Doing business in Canada’s ‘festival city’? Edmonton – which is home to festivals covering the gamut from storytelling and beer to street performers and folk music – has much to offer the business traveller, during business hours and down time.
Take a break in one of the many parks and walking trails, or at the Muttart Conservatory, a botanical garden within giant glass pyramids. Head to happening Whyte Avenue to wine and dine your clients. And when the working day is done, lay your head at one of these enticing hotels, perfectly suited for the business traveller.
Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has added its castle-like charm to Edmonton’s skyline since 1915. Right in the heart of the CBD, it has views over the Saskatchewan River Valley or the city from 198 rather special guestrooms, including 13 suites.
Impress your dinner companions in The Harvest Room (try the Alberta beef) or relax in the more casual Confederation Lounge. In fact, when you book your business stay in this SmartSTAY Edmonton hotel through your FCBT Travel Manager, you’ll get 10 per cent off food and beverage at these restaurants, plus complimentary Wi-Fi access and a complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability).
Have a massage after your workout in the fitness centre, or relax by the pool. The hotel also has convention facilities for up to 350 delegates, is a few blocks from the Shaw Conference Centre, and sits by Edmonton’s evolving ICE District, home of events and entertainment.
Metterra Hotel on Whyte
For a more modern look, the Metterra Hotel on Whyte has an eclectic design aesthetic – think natural wood furnishings and a collection of global artefacts and art. It’s close to the University of Alberta, downtown, and south Edmonton businesses and government agencies. It sits on Whyte Avenue, with its boutiques, cafes and pubs, and the cycling and walking paths of the Edmonton river valley are a few blocks away.
Accommodation is a mix of suites, studios and rooms (the Fire and Water Rooms have a jetted bath tub and a fireplace). There are complimentary breakfasts, wine-tasting, internet, and bicycles – yep, get around the city on two wheels. Plus, there is a 24-hour fitness centre and 24-hour business centre. For meetings, check out the Boardroom, Patio Room, Conversation Room and Hospitality Suite.
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Home2 Suites by Hilton West Edmonton
Close to the West Edmonton Mall and the West Edmonton industrial area, Home2 Suites by Hilton West Edmonton offers 127 bright and cheery studios or one-bedroom suites with kitchens. You can even customise your room with the ‘Working Wall’. Free hot breakfasts come with the territory, and there is a business centre, fitness centre and pool. Plus the hotel is close to the SilverBirch Conference Centre, which has seven meeting rooms for large and small events.
When you book this SmartSTAY property with your FCBT travel manager, you will receive complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, two bottles of water on check-in, and a 15 per cent discount at Stages Kitchen & Bar (next door at sister hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton), which serves a range of pizzas, pasta, burgers, sandwiches and salads.
Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel
Walk to an array of dining, entertainment and arts venues from the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, right in the heart of Edmonton. Newly renovated rooms are welcoming and comfortable, and you can relax in the day spa, fitness facility, steam room or saltwater pool. There’s a complimentary shuttle service downtown and you’re close to public transport, too.
Book this SmartSTAY property, and you’ll receive complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, a complimentary welcome treat at check-in, a complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability), and 15 per cent off food and non-alcoholic drinks at the hotel’s 105 Street Caffe or Malt’s Lounge (a great place to relax with business associates).
Staybridge Suites West Edmonton
A welcoming fire in the lobby of Staybridge Suites West Edmonton will help ward off the chill should you visit the city during winter, when temperatures can go as low as -10C. This new suburban hotel offers complimentary hot breakfasts, hosts evening receptions at The Social (Monday-Wednesday), and has free high-speed internet access.
There are laundry facilities on site, as well as a fitness centre with heated pool, business centre and two meeting rooms. The 126 guest suites across four floors feature kitchens, workspaces and TVs with in-room movies.
* Featured image: Home2 Suites by Hilton West Edmonton