Edmonton Hotels and Accommodation
(Edmonton, Alberta - AB, Canada)
Edmonton has become a popular city for tourists and business travelers alike, and accommodation here certainly caters well for both. The Old Strathcona Historic District is a particularly vibrant and trendy part of Edmonton and contains a number of appealing boutique-style hotels and similar lodging, while the downtown district is noticeably more geared toward the business traveler.
Hotels in downtown Edmonton have the advantage of being close to many of the city's premier attractions, best restaurants and shopping centers, such as the impressive Eaton Center mall. Do bear in mind that the city's accommodation scene is greatly influenced by local events, with hotels being in demand during the summer Capital Ex and Edmonton Fringe Theater Festival, which combined draw well over one million visitors to the city.
Where to Stay
Frequently offering views of the North Saskatchewan River, accommodation in downtown Edmonton includes many of the major hotel chains, such as Crowne Plaza, Days Inn, Econo Lodge, Howard Johnson and Sheraton, amongst others. Hotels in the downtown district are particularly concentrated along Jasper Avenue.
Visitors often choose to stay on the western side of the city, close to the major family attractions of the West Edmonton Mall. Numerous hotels are clustered around the mall and regularly provide special seasonal rates. Hotels in this part of the city may benefit from being close to the West Edmonton Mall itself, although are less conveniently placed for other attractions in the city. To entice tourists away from staying in the West End, many of the city's hotels choose to provide courtesy shuttle buses to and from the mall, which is often only a short journey.
For more historic accommodation in Edmonton, with character and unique Canadian charm, head to the Old Strathcona district. Here you will find a small, but appealing selection of lodging, including an array of luxury hotels and also the inexpensive Old Strathcona Hostel, which is a favored alternative for budget travelers visiting Edmonton. Many hotels are concentrated around the nearby University of Alberta, which is situated on 114 Street at 89 Avenue. During the summer months, the university's Lister Hall opens more than 1,000 dormitory rooms to the public, providing some of the city's most affordable budget accommodation.
Hotels in southern Edmonton are mainly located along the Calgary Trail, which comprises northbound and southbound streets. Here you will find some large hotels with conference capabilities, together with economy motels, which provide exceptional value for money. Further accommodation options in Edmonton include a small selection of friendly family run bed and breakfasts, which are dotted around the city, with some of the most popular standing in the Highlands and also around the Old Glenora district.
The Edmonton International Airport (YEG) stands around 18 miles / 29 km from the city (off the Calgary Highway 2), near to Beaumont, Devon and Leduc, and offers many cheap airport hotels and motels. Accommodation close to the airport is often particularly appealing to business travelers visiting the city, with the Best Western Denham on 50th Avenue being especially close.