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Last minute accomodation advice? Jasper/Hinton, AB

Jun 29th, 2005, 05:03 AM
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Last minute accomodation advice? Jasper/Hinton, AB

I am going on a last-minute trip to AB this weekend, and while I already have 7/1 and 7/2 booked at Edmonton (Westin) and Calgary (Marriott) respectively on Priceline, I cannot find any deals in the Jasper/Hinton area for 7/3.

Right now I have the Holiday Inn Hinton reserved for C$132, including breakfast. All hotels, lodges and B&Bs at Jasper seem to command significantly more money - which is understandable with the Canada Day/July 4th weekend. But just wonder if anybody has other better ideas than then Holiday Inn? There are other motels in Hinton - Days Inn, Super 8, etc, but they are only a about C$10-15 cheaper, and I'd rather stay at the HI.

All suggestions and comments appreciated.
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Jun 29th, 2005, 05:45 AM
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I stayed once in Hinton and I never did so again. This is not, because Hinton is not nice, but Hinton is quite far away (38 miles/64km) from Jasper town-side and requires a lot of extra travel, which means, that you have less time available for the scenic view's & drive in Jasper NP.

Did you contact all accomodations listed under
http://www.jaspercanadianrockies.com...modations.html

I assume, priceline is only a good site for big city accommodation, but they have only a small programm available for Nationalpark accommodation.
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Jun 29th, 2005, 07:01 AM
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I don't think that you will find very many deals in Jasper for most of the summer, not just for this weekend. Jasper is smaller than Banff, is more remote than Banff and is further away from the nearest non-National Park town, so the rates for most accomodation in July and August are quite high. The deals don't appear until the off season, and that starts in mid-October!!!

The "motels" in Hinton are all OK, they are on the highway (or main street), and most of them are "relatively" new.

Here are two more websites for you to browse in your search:

http://www.discoverjasper.com/Featur...ide/8-292.html

http://www.explorealberta.com/

By the way, since you will be in Edmonton on Canada Day and staying at the Westin, if you happen to have a south facing room on an upper floor, you might be able to take in the Canada Day fireworks display from the comfort of your room (or you could walk to the top of the river valley and watch from there).

Have fun!!
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Jun 29th, 2005, 07:22 AM
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Hi.

I just stayed at the Athabasca Hotel in Jasper. Not deluxe but fine. They don't have an elevator, though. Check out their website online.

The scenery and wildlife around Jasper are GREAT!!! Go to Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake. Maligne Lake Rd. offers GREAT opportunities for viewing wildlife. Go at dawn or dusk.

BEAUTIFUL area.

Have fun!!!
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Jun 29th, 2005, 08:31 AM
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Thanks for the replies and suggestions so far. I'm basically going on a driving tour, but I do appreciate good deals in good hotels. It just doesn't feel right to pay twice the amount for a Super 8 or Holiday Inn, than what I'm paying for the Westin and Marriott.

Having read reviews on Tripadvisor, I've now booked the Super 8 in Hinton. It looks to be a better value than then Holiday Inn.

Borealis - I don't arrive at YEG until around midnight. Too late for fireworks, I'm sure.

Thanks again, everybody. If anybody has other ideas, please keep them coming.
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Jun 29th, 2005, 09:10 AM
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http://www.athabascahotel.com/ - this use to be a bit of a party hotel years ago but i think they've recently renovated and they are around $140. also check out http://www.bearhilllodge.com/ourplace.html
for a more detailed listing - http://www.discoverjasper.com/Wheret...els/index.html
http://www.discoverjasper.com/Wheret...sts/index.html
unless you are on a really tight budget, it would be worth it to me to spend an extra $50/night to stay in jasper.
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Jun 29th, 2005, 11:27 PM
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Well, since two of you recommend the Athabasca, I went ahead and inquire about them. They do have rooms for 7/3, and I'll go ahead and save some money by booking one with a shared bath for C$89.
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