I've stayed here frequently because of its location. Close to University Hospital as we as the Jubilee Auditorium. Situated in the heart of Old Strathcona which I prefer over downtown Edmonton.
Recently stayed again and thought it was time I submitted a revie aftern noticing how shabby the hotel is becoming. Same nasty duvet covers they've used for years. Time to switch to washable, bright white and fresh new ones. And ditch the nasty Velux blankets. Furniture is worn and dated. TV outdated....no flat screens. The place needs a new colour scheme and a fresh coat of paint. Cannot control air temp; room was too hot for comfortable sleep. It's this way every Spring. Remember to leave window open when you go out so room cools off a little.
Bed is comfortable, room is reasonably clean, though shower floor in the spa-themed room felt a bit slimey.
Connected parkade is very convenient.
Front desk and housekeeping staff friendly.
Have eaten in and ordered room service from Murrieta's: nice menu, food is always good.
I like having the Second Cup in the bldg, wish they stayed open later.
Bottom line if it wasn't in this location I wouldn't stay there. My preference is to stay at the newer, fresher, more stylish Metterra a few blocks away; I stay at the Varscona when I can't get a room there.
BTW, the Varscona has a hospital rate which can be substantially less than their posted rate, so if you're in Edmonton for medical appts, outpatient surgery, etc. ask about it.
- 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
- Varscona Hotel On Whyte Edmonton, Alberta