The city of Edmonton has a lot of good hotels to choose from that are well run and also quite reasonably priced when compared to the rest of Canada. My picks are hotels that offer the very best facilities, value and service which translates to great and memorable experiences for the traveller.


Editor's Top 5 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$203 CAD
Elegant boutique hotel in downtown Edmonton, highly praised for its dining and location
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, made to order breakfast, evening wine and cheese sampler, local calls
  • Many guests described the staff as friendly and attentive
  • Many reviewers found their rooms to be clean, quiet, and well-appointed
  • Many guests complimented the quality of the free a la carte breakfast
  • Several reviewers said that they would recommend this property to others
  • Overnight valet parking is $20 (3 pm-11 am) and $30 for 24 hours
I chose this hotel because it has exquisite décor, first-class service and a great on-site restaurant. This boutique hotel, situated in the heart of downtown Edmonton in the Business & Arts District, is nestled among downtown cafes and restaurants. Guest rooms are uniquely decorated in a modern renaissance theme and feature beautiful goose down duvets and fireplaces. Included in a very reasonable room rate is a full a-la-carte breakfast at Madison’s and Wi-Fi. Guests are also treated every evening to a wine and cheese sampler that is delivered to their room.
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Book from ~$191 CAD
Highly praised downtown Edmonton hotel with modern decor, restaurant and many freebies
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, wine tasting, all day coffee, local calls
  • Many guests complimented the staff for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • Many guests said that they were likely to stay at this hotel again in the future
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • The food quality at the free breakfast was frequently complimented by guests
  • A couple of guests complained about slow elevators
Offering great value, the Matrix Hotel is one of downtown Edmonton’s best kept secrets! With high ratings and low prices, it certainly caught my eye when searching for Edmonton’s best hotels. It offers very clean rooms with modern décor, super comfy beds, Keurig coffee makers, huge flat panel TVs and free Wi-Fi.

Guests can begin their day with a well-liked free deluxe breakfast buffet which includes espresso beverages, fruit, homemade granola, pastries, a variety of egg dishes, and gourmet sausages among other choices. Fresh fruit and complimentary barista beverages are made available all day from the cozy and relaxing Matrix Hospitality Suite with outdoor garden patio, and guests are treated to complimentary wine tastings each evening (Sundays excluded). In-room and on-site dining is available from the Wildflower restaurant and the MZ Lounge.

Location is a big plus too, right downtown near Shaw Conference Centre and the City Centre mall, only a block to the Corona LRT station for short trips to Rexall Place, and a short walk to the Jasper Avenue dining and entertainment area. Guests who enjoy biking and jogging trails will also appreciate the hotel’s proximity to the North Saskatchewan River trail system.
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Book from ~$189 CAD
Historic luxury downtown Edmonton hotel with indoor pool, restaurants & pet-friendly rooms
  • Many guests complimented the customer service at this hotel
  • Many reviewers thought that the hotel appeared to be well-appointed with furnishings and decor
  • Many guests mentioned that they were likely to stay at this property again in the future
  • Several guests described their rooms as clean, well-maintained, and quiet
  • Several reviewers thought that the location was ideal for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • A couple of guests complained about extra fees for Wi-Fi ($14.95 per 24 hrs for non-Club members)
  • Self-parking is $25 and valet parking is $35 per night (or $16 for under 4 hours)
  • A few reviewers thought that some of the additional fees, such as parking, were expensive
At the heart of downtown Edmonton, The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald offers classic luxury with spacious, well-maintained rooms, consistent polished service and all the amenities and services expected of a high-caliber hotel including the Macdonald Health Club, the Royal Tea and Tour and fine dining in the Harvest Room and Confederation Lounge.

Beautiful views of the North Saskatchewan River and valley await from dining terraces and guestrooms located on the south and east sides of the building.

This is not the kind of place to quibble about extra Wi-Fi and parking fees, (although every guest can save on the extra Wi-Fi charges simply by signing up--for free--as a President Club member upon check in), but rather a hotel reserved for that special occasion or a time for extra pampering.

Guests really enjoyed the outstanding service of the staff and the warm and hospitable atmosphere of the hotel, eating out on the deck, fish and chips at the Confederation Lounge, the newly renovated and relaxing pool area, meticulously kept gardens and world-class dining at the Harvest Room.
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Book from ~$200 CAD
All-suite downtown Edmonton hotel well liked for location, comfort and spacious rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their suites as clean and spacious
  • Many reviewers found their suites well-equipped with amenities
  • Many guests found the location for accessing shopping and restaurants on foot
  • Several reviewers described the staff as friendly
  • Parking costs $5 per night for outdoor and $15 per night for indoor parking
My choice for best hotel for families in downtown Edmonton is the clean, homey and spacious Canterra Suites located on Jasper Avenue close to bus and LRT, drugstore, restaurants and shopping.

Guests enjoyed having full kitchens, separate bedrooms, living and working spaces, two bathrooms in some units, in-suite laundry and dishwasher with included detergent. Its location next to a small mall with grocery and liquor store added convenience for dining in.

