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The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife

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Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed | Premium bedding, pillow-top beds, in-room safe, desk
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The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife

3.5 star property
3.5-star hotel in Yellowknife with restaurant and bar/lounge

8.4/10 Very good

455 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking
The price is AU$223
Price available on 10/12/2022
4825 49 Avenue, Yellowknife, NT, X1A2R3
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available
  • Free airport shuttle
  • 24-hour fitness centre
  • Room service
  • 24-hour business centre
  • Conference centre
  • Business centre
  • 9 meeting rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
For families
  • Microwave
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Premium TV channels
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Coffee/tea maker

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Yellowknife, NT (YZF) - 5 min drive
  • Free airport shuttle


  • Red Apple - 3 min walk
  • Vietnamese Noodle House Restaurant - 3 min walk
  • Twist & Shout - 3 min walk
  • Taste of Saigon - 3 min walk
  • A&W - 4 min walk

About this property

The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife

The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife is only 3.2 mi (5.2 km) from the airport and offers a free shuttle (available at scheduled times). Guests can visit the 24-hour fitness centre for a workout or grab a bite to eat at Traders Grill, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The helpful staff and airport proximity get great marks from fellow travellers.


Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), English, Filipino, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Malay, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 259 rooms
  • Arranged over 8 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until 5:00 AM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets allowed (2 per room)*
  • Service animals welcome
  • Specific rooms only*


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Free airport shuttle from 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge) on weekday mornings 7:00 AM–11:00 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Water dispenser

What to do

  • Skiing nearby

Working away

  • 24-hour business centre
  • 9 meeting rooms
  • Computer station
  • Conference centre (7200 square feet of space)


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff


  • Built in 1976
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Communal living room
  • 24-hour fitness centre


  • Lift
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • Filipino
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Malay
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 46-inch flat-screen TV
  • Premium cable channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillow-top mattress

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/bath combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps

Special features


Traders Grill – This restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Trapline Lounge – This bar only serves light fare. Open daily.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Breakfast costs between CAD 18.00 and CAD 32.00 per person (approximately)
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for CAD 50.00 per day


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of CAD 20 per pet, per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Explorer Hotel
Explorer Hotel Yellowknife
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Frequently asked questions

Does The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife?
As of 5 Dec 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife on 10 Dec 2022 start from AU$223, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife?
Yes, pets are welcome, with a limit of 2 per room. There's a charge of CAD 20 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Is parking offered on site at The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife?
Yes, a free airport shuttle is available from 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM at scheduled times.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - 5:00 AM. There's a charge for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability).
What is there to do at The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife and nearby?
Have fun with nearby winter activities such as skiing. The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife also has a 24-hour fitness centre.
Are there restaurants at or near The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant, Traders Grill. Nearby restaurants include Red Apple (3-min walk), Vietnamese Noodle House Restaurant (3-min walk) and Twist & Shout (3-min walk).
What's the area around The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife like?
The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife is a short 2-minute walk from Yellowknife Veterans Memorial and 3 minutes' walk from Northern Frontier Visitors Center.

Overall score and ratings


Very good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Schyler, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Jove, 4-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Corey, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Brock, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Christie, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Serge, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

This is a good property, not a great property. It's by most accounts one of the top-2 properties in YK. So, if you stay at the Explorer you will be happy. The Trader's Grill restaurant just off the lobby is lovely, with huge copper fire place and a panoramic view of some northern boreal woods. The menus is solid, and the food is quite tasty at decent prices. That's the strength. It's an older building, so the rooms are smaller which is fine. But they are in mediocre condition. For example, there were stains on the bench, and carpet that were very large (1 square foot or so), and numerous parts of the room that were in poor repair like a dropping window sill, a bedside lamp that was well off it's base... I don't want to make it sound like a dump. It's not. It's just not up to the condition you might expect. While the Explorer is a fine choice and one you won't be disappointed in, particularly due to the airport shuttle, it is simply worse in almost every conceivable way by a large margin to the Chateau Nova, which is the main competition and priced even slightly lower with all of the same amenities and being legitimately right next door. In no world should you consider the Explorer over Chateau Nova, unless you value the superior dining experience. That said, if you're eating in your hotel and not in Old Town regularly, then you are already doing YK completely wrong. It's a decent place, it's just a distant second in its class, that's all.
Jeff, 1-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

It was dirty. The bathroom counters were disgusting when I wiped them with disinfectant wipes and the floors had dirt and garbage here and there. For the amount we pay for hotels it’s not worth that price if it’s going to be filthy.
Tracey, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

I had a most pleasant experience in this hotel.
Sandra, 6-night trip
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