|Accommodation Type |||Hotel|
|Payment |||Diner's Club En Route, Discover, Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Cash|
Profile Last Updated: May 10, 2007
Since 1915, this hotel has been a foundation of the downtown side of Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River Valley. Its elegant rooms and decadent appearance make it an obvious choice for many political leaders and entertainers. The 199 guest rooms offer high speed internet, two terry cloth bathrobes, a newspaper a day, a television and more. The Harvest Room features award-winning meals and a vast wine selection. It is recommended that you book ahead if you plan on dining in.
And the rest is history…
The hotel has been erect for over a century, but it has not always been in such a glorious state as it currently is. When it was first built, it cost over $2 million. That translates to over $35 million in today’s currency. It was built in a Chateau style, similar to 16th Century castles made in France. They proved, officially, that it was fit for royalty when King George VI and the Queen Mother stayed there in 1939. During World War II, it housed many American soldiers who were stationed here. However, in 1953, a rather unattractive addition was made in a different architectural style. The hotel closed its doors in 1983 and was ready to be demolished in 1986. Luckily, the City of Edmonton dubbed it a Municipal Heritage Resource—the first in Edmonton, at that. The addition was the only thing demolished. Since, it has gone through a major renovation. It re-opened in 1991, elegant and majestic—a part of Edmonton history.