best hotels in Edmonton

The Best Hotels in Edmonton

Although Edmonton might not be the main Canadian tourist destination, city hotels get pretty booked up with travelling businessmen and women and with hockey fans during game seasons. Besides, depending on the time of the year, Edmonton offers a lot to explore: street festivals, concerts, parks, galleries and local shops. Along with all that, there are some fine hotel choices that, as mentioned at the beginning, can set the whole mood for a delightful time in the City of Champions.  

Whether your travelling includes some business or site-seeing, it is the right accommodation that sets the mood for the whole day. A well-rested tourist finds exploring enjoyable and can fit more into an itinerary. On the contrary, a trip that begins with complaints about an unsatisfactory stay can robe the whole experience of pleasure. 

What to Look For

Overall atmosphere:  

For the ultimate hotel stay, consider all the factors you would like to see when you walk into a lobby. Some of us prefer a sleek, modern interior with no decorative distractions, while others rest best in old-fashioned surroundings with art-deco furniture, paintings and more. What attracts many others is the environmentally friendly interiors and (or) historic value of a hotel.  

Amenities:  

As a logical continuation to décor, amenities play a significant part in a choice of a hotel, especially if you are planning to stay inside most of the time. Among basic features like Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and parking, you might ask for extras such as included breakfast, wellness center, indoor pool and room service.   

Location:   

The location might not be the most important part for those who are not planning on leaving a hotel or travelling for business and won’t have time to explore. However, if you are would like to see what the city has to offer, downtown should be your choice number one. Most hotels we will be talking about in this article are located right in the city center, which makes your commute either by walking or driving easily accessible to most must-see places.   

Why Trust Us

Clean bedding sheets and included breakfast are not the only factors that make a hotel attractive to tourists. On the contrary, those are standard, while for a hotel to become known as ‘the best’, it requires way more: friendly, efficient service, a list of amenities that would make every stay feel special, location and rating. We selected the best hotels in Edmonton based on those factors.

All selected hotels earned at least four stars on Google and Trip Advisor. That rating is primarily based on customers’ reviews. Besides, based on clients’ reviews we were able to break down the advantages and disadvantages of each place.

Moreover, we made sure to include hotels that are conveniently located downtown and near the Edmonton airport. In the first case, you can explore the city without renting a car, while in the second, you won’t miss your flight by getting stuck in traffic.

Finally, every selected hotel has certain amenities to make your stay more comfortable and luxurious: indoor pools, wellness centres, room services, and more.

JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District

JW Marriott is a new addition to Edmonton’s ICE District. It is a modern, yet luxurious accommodation located within a walking distance of the city arena, Alberta Art Gallery, shopping center and a vast selection of diners and coffee shops. (The hotel includes 346 guest rooms with 24 sophisticated suites and a 1,825-square-foot Presidential Suite.)  

JW Marriott combines such amenities as Braven Restaurant, Kindred Food + Drink, The Lobby Bar, Executive Lounge and In-Room Dining. Besides fine local cuisine, JW Marriot offers well-being floors with a Spa by JW, health club pools, steam rooms and whirlpools for relaxing at the end of the day.  

Speaking of relaxing, every detail in the interior of JW Marriot is dedicated to displaying custom furnishing and artworks inspired by the nature of Alberta. Besides, attention to details is expressed through marble bathrooms, custom artwork, high-tech connectivity, and lovely views of the Edmonton landscape (especially during the summer and fall seasons). As a satisfied customer noted, the service was excellent. Room deliveries were very responsive. Facilities are abundant and state-the-art. The executive lounge offers a hearty breakfast and snacks/drinks 24 hours a day, he added.   

Another one spoke of a professional, yet genuine approach to guests. “We can’t say enough good things about this hotel,” he added. The moment they got there, they were greeted by the valet, who took the car while they checked in. The lobby is very elegant and everything flows really well, he continued. The couple even received room upgrade to a city view one.  

