Coast Fraser Tower
Always a best bet in Yellowknife
I’ve been staying in the Coast Fraser for about 10 years when in Yellowknife on business and it’s by far my favourite hotel in the small city. Every room is an apartment-style suite, so you never feel like you’re in a hotel room!
Also, every room has a balcony with the views of the city and surrounding area increasing as you go up to the top of the hotel (12th floor) – this is a definite bonus!
I use the fitness room – it’s small with limited equipment, but it’s there and is a wonderful alternative sometimes when it’s -40 and windy outdoors for running! Continental breakfast gets you on your way quickly in the morning and there is always fresh coffee at all hours in the downstairs lobby.
I have always found the staff to be efficient, friendly, and courteous. The cost is very comparable to other hotels in Yellowknife – more than most travellers would be used to paying for a room, but the rate is actually quite reasonable in comparison with what one pays elsewhere in the NWT, where I lived for 19 years.
When I’m travelling to Yellowknife, there’s never a time that I don’t try to snag a room in Coast Fraser first – but hotel rooms in Yellowknife are sometimes hard to get if there are many meetings/conferences on the go – so if you’re going to the city, book your room(s) as far in advance as you can.
Great stay, home away from home (just like my second home)
This was my second time staying at Coast Fraser Tower (CFT) within a 8 weeks period. I must say that it is one of the most pleasurable experience that I have for any of my business traveling.
First off, the room is nice (based on Yellowknife standard), large living room with a pull-out sofabed, two bedrooms (one with two queen beds, and other other with a double), and a nice kitchen equipped with microwave, sink, stoves, and big fridge. It is a little bit overkill for 1 person, but it provides a lot of room to move around unlike staying in other hotels.
Every morning, they serve continental breakfast in the lobby (free), and coffee and tea available all day at no cost. The gym is small but it is practical, couple treadmills, good set of dumbbells, and of course a cable machine.
The front desk staffs are extremely friendly, and they are willing to help whichever way they can. Due to the nature of my work, my work hours when I am in Yellowknife usually from early in the morning to late evening. It is quite stressful when you are away from home and family. The front desk staffs (Jess and Thomasena) have always make my day brighter and alleviate a stressful day. Even with small talk in the morning or late in the evening, they always manage to put a smile on my face. For that, thank you.
The bedroom layout is a little bit interesting. It seems that the furniture was put in there as an afterthought. But the bed was decent, and everything is functional. It may bother other, but it does not bother me at all.
Kitchen is a plus, all the cookware and utensils are provided plus the coffee machine. I am lazy, so I usually go to the lobby for coffee instead.
When I was there, my in-room safe was not working, the front desk called the maintenance guy (Greg) after hours to fix it. Because I really need the safe for valuables, he spent nearly hour to get that working and ended up install a new safe for me.
In short, Friendly staffs, great place to stay.
Outstanding NorthWest Territories hospitality
In the middle of August, during high season, with tight hotel rooms around Yellowknife, we arrived to check in only to find out that our reservation was at another hotel, in the same chain with a similar name two days drive away.The mistake was mine,not the hotel’s. The front desk staff and management went into action and were able to accommodate us. They also helped us to cancel our incorrect reservation and avoid a penalty.
What could have been a nightmare for us was solved in a creative way. Our one bedroom suite was clean and well maintained with a stunning view .Breakfast was well presented and excellent. Hotel was handy to downtown. Would love to have stayed longer and would stay there again.Felt very welcomed.
Home from home (almost)
Large suite with all the facilities you need for a 5 night stay. Friendly, helpful staff are on hand for information and passing the time of day. Clean and comfortable – the only minor thing would be the sound of the elevator can sometimes be a tiny bit intrusive. We would definitely stay here again – no doubt whatsoever.
- Hilary H
Large rooms, very quiet
This was our second visit to the hotel this year, and both stays were equally enjoyable. Being a former apartment building, the hotel has large rooms and functional kitchens. The bathrooms are small but that’s a minor quibble. In a total of 9 nights in the two stays, we never had any noise issues. We like the location — easy to get to, great views, and within walking distance to restaurants and other attractions in town. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The continental breakfast is basic but it nicely supplemented the eggs that we made for ourselves in the room. Also the coffee is very good, and available throughout the day — which is perfect when you’re staying up late for aurora viewing. Next time we visit Yellowknife, we’ll definitely be choosing this hotel again.