Mini Staycation at the Fairmont Macdonald in Edmonton

Feb 14, 2018


Craig, the hopeless romantic, started off the month of love right by surprising me with a ‘staycation’ two weekends ago at Edmonton’s historical gem, the Fairmont Macdonald. And boy, did he earn bonus points! The hotel is full of old-world charm, and has the best view of the River Valley in the city by far. If you’re visiting Edmonton, Canada’s coolest new city, THIS is the place you want to stay at. It’s perfectly located just off Jasper Avenue, nearby to some pretty trendy foodie spots and a stone’s throw away from the recently completed 100 St Funicular.

Read: Your Valentines Guide to Edmonton 2018

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

The Rooms:

We were lucky enough to get a room overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley, boasting some of the best sunset views over Edmonton — as you can see yourself! Here are all the room options you can choose from. Ours was spacious, well-lit and cosy for our snowy staycation located on the 6th floor. Of course, we got into our hotel robes after our dinner date at Woodwork and watched a movie in the comfortable king bed.

Read: Our Dinner Date Night at Woodwork

Drinks & Dinning:

After check-in, we decided to warm up with some winter cocktails at the bar in the Confederation Lounge. To keep extra warm, grab a spot on the cosy couch by the roaring fireplace. In terms of food, I am usually not a fan of eating at a hotel and so we usually try avoid it all costs. We haven’t heard anything bad about their dinning options, but with so many great restaurants nearby, we decided to go on a date night just down the road at Woodwork & then opted for brunch at one our favourites, Cafe Linnea — find it listed in our Brunch guide! One dining option I am excited to try soon though is the hotel’s afternoon tea in the Harvest Room — which is surprisingly baby-friendly, as mentioned by Edmomton.

Read: Our Edmonton Brunch Guide


Little did I know how much history was hidden beyond the walls of the hotel. It opened in 1915, but then closed its doors in 1983, due to it’s poor condition. The building luckily avoided the fate of a wrecking ball when the City of Edmonton designated it as a Municipal Heritage Resource in 1985. The new-and-improved hotel made its debut in 1991 with upgraded and modern conveniences, new specialty suites for Fairmont Gold members (including the Queen Elizabeth II suite), and renovated guest-rooms.


The Hotel features a 24-hour business centre, a well-equipped (and rather large) fitness centre (weights and cardio), a squash court, as well as an indoor swimming pool. And last but not least, you can relax with a massage in their spa — which you can now book online!

Watch out for some additional charges: Wifi and parking.

The Verdict:

The staff are extremely welcoming and helpful. Check-in and out is super efficient. And the rooms are spacious with the best views in the city. We would gladly return for yet another staycation, because, why not!

Have you stayed at the Fairmont Macdonald? Tell us about it below! 

~ Leigh

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