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. Our picks are hotels that offer the very best facilities, value and service which translates to great and memorable experiences for the traveller.

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Editor's Top 6 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$134 
Elegant boutique hotel in downtown Edmonton, highly praised for its dining and location
This very clean boutique hotel offers charming décor and a great on-site restaurant in the heart of downtown Edmonton near to shopping, well-liked restaurants and transit. Guest rooms are uniquely decorated in a modern renaissance theme and feature beautiful goose down duvets and cozy fireplaces. Included in the room rate is a delicious a-la-carte breakfast at Madison’s and excellent Wi-Fi. Guests are also treated every evening to a wine, fruit and cheese sampler that is delivered to their room.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, made-to-order breakfast, evening wine, fruit and cheese sampler, local calls
  • Rooms were very clean and well-appointed
  • Location was excellent-an easy walk to great dining, shopping, public transit and downtown attractions
  • Staff were friendly, attentive and professional
  • Breakfast was excellent
  • Madison’s Grill offered delicious food
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Parking is $20 (3 pm-11 am) and $30 for 24 hours
  • Some felt the free breakfast hours were too short
  • Some found the rooms small and not well set up for working at the desk
  • Guests were disappointed with extra charges
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Book from ~C$117 
Highly praised downtown Edmonton hotel with modern decor, restaurant and many freebies
Offering great value, the Matrix Hotel is one of downtown Edmonton’s best kept secrets! With high ratings and low prices, it certainly caught our attention 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 Rogers Place, and a short walk to the Jasper Avenue dining and entertainment area. Guests who enjoy biking can grab a loaner bike and explore the nearby North Saskatchewan River trail system.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, area shuttle, loaner bikes, wine tasting, bottled water, all day coffee, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, comfortable and well-appointed
  • Location was convenient to restaurants, shops, Rogers Place and public transit
  • Staff gave friendly, kind and helpful service
  • Breakfast was generous and tasty with lots of variety
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Some guests had difficulty regulating their room temperature
  • A few guests did not like the room with the bathroom door facing the bed
  • A few guests complained of noise from within the hotel
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Book from ~C$137 
Historic luxury downtown Edmonton hotel with indoor pool, restaurants & pet-friendly rooms
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.
Pros
  • Free amenities: newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and comfortable
  • Location was excellent—an easy walk to restaurants and downtown attractions
  • Staff did a good job and were friendly
  • Guests often enjoyed the dining and room service
  • Guests loved the river valley views from their rooms and the restaurant
Cons
  • Wi-Fi $14.65 per 24 hrs for non-Club members
  • Self-parking is $35 and valet parking is $45 per night
  • A few guests complained of noise transfer from the hallways, nearby rooms and traffic
  • Some found the hotel, dining and parking expensive
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Book from ~C$165 
Well loved downtown Edmonton aparthotel on Jasper Ave with full kitchens & fast free Wi-Fi 
Our 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.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, laundry detergent
  • Suites were very clean, spacious and well equipped
  • Location was excellent-an easy walk to groceries, restaurants, shops, public transit and the river valley trails
  • Staff were endearing and cheerful, offering good service
  • Good value and peaceful atmosphere at this hotel
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent by guests
Cons
  • Parking (outdoor) is $5 and (indoor) is $15, per night
  • Noise from heaters and traffic a mild disturbance for a few guests
  • Parking in the underground lot could be tight for trucks and larger vehicles
Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$85 
Comfortable hotel in downtown Edmonton with well-liked dining, river views and location
This hotel is well located on the quieter side of Jasper Avenue, overlooking the Saskatchewan River. It has a good restaurant on site with nice outdoor patio overlooking the river.

Although a little older, it is well maintained and has attentive staff who go out of their way to help and please guests. Guests enjoy the larger rooms (away from the elevator) that overlook the river on the higher floors.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, morning coffee, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, spacious and well-appointed
  • Location was handy to good restaurants, Rogers Place and other downtown destinations
  • Staff were well mannered and accommodating
  • Guests enjoyed great views from some rooms
  • Good dining, breakfast and views from the restaurant on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good by guests
Cons
  • Underground valet parking and outdoor parking is $30 per day
  • Some complained of small and slightly dated rooms
  • A few guests found the elevator slow
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Book from ~C$97 
Popular downtown Edmonton hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and free area shuttle
This is a good value hotel with newly renovated rooms and well-liked restaurant only an 8-minute walk to Rogers Place. It's surrounded by restaurants and the hotel offers a free weekday downtown shuttle service during business hours. 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, downtown shuttle, local calls, PressReader
  • Rooms were clean and well appointed with comfortable beds
  • Location was downtown in walking distance of restaurants, transit and shopping
  • Staff were friendly and knowledgeable
  • Guests enjoyed meals on site
  • Many found good value at this hotel
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Parking costs $20.95 per night
  • Some missed having snack-type vending machines on site

4 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Downtown Edmonton

Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$98 
Recently renovated downtown Edmonton hotel near Rogers Place with restaurant
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, bottled water, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with very comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants and shopping, and Rogers Place arena.
  • Staff were caring, efficient and helpful
  • Restaurant was well liked for their breakfast and reasonable prices
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Self-parking is $32 and valet parking is $42 per day
  • Some rooms faced the mall and provided no natural light
  • Some guests found long walks to room from the elevator
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Book from ~C$134 
Well-liked downtown Edmonton hotel with indoor pool, day spa, restaurant and lounge 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi in public areas, pet stays, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and well appointed with very comfy beds
  • Location was handy to downtown restaurants, shopping, Rogers Place, Churchill Square, public transit and the River Valley Park
  • Staff were personable, accommodating and friendly
  • Guests really enjoyed the dining and buffet breakfasts on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good
Cons
  • Wi-Fi costs $9.95 or $12.95 per day
  • Self-parking is $33 and valet parking is $43 per night
  • Some found the meal or room prices expensive
  • Some said the hotel was a little dated
  • Some found underground parking limited
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Book from ~C$95 
Well-liked downtown Edmonton hotel near Jasper Ave with indoor pool & free hot breakfast 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, local calls, coffee station, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and spacious with very comfortable beds
  • Location was downtown, an easy walk to transit, restaurants, shops and Rogers Place
  • Staff were friendly and helpful with directions and suggestions
  • Free breakfast was well liked with a good selection
Cons
  • Parking is $14 per day
  • Some found the Wi-Fi intermittent
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Book from ~C$57 
Older but clean budget hotel in downtown Edmonton near Rogers Place with free Wi-Fi 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were basic but clean with comfy beds
  • Staff were kind and very helpful
  • Location a plus, an easy walk to Rogers Place, transit and restaurants
Cons
  • Parking costs $15 per night
  • Dated decor according to guests
  • Some guests had difficulty accessing the Wi-Fi
  • Some missed having a mini-fridge and microwave in their room

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!
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