With more than 120 stores, the Fairview Park Mall serves shoppers throughout the Kitchener-Waterloo metropolitan area of southern Ontario. Four hotels, including both mid-range and high-end properties, lie within a mile of the shopping center. Kitchener, once a major manufacturing center, lies roughly 65 miles west-southwest of Toronto and, with the neighboring city of Waterloo, forms a metro area with a population of about 450,000.
Comfort Inn Kitchener
This two-story, 99-unit hotel lies within a mile of the mall and is also convenient to a number of area attractions, including Chicopee Ski Hill and the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium complex. The latter includes the auditorium, a major entertainment and sports venue for the region, and Centennial Stadium, a lighted football and soccer field. All rooms and suites at the Comfort Inn feature microwaves and compact refrigerators, as well as high-speed Internet, which is also available in the hotel’s common areas. Other amenities include a fitness center, sauna, hot tub and complimentary continental breakfast. Nearby restaurants include Charcoal Steakhouse, Del Dente and Martini’s.
Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Conference Center
A smart choice for business travelers because of its extensive meeting facilities and its proximity to Canada’s Technology Triangle, this six-story, 184-unit hotel is within easy walking distance of the shopping center. The Technology Triangle, an area comprising the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, seeks to boost regional economic development through use of the region's existing technology infrastructure. Other business-friendly features at the Holiday Inn include spacious desk and work areas in all rooms and suites and high-speed Internet, which is available in both guest rooms and common areas. The hotel lies 10 miles from Waterloo International Airport, the aviation hub for the region. Recreational facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a fitness center. The hotel’s Embers Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; children under 12 eat free.
Howard Johnson Hotel Kitchener/Conestoga
Less than a mile from the Fairview Park Mall, this 102-unit hotel sits close to Highway 401, putting it within easy commuting distance of area businesses and attractions. If you’re traveling with a cat or dog, your pet can stay in your room or suite for an additional fee. Accommodations include standard, business class and poolside rooms, as well as units with whirlpool tubs. The hotel provides a complimentary continental breakfast every morning. On-site dining options include the Victoria Place restaurant and lounge, and the Patio Sports Bar & Restaurant, which serves lighter fare in a typical sports bar setting.
Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo
This 12-story, 172-unit hotel overlooks the sprawling Fairview Park Mall shopping center and is only a short drive from Kitchener's city center. Children 17 and younger stay free when accompanied by an adult. Business class rooms, available at a slightly higher rate, come with additional amenities, including bathrobes, slippers, extra-large desk and work areas and laptop safes. The Radisson's recreational facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and fitness center; the on-site Library Cafe serves a hot breakfast buffet each morning; and the hotel is connected by an underground walkway to three nearby restaurants: Charcoal Steakhouse, Del Dente and Martini’s.