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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Hotel MacDonald Knows How to Do It Right

Sep 17, 2019 Paul T Pasadena

I’m a big fan of Fairmont’s Gold Floor experience. It is almost like a hotel within a hotel, extremely civilized, with a breakfast, an evening dessert, and snacks, sodas and an honor bar the rest of the time. This lounge is smaller than some of the other Fairmont Gold Floors, but the staff is amazing and makes up for it. Keenan made sure I had… Read more
I’m a big fan of Fairmont’s Gold Floor experience. It is almost like a hotel within a hotel, extremely civilized, with a breakfast, an evening dessert, and snacks, sodas and an honor bar the rest of the time. This lounge is smaller than some of the other Fairmont Gold Floors, but the staff is amazing and makes up for it. Keenan made sure I had everything I needed, and even gave me a tour of a couple of interesting places in the hotel. Mallory made sure I had a cold half-bottle of Champagne in my room upon arrival, because I had mentioned that I just retired. The room was beautiful with a wide downtown view. Housekeeping was excellent. The grounds are spectacular, with terrific views of the river, and the landscaping made me want to just hang out in the gardens. The gym and spa were good. I had an exceptional Swedish Massage. The rest of the hotel was worth exploring. A decent restaurant next to a gently-worn bar and lounge were good finds. Although, there are plans to redo the lounge, and they are shockingly horrible; guaranteed to strip the architectural character and ambience from the room. I hope they rethink this. Overall, the Hotel MacDonald is a well-oiled machine, centrally located, and beautiful to behold. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Above and Beyond

Sep 16, 2019 1981CW

Hotel Macdonald made a last night together before a long break for my husband and I very special. Not only did they upgrade our room, when we walked into the beautiful room there was a plate of choclate strawberrys. When we arrived back from dinner that evening we were surprised to see a bottle champainge on ice, compliments of the hotel with a… Read more
Hotel Macdonald made a last night together before a long break for my husband and I very special. Not only did they upgrade our room, when we walked into the beautiful room there was a plate of choclate strawberrys. When we arrived back from dinner that evening we were surprised to see a bottle champainge on ice, compliments of the hotel with a lovely little note telling us to enjoy our date night. Thank you to the staff at Hotel Macdonald, it made our night :) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful property, perfect service

Sep 14, 2019 Jillandliam

My husband and I stayed at the Hotel MacDonald for 3 nights while I attended a conference at the Shaw conference centre, just a short walk down the Avenue. We received a complimentary upgrade to the Gold floor which only added to the already impressive Fairmont devotion to providing their guests with top notch service. We really enjoyed… Read more
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel MacDonald for 3 nights while I attended a conference at the Shaw conference centre, just a short walk down the Avenue. We received a complimentary upgrade to the Gold floor which only added to the already impressive Fairmont devotion to providing their guests with top notch service. We really enjoyed appetizers and relaxing in the private lounge with a glass of wine after a long day at the conference. Our room was spacious and very clean. Neither of us sleep well in hotels, but not the case here. The beds are so comfortable, just like being at home. No shortage of fluffy towels and Le Labo toiletries. Views of Edmonton's river valley we're beautiful too. Due to long days we only ate breakfast at the hotel, which was delicious and plentiful. However, being originally from Edmonton, we've eaten at the Harvest room many times and recommend it whole heartedly. The staff here really understand service excellence! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic service in a charming hotel.

Sep 9, 2019 JY_Globetrotter Calgary, Canada

I stayed here over the Labor Day long weekend for a wedding brunch which was on Sunday of the Empire ballroom. We checked in on Saturday night and front staff were courteous and efficient. Door staff parked our vehicle and took care of all our luggage which was a big help as we were travelling with a young infant. The crib we requested was… Read more
I stayed here over the Labor Day long weekend for a wedding brunch which was on Sunday of the Empire ballroom. We checked in on Saturday night and front staff were courteous and efficient. Door staff parked our vehicle and took care of all our luggage which was a big help as we were travelling with a young infant. The crib we requested was already rolled into the room but as you can see in the photo attached to this review, the mattress was quite low to the ground. The crib was not adjustable for our 3 month old baby. In retrospect, I should ask for another couple of mattresses to stack on top of the one provided as my arms were not long enough to put baby in. The room is decorated in a more traditional style in line with the hotel's historic air. There are some signs of wear and tear but the room was comfortable and very clean. Shower had awesome water pressure, Keurig coffee and tea bags were good and the tv was equipped to cast streaming programs from my cellphone which was nice as it allowed me to catch up on my shows without staring for hours on my phone. During this stay we also made use of the gym which was spacious and had good equipment. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing stay!!

Sep 8, 2019 Tera M

We spent the night to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and it was amazing! The hospitality was above and beyond any hotel we have ever stayed in. They truly care! Amazing people. The ambience is second to none.