The Best Hotels to Book in Edmonton, Canada

Find the perfect accommodation for your trip to Edmonton
Find the perfect accommodation for your trip to Edmonton | Courtesy of JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District / Expedia
Debra Smith

Come for the Northern Lights and stay for the city lights at these top hotels in Edmonton, capital city of Alberta.

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. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Edmonton for your next visit.

1. Matrix Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A hotel suite at the Matrix Hotel, Edmonton, with a sofa, armchair, desk and fireplace
Courtesy of Matrix Hotel / Expedia

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.

2. Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Suite Hotel

Room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Edmonton, with a fireplace, a sofa, a chair and a coffee table with flowers
Courtesy of Fairmont Hotel Macdonald / Expedia

This grand historic five-star hotel in Edmonton (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.

3. Fantasyland Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A log-framed bed next to a bathtub and fireplace in a hotel suite at Fantasyland Hotel
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Kids will be levitating with delight in any of the 120 rooms at this themed hotel in Edmonton. Fantasyland Hotel lets you blast off in the Space Room with individual sleeping pods for the littles, while the stars twinkle overhead. While 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.

4. Metterra Hotel on Whyte

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A large lounge area with modern seating and wood-panelled wall at Metterra Hotel on Whyte, Edmonton
Courtesy of Metterra Hotel on Whyte / Expedia

An oasis in the heart of the city, Metterra is surrounded by the restaurants, boutiques and entertainment of Whyte Avenue. Rooms and suites at this luxury hotel in Edmonton 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.

5. Union Bank Inn

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A four-poster bed in a room at the classically styled Union Bank Inn in Edmonton
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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.

6. Varscona Hotel on Whyte

Hotel

A round dining table with green upholstered dining chairs in the living area of a suite at the Varscona Hotel on Whyte, Edmonton
Courtesy of Varscona Hotel on Whyte / Expedia

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.

7. Element Edmonton West

Chain Hotel, Hotel

The contemporary Lobby Lounge with soft furnishings in neutral shades at Element Edmonton West, looking out at a snow-filled landscape
Courtesy of Element Edmonton West / Expedia

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, this hotel near Edmonton has you covered with suites that include kitchens. Get to know your fellow travelers at the hosted receptions held four nights a week.

8. The Westin Edmonton

Hotel

An indoor pool flanked by loungers leads to a glass-walled gym area at the Westin Edmonton
Courtesy of the Westin Edmonton / Expedia

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.

9. JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

A curved, green tiled bar sits behind the modern restaurant at the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District
Courtesy of JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District / Expedia

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, making it one of the best places to stay in Edmonton.

If you’re on a budget, discover our guide to the best cheap hotels in Edmonton and book now on Culture Trip. Or if you’re looking for budget-friendly places to stay in Canada, check out our guide to the best cheap hotels in Jasper, Alberta, bookable on Culture Trip.

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