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Where to Stay in Edmonton – a neighborhood guide

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Offering outdoor thrills and sleek urban attractions, Edmonton makes for an invigorating break. Whether you’re sampling some gorgeous grub, hitting the lively 4th Street Promenade for a beer and a shopping spree, or polishing your ski skills along North Saskatchewan River Valley, you’ll want to find the right place to kick back and lay your head. Thankfully there are loads of great neighborhoods and hotels to choose from, regardless of your budget and vacationing style.
Hotels in Downtown

 

 

Downtown is home to large, modern, comfortable hotels that will meet the needs of many a tourist. A few of the high end options are more picturesque and certainly fit for royalty, being set within stately historic buildings and being decked out with antique decor. Fine Alberta game and fresh fish can be found in some of their restaurants too.

 

West Edmonton

 

 

West Edmonton is famously home to what could be thought of as the Holy Grail of shopping experiences. West Edmonton Mall was once the largest mall on Earth and continues to attract passionate spenders and fashionistas from the world over. Not just packed to the rafters with all the latest styles, there’s an extraordinary choice of unique attractions – from theme park rides to an epic ice rink – to keep the whole family entertained.

 

Hotels in West Edmonton

 

 

Hotels in this area of the city are ideal for anyone wanting to save a little cash for the stores. There's a range of inns and guesthouses boasting comfortable rooms, indoor pools, and a few spa facilities. Some more lavish accommodation, complete with tropical and fantasy themed guestrooms, is available close to the mall.

 

South Central

 

 

At the heart of South Central and Old Strathcona you’ll find Whyte Avenue, and once you're there you won’t want to leave. This hot destination boasts cool boutiques, quality pubs, and top-notch live entertainment. As well as its stirring views across the river to downtown, South Central is home to an energetic student population that injects a spritely kick of youthful excitement into the area.

 

Hotels in South Central

 

 

If you want to be able to stumble straight out into the hustle and bustle of Whyte Avenue, or perhaps you’re visiting friends or family at Alberta University, then a hotel in South Central is ideal. You can find anything from a quaint boutique kitted out with chic furniture to a tasteful establishment with regular wine tasting free for guests. Options attached to the university are typically budget friendly and will cover all your basic needs.

 

Gateway Boulevard

 

 

Gateway Boulevard is a major transportation link that affords quick and hassle-free access to many of the city’s highlights. Running past Empire Park neighborhood – complete with its popular Southgate shopping center – the road slides straight into the heart of Old Strathcona, where you can eat, drink, and be merry in a vibrant bohemian atmosphere. Alley Cat Brewery, Strathcona Streetcar Barn and Museum, and a few theaters are all perched along the boulevard.

 

Hotels on Gateway Boulevard

 

 

Peppered all along Gateway Boulevard is a choice of affordable motels and hotels interspersed with an appealing selection of stylish mid-range stopovers. You can expect premium perks such as free WiFi, enticing indoor pools, TV with cable channels, and fully stocked fitness centers, while some offer free breakfasts and plenty of space to kick back and relax by a warm fire.