October 2014 Edmonton
For once I was fortunate enough not to have an early morning flight to start my recent journey to Dublin so seized the opportunity of an early afternoon departure to visit the new Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel as I was curious to see the hotel I’d literally been tracking for years.
It was back in 2010 that word came out that work was to start on an airport hotel that would be connected to the main terminal building at Edmonton International and the planned Courtyard Hotel would be open in 2012. Two years later however the news was plans changed and that the facility was a better fit for the more upscale Marriott brand Renaissance Hotel and a completion date was months in the future. Well, that date and many others that followed were pushed back until mid-2014 when a definite drop-dead completion date was given and after a soft opening in June the hotel had it’s grand opening on 12th September, 2014 and the delays serve as a reminder that good things come to those who wait.
The entrance to the terminal is at the north end of the building and a changing neon light scheme brings some colour to a monochromatic public space. A short stroll down a purple pedway brings you to past a Starbucks and the Halo restaurant and lounge into the lobby with it’s striking modern swirling blue couches watched over by mannequins dressed in frilly fashions.
In contrast to the cold and dark prairie Winter days the Renaissance rooms and public areas are warm and bright, especially the comfy retreat just off the main lobby known as the Library. One alcove wall is dressed with black leather belts but it’s not until you are up close that your eye notices that unexpected design detail.
The other public areas including the indoor pool, gym, and meeting rooms like the lobby all feature a modern motif that help give the Renaissance a unique identity
The kitchen yields a few surprises including the home-grown herbs the staff nurture to bring a little greenery to your plate. Nearby is a chefs table room where eager guests can dine feet from where their cuisine is prepared.
It is almost a slight to say the Renaissance Edmonton Airport is a good “airport” hotel as it is so much more than that and is an excellent hotel regardless of its location. If find yourself with an unbearably early morning flight staying the night at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel before your departure is the perfect way to eliminate the unpredictable Winter weather worries and start your holiday early.