Average prices: $248 per nigh  

Contact: (780) 784 – 7950 

Address: 10344 102nd Street, Edmonton, AB 

Pros
  • Pet-friendly.  
  • Connected to the Rogers Place.  
  • Luxurious interior.  
  • Convenient location. 
Cons
  • Fairly expensive.  
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Photo credit: JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Another luxurious hotel on the list, yet this one is as traditional as JW Marriot is modern. Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has been around for more than 100 years presenting timeless luxury right in the heart of downtown Edmonton. It is located upon the North Saskatchewan River Valley in between other historic buildings, along with business skyscrapers, and restaurants.   

Fairmont is an elegant accommodation that welcomes everyone who wants to experience what it was like in twentieth-century Edmonton, yet with the comforts and luxuries of the present.    

Known as “Chateau on the River”, this hotel offers 198 classically-designed guestrooms, including specialty suites, and the finest amenities such as a wellness centre, indoor pool, royal afternoon tea, in-room dining, festive dining, and more. As a satisfied client noted, “high tea in the Harvest Room was lovely!”   

Some others add how the hotel rooms were superbly fresh, clean, generously supplied and comfortable. “Food glorious food! The main courses were completely delectable as in the Arctic Char and Braised Ribs, a fun charcuterie board and crepe cake to name a few that were delightful,” said one of them.  

Average prices: $197 per night 

Contact: (780) 424 5181 

Address: 10065 100th Street, Edmonton, AB 

Pros
  • Historic establishment.  
  • Elegant interior.  
  • Various amenities.  
  • Convenient location.  
Cons
  • Some customers had complaints about cleanness of bathrooms.  
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Photo credit: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Delta Hotels Edmonton Centre Suites

Delta Hotels is one of those chains where you can trust a high-quality service and overall stay. For instance, this particular one is located in downtown Edmonton near the vibrant ICE District. It is comfortable, modern and allows you to walk to the best places the city offers. If the weather permits, you can take a walk to the Legislature grounds, stop at many coffee shops along the way, and explore local shops on Jasper Ave, and if you have more energy to walk, continue to the University of Alberta.     

Of course, besides location, Delta Hotels Edmonton Centre Suites is a business-friendly and family-friendly hotel with pet-friendly rooms and convenient amenities. Amenities include flat-panel televisions, high-speed Wi-Fi and room service.  

Amenities are not the only factor that attracts tourists to stay in Delta Hotel, but also friendly service. As someone noted, her mother had to go to Edmonton for a medical appointment. The staff at the Delta Hotel was so accommodating to her needs, it was amazing. Everyone that works there is so happy, she noted. The hotel also has excellent security for anyone who is concerned with staying downtown. The staff remember their regular customers by their names. The rooms are also super nice and very clean. She would recommend this hotel to everyone, a satisfied client continued. 

Average prices: 

Contact: (780) 428 – 1566 

Address: 10222 102nd Street, Edmonton, AB 

Pros
  • Convenient location.  
  • Pet-friendly.  
  • Clean and sophisticated interior.  
Cons
  • Based on some reviews parking is a challenge. 
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Photo credit: Delta Hotels Edmonton Centre Suites

The Westin Edmonton

The Westin Edmonton is another downtown hotel, which is comparably cheaper than Fairmont Hotel, for instance. Yet, it does not concede on comforts and luxuries. The location connects you with the Arts District, Rogers Arena, and many restaurants and outdoor activities. (My personal favourite one is to grab a coffee at one of The Best Coffee Shops in Edmonton, and walk.)

A satisfied customer noted, that Westin Hotel is located conveniently if you’re looking for a downtown hotel. The room was awesome and the view of the city was great, she added. There was a great lounge area and tons of additional conference space. 

The Westin hotel offers 27,000 square feet of space including meeting rooms, delicious breakfast and dinner (Share Restaurant), high-speed Internet access and work desks with ergonomic chairs so you can catch up on work emails. Among other useful features, there are dry cleaning services, an indoor pool and room service.   

To speak more of the customer service based on satisfied reviews, the hotel staff welcomes and treats everyone exceedingly well. As one of those reviewers noted, he has never been treated with such kindness, ever. All of the staff were incredibly professional and kind, he added.   

