September 10th, 2007

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Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites, Thunder Bay

Prince Arthur Hotel and Moter inn, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

We where invited for a Wedding in Thunder Bay so wanted to find a hotel to stay in that was not to expensive but still had everything we wanted.

So after looking a bit online we decided on the Price Arthur Hotel. It was at that point one of the cheapest hotels available so that was a plus.

I will go on telling you the story from booking to check out just so you can see what we found and we thought of the Prince Arthur Hotel.

After we decided to stay in this Hotel we try to book it online at the Price Arthur website but unfortunately that option was not working for more then a week so finally we decided to call them and see if we could book that way, but also picking up the telephone after business hours is not there strongest thing so we ended up booking our room through the Expedia website but this meant that we could only book a room with city view instead of a view over the lake and the Sleeping Giant. :(

On the day off our travel we arrived at the hotel around 11 P.M. and we walk in to the hotel to check in but there was nobody on the front desk we needed to wait for 10 minutes for someone showed up OK the apologized for that but still it was a little bit strange. But luckily our booking was there (two times) so we got our key and where up to our room for the next 6 nights. We got room 408 what is situated on the 4th floor of the Price Arthur Hotel. in general the hotel looks nice it is an old building and still has some of the old fashion feel to it.

OK now we get to our room and it is big it has lots of room and two double beds an desk and a┬áTV cabinet with drawers, TV and fridge. But our first impression was a bit distracted by the duct-tape that was holding a piece of wood up around the air conditioning unit. The room smelled a bit like stuck air but unfortunately you can’t open the window but the AC has a ventilation option so soon we got the fresh air flowing.

The furniture of our room was OK it all looked a bit old and could use a overhaul but it was clean and functional.

The bathroom had a big tub, toilet and sink and a hairdryer. It seemed like they try to update the bathroom but they forgot a mayor thing in my eyes. The bathroom doesn’t have a exhaust fan so there is a little bit of mould growth on the ceiling. I was also not really impressed with the shower it gave great pressure but the temperature kept fluctuation from extreme hot to cold and that is not a fun way of showering.

The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites offers free wireless Internet for there guest and it is available throughout the Hotel. We used the WiFi Internet everyday and it worked sometimes it was hard to connected but it always worked out and it is nice to be able to check your email on the road. The hotel also has an PC in the lobby for there guests that didn’t bring there own computer.

Also on the ground floor you can find a pop, ice and vending machine. The Prince Arthur also has a restaurant and banquet facilities but we didn’t try those.

One of the reasons why we booked the hotel is because it has a pool. The Pool is available between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. and has next to the pool also a hot tub, kiddy pool and a sauna. I just used the pool and i was happy with that it has nice size to swim your laps. the pool facilities also look a bit dated but they are clean and save and all the times i was there i was the only one using them so that made it perfect for me :) you can pickup a towel at the front desk before you go to the pool so that you don’t have to use your rooms towels.

The Prince Arthur Hotel is situated close to the water. From the back of the hotel (parking Lot) you can take the walkway over the road to the marina park where you can walk around and enjoy the lake and the nice scenery. The hotel is also downtown and close to bars and things like that. It is also close to the Thunder Bay Casino for the gamblers.

Conclusion:

The Prince Arthur hotel is nice place to stay if you don’t expect to much. It has the same kind of quality that you get from the super 8 motels and if you are fine with that then that is great. In general the staff was nice and friendly and very helpful. The rooms where cleaned nicely (even better then Chateau Lake Louise) Parking is free and easy right behind the hotel.

I would not hesitated to stay here again. The neighborhood feels a bit dodgy at night but i believe it is save. And to finish this Review i would say think about the Prince Arthur Hotel next time you visit Thunder Bay.

Written by George on September 10th, 2007 with comments disabled.
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