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“Beautiful Hotel, a Bit Dated”

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Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Ranked #11 of 93 Hotels in Edmonton
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drgmobile
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“Beautiful Hotel, a Bit Dated”
Reviewed 31 January 2012

Stayed at the Hotel MacDonald on business. It is a beautiful old hotel in a great location in downtown The hotel is starting to show its age a bit though and could stand for a bit of an upgrade.

I arrived at the hotel very late at night. They had apparently given away all the rooms at the level I had booked for. I was put into a very large one bedroom suite on two floors at the very top of the hotel.

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Wetaskiwin, Canada
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

We stayed at the Hotel Macdonald because Edmonton doesn't have a whole lot to offer to begin with and it's supposed to be one of the only nice hotels in the city. We stayed in the Lois Hole suite.. which was kind of creepy because there's pictures of her all over the walls. The decor is dull, dated and dry. The bathroom is a little classier and brighter. The view of the river valley was really nice. The service was good and professional... Although the valet takes 20 minutes to get your car which is annoying after awhile. The blow dryer in the bathroom must be as old as the hotel.. if you get it too close to your head the air intake sucks your hair in and spins it up inside and then you have to cut a chunk of your hair out.. which is pathetic when you're staying at somewhere that's supposed to be so "high end". Sunday brunch in the ballroom was the best part of our stay. Highly recommended to anyone. The general vibe of the place is "dry and impersonal" but you expect it before you arrive.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

I've stayed in most of the downtown hotels in Edmonton, and the Mac (as it is affectionately known) is one of my favourites, although somewhat pricey for this market. It is well-located downtown in one of the historic Chateau-style buildings to be found across Canada. The interior decor is traditional, conservative, somewhat nostalgic, and could use a bit of an refresh. The somewhat over-priced oak-panelled restaurant has good views of the river valley. Recommended.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

My wife and I stayed here in Jan for a small staycation. We booked ahead and got 25% off our room so went with a Grand King with a view. It was a nice room with a large sitting area with a couch and a good view of the river valley. We had friends up for drinks and it was not crowded.

My wife had a hot stone massage which they mixed up a little. They just booked a regular massage instead of a hot stone so had to wait a bit for the stones to heat up. Not a big deal but it did affect our schedule a bit. We adjusted.

The steam room was out of service but the sauna and pools were still open so we used them. Very nice.

Self Park is right next door and is easily walkable with luggage. You can come and go as you need to which is nice.

We did not eat here but had a couple of drinks in the lounge. This is a Fairmont property so be prepared. I had 2 Caesars for $30 (incl tip). We took a look at the menu and it was "standard" Fairmont prices.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Victoria
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

My husband and I were visiting good friends in Edmonton over New Year's and after taking a long walk needed some replenishment so our friends suggested the Hotel Macdonald. We sat in the lounge, watching the fire in the beautiful old fireplace, and overlooking the river valley. I had a delicious salad with a very good glass of red wine. It was a perfect setting for our New Year's lunch, so much so that we went back the next day. If you visit Edmonton at any time of year I highly recommend it as a comfortable and pleasurable place to take a break.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Canada
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Mac on New Years Eve to celebrate our anniversary. We were sent an email ahead of time allowing us to check-in. This worked quite well as it only took a few moments to get us our room keys. We found all of the staff to be genuinely friendly and courteous. I appreciated having the door opened for me when getting out of and into the vehicle.
Even though it was New Years eve there was not a lot of noise in the hotel.
The room was OK. It was small but clean. The bed was not very comfortable, but we were only there for one night.
Overall it is a really nice hotel.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

Beautiful historic hotel in downtown Edmonton. Very nice foyer. Rooms are small but very well decorated. Air conditioner didn't work that well and the room was quite warm throughout the night. Very clean hotel.

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Property: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Address: 10065 100 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0N6, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Edmonton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Edmonton
#2 Green Hotel in Edmonton
#4 Romantic Hotel in Edmonton
#7 Business Hotel in Edmonton
#8 Family Hotel in Edmonton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fairmont Hotel Macdonald 4*
Number of rooms: 198
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Stately Downtown Hotel located 30 km from international airport. ... more   less 
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