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Modern and comfortable rooms with luxury amenities near dining and entertainment

Pros
  • Free amenities: breakfast, valet parking, high speed Wi-Fi, local calls, 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
  • All rooms feature 40" flat screens with deluxe channels, Keurig coffee and tea, mini-fridges and pillow top mattresses
  • Several reviewers said that they would stay at this hotel again in the future
  • Some guests thought the hotel offered very good value
Cons
  • A few guests were disturbed by street noise in their rooms
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 21, 2014
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 climate controlled rooms. All rooms include free high-speed Wi-Fi, 40" flat screen TVs with deluxe channels, mini-fridges, pillow-top mattresses, bathrobes, Keurig coffee and tea makers, desks with ergonomic chairs, free local calls, hair dryers and ironing equipment . Select rooms also include rain head shower fixtures, mini-bars, microwaves and DVD players. 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. 
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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.
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The Bad
There were few negative reviews found for this hotel, of the reviews used for this analysis.

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.
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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.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
8.6
Very Good

Rated 8.6/10 based on 463 reviews

Ranked #12 out of 1 hotels in Edmonton


9 out of 10 | Joanne stayed July 08, 2012

"Very nice hotel, valet service was great! Staff were very helpful, great stay!"

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7 out of 10 | Carrie stayed June 12, 2011

"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."

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10 out of 10 | Terry stayed March 13, 2011

"Great Place"

"Very clean, great location, love staying there!! Walking distance to so many shops and restaraunts."

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9 out of 10 | Linda stayed August 18, 2010

"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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8 out of 10 | Sheila stayed November 21, 2009

"Fun location, lots going on..."

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Map Marker Varscona Hotel on Whyte
8208 106 Street, Edmonton, AB