With mostly excellent scores from guest reviewers, this accommodation proved to be very successful by offering newly renovated suites with comfortable beds and very friendly staff near the heart of downtown Edmonton.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$108 CAD
Comfortable hotel in downtown Edmonton with well-liked dining, river views and location
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests found the location of this hotel convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean, spacious, and well-appointed
  • Many guests found the staff of this hotel very helpful
  • Several guests said that they would recommend this property to others
  • Several reviewers complimented the views of the Saskatchewan River from their guest rooms and the restaurant
  • Several guests thought that the parking rates were too expensive ($25 per night)

5 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Downtown Edmonton

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$98 CAD
Good value downtown Edmonton hotel with kitchenettes and ample free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's central locale and proximity to restaurants
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their efficient and friendly service
  • Several lodgers were satisfied with their clean and quiet rooms
  • Guests were pleased with the convenience and ample parking
  • Some guests reported dated decor and small-sized rooms
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Book from ~$131 CAD
Clean but dated downtown Edmonton hotel with indoor pool and free downtown shuttle
  • Free Wi-Fi and free downtown shuttle
  • Many guests praised the hotel's central locale and proximity to restaurants and shopping
  • Several reviewers enjoyed their clean and comfortable rooms
  • Guests reported that some floors are renovated and some are not
  • Several guests found the staff friendly and helpful
  • Parking costs $18.75 per day
  • Some lodgers complained that the parking fee and cost of the breakfast affected overall value
  • A couple guests complained of noise disturbances from other guests
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$111 CAD
Basic downtown Edmonton hotel with restaurant and lounge but mixed reviews
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Several lodgers described the rooms as quiet and clean
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to public transit, shopping, dining and the river
  • Guests appreciated renovated rooms on the concierge floor with added free breakfast
  • Parking is $15.75 per night
  • Some guests reported worn bathrooms and dated decor
  • The hotel's rates, restaurants and parking were considered overpriced by some travellers
  • Guests provided mixed reviews about the customer service
  • Guests found the on-site restaurants overpriced
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$155 CAD
Pet-friendly but dated downtown Edmonton hotel in the City Centre mall with free Wi-Fi 
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described the staff as friendly, helpful, and professional
  • Many reviewers thought that the hotel was conveniently located for accessing downtown attractions
  • The guest rooms were frequently described as clean and spacious
  • A few guests stated that they were likely to return to this hotel in the future
  • Weekend parking is $14 per day and weekday parking costs $25 per day
  • Several guests complained that the windows in their rooms faced the interior of the mall and did not provide natural light
  • Several reviewers were disappointed by the in-room dining menu and service
  • Many guests complained of dated rooms
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$152 CAD
Comfortable downtown Edmonton hotel with indoor pool but extra Wi-Fi and parking fees
  • Pets stay for free
  • Executive rooms and suites include free shoe shine service, free wireless Internet, free local calls, and free long-distance calls in North America
  • Many guests complimented the staff for their friendly and helpful service
  • A few reviewers complimented the views from their guest rooms
  • Many guests found this hotel conveniently located for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean and their beds as comfortable
  • Wi-Fi costs $9.95 or $12.95 per 24 hours
  • Self-parking costs $29 and valet parking costs $35 per night
  • A couple of guests were disturbed by noise in their rooms
  • Many guests were displeased with the extra fees charged

Tips For Staying In Downtown Edmonton

Downtown Edmonton is in the centre of the city, just north of the Saskatchewan River. Housing government and corporate offices, along with an arts district and major shopping centre, downtown Edmonton is a prime destination for both business and leisure travellers. For the utmost convenience, why not choose a downtown hotel and avoid the commute?

Choosing a Downtown Hotel
Travellers will find many of their favourite chain hotels in the downtown area, including Delta, Coast, Westin and Days Inn. However, there are also a few boutique and independent properties. 

One such hotel, the Union Bank Inn, is very highly rated and is our Editor's Pick for downtown Edmonton because it packs a lot of luxury into a moderate room rate. A former bank, it boasts unique and inviting decor, with in-room fireplaces and lush bedding. It serves up a full a la carte breakfast, an in-room wine and cheese sampler each evening, and features on-site restaurant -- convenient if you're too tired after a day of exploring even to visit one of the nearby dining establishments!

The central location of downtown hotels tends to keep the prices higher than elsewhere in the city, and you can expect to pay at least $120 per night. Prices tend to rise even higher during the summer months and when the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers are playing a home game. You can also expect to pay $20 to $30 per night for parking at many of the mid- and high-end hotels in downtown. 

If you’re looking to stay in downtown Edmonton, but you're on a tight budget and aren't looking for luxury, choose one of the downtown budget chains, including Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown Edmonton, which offers free parking, breakfast and Wi-Fi, as well as room rates at the lower end of the downtown price range.

Getting Around Downtown Edmonton
The downtown area is easily walkable, however, the winter temperatures can drop to a frigid -40 degrees Celsius. To avoid the cold, look for hotels near the indoor pedway system that connects several downtown destinations, including the Edmonton City Centre shopping mall. 

The Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel is attached to the mall, and although several reviewers have noted that it could use an update, it is well rated on the whole, and may appeal to travellers who just want to crash after a long day of shopping.

Travellers flying into the city will land at the Edmonton International Airport (YEG), which is about a 35-minute drive south of the downtown area. The Sky Shuttle Airport Service has arrangements with most downtown hotels and charges $18 for a one-way trip or $30 round trip.

Public transit is available in the downtown area via the Edmonton Light Rail system (LRT) and day passes cost $9 for adults. There are four LRT stops in the downtown core connecting passengers to south and north Edmonton, including Commonwealth Stadium (home of the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos) and Rexall Place (home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers).

Downtown Attractions
Both a landmark and a hotel, history buffs will be impressed with the luxurious Fairmont MacDonald. On sprawling grounds overlooking the Saskatchewan River, the original French 16th Century castle design is still evident. To learn more about the historical significance of this property, reserve a table at the weekend Royal Tea and Tour. 

Other downtown cultural attractions include the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Churchill Square (the venue for many Edmonton festivals and events). 

Keen to shop? The Edmonton City Centre shopping mall offers 170 stores, a movie theatre and several restaurants. If you're looking for more local flavour, the City Market Downtown is a farmers' market style shopping experience on 104th Street. The market is open year-round on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm.

With more than 300 shops and stores in downtown Edmonton, you're guaranteed to find the perfect souvenirs for friends and family back at home, and even something special for yourself!