Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Edmonton, Alberta

The hotel

Originally opened in 1915, this hotel was closed for complete restoration in the 1980’s. Today, it’s the only four Diamond-rated luxury hotel in Edmonton, offering the highest standard of accommodation and a wealth of world-class amenities. Following in the footsteps of kings and queens, guests will enjoy its regal atmosphere with grand architecture at every turn and picturesque gardens complete with fountains. The health club boasts an indoor heated swimming pool, children’s wading pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam room. Spa services are also available ranging from reflexology to Reiki. For fine dining, the Harvest Room enjoys a reputation for excellent cuisine and warm hospitality. Overlooking the river valley, the menu takes advantage of all the bounty which Alberta is famous for and is complemented by a superb wine list. Afterwards, retire to the Confederation Lounge for a coffee or cocktail. The Empire Ballroom is the setting for Sunday Brunch, an event not to be missed, with countless items to choose from in the loveliest of settings. Royal Tea and Tour, available Sat-Sun, is also a treat, with a tour of the ‘castle’ after you’ve feasted!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot tub
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Overlooking the North Saskatchewan River, 2 blocks from Rice Howard Way, a block-long pedestrian strip of pubs and cafes. Transfer time from Calgary Airport: 2 hours 50 minutes.

Hotel information

198 rooms on 8 floors in 1 building. All with air-conditioning, city view, satellite TV, CD player, telephone, high-speed Internet access*, tea/coffee-making facilities, bathrobes, hairdryer, iron and board. Fairmont Rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

The Harvest Room Restaurant (Canadian regional cuisine). Confederation Lounge. Royal Tea and Tour on Sat-Sun. Sunday Brunch at the Empire Ballroom (reservations recommended). The Fitness Centre with heated indoor swimming pool, children’s wading pool, spa tub, steam room and sauna. Spa services*. Gift shops. 24-hour room service*. Babysitting* (reservations required). Concierge. Laundry/dry cleaning service*. Overnight parking CA$32 per day (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Fairmont Hotel MacDonald

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Mar 28, 2020 395edwardw Kelowna, Canada

Emergency trip to Edmonton during COVID Lounges and restaurant closed Still treated like family and pampered Room service on time and food proper temperature and tasty Kitchen even accommodated requests!
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Mar 10, 2020 lauriesX5415PI

I have travelled many places around the world, but none compare to our very own pride and joy in Edmonton Alberta! The customer service is amazing, the atmosphere is amazing! The food is the amazing! Do yourself a favour and book this hotel for the ultimate experience in hospitality! Have a cocktail at the lounge, and supper at the Harvest room… Read more
I have travelled many places around the world, but none compare to our very own pride and joy in Edmonton Alberta! The customer service is amazing, the atmosphere is amazing! The food is the amazing! Do yourself a favour and book this hotel for the ultimate experience in hospitality! Have a cocktail at the lounge, and supper at the Harvest room - world class chefs and waiters ... thank you Dew:) you will not be disappointed💕 our proud heritage and representation of Edmonton will not disappoint the world traveller. Thank you Kayla and Kayla's manager :) for being super accommodating! Honestly a most wonderful experience. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excitement turned into disappointment

Mar 8, 2020 Elsie A

Was excited to spend two nights at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, however, room was in need of maintenance & cleaning. Walls needed paint, there were chips in the baseboard, and cobwebs on curtains, ceiling & standing light fixture. Left note for the cleaning staff, however, cobwebs were not removed. Definitely a disappointment. Pool area also in need… Read more
Was excited to spend two nights at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, however, room was in need of maintenance & cleaning. Walls needed paint, there were chips in the baseboard, and cobwebs on curtains, ceiling & standing light fixture. Left note for the cleaning staff, however, cobwebs were not removed. Definitely a disappointment. Pool area also in need of up-keep. Wet towels everywhere… facecloths on floor of steam room. On the upside, the gym area was great and lots of machines to accommodate. Read less
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Mar 7, 2020 25sonnyg

Excellent hotel. Good service. Good food. Spacious and well designed rooms. An excellent environment for business meetings and inviting business guests over. We were given a room upgrade at a nominal fee. The lounge is ideal for getting work done. The restaurant provides a good choice of cuisine.
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Mar 4, 2020 tamtamnichol

Always a wonderful experience at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald’s Harvest Room! Atmosphere is relaxed and elegant, food was absolutely delicious and our server Dew Johnny went above and beyond to ensure everything was perfect! Thanks for a great evening.