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Edmonton’s set to get its first Renaissance Hotel this summer (the first in Alberta, as it turns out). The new 213-room hotel will open at the recently-expanded Edmonton International Airport. As the only hotel attached to the airport terminal, this is good news for those of you who find a bed more comfortable than your airport chair.
The hotel was originally scheduled to be a Courtyard by Marriot property before that was kyboshed and it was decided to make the property the more boutique-like upscale Renaissance. The owners felt that the new airport terminal was so modern that the Renaissance was a better fit with the airport re-do.
This is not so much a bar hop as a bar marathon that runs (get it?) the entire length of Canada. If you have the stamina, so do we.
Calgary, Alberta is Canada’s version of the wild west, where people wear cowboy boots without a hint of irony. However, this city that’s affectionately known as “cow town” has more than just beer bars scattered throughout the city.
Case in point: Raw Bar, located in the stylish Hotel Arts (formerly a Holiday Inn.) This is a moody, intimate bar with plenty of private areas for private moments. It’s warm, inviting, and has single-handedly brought a nouveau brand of cocktail culture to the city. The local clientele comes here for well-made cocktails crafted by expert mixologists, who take great pleasure in concocting fantastical creations for their appreciative fans. Hotel guests come because the bar is an appealing place to hang out – and then they discover the seasonal cocktail menu for themselves.
We finally had a chance to get a peek inside The Fairmont Palliser’s (in Calgary) complete redo of its Gold Floor rooms and lounge and it’s left us feeling all aglow.
This luxury brand, often found in historic buildings – The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, for instance – most often has decor reflective of these heritage properties: classically elegant. But the Palliser’s new Gold Floor look leans more towards contemporary sophistication – still elegant but with cool, soothing tones and soft cosy textures.
It’s a comfortable nod to the past with an inviting look to the future. There’s brand new furniture, new lighting – new everything really. And with Fairmont making its recent move to Le Labo toiletries, it’s a can’t miss combo for a hotel aficionado.
The Palliser’s Gold Floor Lounge has also been remodelled from top to bottom to complement the new rooms. For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of staying on a Fairmont Hotel’s Gold Floor, you’re missing out.