiting Foothills Hospital. Fitness room basic but adequate.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Miraclesmom
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EconoInnsSuites, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2012

The entire staff here is so glad that you decided to write a review about us!

We are so glad that you found our rooms to be clean! Actually, we are the 2011 ALHA Housekeeping Award recipient. We have won that award 5 years in a row now! We take great pride on how clean our rooms our, they are among the cleanest in the entire city!.

It is our mandate to provide the best available rate, this way you can be sure that when you stay with us, you are getting the best rate in motel village. When you stay with us, you can be sure that you are spending the night, not a fortune.

Our interior entrance rooms that you describe our our newest and most common rooms, the entire section of our hotel is non smoking, and is the perfect option during the winter. All of our guests rooms have security measures taken to ensure there are no break ins.

Thank you for making us you Choice Hotel!

Sales and Marketing Department
EconoLodge Inn & Suites University

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Reviewed 7 January 2012

Cheap Clean Safe Lodging, but that's all...

Almost all of the Hotels and Motels in motel row seem quite sketchy. But If you need a clean safe place to stay to visit the Foothills Hospital, Mcmahon Stadium, or U of C, this is a great choice. Like most of the motels in motel row, it's cheap. I have stayed in others and they are dirty and appear unsafe. I have to emphasize the cleanliness of this one. Surprisingly clean.

The places in Motel Row are for are there to serve a practical and functional purpose - Cheap lodging. They are not resort style properties for holidays or business. If you need a place to stay in motel row that's clean and safe, this is it.

Price - Fantastic - problem is you expect to end up in a sketchy dive because of the price. Have no fears, great value to be had here.

I will not stay anywhere else if I ever need Motel Row again.

Lastly, The place was so clean I actually ate the continental breakfast, and I never do that.

Room Tip: I like rooms with no direct access to the outside (ie, you have to walk through the hotel to get to...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 December 2011

This was my second stay in this hotel. It is an unpretentious, great value place to stay. The rooms are comfortable if ordinary. Too many hotels in Calgary are overpriced to begin with then you get dinged extra for parking, wifi, breakfast, etc. Here, it's all included. Sure, the breakfast is basic, but it is what I'd be eating at home though: cereal, toast, coffee, yogurt, fruit.

I had a rental car so getting where I needed downtown wasn't an issue. It's too far to walk, but I believe there is an LRT nearby.

Go to Big T's restaurant nearby for BBQ/southern food. Awesome.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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2  Thank Ukelele67
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EconoInnsSuites, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2012

Hello!

I'm so glad you took the time to write us a review!

Providing the essentials to our guests is our top priority. Our breakfast and our other amenities are the perfect option for people looking to get the best value for their money.

You are correct, there is an LRT station less than a block away.

Big T's is okay, next time you're in town I highly recommend you check out, Nicks Steak House!

Thank you for making us your Choice Hotel.

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EconoLodge Inn & Suites University

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Reviewed 21 November 2011

We stay at the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University in Calgary several times a year for 40 days or more in any year. Our experiences have always been excellent. We find the staff all to be extremely helpful and we always get the support we need. The breakfasts are very good and the hotel amenities are great. We enjoy the pool. Although we have not used the exercise room to any extent it is great. The rooms are very nicely appointed and the housekeeping is excellent. Parking is good and on those snowy Calgary days there is covered parking available. It is a quick walk to the C-Train. We cannot overstate how much we always enjoy our stay. It is like a home away from home for us.

Room Tip: Get a room in the tower.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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EconoInnsSuites, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2012

Hello!

Thank you so much for going out of your way to write us a review on TripAdvisor!

We are so glad that you enjoy staying with us!We certainly enjoy having you here.

Hope to see you more!

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Additional Information about Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University

Address: 2231 Banff Trail NW, Calgary, Alberta T2M 4L2, Canada
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Region: Canada > Alberta > Calgary
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #79 of 110 Hotels in Calgary
Price Range: $72 - $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 2*
Number of rooms: 82
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