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Varscona Hotel on Whyte
Ranked #5 of 93 Hotels in Edmonton
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Calgary, Canada
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14 reviews
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“tired and in need of renovation”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

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 TV outdated....no flat screens.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.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

The Varscona Hotel was a great overnight stay while we were in Edmonton. The Hotel's decor has been updated and our room was clean and comfortable. Free parking was convenient, the comp. breakfast was average and the staff was helpful and courteous. The hotel is right in the middle of the action on Whyte Ave., and lots of great restaurants are in the neighborhood. Despite being on a busy street, we did not find it noisy. Would def. recommend a stay there.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

We have stayed many times at this hotel. It is so central to the restaurants and shopping and theatres of Whyte avenue. The helpful staff, pet policy, good beds, clean rooms, wine tasting in the evenings and decent buffet breakfast included in the morning make this an enjoyable stay for business or pleasure.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

I have stayed at the Varscona numerous times over the last 10 or 15 years and this last time was equally as good. We received a very warm welcome on check-in (always fresh apples for the taking on the front desk) and the complimentary valet service is always appreciated! Our King room was a little on the small side but really, how much room do you need in a hotel room. It was exceptionally clean which we don't seem to find at very many reasonably priced hotels these days!

We did take in the complimentary wine & cheese which was very nice & relaxing. The wines were tasty & there were plenty of options. Very nice selection of cheeses and crackers as well.

The complimentary continental breakfast is among the best I have had anywhere - hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, cold cereals, pastries, yogurt, fruit juices, coffees, teas - again, very nicely laid out & very clean.

The hospitality room that these events are held in on the 2nd Floor is very welcoming with some tables & chairs as well as a comfortable couch/chair seating area in front of the television.

Would be nice to have flat screen TVs in the rooms but not a deal breaker.

Excellent location if you are going to be touring around Whyte Avenue or going to the Jubilee Auditorium. We went to a show at the Jubilee and walked there, which is a good thing to do if it is nice out as we didn't have to fight the traffic! Really not far from anything if you have a vehicle at your disposal.

Found a great price on Expedia or get the Alberta Travel Card for discounts.

Room Tip: Views from any room I have stayed in are not spectacular so ask for a corner room so that you are aw...
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

I picked this hotel because of the location being close to the Jubilee where we were going to see a show. Should have stayed farther away in a place we would have enjoyed. when we finally found somewhere to park two blocks away and checked in we were told that they had valet parking or complimentary self parking. After asking the girl at the front desk with the facial piercings where we could park three times I finally just gave up trying to get an answer from her. At least there was someone else there who could help. When we git to the room it was clean but plain and if you didn't close the door hard it wouldn't stay closed. Having the second cup in the lobby helps but I would suggest staying somewhere else and driving or taking the lrt wherever you are going.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Varscona Hotel on Whyte
Address: 8208 106 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6R9, Canada
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Region: Canada > Alberta > Edmonton
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Edmonton
#7 Green Hotel in Edmonton
#9 Romantic Hotel in Edmonton
#15 Business Hotel in Edmonton
Price range (per night): $165 - $208
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Varscona Hotel on Whyte 3.5*
Number of rooms: 89
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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