Edmonton is the northernmost metropolis of North America. Edmonton is also one of the sunniest cities in the country. Canada’s Festival City plays host to more than 30 festivals every year. The most famous of these festivals is the Works Art & Design Festival. The Street Performers festival, Fringe, and Folk are also popular among foreigners.
The Arts District hosts many cultural festivals and was Edmonton’s primary Market Square. City Hall, Francis Winspear Centre for Music, the National Bank, and the Art Gallery of Alberta surround the Arts District.
5.3 million square feet large, the West Edmonton Mall is as big as a city. It has more than 800 stores and over 100 dining venues. The West Edmonton Mall is the biggest mall in the continent.
The open spaces in Edmonton are gigantic. The North Saskatchewan River Valley is the largest urban parkland in the continent. It has more than 150 km of trails to offer. Just to give you an estimate, it is 22 times the size of Central Park. Edmonton also has more than 70 golf courses. An hour’s drive away from the city is Elk Island National Park. It has a very high density of hoofed mammals in the world, second only to the Serengeti.
Fort Edmonton Park is the largest living history museum in the country. But the largest museum in Edmonton is the Royal Alberta Museum. The Alberta Aviation Museum is home to various aircraft. Telus World of Science, Canada’s largest planetarium, is in Edmonton.
In winter, you can also enjoy skiing in Edmonton. Jasper, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the best places to go skiing in Edmonton. Sunridge Ski Area, Edmonton Ski, and Snow Valley are also good options.
High Level Streetcar Bridge, the highest streetcar bridge in the world, is a fun ride.
Here is our list of the 10 most luxurious hotels in Edmonton:
- Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
10065 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0N6, Canada
The chateau-style architecture gives a very antique look to the hotel. The rooms of this Cone Nast award-winning hotel are blessed with impressive views of the river valley. Business travelers will like the 5 conference rooms. The 2 on-site restaurants should be enough to keep your palate and stomach happy. Parents appreciate the in-room childcare and children’s pool in the hotel. Along with the gym, the MacDonald Health Club also has Olympic-size squash courts. It also has an indoor pool.
- Fantasyland Hotel
17700 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4, Canada
Located inside the West Edmonton Mall, Fantasyland Hotel offers rooms with a variety of themes. Fancy décor and lavish furnishings make the rooms look expansive. Most notably, the Polynesian Roo comes with a rock jacuzzi that has a waterfall. The L2 Grill and the L1 Lounge are great fine-dining options. There is a casino in case you feel lucky during your stay. The bowling alley and min golf make sure there’s something for everyone.
- Union Bank Inn
10053 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 1S5, Canada
This luxury boutique hotel is built in a former bank building. The service is quite good, possibly because there are only 40 rooms in the hotel. Complimentary breakfast is served every morning and the guests are also treated with wine and cheese samples every evening. Madison’s Grill is a posh restaurant worth trying out. A fireplace is present in all the rooms while the spa bathroom and microwave are available only in select rooms.
- River Cree Resort and Casino
300 E Lapotac Blvd, Edmonton, AB T7X 3Y3, Canada
River Cree Resort and Casino has a classic architecture. Rooms are equipped with microwaves, coffee/tea makers and flat-screen TVs. The business center and airport shuttle will serve business travelers well. The 5 in-house restaurants provide enough options to help you with delightful food within the hotel. As the name suggests, it has a casino of its own for the adventurous ones.
- Chateau Lacombe Hotel.
10111 Bellamy Hill Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1N7, Canada
Centrally located in the heart of downtown, Chateau Lacombe offers spectacular scenic views of the North Saskatchewan River Valley and Edmonton’s cityscape. Experience Edmonton at its finest, minutes from the Ice District and Rogers Place, one of Canada’s premier Sports and Entertainment Centers, and walking distance to the Arts District, City Centre Shopping Mall, entertainment and nightlife. The hotel features La Ronde Restaurant, Edmonton’s only revolving restaurant, located on the 24th floor, with incredible panoramic views and a culinary experience of fine wine, regional cuisine and exceptional service.
- JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District
10344 102 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0K9, Canada
The first luxury hotel in the ICE District, Marriott has replaced the Delta Hotel which was acquired by Marriott International. With 356 suites and rooms, 10 conference rooms, and one of the city’s largest ballrooms, this hotel is enormous, to say the least. With an on-site steakhouse, a casual all-day diner, and 2 bars, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. Spa by JW is renowned and provides various treatments. Marriott International has indeed introduced luxury hospitality to the ICE District. And How!
- The Sutton Place Hotel
10235 101 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3E9, Canada
Crystal chandeliers, Italian marble, and Persian carpets of the Sutton Palace Hotel make for an Instagram-worthy picture. The business center and meeting rooms delight guests staying here for business. You can relish fresh seafood or amazing beef at the Capitals Restaurant. Alternatively, you can also enjoy a martini in the Central Park Lounge. The distinct specialty of this hotel is Edmonton’s only chocolate buffet, the Chocoholic buffet.
- The Westin Edmonton.
10135 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0N7, Canada
Its direct physical link to the Shaw Conference Center brings in a fair number of business travelers. This hotel can easily host large conferences and events, thanks to its gigantic meeting space. All the guest rooms are equipped with everything a business traveler would need – high-speed internet, dual-line speakerphones, and big desks. The menu at the on-site restaurant, Share, is very health-oriented. This may not go down well with everyone, and they end up dining elsewhere.
- Canterra Suites Hotel
11010 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5K 0K9, Canada
Canterra Suites Hotel is among the simplest and most minimalist hotels in this list. Located near the Snow Valley Ski Club, it attracts many skiing enthusiasts. Business travelers also stay at this hotel, thanks to its proximity to the Shaw Conference Center. They can also make use of the in-house meeting room. The pet-friendly hotel also has a fireplace in all of its rooms. Out of the 10 on-site restaurants, the Tunaki Kyoto Sushi provides the best dining experience. With 10 coffee shops/cafes accessible, you might as well test them all out and find out which of those serves the best coffee. The health-conscious ones have the option of cooking food. They can also workout at the 24×7 available fitness center.
- Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by APA
10155 105 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1E2, Canada
This art deco hotel is simple on the outside, but picturesque on the inside. You can make use of the free area shuttle to reach the nearby Shaw Conference Center and Rogers Place. Formal meetings can be conveniently arranged at any of the 7 conference centers. One can peacefully relax at the indoor pool and the spa tub. Each room comes with pillowtop beds with supreme bedding, along with a minibar and a coffee-maker. Though not free-of-cost, a buffet breakfast is served every morning.
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