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Airways Country Inn
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

The Airways County Inn is a no-frills inn across the QE2 highway from the Edmonton International Airport's northeast corner. It is among the least expensive of 17 hotels with free shuttles from the airport's arrivals area.

The Airways is near the middle entrance to the Nisku Industrial Park, a heavy industrial site for oil services. The nearest hotels are 2 km. south, near Airport Road, Leduc's city limit.

AirwaysInn.ca lists its 24 hour adjacent businesses: airport parking with frequent airport and area shuttles, the Nisku Truck Stop, and Blackjacks Roadhouse's food, gaming and occasional live music. The parking site's map also shows a nearby 24-hour McDonald's and two gas stations. However, its cafe opens at 9:30 AM, and is closed on Sundays.

The parking site mentions plug-ins, but none were near the front door. Edmonton's airport often gets much colder than the City of Edmonton.

This 1957 motel is built from cindercrete, which resists fire, vermin and mold. Its hallway's industrial flooring adds to the nursing home look, but a few steps discourage wheelchairs. The facilities are clean but old and worn. Single-use toiletry packets were supplied, but not hangers. The beds were comfortable. I didn't hear any noise from the nearby railway and QE2 highway, but I did hear hallway noise. There's also a guest laundry room.

My brief usage of the throttled Wi-Fi worked well. However, an all-week guest said that it was really slow. A bare-bones Windows XP desktop was in the lobby.

I discovered that Nisku's rural government hasn't banned in-room smoking. My room had an ash tray, matches and several carpet burns.

It is probably unfair to give the Airways a rating. Its market niche includes a lot of guys who work late and operate heavy equipment. No politlcal correctness here.

A door beside the front desk leads to its strip club (no cover charge). Its full food menu, web site and Facebook page say "We Support Big Oil!" "Redneck and Proud of it!" and "Unofficial Home Saskatchewan Roughriders". Its "Rig Pig Wall" is covered with autographed signs from nearby oil services companies. Rig Pig is slang for drilling rig workers, and was its former name. It now uses "Peelerz", its screen name from the FUBAR II mockumentary movie, whose photos and trailer are on the Internet.

Peelerz and FUBAR II souvenirs are displayed and sold in the lobby, along with off-sale liquor and mailbox rentals.

Room Tip: In Nisku, you need to ask for non-smoking rooms.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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