Edmonton city skyline

Why here?
Alberta's guest-room count is on the rise, with hotel inventory increasing across the region. Look for Edmonton (pictured) and Calgary, the two largest cities in the Canadian province, to open several properties over the next few years, ranging from luxury to business-focused.

 The 446-room Jasper Park Lodge is undergoing a $16 million multiyear renovation that will upgrade guest rooms and more by May 2016. The 700-acre property is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.

 The 100-room Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer opened in February with two meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 70 people, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center and an indoor heated pool.

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel has updated its menus for meetings, with a fresh focus on regional Rocky Mountain cuisine, such as applewood smoked salmon on Rocky Mountain bagels.

The Park Distillery in Banff opened in May, sporting red camp lanterns, rich woods and vintage national park memorabilia among it's campy décor scheme. Several private and semiprivate areas are available for groups, and a restaurant buyout can accommodate up to 250 people. Attendees can tour the on-site distillery, which uses glacier-sourced water and Alberta grains.


Local Update
• The Hyatt place Edmonton/Downtown will open by year's end, with 255 guest rooms and more than 11,000 square feet of function space. The hotel will provide easy access to the city's core attractions and business district, including the CN Tower and the Shaw Conference Center. Among amenities: a fitness center, an indoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

 A new luxury property will grace the skyline of Edmonton in 2018, waving the Delta Hotels and Resorts flag. The 362-room hotel (yet to be named) will feature 200 luxury condominiums, a fitness center, a rooftop pool and 24,000 square feet of function space, including a 9,500-square-foot ballroom.

 The 255-room Westin Edmonton Gateway is expected to open in 2017 with a Westin Club Lounge, a full-service restaurant and more than 10,000 square feet of function space.

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 440-room Grant MacEwan University Residences, 428-room Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre, 416-room Westin Edmonton, 313-room Sutton Place Hotel, 307-room Chateau Lacombe Hotel, 299-room Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, 249-room Edmonton Marriott River Cree Resort, 238-room DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton, 237-room Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre, 236-room Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton, 235-room Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, 213-room Renaissance Edmonton Airport, 199-room The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald and many more.

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Convention Center: Edmonton Expo Centre; exhibit space, 522,000 square feet; meeting rooms, 10; (780) 471-7377

Airport Transit: Edmonton International Airport, about 20 miles from the downtown district. Transfer cost to downtown by taxi is a US$42 flat rate.

Taxes: Destination marketing fee, 3%; tourism levy, 4%; goods and services tax, 5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12%

Group Venue: The MKT Fresh Food & Beer Market, a former train terminal, is now an upscale restaurant offering an authentic Edmonton experience with locally sourced ingredients and some 120 types of beer. A private dining room can host up to 14 guests, while the eatery's upper level can be reserved for up to 200. Menu items range from fries topped with housemade hot sauce, blue cheese, ranch and green onions, to mac n' cheese with an applewood cheddar sauce and bread-crumb topping (bacon, jalapeno peppers and bratwurst optional). Fish n' chips, burgers and a variety of fried chicken dishes round out the menu. (780) 439-2337

Contact: Explore Edmonton, (303) 892-1112

Flying High
The Banff Gondola is undergoing a $26 million upgrade of its upper terminal building. The project will create an expanded rooftop viewing deck, new conference space that will host up to 150 people, new food and beverage options, and a 40-seat cinema. The work should be completed by next August.


The Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel wrapped up a multimillion-dollar renovation in July that saw all 388 guest rooms gutted and remodeled. Rooms now feature innovative spaces for work and relaxation, multiple plug-in points and upgraded Wi-Fi. In addition, the property introduced a new whiskey bar, an updated fitness center, a reconfigured lobby and an expansion of function space to more than 11,000 square feet.

Calgary Airport currently is undergoing a US$2.1 billion expansion, scheduled to be completed by the end of next year. A 20-minute drive from downtown, the complex is adding a new International Terminal, which will double the airport's size, adding 22 new gates and a 300-room hotel.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide will debut its new Westin Calgary Airport in 2017. The five-story, 250-room property will include a Westin Club Lounge, approximately 30,000 square feet of function space, a restaurant and a lounge.