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“Nice stop in the middle of the ice fields”

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The Glacier View Inn
Reviewed 15 July 2014

It was a nice room with a large loft and queen bed. It fits a family nicely. It is a little pricey, but then so is Jasper and Banff. Do not miss the ice fields bus tour on the glacier. The food is OK- we brought our own food for breakfast to keep the cost down.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

A loft hotel room with queen and two twin beds. Serene spot. Good food. Glacier water to drink and shower in. The water tastes good. Stars in the sky are beautiful. Many female bathrooms. Friendly staff. Clean. One night stay for the Skywalk and we did the glacier excursion as well. Out in the middle of nowhere. Make sure your gas tank is full.

Room Tip: Limited rooms. Small hotel. Any room is good. We had a very serene quiet night with a mountain acros...
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1  Thank Katie S
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

A very expensive hotel in an incredible area. But it is the only game in town unless you want to drive 30 miles. The hotel design is incredibly poor. There are no signs for the hotel or for parking. It is combined with the National Park Visitor Center and you go through ticket lines to find the front desk. Signage is terrible. Access is terrible. You have to walk over a bridge with your luggage to the hotel. But the rooms are clean and spacious. There is no microwave or refrigerator. Mountain view means a view of the service entrance, Dumpsters, and delivery trucks with a background mountain. There is no Wi-Fi. So you pay for location.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Eliot C
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Stayed there last week with the family.

The hotel is easy to miss because there is literally no sign to indicate that the building you are walking into is part tourist reception centre, part restaurant and part hotel (floors 1, 2 and 3 respectively). The hotel lobby is on the first floor.

There is no wifi, no mini fridge. The food at the restaurant/cafe is average, but the prices are ridiculous ($4 bagel, $5 orange juice, $12 hot dog, $25 pasta dish, etc.). Pack your own food and a cooler if you can. The staff are friendly.

If you decide to stay there, go with the mindset that you are paying for the convenience of being close to the glacier. For this reason, you should NOT sleep in -- take advantage of the fact that you are there and book the first bus up the glacier before all the tour buses show up. If you are looking for a first-class hotel with amenities based on the price you are paying, then you should not stay here. The hotel is clean and comfortable but certainly not worth the money for the accommodations themselves. However, staying here gives you the ability to beat the line-ups, which in our view, made it worth it.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with glacier view. We had room #301 (or it may have been #302), with a loft. Two tw...
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1  Thank rickard233
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Indeed this hotel was extremely expensive compared to others, and the food at the restaurant was definitely not worth it considering the price and the quality of food we got. Furthermore, there needs to be better visuals to show where the hotel lobby is. It was very confusing, especially since there were so many people lining up for the Glacier Skywalk and Columbia Icefields.

However, the room itself was really comfortable. This is the first hotel I've stayed at that had a room with a loft and I absolutely loved it. The window was a bit smaller than I expected but the view was lovely.

Room Tip: Indulge! Take the glacier view :)
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

The only redeeming facet of this place was the view, and it is a great one. There is no sign in front, so we passed it. We ate both dinner and breakfast at the restaurant. It is insanely overpriced for average food. Sorry, but I am lumping that in with the room. French toast $15? Add bacon for only $4 more! You are a captive audience in the middle of nowhere and they take full advantage of that. As for the rooms; small space, rock hard pillows, no mini-frig, only a handful of TV stations, no Wi-Fi and walls thin enough to hear every moan coming from the room next door. If I paid half of what I paid for the room and meals I might have felt better leaving. If you stay here, 1 night is all you need in the area.

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

We stayed here for convenience to be able to go to the glacier tour in the morning. Our room was not bad, nice beds, crappy pillows, no fridge or a/c. In my opinion it was over priced for what you get but I guess that's the price you pay for convenience. Restaurant and cafeteria is way OVERPRICED! Couldn't believe what they were charging for food. Doubt I would stay there again. I guess my biggest complaint is the price of the food. I understand they have to pay to have to food delivered but those prices are ridiculous. I guess that's why they don't offer a fridge, they are afraid you'll bring your own food.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Glacier View Inn

Address: Highway #93 North | Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta T1L 1J3, Canada (Formerly Columbia Icefield Chalet)
Region: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Jasper National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 22 Hotels in Jasper National Park
Price Range: £94 - £185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Glacier View Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Glacier View Inn is a model of environmentally sensitive design, built to incorporate the pristine environment that it surrounds. There are 32 guest rooms - most have at least two queen beds and a loft. All are well appointed, with satellite TV, and direct dial phones. Many rooms offer spectacular views of surrounding mountains and glaciers but you should make sure to request a room with a view early as these are the first to go. Most rooms are well suited for families needing more space than a conventional hotel room, as well as traditional sized rooms for couples or individuals. Open April through October. ... more   less 
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