Editor's Top 10 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$85 
Comfortable hotel in downtown Edmonton with well-liked dining, river views and location

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$103 
Popular Edmonton hotel near Kingsway Mall with on-site dining and pool with waterslide
The Best Western is a very well liked and family-friendly hotel conveniently located across from the Kingsway Mall, about a 9-minute drive to the Edmonton stadium. Guests love just about everything here, the restaurant, the Timmies on site, the clean pool and fast waterslide, the great staff and nice rooms. It also offers easy access to downtown and great restaurants on 104th Avenue.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls
  • Rooms were clean, quiet and well equipped said guests
  • Great location for downtown, shopping, dining and various attractions
  • Staff were amenable and helpful with requests
  • Guests highly approved of the dining on site
  • Fun pool and great to have a Timmies on site!
Cons
  • Occasionally a guest said they could hear others in the hallways
  • On occasion guests found the parking lot a little congested
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Book from ~C$134 
Elegant boutique hotel in downtown Edmonton, highly praised for its dining and location
If you've saved up for a more memorable experience, this four star boutique hotel offers designer guest rooms at affordable prices.

All guests are treated to: free Wi-Fi, a free full a la carte breakfast, and free wine and cheese samplers each evening. All guest rooms have goose down bedding, fleece robes, fireplaces, flat screen TVs, ipod docking stations, in-room safes and Keurig coffee brewers. Madison Grill is an award-winning restaurant on site and guest reviewers give the restaurant, hotel and staff top marks for service and quality.
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$137 
Historic luxury downtown Edmonton hotel with indoor pool, restaurants & pet-friendly rooms

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$97 
Popular downtown Edmonton hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and free area shuttle

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
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Book from ~C$117 
Highly praised downtown Edmonton hotel with modern decor, restaurant and many freebies
The Matrix Hotel offers a good value and comfortable stay about an 11-minute drive from the Commonwealth Stadium. It's an easy walk to Jasper Avenue entertainment and dining and offers lots of freebies including excellent Wi-Fi, parking and a well-liked hot breakfast. Attentive customer service and good dining on site has earned the hotel high ratings in the reviews, along with its dreamy beds.
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$165 
Well loved downtown Edmonton aparthotel on Jasper Ave with full kitchens & fast free Wi-Fi 
An ideal place for a family or group of friends, this hotel offers good value, clean apartments with full kitchens and 1 to 3 separate bedrooms about a 10-minute drive from the stadium. Guests love just about everything here from the staff, to it's superb location on Jasper Avenue and excellent free Wi-Fi. 
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
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Book from ~C$90 
Well-liked northwest Edmonton hotel with restaurant and kitchenette and hot tub suites

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfy beds
  • Location was handy to Kingsway Mall, Royal Alexandra hospital, downtown, VIA rail and Commonwealth Stadium
  • Staff were attentive and accommodating
  • Guests often enjoyed the food on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • There was the odd complaint of noise disturbance
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Book from ~C$112 
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
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Book from ~C$80 
Popular south Edmonton hotel near Whyte Ave with free breakfast and free parking

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, 24-hr coffee bar, Wednesday wine and cheese, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious
  • Location was convenient to the highway, university, hospital and Whyte Avenue restaurants
  • Staff were friendly and accommodating
  • Guests typically enjoyed the free breakfast
  • Some found good value at this hotel
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good by guests
Cons
  • Occasionally guests described the decor as tired
  • Noise disturbances from within the hotel a problem for some on occasion
  • Immediate area somewhat industrial according to some

2 Other Hotels Close to Commonwealth Stadium

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Book from ~C$98 
Recently renovated downtown Edmonton hotel near Rogers Place with restaurant
Location
Located within the Edmonton City Centre mall in downtown Edmonton, this Delta Hotel is a 9-minute drive or 15-minute transit ride from the stadium.
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 
Location
Located right downtown, the Westin is a 7-minute drive or 12 minutes by light rail to the stadium.
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

Tips For Staying Near Commonwealth Stadium

Location
The Commonwealth Stadium (named for its creation as a venue for the Commonwealth Games) is home to the Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) and has hosted the Grey Cup a number of times.

The Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is an approximate 30-minute drive away from the Edmonton stadium, while downtown Edmonton is a mere 5-minute drive away.

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Getting Around
In order to reduce congestion, the Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) and Edmonton Eskimos have teamed up to provide free express shuttles, as well as park-and-ride services for those with a pre-purchased ticket. Shuttles start 90 minutes before the game. For a list of park-and-ride parking lots check their website.

Riding the ETS is also free upon showing an Eskimo ticket to the driver 2 hours prior, during and 2 hours after the game. Those without pre-purchased tickets will have to pay the regular fare of $3.25 per adult. Remember to save your ticket stub for a free ride back from the game. The Stadium LRT and Bus Station is a 4-minute walk from the stadium.

The city of Edmonton is relatively safe during the day, but as in any large city, caution is recommended at night. A large number of taxi services are also available for guests to get home safely. While there is a taxi stand outside of the stadium, guests can also call one of the listed numbers for a taxi.
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Parking
A residential parking ban is in effect before and during the game on all streets surrounding the stadium. Signs are posted, and a map of restricted areas is also available on their website. Any vehicle parked on these streets not displaying a valid residential parking permit will be towed.

The City of Edmonton strongly urges people to take public transit, and offers a free park-and-ride service for those with a valid ticket or stub.
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Dining
Concessions are open during game times and include regular fare such as hot dogs, burgers and fries as well as beer and liquor for those with proper ID. 
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