Come for the Northern Lights and stay for the city lights at these top Edmonton hotels, Alberta’s capital city.
With over a million people, Edmonton is the largest northern city in North America, and there are almost as many reasons to visit. The leafy green North Saskatchewan River Valley parkway has over 90 miles (150km) of trails, while the West Edmonton Mall beckons with over 800 stores covering 48 city blocks. New award-winning restaurants and independent craft breweries seem to pop up every week.
Enter the Matrix and you may never want to leave. The contemporary decor, accented with burnt orange and platinum, adds to the serenity of the rooms and suites. Centrally located downtown, it’s close to Jasper Avenue’s restaurants and shops. Wake up to a complimentary breakfast, and then get out and explore.
This grand historic hotel (known as the “Chateau on the River”) has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Enjoy a classic afternoon tea on the terrace with a view of River Front Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. Guest rooms are luxurious and full of amenities, like fluffy robes and Fairmont’s signature rose-scented Le Labo toiletries. Upscale the experience with a stay on the exclusive Fairmont Gold Level.
Kids will be levitating with delight in any of the 120 themed rooms at the Fantasyland Hotel. Blast off in the Space Room with individual sleeping pods for the littles, while the stars twinkle overhead. Couples may prefer the Polynesian theme with an artificial lava rock waterfall and Tiki accents. The hotel connects with West Edmonton Mall and World Waterpark, the largest indoor wave pool in the world.
An oasis in the heart of the city, Metterra is surrounded by the restaurants, boutiques and entertainment of Whyte Avenue. Rooms and suites are contemporary in style, with warm wood accent walls and decorated with Asian art pieces Enjoy a night on the town, then wake up to a full cooked-to-order complimentary breakfast. Without a doubt, Metterra is a great value in the downtown area.
Choose the past or the future at Union Bank Inn. The 1911 Heritage Wing recalls the romance of times gone by with plush damask and chintz fabrics, soaker tubs and fireplaces. The Contemporary Wing is the perfect combination of business and pleasure with large work desks, neutral luxe furnishings and generous en-suites. Complimentary wine and cheese is offered on arrival, and a lavish breakfast is provided each morning.
Explore the historic Old Strathcona district from the Varscona. Take the High Level Bridge Streetcar across the wide North Saskatchewan River Valley or hop on a rental scooter to sample the wares at the Farmers Market. Comfy guest rooms are decorated in natural hues of green and brown with hickory or cherry wood furniture. Espresso machines in each room offer a pick-me-up after a night at the nearby Edmonton International Fringe Festival theatre.
Settle in at this long-stay hotel, a short drive from the West Edmonton Mall and downtown. Drawing inspiration from the prairie skies, rooms and suites are decorated in shades of blue and white with bleached oak accents. If you like the option of eating in, choose a suite with a kitchen. Get to know your fellow travelers at the hosted receptions held four nights a week.
Work or play, the Westin makes it easy for you. All rooms and suites have generous windows with city views for daydreaming, deep tub and shower combinations and a Westin Heavenly Bed to slip into after a hard day’s sightseeing. Check out a game or a concert at three nearby venues, Rogers Place Arena, Commonwealth Stadium and the Edmonton Expo Centre.
Put your worries on ice at the new JW Marriott. The preferred hotel of the World Junior Hockey Championship athletes, this 22-story hotel connects directly with Rogers Place Arena. Work out like a champion at the 13,000sqft (1,200sqm), state-of-the-art fitness center. Afterwards, relax in an ultra-modern deluxe corner bedroom with panoramic downtown views. Don’t miss the 22nd-floor open-air restaurant, one of four on the property.