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Varscona Hotel on Whyte

8.7 | Very Good | #13 out of 71 hotels in Edmonton
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Highly praised south Edmonton hotel with restaurant and free: hot breakfast & valet parking  

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, self and valet parking, local calls, evening wine and cheese, bike rentals, newspapers, bottled water
  • Rooms were very clean and well appointed
  • Location was well liked, near great dining, U of A and transit
  • Staff were pleasant, friendly and efficient
  • Breakfast was enjoyed for its quality and selection
  • Guests enjoyed the restaurant on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guests
  • Good value, according to guests
Cons
  • Occasionally guests complained of street noise
Editor's Review
Updated Dec 16, 2016
Overview
This hotel is located on popular Whyte Avenue next to restaurants, pubs, theatres and boutique shops, an 11-minute drive from the city centre.

The hotel has 89 smoke-free rooms and 6 floors. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, free bottled water, a 40" flat screen HDTV with cable, a Keurig coffee and tea maker, a mini-fridge, a desk with ergonomic chair, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, bathrobes and climate control.

Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 queen or 1 king bed. Room extras include a separate bedroom, 2 TVs, a living room, a dining area and a microwave. Accessible rooms are available.

Free self-parking is available for cars and oversize vehicles. Free valet parking is available. Pets (2 under 40 lbs) are welcome for $20 per pet, per night.

A free hot and cold breakfast buffet is served 6:30 am to 9:30 am on weekdays and 7:30 am to 10:30 am on weekends. Free wine and cheese sampling is available each evening from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Ampersand 27 restaurant is open weekdays for lunch, weekends for brunch, and dinner daily. Room service is available from 11 am to 9 pm.

Hotel amenities include a 24-hour fitness centre, a 24-hour business centre, dry cleaning, a 24-hour front desk, free bike rentals (includes helmet, lock and backpack), loaner umbrellas, an elevator, free newspapers and meeting rooms.

Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market is 8 minutes away on foot and the Old Strathcona Antique Mall is a 14-minute walk from the hotel. The Edmonton river valley offers bike and walking trails, as well as off-leash parks, a 17-minute walk or 8-minute bike ride away. University of Alberta and U of A Hospital is a 7-minute drive. Rogers Place (home of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers) is a 13-minute drive away. Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is 26 km and a 26- to 45-minute drive depending on traffic. (All travel times: Google Maps)
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The Good
Guests really liked this hotel. It was very clean, well managed and comfortable.

Rooms were described as newly renovated and well appointed with bright bathrooms and comfy beds.

Guests liked the amenable staff and the hospitable atmosphere provided with various freebies including a generous and good quality buffet breakfast and free wine and cheese receptions each evening.

Free valet parking was often mentioned as a wonderful perk, especially in the colder months.

The location was tops for a lot of guests. They loved being an easy walk to many good restaurant choices, shopping, a farmer’s market and public transit. Guests also accessed nearby hospitals and the University of Alberta.

Value was mentioned often with guests finding this a very pleasant and good value stay. 

Adding value were: free valet parking, free breakfast, free wine and cheese samplers, free bike rentals with nearby trails, a very welcoming lobby, treats and toys for pets, great shower pressure and a very good restaurant and coffee shop on site.
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The Bad
There was very little said of a negative nature in the reviews.

There were some guests who mentioned hearing street noise, although guests often made a point of mentioning how quiet the hotel was.

Occasionally a guest found they had to wait for the elevator during busy times.

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Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.3 out of 5, from 294 reviews.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #6 out of 93 properties in Edmonton, based on 867 guest reviews.



Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
8.7 / out of 10
"Very Good"
Ranked by Guests
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13 / out of 71
hotels in Edmonton

The average guest rating for Varscona Hotel on Whyte is 8.7 out of 10 based on 2180 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Varscona Hotel on Whyte at #13 out of 71 hotels in Edmonton.

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8208 106 Street, Edmonton, AB