Stayed at the Varscona Hotel on Whyte for one night while out in business on Edmonton. Solo traveler, mid 20's.
Location: Located on 106th street right off of Whyte Avenue, this hotel is not located in downtown Edmonton. It is closer to the University of Alberta, then it is downtown. If you want convenience to downtown, there are many other hotels located in that region, but if you need to be in the Whyte avenue area, then this hotel is a perfect location. Having said that, any place in Edmonton is accessible via taxi or bus. You can take one bus to the West Edmonton Mall which takes about 25-30min.
Initial Impression: This is a nice, quiet hotel with a standard looking lobby. Second cup, a sunglasses place and a bar and grill are located within the building.The hotel itself is smaller.
Front Desk: Excellent mannerisms and enthusiasm from the front desk staff. Looked like they enjoyed their job and proud to welcome guests to the hotel. Came at 1 oclock and they were able to check me in anyways, 2 hours before check in time.
Room: The room itself was very clean and pretty standard 3 star fare for North American establishments. TV, radio, snacks and refreshments, desk, free wi-fi internet, bathrobes were all part of the room offerings. The bathroom was very clean and although showing signs of age, was functional. The one negative thing I will say about the room is that the heating unit in my room was quite loud and woke me up a couple of times at night, to the point, I had to get up and turn off the heat. Made for an uncomfortable awakening as I was freezing!
Amenities: Hotel itself had room service which I did not utilize. The business center on the main floor was well equipped with new computers and quick internet connections. Free printing and faxing. Also offered are free breakfast and free wine tasting that I did not get a chance to utilize.
Overall Impression: Overall, I believe this is a good value hotel for the business traveler. It is located on Whyte Avenue, about a 15 min walk to the University of Alberta. The rooms are very clean, and business center has everything you need to prepare for that meeting. Staff are excellent and friendly. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We believe all travelers deserve exceptional value, service and comfort and quality should come standard with every room. We offer guests a complimentary and extensive breakfast buffet each morning in our Hospitality Suite. Guests can choose from an array of both hot and cold breakfast items, prepared by our in-house chef. Piping hot oatmeal, home cooked egg dish and accompanying meat for those who appreciate a hearty breakfast to start their day. On the lighter side we offer a cold selection of cereals, yogurt, fruit, pastries and juices. Touch of a button barista worthy cappuccinos, espressos and lattes along with a variety of specialty teas are available all day. To end the day, complimentary wine tasting and assortment of appetizers are offered between 17:30 and 18:30. Also complimentary to our guests is parking, Wi-Fi and bicycle rentals. Varscona provides a warm and comfortable hospitality experience to travelers looking for a home away from home in a unique neighbourhood near the University of Alberta. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Varscona Hotel Edmonton