I travel for business a lot. I usually stick to the big chain hotels, but in fort McMurray, I took a chance because the big chains are non-existent there. I based my stay at Merit a lot on the reviews here, and pictures posted on their website.
The room - If I could, I would give it 6 out of 5 stars. I stayed in an extended stay double queen suite. The room was wonderfully clean and seemed like a little apartment. The bed was very comfortable (and I am very particular about my beds). It had a small kitchen with everything you need. the washroom was typical. The shower faucet took a little troubleshooting to figure out how to use, though.
The Amenities - Before I ramble on here, I figure I should mention something first. I am on the road for business a lot, so these hotels tend to be my home. If you are just looking for a bed and shower, this hotel is definitely top notch. Here is a little more detail:
-the service at the front counter was great. The nice lady got me into my room nice and quick and explained where everything was for me. The hotel is as secure as can be, with card swipes required for just about everything (Including the elevator).
-Free breakfast each morning. Need I say more?
-Every day inside the room, soaps and shampoos where restocked and the room was cleaned. Not too often do you get that for extended stays. It was nice to see that. The room shampoos and soaps seemed to be pretty good quality too.
-The room had your coffee maker with the selection of a few coffees and teas. There where no travel cups though. Usually I take the coffee on the go, so I didn't even use it.
-The room had too televisions. Both nice LCD's. One in the bedroom and one in the main room. The positioning of the one in the main room was a little odd though. It was located directly left of the couch, and there is no way you could watch TV from the couch unless you lay across it.
-the internet security was great. You required to notify the front desk on how many devices needed to use the internet. Never had that before. What was really nice was when I left the room for a day and came back, I didn't have to enter in my security code each time (Most hotels, you have to do that and it can be tedious with long passwords). The speed was the fastest I have ever had at a hotel. I was able to Skype with my girlfriend flawlessly, which is also quite rare.
-The Fitness room and pool. Now here is where I thought the hotel fell short. The pool was closed. Based on reviews posted months ago, the pool has obviously been closed for a long time now. I use the pool at every hotel I go to and it was frustrating that the pool was closed.
The fitness room was tiny. A little box with free weights, one bench, one elliptical, bike and treadmill. I enjoyed the free weights instead of the typical 'all in one' workout machine, but I wish there was another bench to use. And every time I wanted to go work out, there was a few people in the workout room and I couldn't. Make it bigger and maybe add a little more variety.
-There was no little 'convenience store' (with food, drinks, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc). There was just a vending machine. When I am there for business, I pay for nothing and I need receipts. I can't use these machines so I always had to go out to hunt down the things I needed. That is okay, but sometimes I am lazy and I want to grab something quick and unfortunately I couldn't.
the price - Personally I don't care because I don't pay for it. I have heard people complain about the price of the hotels in Fort McMurray, and I do agree. The prices for all hotels in FM are generally all the same and all pretty expensive.
At the end of the day, this hotel was great and I enjoyed my stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Merit Hotel & Suites, Fort Murray full service downtown hotel offers comfort, convenience, style and always helpful service. EXTENDED stay suites available offering suites with kitchen and living room combinations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Merit Hotel Fort Mcmurray
- Merit Hotel & Suites Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada