Review: Howard Johnson’s, Lethbridge, Alberta


Lethbridge, AB

Howard Johnson Lethbridge
1026 Mayor Magrath Drive
Lethbridge, AB, Canada T1K 2P8

Mayor Magrath Drive is loaded with hotels. After checking with about 5 of them, the least expensive, pet-friendly option was the Howard Johnson’s. It was conveniently located to restaurants and the highway, and the young man behind the counter was friendly and courteous.

The room was clean, and bed bug-free. Of course, can bed bugs survive in below freezing temperatures? I ask this because it turns out that they don’t leave the heat on in designated pet rooms if they’re not expecting a guest. Well, I think you can do the math – January – Alberta – that meant that it was colder inside the room than it was outside. So, we turned the heat all the way up and went out to dinner. It’ll be warm when we get back, we thought. But it wasn’t.

Why didn’t we take a different room? We were offered one, but none of the pet rooms were up to temperature, so what difference would it have made? We could have gone to a different hotel, but having to deal with the dog and lugging all our baggage around, we just weren’t up to the challenge. And now it was snowing, and the arctic wind was blowing. Besides, how long could it possibly take for the room to come up to temperature? Let me tell you how long: 3 a.m.

The staff at the hotel couldn’t have been nicer. And other than the temperature issue, the hotel was fine. A word of advice: if you KNOW you’re going to be in Lethbridge and you need a pet-friendly room and it’s the dead of winter – call HoJos first and ask them to turn the heat on. I guarantee you’ll be a lot more comfortable.


About ksbrooks

K.S. Brooks is an award-winning writer and photographer, author of more than thirty titles, and administrator of the multi-national, multi-author, award-winning site Indies Unlimited. Brooks’ feature articles, poetry, and photography have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, and other publications both in the U.S. and abroad. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit
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