Edmonton Accommodation: Choosing a Hotel or Motel
Selecting suitable accommodations can make the difference between an enjoyable stay in Edmonton and a major headache. Whether your trip to Edmonton is for business or pleasure, you can select a hotel based on its name, features, price range, or its location.
Most of the major hotel chains have properties in the Edmonton marketplace. If you are familiar with and happy with a chain, or just want its frequent flyer miles, then you
will like their hotel in Edmonton.
Some chains focus on business travellers, in the upper-middle price range. In Edmonton you'll find: Coast Hotels, CP Hotels, Delta, Holiday Inn, Ramada, Sheraton, and Westin. Some chains target families and budget concious business travellers. These chains are: Best Western, Comfort Inn, Howard Johnson, Quality Inn, and Travellodge.
There are, however, many very fine hotels and motels that do not belong to a chain. You might especialy want to visit the Fantasyland Hotel in West Edmonton Mall, which is best known for its "theme rooms."
A traveller may need to rely on a specific feature in a hotel. It may be a hotel-wide capability like airport shuttle or business centre, it may be an in-room feature like Internet access or a whirlpool bath (and vary from room to room), it may relate to fitness to stay in shape on the road or to entertain the children, or you may require special suites. We have tried to catalogue them all in the FoundLocally database.
The range of features will vary from hotel to hotel, and sometimes from room to room. If there is a feature that is critical to your stay (ie wheelchair access or coach parking) request it in the Hotel Search screen, to display only to those establishments. Be sure to request this feature when making your room reservation.
Some commonly sought features are:
Pricing varies with the season. Edmonton hotels are most expensive during busy Klondike Days and the Fringe Festival in the summer, while mountain resort hotels will be most expensive in the summer, over Christmas and long weekends, and during the peak of the ski season (January to March). Low season for both the city and the mountains is the fall (September to December) and spring (April to June). Each hotel's definition of high, low, and shoulder seasons may vary, and might save money by timing your stay or selecting a different hotel.
Our pricing guidelines are as follows:
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The best place to stay may depend on the purpose of your visit. We group hotels by "Area" to assist you with selecting the most appropriate accommodation. If you are visiting for Klondike Days, the more convenient best hotels are in the Downtown or along the Yellowhead Highway (#16), convenient to the Northlands Exhibition Grounds or to downtown.
If you are here for business you likely want a hotel in the downtown core, nestled between the North Saskatchewan River and 104 Avenue. All major hotels are within walking distance (or a $4 to $6 cab fare) of downtown shopping, and the various restaurant and nightlife districts in the Central area. There are some value-conscious hotels in the downtown area for budget travelers.
If you are visiting to power-shop for yourself or with your family, there are plenty of hotels in or near the West Edmonton Mall, along 170 Street. This mall is the world's biggest (its holds several entries in the Guinness Book of Records) and has every major Canadian Department store, some "category killer" stores, an entertainment district (Bourbon Street), a waterslide with wave pool, and an amusement park.
If you are doing business on the Southside (or in the many nearby oil fields), you might consider the establishments along Gateway Blvd / Calgary Trail. Travelers heading north-south along Highway 2 (whether to Red Deer, Calgary or the United States) will find suitable accommodation here. Most establishments are located between 40th and 82 Ave, as are most major restaurant chains.