I am traveling to Cuba at the end of November and am flying out of Cuba. Since my flight leaves at 8:30 AM and I live in Lloydminster, it is a better idea to stay the night before in Edmonton as opposed to leaving here at 3:30/4:00 AM.
Obviously, I've been to Edmonton many times, so I have an idea where to stay in the city. However, I've never flown out of EIA before. Thus, I have no idea what hotels are out by the airport.
What makes more sense staying out at the Airport or staying in one of the hotels on Gateway Boulevard/Calgary Trail and driving to the airport. Obviously, at that hour of the morning traffic probably isn't an issue.