Akai Motel Hotel

, Canmore, Canada
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Akai Motel Hotel

, Canmore

Rooms: 43

1717 Mountain Avenue - Canmore - Alberta - T1W 2W1 - Canada Hotel Website | | 403-678-4664
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1/10
Would not recommend to homless people
Submitted by: matthew in 07/10/09
  • Age Group: 1825
  • From: New Zealand
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
The most unorganised and unhelpful staff I have ever met.
The place smells of a smokers den and caused me to have asthma attacks my whole stay.
I was not provided the facilities advertised.
I stay for 3 months Oct-Dec and while staying there i found a porn magazine dated for november of that year. I was repulsed at this but left the next day.
I waited 6days to be shifted rooms.
It is not fit for humans here. never stay here there is far better and affordable places in town.

Would rate this lower if i could.
1/10
Not fit for human habitation
Submitted by: Courtney in 02/08/10
  • Age Group: 2630
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Culture Vulture
NOT fit for human habitation + Worst service ever = The Akai. This place would get a no star rating if this system allowed that. My expectations were low to begin with, but it's mind blowing a place this filthy run can be allowed to remain in business. I took a room at the Akai in August 2010 because there was nothing else left in Canmore due to the long weekend. The room was not yet clean when I checked in at 2:30 pm and was told I could not see it. The service at this point was very courteous, but I should have walked away right then. I went by later and got my key, and went to the event I was attending. After arriving back to my room, # 41, early in the morning, I was greeted by the smell of rotting garbage, mold in the shower and no shower head, urine and hair on the bathroom floor behind the toilet, dried up food in the sink and fridge, and the dirtiest dark blue carpet I have ever seen. The cleanest thing in the room was the sheets on the bed. When I pulled these back to look at them, I happened to lean over the other side of the bed, and there was a half decayed pork chop on the floor. This was company to the pop bottles, hair, bottle caps and dirty kleenex also under the bed. There was no one in the office until 8:30 am, so I spent an uncomfortable night in my truck. My choice, right? When I approached the owner/manager in the morning, he didn't offer so much as an apology when I showed him the pork chop and flat out refused a refund or any other kind of reparation. After an attempt to reason with him and explain why the condition of the room was so poor I did not sleep in the room, he told me to get out and that he was calling the police. At this point, I am still a registered "guest", if only on paper, and have not even so much as raised my voice. I told him to yes please call the police, I would be happy to show them my room. Needless to say, I did not get my $107 back. If your last resort is the Akai, then you're better off sleeping in the park - it's cleaner.
1/10
The most disgusting place in the world
Submitted by: Mike in 20/03/10
  • Age Group: 2630
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
The most disgusting place in the world don't go to the AKAI MOTEL. In March 2010. I had to stay in the crack house called The Akai. I have to say this motel is the most repulsive place I had stayed in. When we checked in there was an Asian Guy at the front desk, " if you want to call it that" that was drunk. You can smell the booze off his breath and when he talked it all went into one word. Then he gave us a room and when we got to the first room he gave us it was not even done. The room had dirty dishes in the sink and the bed was not made there was garbage everywhere and smelled like something died in it. So then we went back to front desk and asked to have a different room because the one he gave us was dirty. So he was mad and made some comments under his breath and gave us a different room. Once we got into the room that we stayed in for a few hours. The room was so grimy and unsanitary, that I didn't want to touch anything. I looked under the bed and there was moldy food and a sock that must have been there for a month or so because the amount of dust that was on it, the walls where so dirty it looked like there was a film of smoke on the walls mixed with vegetable oil. The room smelled like the back of a dump truck and nothing worked in the room. The little kitchenette was like looking into a crack house kitchen you see on the movies. The cups where dirty and dishes still had food stuck to them. The silverware where as bad and the tips of the knives where burnt. The bathroom was bad!!! Nothing was clean the toilet was almost black and the bathtub had a dark ring around it. The heat in the place was not working and everything was just so awful. But the far most revolting thing that happen that night was when we turned off the lights and got into bed just after a few minutes when it was dark you started to hear things move in the walls on the floor everywhere it was like sleeping in the forest that was infested with bugs. Then my wife looked at me and said that she thinks she felt something by her foot, so then she jumped out of bed and I pulled the sheets back and seen a huge cockroach or some kind of beetle but after smashing it with my boot and trying to kill it it just would not die. So I cornered it and picked it up with paper towel and flushed it in the toilet that's when we got our cloths on and left. I didn't even want to go to front desk and deal with a refund or talk to the drunk staff about this! I just needed to get the hell out of there!!! If I had to rate this place from 1-10 i would give it a number so low that even the lowest number to man would still be not enough. I would not recommend this motel/hole in the ground to anyone!!!! So if you want to deal with something you would in like an episode of trailer park boys then by all means go to the Akai... But if your someone that is just a bit clean find a different motel there are a lot in Canmore that are clean and nice and allowed pets.
9/10
Good Value
Submitted by: joel in 10/09/09
  • Age Group: 3140
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
I stayed at Akai Motel in Canmore while me and 3 other friends were traveling thru the Rockies and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at the price and the clean room we had. To be honest this motel was better choice than the youth hostels. Had its own kitchen which was great! The room was clean. The manager was courteous and very knowledgeable about the areas and got ton of tips and advises where to check out and what to do. I'd definitely recommend this place, especially for those who are traveling on budget.
5/10
The place has personality
Submitted by: stu in 05/06/09
  • Age Group:
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
I think you need an adventurous attitude to stay there. Many of us spend most of our time skiing, but have enjoyed the use of the kitchenette and the camaraderie of being able to walk down the hall, follow ones nose and see what the ski club neighbours are cooking. Very sociable.
Granted, it isn't the cleanest but it's one of the least expensive when booked by a large group of people who don't mind roughing it, as is the case with hardcore nordic skiers.
Recently I stayed at the Canmore Inn and Suites and was unable to lower the room temperature, which was stifling. Opened the window for cool air to sleep and was awakened by up to five trains per night, right next to the window... all for a cost of more than double the Akai.
I would go back, but I'll take my sense of advenure with me.
1/10
Worst motel I have ever stayed at!
Submitted by: Tim in 28/05/09
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Special Interest/Event
We stayed at the Akai prior to running the Melissa's Road Race in Banff in September 2008. This is hands down the most awful place I have ever stayed in and I really hope I never stay at a place as bad as this again. The "motel rooms" were essentially a bunch of ATCO trailers all put together to resemble a building with a hallway.

