by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
November 17, 2002
It is conveniently located in the downtown core, within easy walking distance to a number of restaurants, shops and businesses. Limited services are available for the business traveler such as photocopying, faxing, secretarial and high speed Internet.
The spacious lobby contains reception as well as a large conversation area with gas fireplace and comfortable furniture. On both of the Sunday I was there, a tray of canapés was available for guests - quite a nice way to check in.
Just off the lobby are a number of services and amenities including a gift shop, florist, day spa, customer jeweler and three of the hotel’s four restaurants - Shogun (Japanese and open for dinners and
Friday lunch), Winstons (formal dining for dinner only) and the Coffee Garden (casual dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily). The fourth eating area is Sgt. O’Flaherty’s Pub one floor below. The hotel has a large pool, hot tub, separate dry steam saunas for men and women, tanning studio and a small exercise room with treadmill, rowing machine, stepper, stationary bike and weights.
My room was on the 4th floor and my only complaint was the lack of a fridge - not even a mini bar to store mil for tea. The decor was semi tropical with curvy rattan furniture,
dark blue carpets and pastel wallpaper and linens. As well as a queen size bed, there was a small glass topped table with chairs and a large entertainment unit with TV, coffee making equipment and supplies and a basket of snack food (for a price, of course). The hotel must expect guest to
entertain because there was a large and varied selection of glasses - highballs, old fashioned and wine glasses as well as coffee mugs. I liked the fact that the room’s window opened and I spent a few mornings with a book and a cup of tea enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.
The bathroom was quite small but had lots of towels and amenities including a hair dryer, sewing kit, shoe polish mitt and full size bottles of liquid soap, body lotion and conditioning shampoo for every day use as well as sample sizes of the same for those who want a take home souvenir.
This hotel chain takes recycling a step further by supplying each room with a "blue box" where items like
newspaper, drink containers and the like can be separated to reduce garbage.
include free parking. Accustomed to long, cold winters, the parking lot is equipped with plug ins to make sure that radiators don’t crack in the cold.
Overall, my stay here was very pleasant and I’d recommend Inn of the North for visitors to Prince George.
From journal Me and Mr. P.G.