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Varscona Hotel on Whyte

Varscona Hotel on Whyte is a 3 star hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 8208 106 Street, Edmonton, AB, Canada
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$145
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Favoured by guests for its central location, clean rooms, and friendly service

Pros 
  • Free breakfast, free valet parking, free wireless Internet, free local calls and free evening wine tastings
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing shopping and dining venues on foot
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Several guests complimented the staff for their friendly and efficient service
  • Several reviewers said that they would stay at this hotel again in the future
Cons 
  • Some guests thought that the hotel could use minor upgrades
  • A few guests were disturbed by street noise in their rooms

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Jun 25, 2012
Overview
The Varscona Hotel on Whyte is located on 106th Street at the corner of Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta. This street is locally renowned for boutique shopping, dining, pubs, and live entertainment venues.

This hotel has 89 smoke-free rooms and all rooms include pillow-top mattresses, bathrobes, coffee makers, desks with chairs, free local calls, and free wireless Internet. Select rooms also include rain head shower fixtures, mini-bars, microwaves, DVD players, and flat screen televisions. Free valet and self parking is available. This hotel allows pets and charges $20 per pet, per night.

A free continental breakfast is served from 6:30am - 9:00am on weekdays and 7:30am - 10:30am on weekends. Free wine tastings are available in the evenings.

Other on-site amenities include a 24-hour business centre, fitness facility, and meeting space (which can accommodate up to 120 people).

Whyte Avenue features many dining and entertainment venues within walking distance of this property. Across the street is Murrieta's Bar and Grill (seafood, meat dishes, and over 35 wines by the glass). O'Byrne's Irish Pub specializes in chicken wings and pub food and is adjacent to this hotel. Downtown Edmonton (area surrounding the Edmonton City Centre mall) is north of this property and is approximately a 10 minute drive away. The Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is about a 20 minute drive south of this hotel (driving time estimates: Google Maps).

Verified by a Front Desk Agent on June 21, 2012: The free continental breakfast is served from 6:30am - 9:00am on weekdays and 7:30am - 10:30am on weekends. 
The Good
Positive reviews for this hotel outnumbered negative reviews, of those reviews used for this analysis.

Many guests found the location central and convenient for accessing shopping, dining, and entertainment on Whyte Avenue. Several reviewers mentioned that they enjoyed being able to walk to restaurants and one guest said that the location of this property was "where you want to be". A couple of other reviews also stated that they were able to walk to the University of Alberta in about 20 minutes. 

The rooms were frequently described as clean and one guest said that her room was "cleaned to perfection every day". A couple of reviewers thought that their rooms were well-appointed with modern furniture, while several guests specifically mentioned that their beds, pillows, and linens were comfortable.

The staff were described as friendly and efficient by several reviewers. A few guests said that the front desk agents accommodated their early check-ins and/or late check-outs without charging extra fees. One reviewer complimented the staff for allowing him to valet park two vehicles for free.

The breakfast was praised by several guests for being well-stocked and for serving good quality coffee. One guest described the free breakfast as "wonderful".

Other compliments included: good quality complimentary bath products in the guest rooms, reasonable room rates, and the added value of the free evening wine tastings and free valet parking. Several reviewers said that they were likely to stay at this hotel again in the future or would recommend this hotel to others.

The Bad
There were few negative reviews found for this hotel, of the reviews used for this analysis. However, there were a couple of common concerns.

Some guests thought that the hotel could use minor upgrades. The areas mentioned as needing improvement included: old-style televisions, scuffed hallways and elevators, and furniture that was beginning to show some wear and tear. A couple of reviewers also suggested updating the in-room climate control as they had difficulty maintaining a comfortable in-room temperature.

Several reviewers thought that in-room soundproofing could be improved. A few guests were disturbed in their rooms by street traffic and loud patrons from nearby pubs. A couple other reviewers found sounds from neighbouring rooms to be disruptive.  

Some reviewers thought that the guest rooms and the closets were too small.
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.4 out of 5.0, with 95% of 62 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #17 out of 84 properties in Edmonton, based on 89 guest reviews.

Hotels.com gave this hotel an average score of 4.5 out of 5.0, from 101 reviews.

Verified by a Front Desk Agent on June 21, 2012: The free continental breakfast is served from 6:30am - 9:00am on weekdays and 7:30am - 10:30am on weekends.
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Guest Reviews
8.4
Very Good

#15 out of 67
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 8.4 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 163
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Varscona Hotel on Whyte is #15 out of 67 hotels in Edmonton ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Joanne from Peace River, AB CA rated Varscona Hotel on Whyte 9 out of 10 on July 08, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Very nice hotel, valet service was great! Staff were very helpful, great stay!"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Calgary, AB CA rated Varscona Hotel on Whyte 7 out of 10 on October 02, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Carrie from Calgary, AB CA rated Varscona Hotel on Whyte 7 out of 10 on June 12, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Great location, easy to find, friendly staff, nice breakfast"
"Very close to all of the shops, dining, etc, on Whyte Ave, which was perfect for my stay. Would stay again."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Terry from Medicine Hat, AB CA rated Varscona Hotel on Whyte 10 out of 10 on March 13, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Great Place"
"Very clean, great location, love staying there!! Walking distance to so many shops and restaraunts."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Linda from Hinton, AB CA rated Varscona Hotel on Whyte 9 out of 10 on August 18, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"We'll be back!!"
"Location is excellent for downtown activities, breakfast offers so much more than coffee and stale pastries, wine and cheese service is great, valet parking in an area where parking would be difficult is a great idea."
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Hotel review by guest is Positive
Sheila from Priddis, AB CA rated Varscona Hotel on Whyte 8 out of 10 on November 21, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Fun location, lots going on..."


Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Concierge
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioned
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Wine Tasting
  • Photocopier
  • Bathrobes
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Private Toilet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Family Room
  • Self Laundry

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