Lodging In & Around Edmonton
Edmonton itself boasts more than 10,000 hotel rooms for visitors of all types. Most of Edmonton's top hotels are situated in the downtown core and cater to a healthy mix of art enthusiasts, politicians and business travellers. Three hostels in the city centre offer budget accommodation to backpackers and festival-goers, while visitors preferring something more personal can stay at several distinctive guesthouses and bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) close to downtown.
West of the city centre, chain hotels and budget motels accommodate the huge number of shoppers that come to Edmonton’s world-famous and sprawling West Edmonton Mall, while south of downtown, chain-brand hotels are concentrated along Gateway Boulevard (an extension of Highway 2 from Calgary).
SOUTH OF THE CITY: LEDUC & DEVON
Farther south along Highway 2, the towns of Leduc and Nisku are situated near Edmonton International Airport. Both communities also have large oil and gas economies, meaning accommodation here comes largely in the form of nationally recognised hotels and conference centres, offering airport shuttles, business services and lists of amenities.
Devon, situated 26 km (16 mi) southwest of the city, enjoys its position along the scenic North Saskatchewan River and leaves the chain names behind. Taking advantage of urban comforts with country charm, visitors can choose from a handful of cosy B&Bs, or swap modern amenities for picturesque campsites along the river. Fully serviced RV camping is also available at the area’s Canadian Petroleum Discovery Centre, an interpretive visitors’ centre that celebrates one of the province’s most historical oil patches.
NORTH OF THE CITY: FORT SASKATCHEWAN, ST. ALBERT & SANDY BEACH
Considered part of the Greater Edmonton Area, the northeastern community of St. Albert has become a vibrant city in its own right. It boasts more than 50,000 residents and is a city full of recreational trails, visual art studios and historic sites, such as the Father Lacombe Chapel—the oldest building in Alberta. St. Albert is also known for its Farmers' Market, one of Western Canada's largest, and visitors wanting to take it all in can stay at a handful of mostly independent hotels and B&Bs.
Like Devon, Fort Saskatchewan is also situated along the North Saskatchewan River and has what is considered one of the country's largest expanses of urban parkland. Located less than half an hour from Edmonton, the town combines a country-style setting with corporate offices such as Dow Chemical, and visitors can choose from a variety of campgrounds, motel rooms, B&Bs and business suites.
Sandy Beach, northwest of Edmonton and St. Albert, is named for its location on the shores of Sandy Lake and is a summer destination with mostly vacation rental properties and campsites.
WEST OF EDMONTON: SEBA BEACH, STONY PLAIN & SPRUCE GROVE
Another summer lake destination is Seba Beach, located west of Edmonton along Highway 16 to Jasper. The village sits on the shores of Wabamun Lake and is a popular spot for fishing and water sports. Visitors won't find swanky hotels here but can spend a night or two in rustic cabins and campgrounds.
Closer to Edmonton, the town of Stony Plain is largely a rural community catering to families and city commuters but nevertheless offers a mixed bag of chain and independent hotels and motels, as well as some friendly and welcoming B&B guest rooms.
Just 15 minutes west of Edmonton, Spruce Grove is one of Western Canada's fastest growing communities yet it maintains its peaceful town setting close to the hubbub of the city. In addition to a couple of local hotels, visitors can stay at B&Bs in picturesque country settings, or even at campgrounds just minutes away from downtown Edmonton, making the community an ideal base for families. Avid golfers also might want to book a room here as the Links at Spruce Grove is considered one of Alberta's premier courses.
EAST OF THE CITY: SHERWOOD PARK & STRATHCONA COUNTY
Sherwood Park is a bustling residential suburb just a few kilometres southeast of downtown Edmonton. As the home of Festival Place Theatre, the community regularly hosts concerts and performances, and the Heritage Park Trail System provides more than 100 km (62 mi) of recreational trails in and around the area. Accommodation can be found in a variety of guest rooms, most of which are offered by national hotel chains and local B&Bs.
East of Sherwood Park, Strathcona County is home to several lakes and rural villages where visitors will find small-town motels, as well as numerous rustic lakeside resorts and campgrounds.
For out-of-province visitors exploring Alberta's Heartland, Edmonton is the gateway to Jasper and the Canadian Rockies. Situated 365 km (226 mi) west of Edmonton along Highway 16, visitors will find luxury mountain resorts, rustic cabins and everything in between.
And for those making business trips between Calgary and Edmonton, the city of Red Deer falls at the midway point along Highway 2 and as such is a convenient and popular stopover. Everything from business suites to conference facilities can be found for executives while families can opt for an adventure on a western guest ranch, pitch a tent at a year-round campground or grab a quick night's rest at one of several national motels.