The room we got came with a kitchenette and the appliances/counters/cupboards looked like the kind you would see in a run down crackhouse, everything was so old and disgusting in there that I didn't dare make any food for fear of getting sick. The dishes provided in the kitchenette cupboards were all scratched up, unmatched and looked like they were purchased from a Salvation Army used bargain bin.

The cleanliness of the room was well below standard. The carpets were so stained and gross looking that I wouldn't take off my outdoor shoes in the motel room since I was afraid of what could be living in that carpet. It looked like the cleaning staff never made any effort to vacuum under the beds either since there was lots of dust bunnies, dirt, and unknown debris under the bed that I was absolutely revolted by.

The motel beds were extremely uncomfortable. After just one night sleeping there, I had a very sore back that lasted almost 48 hours. My sore back ended up affecting my running race the next morning and I'm sure I would have performed better if I could have slept in a comfortable bed the night before.

We had our extended family staying in two other motel rooms at the Akai the same night we stayed there and their feedback about the rooms was almost the same as ours, absolutely terrible.

The only thing good about the Akai is that they allow pets so we were allowed to bring along our dog with us overnight (which is the reason we chose this motel to start with).

Even though this might be the only motel in Canmore that allows pets, the management seems to make no effort to keep the rooms clean or even comfortable for their guests. It still makes me shudder to think of my awful experience at this hell motel!
6/10
Cheap and functional
Submitted by: Annelyne in 25/08/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
We booked in advance, but when we arrived, for some reason they could not find the booking. The motel was booked solid, but they had one room they had not rented out as it had no TV. We took it, they gave us extra sheets and pillows. By the following day we even had a TV. The new owner was as accommodating as he could be.
The motel is not modern and could use some more upgrades, but it's cheap, has small kitchenettes, and if all you need is a place to sleep at the end of the day - it's fine.
We'll book again.
1/10
Terrible
Submitted by: Kevin in 09/07/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Outdoor/Sports Adventurer
The motel is terrible. For the price we paid, I expect the rooms to be clean. The sheets smelled like dead animals. I highly recommend another motel.
8/10
Will always go back
Submitted by: Sharon in 02/08/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
Our Charleswood ski club has stayed there for many years, in March for our annual ski trip from Winnipeg. We return year after year because the management is friendly and are very good hosts. The rooms are comfortable, clean and reasonable.
As a family we have also spent time there in the summer and plan to return as long as it is open.
9/10
Unassuming Comfort
Submitted by: Barbara in 20/07/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I stayed at the Akai with my husband and Mum and Dad and we were all pleasantly surprised, for the price we paid. Our rooms were kitchenettes (for under $100), ea with a couch & a Queen bed. Free ice in the 'lobby' area. Air but also windows that opened for fresh air. Beautiful views & walking distance to late night food and breakfast. Very nice. I'll stay here again.
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