Coast Medicine Hat Hotel
Old Dingy Howard Johnson Hotel disguised as a Coast Hotel
This hotel is NOT newly renovated. Painting a hotel does not classify it as renovated. The furniture is from the 90′s possibly the 80′s (not exaggerating). The rooms are dark and dingy. The linens on the bed were discolored. The “welcome” sign in the room was a cheaply printed piece of paper in size 40 font that read “DO NOT SMOKE IN OUR HOTEL OR WE WILL KICK YOU OUT”. How classy and welcoming and Ironic! Our room smelled of smoke. This hotel does not have a restaurant, well one that is currently open that is. I assume they cant find a tenant that wants to be right next to a bar that looks more like a strip club. Not a hotel for families or those wanting a “Coast” style hotel. I don’t know how they are apart of the chain. This is a budget motel that serves contractors, truckers and bar patrons. You can change your name but you are still a cheap Howard Johnson hotel. When we drove into Medicine Hat we really had no choice of where to stay, most hotels were sold out. I thought we had lucked out, that a Coast Hotel was still available…I now understand why this hotel was not sold out like the others.
- Cody D
Wait.. It's attached to a NIGHTCLUB?
I booked online, without seeing the hotel in person; however, checking out the website it looks pretty good. When I called, the first woman I spoke to said she couldn’t do anything about my request for an earlier check-in. So, I figured I would just try calling back the next day. When I did call back, the woman I spoke to was insanely nice, and told me when I arrived that I could check-in early. So, mixed feelings from the get go.
Well, I pulled up, and yes.. it is, without a doubt, old and tacky. I do understand that this facility is newly renovated; and, you can tell when you walk into the foyer, but the lady working the front desk was dismissive and made me feel like I was bothering her when I walked in. She made eye contact with me as soon as I entered the door, immediately looked away without greeting me, and went out of her way to try to keep her gaze from mine until I was leaning against the check in counter. Even then she didnt even smile, just grabbed my credit card, swiped it, and handed me my room key.
My room; oh.. my room. They say this place is newly renovated. They mean the entrance way. That’s it. I didn’t take my shoes off to even walk around my hotel room, the carpet is stained and so worn pieces poked up towards me as if a cat used the floor as a scratching post. The walls poorly painted and had golf ball sized chips throughout. As if the poor Mexican-Influenced paint and decor wasn’t enough, the toilet was stained, and toilet paper rough. The only thing I enjoyed is the comfortable queen bed. Oh, and don’t even bother trying to turn on any fan in your room, whether its bathroom fan (which is more like a jet engine) or your in-room AC that instantly smells like burning, makes a loud thud, then cuts itself out in a shriek that resembles a pterodactyl.
Now, one thing they don’t tell you on the website is, aside from my fantastic view of a dumpster, is this place is ATTACHED TO TEMPTATION NIGHT CLUB. It is SO loud, and so obnoxious all. night. long. Drunk girls screaming, men arguing, glasses breaking, its not enjoyable or relaxing at all. I would NEVER have booked this hotel Based on the night scene alone that is pumping poorly mixed Top 40 into what would be my slumber.
Bottom line, the bed is comfortable, that’s a win. The rest; below mediocre. There are 18 hotels, maybe more, in Medicine Hat. Don’t waste your time and expect good things from a snazzy website… in reality, the joint is the worst I’ve stayed at.
Older Facility that still Works
Travelling across the west to our new home we have 2 dogs with us so the Coast being pet friendly was a good choice.
The hotel is old and tired, it is in need of some tender care. The restaurant advertised in their web site is closed and not operating. There was continental breakfast although.
The staff was friendly and after listing off the many “dog” rules and signing our life away the stay was good.
A good over night while on the road place wouldn’t recommend unless you have pets.
- Dean H
Good, clean, comfortable accomodations.
Looked reasonable for a nights stay ($107 +taxes). Hotel appears to be older, but fairly well kept up. Front desk staff was friendly and helpful. Our room was clean and well equipped. Bed was actually very comfortable. Free Wifi and continental breakfast included. The breakfast was basic toast, cereal, yogurt and juices etc. My only concern about it was that it was on a mezzanine level that required 2 flights of stairs to walk up to, so is not accessible to anyone with mobility issues. We did watch a lady with a walker make her way up to it, but it was clearly very difficult for her and her husband. Having lived so much of our lives with a wheelchair, we tend to notice things like that.
Second time as a guest, will return
Stayed here five years ago and liked it so much booked again in May, 2014. Front desk staff were very friendly and helpful with directions and the loan of a phone charger (I’d forgotten mine.) The hotel is older and somewhat outdated however overall cleanliness and routine upkeep was apparent. My room was very clean, room was dark enough to ensure a good sleep and was just over $100 a night so very reasonable. The breakfast buffet had changed from my first visit with more ready made pre-wrapped baking selections, however fresh fruit and yogurt were available. The dining area is a bright sunroom so a lovely place to linger over a second cup of coffee. I had to change my reservation dates and when I noticed my credit card had charged one night on my cancelled date, Tammy, front desk manager phoned me directly to inform me the problem had been corrected.