Average prices: $163 per night  

Contact: (780) 426 – 3636 

Address: 10135 100th Street, Edmonton 

Pros
  • Pet-friendly.  
  • Convenient location.  
  • Indoor pool. 
  • Modern, sophisticated interior.  
Cons
  • Parking/breakfast are not included. 
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Photo credit: The Westin Edmonton

Matrix Hotel

Matrix hotel was inspired by nature and designed with making an environmental impact as positive as possible. The décor features clean minimalistic lines, natural stone and wood that all together create a comforting atmosphere whether you are travelling on business or vacation. Meanwhile, art objects and paintings add uniqueness and sophistication to the interior.   

The hotel is conveniently located downtown between the business and government districts which is especially appreciated by corporate travellers. Speaking of whom, after a business meeting you can dine at one of the nearby restaurants and head to the River Valley for a walk.   

Based on a satisfying review, Matrix hotel is a great hotel for the price point. All of the staff was lovely. The housekeepers checked to see if clients needed anything on multiple occasions. The couple booked a suite which was definitely worth it, the added. 

Average prices: $136 per night  

Contact: (780) 429 – 2861 

Address: 10640 100 Avenue, Edmonton, AB 

Pros
  • Breakfast is included.  
  • Nature inspired interior.  
  • Convenient location.  
Cons
  • No indoor pool. 
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Photo credit: Matrix Hotel Edmonton

Varscona Hotel on Whyte

Whyte Ave does not have as many hotels as downtown. However, those couple options you find in the area are worth checking out of you looking for accommodation in the city. Varscona Hotel on Whyte is a charming and hospitable place to stay, located in Edmonton’s historic Old Strathcona. It does not only offer a welcoming, comfortable experience, but also provides you with access to numerous restaurants, boutiques and theatres.   

And, you are in the mood to keep exploring past Whyte Ave, there is always a bustling downtown and astute atmosphere of the North campus of the University of Alberta.   

As for the décor, it combines old-world comfort with modern amenities. Timeless furnishings with luxurious textiles (rich hues of green and earthy brown) come with casual sophistication and warm hospitality.   

A satisfied reviewer who stayed at the hotel last summer noted that her family arrived at Varscona after a long drive. Staff greeted them with a warm welcome, however when she went to retrieve her reservation details she realized that final step of it failed completion. Matt (from customer service) noticed her stress and quickly took steps to assure them that the hotel had room. The family ended up in a lovely and spacious suite, which made their stay in the city pleasant and relaxing. Side note, an excellent hot breakfast is included at this hotel, she finished. 

Average prices: $149 per night  

Contact: (780) 434 – 6111 

Address: 8208 106 Street, Edmonton, AB 

Pros
  • Comfortable, sophisticated interior.  
  • Breakfast is included.  
  • Convenient location.  
Cons
  • No indoor pool.
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Photo credit: Varscona Hotel

Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel

The last hotel on the list is by no means the least one in its service standards. However, it is one of those hotels that is not located downtown. Instead, it is attached to the Edmonton International Airport. And, even though plane sounds might be disturbing for a tired traveller, Renaissance took care of it and soundproofed each guest room.   

Speaking of rooms, they feature clean and classic decor which provides ultimate comfort and relaxation after a long flight. As a customer noted, the hotel is newly renovated, and everything is clean and new. The price is a bit high but you definitely get what you pay for, he continued. The hotel is connected right to the airport so if you have an early flight and lots of luggage, it is extremely convenient location. 

For other amenities, Renaissance offers an on-site fitness facility, guest pool, and Halo Bar I Bistro. Another satisfied traveller observed how clean, quiet and modern the hotel was. The pool is wonderfully heated, she continued. The towels are nice and plush on the poolside. Moreover, the hotel had quick service and was very accommodating with her early morning arrival and car seats.  

Would visit again with the kids. 

Average prices: $223 per night  

Contact: (780) 488 – 7159 

Address: Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel, 4236 36th Street East, Edmonton, AB 

Pros
  • Indoor pool.  
  • Convenient Airport location.  
  • Modern, minimal interior.
Cons
  • Fairly expensive.  
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Photo credit: Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel

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November 22nd, 2022

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Maria Kossman

Maria Kossman is an essayist, and content specialist at Rant-it.ca. Her writing appeared in a variety of fashion magazines. When she is not focused on reviewing and writing, she spends time exploring coffee shops, English literature and antique malls.
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