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Econo Lodge Ponderosa
Ranked #22 of 29 Hotels in Great Falls
Coaldale, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
242 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Tired old hotel”
Reviewed 2 July 2012

We were disappointed with the stay in this hotel. I think this was a beautiful building in it's day, sometime in the 50's or 60's, but it is getting tired looking. The clerk at the check in obviously did not want to be there, although the process went smoothly, she was not friendly or welcoming.
The room was very basic with a king size bed, but few extras. There was a coffee maker in the room, but no coffee, cups or condiments. There were no drinking glasses near the sink.
The maintenance and housekeeping staff were friendly and a bit surprised about the lack of coffee and supplies, and were very quick to want to correct this.
Won't return to this location in the future.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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English first
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2012

Everyone @ the quality inn ponderosa was very accommodating, we really enjoyed having our dog with us and Clara even offered to babysit him. The breakfast next door was very good- make sure you try the wheat toast. I felt very comfortable here-nothing fancy-but genuinely nice people that were always willing to help you with directions or whatever. For the money, you can't beat this deal. I look forward to staying here again.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Calgary, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2012

Stayed at this Quality Inn on April 8th 2012. Check in was nice and fast (wasnt made to wait til 3pm to check in). The staff was kind and the rooms were very clean. Parking was ample and breakfast was awesome. The rate we paid was certainly worth it. Located right beside a mall, it made for very quick shopping trips. Lots of places to eat in the neighborhood too. All in all, I would certainly stay here again. Ken N

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2011

Not great curb appeal and a older hotel. Rooms were clean and the service was good.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Drumheller, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2011

We went on a fun shopping weekend to Great Falls (4 Ladies) We wanted some girl time and retail therapy. At the start it was impulse to go and we elected to pick a destination to travel to on route. We decided Great Falls would be it. On arrival, it was about 6:30 pm. We pulled into a Comfort Inn to see about a room. They informed us that unfortuanately they were full and others around them were full but they would recommend the Qualtity Inn which at that point had rooms available.

The hotel was located in the downtown core. The area was a bit run down but not what I would call horrible... not an area I would recommend a lady to walk around alone in at night but we felt safe & secure enough. The hotel was clean and service was excellent. It had underground parking. There was a pool but it was closed for the season ( veterns day weekend) We were impressed at the quality of the room for the reasonable cost. The Comfort Inn had given us a promotion coupon for $5.00 off. We decided after staying the night we would remain there for the next night. They gave us credit also on thenext night. They were AAA approved and we had a membership so we shaved another $5.00. We were pleased with the value
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We had 2 queensized bed. Room size was good and they had a fridge and coffeemaker. Shower was nice. Nothing fancy but adequate.

Staff went above and beyond, when we requested a corkscrew and they had none. They did offer to go next door to a pub and open it for us. We were impressed!
Location was good to the sites we wanted to see and shopping was our main motivation so it was very handy to everything .We felt we would come again.

Room Tip: Our room was located on the fourth floor next to a balcony. The first night some of my roomates foun...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Cochrane, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2011

It was our first visit to Great Falls and we found this hotel online through Tripadvisor. Best rate in town while we were there. Underground parking with an elevator, coffee maker and fridge in the room (no safe). Even though we were on the ground floor with outside parking right outside our window, the sleep was great on one of the best hotel beds I've had. The loacation is perfect to sightsee through the historic downtown. Great Falls has a lot of well maintained older stone and brick buildings. The attached restaurant served up a nice dinner and a pretty good breakfast the next day! We'll stay here again for sure.

Room Tip: This is a 4 story building.... ask for a higher floor to reduce street noise.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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trevor-wa
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181 reviews
94 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2011

I stayed monday nite and I'm going to stay again thursday nite - an old place in downtown , which is very boring - but nothing terible wrong with it for $50 and choice points- but I wouldn't stay with my wife here

I don't think they have a free breakfast, which is strange for a Quality Inn

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Econo Lodge Ponderosa
Address: 220 Central Ave, Great Falls, MT 59401-3190 (Formerly Quality Inn Ponderosa)
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Region: United States > Montana > Great Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #22 of 29 Hotels in Great Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Econo Lodge Ponderosa 2*
Number of rooms: 105
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Also Known As:
Quality Inn Ponderosa Hotel Great Falls
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Econo Lodge Ponderosa Great Falls, Montana

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