Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Edmonton, Alberta

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 1376 reviews

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

Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 1376 reviews

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Feb 21, 2019 Mountainman78 Calgary, Canada

Great place to stay staff is friendly and willing to look after all your needs. Love staying on the gold floor the private lounge and snack bar makes it worth the extra. Great access to downtown Edmonton Rogers place is only a few blocks away
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Feb 20, 2019 Ron M

A full service hotel with a well trained helpful staff in a beautiful setting on the edge of the river valley in downtown Edmonton. Close walking distance to a number of excellent restaurants and other facilities. Excellent service throughout and very good bar lounge and restaurant although a bit on the pricey side. I have stayed here a dozen… Read more
A full service hotel with a well trained helpful staff in a beautiful setting on the edge of the river valley in downtown Edmonton. Close walking distance to a number of excellent restaurants and other facilities. Excellent service throughout and very good bar lounge and restaurant although a bit on the pricey side. I have stayed here a dozen times over the years and have never been disappointed> Read less
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Feb 19, 2019 Getaway55507080397 Calgary, Canada

The staff are very professional and friendly and I appreciate being greeted by name on arrival as I always feel welcome and valued as a returning guest at Hotel MacDonald. I appreciate the consistently high level of service, particularly from the servers in Confederation Lounge.
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Feb 18, 2019 archiscot Toronto, Canada

I had an excellent stay at the Hotel Macdonald on a work trip to Edmonton last week in the depths of February. The room was absolutely fantastic (702) – great bed, great linens, beautiful lighting and I loved that it was tucked up under the sloping roof with dormers looking down into the river valley. This was part of the Gold Floor and between… Read more
I had an excellent stay at the Hotel Macdonald on a work trip to Edmonton last week in the depths of February. The room was absolutely fantastic (702) – great bed, great linens, beautiful lighting and I loved that it was tucked up under the sloping roof with dormers looking down into the river valley. This was part of the Gold Floor and between meetings I found myself finding reasons to come back to the hotel to hang out in the lounge by the fireplace - excellent warm staff, great snacks and a very comfortable homey vibe to the space. And the hotel has a dog! Love that "Smudge" works the lobby. The hotel also has a rare “real” gym downstairs. I am on short haul unglamorous business trips far too often and usually crave being back home, but in this case I was actually sad to leave the hotel. This is a great interesting historic hotel and the gold floor is a beautiful place to stay. Read less
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Feb 18, 2019 james s Calgary, Canada

Awesome as always! The staff, surroundings, and service just rock! Thank you. No matter which level of service you choose, you will not be disappointed. And, if you do not want to eat in, there are numerous excellent restaurants and bars all within a few blocks.