For those who must overnight in a hotel on the long haul between Peace River and Yellowknife, the Snowshoe Inn is just about your only choice. They know it, and charge accordingly.
The hotel itself is located just on the edge of the very interesting town of Fort Providence; it's the only multi-storey building in town. The hotel's certainly nothing to look at from the outside, and the view doesn't improve that much indoors, either.
The lobby area is very '70s ski-chalet, and isn't especially inviting with its gross and dated dark wood panelling and faded carpets. I did like the old comfy couches and overstuffed bookshelves, and the staff does its best to make you feel welcome.
Rooms were quite disappointing -- the decor is similar to what you'd find in a shabby summer cottage -- and also hot. If you don't think air conditioning is a definite plus in the NWT at the height of summer you'd be mistaken, as the sun doesn't set until well after midnight and, by early evening, rooms are simply baking. Fortunately, many rooms also have a river view; just forget about the cost of the room and stare at the Mackenzie, which is truly an amazing sight near town.
The hotel does not have any vending machines, so if you don't want to drink the local water, be sure to stock up at the local Northern store (down the street) before it closes for the night. The hotel does have a cafe, and serves edible food at reasonable prices. Dinner was certainly the cheapest thing about my stay at the Snowshoe Inn which, at over $180/night for a double, is not exactly in the budget category and, but for its location, exceedingly poor value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small, friendly and clean family operated motel. Our main focus is to provide top customer service and guest satisfaction. There is a restaurant,cocktail lounge, gas bar and convenience store located on the property. ... more less
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