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... if you spend your entire trip worrying about it, you will not have a good time, period.
Food storage and preparation… I guess this could go along with the above. We were shocked the first time we saw eggs, not in a cooling unit, but on the shelf of a supermarket, to be honest this still weirds me out. But, there have been a lot of things that have opened my eyes in the way food and produce can be stored.
Snickers… This is one thing you will find all over ...
... with reducing the number of sets of clothes I have to take. I am going to try to go for 3 weeks on the following:
Underwear: 2 pairs Icebreaker, 1 pair MEC merino
Socks: 2 pairs light merino wool, 3 pairs smartwool hiking socks
Shoes: 1 pair light hikers, 1 pair running shoes, 1 pair sandal shoes(canvas covered)
Pants: 1 Pair fast dry MEC pants, 1 Pair fast dry convertible ...
... was very bad considering it was a holiday weekend, but we got a chance to see what Edmonton looked like and we went across the up and under bridge or High Low the trains used to go over the top and the cars underneath and now it is just cars.
After a tour we went back to the Hotel and decided to do some washing etc and then go for dinner at the home-fire Restaurant, I had the Elk lasagne and Nancy had the ravioli and then we shared a pumpkin pie and a drink then back ...
... amp; Brenda Balmer, & Lorna Rumsby, and up through Whistler/Pemberton area & a short visit with cousin PIerre Eady & family.
Finally we toured the Canadian Rockies from Lake Louise and Banff through the Icefields Parkway to Jasper, then on to Edmonton & back to Calgary to see them off on September 25th.
The weather during our trek was fabulous. In the 20's each day ...
... In my dreamworld.
Trevor's soundtrack : Kele Okereke and The Chemical Brothers, Me: MIA, Justice and Beyonce.
Unlike the Europeans, snowboarders don't act like they're so hip it hurts in Canada - there are too many. And they are more safety conscious too, everyone wore helmets, I didn’t see a single comedy jokers hat here. And only a handful of boys who wore those ridiculously baggy board pants where the ****** of the pants grazes ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Edmonton
Very impressive view of the hotel from the opposite side of the river
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Edmonton
While the Hotel Macdonald still has a lot of old world style hotel elegance, it includes one of the worst rooms I've ever stayed in for its noise. The room was quite small and the bed was located fairly close to the door. There seemed to be an excessively large gap between the bottom of the door and the floor which allowed in all the noise from the hallway including the noise of the nearby elevator. A drunken group in the hallway was so loud, I woke up thinking they were trying to get into my room. Unfortunately, I could not be bothered to do anything about the room or the noisy revellers since my sleep had already been disturbed.
My wife and I are currently both Fairmont President's Club Platinum members, so when it comes to Fairmont hotels our expectations are quite high.
I stay at this hotel about 4 times per year. The service in this hotel is second to none. The decor is fabulous, beds are like a cloud, dining is amazing... truly a five star hotel. I had an issue only once, and it was quickly remidied to my satisfaction, with more than adequite compensation for my inconvenience. My number one choice in Edmonton.
We booked our wedding night stay approx. 6 months in advance, paid cash, and received a confirmation #. When we arrived on our wedding night, we had to wait approximately 20 mins outside for a valet, and were treated like nothing special, even though we arrived as bride and groom in our attire. We went up to our room (finally), and realized this was not the river view suite we had reserved and paid for - this was a tiny room overlooking Jasper Avenue. No robes as promised, no strawberries, etc. We called down to the front desk to sort this out, only to be told that they were too busy at the moment and could they call us back. We sat there in my dress and his tux on our wedding night waiting. They eventually called us back only to be told that nothing could be done that night, but if we wished we could come down to the lobby in the morning and speak to the day manager. We were very upset abd by this time it was almost 2:00am. We went down in the morning to discuss this, and they claimed there had never been a reservation. We provided them with the confirmation number, and, to their credit, invited us back as guests in a luxury suite for a Sunday night on the top floor. So, they really put a dimmer on our wedding night which is a hard memory to replace, but sort of made up for it the next night. Hit and miss I guess!
Was totally impressed with the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald during a recent business trip. Was greeted by name at the front door (the doorman must have read my luggage tags - I was impressed!) Staff went above and beyond at every opportunity. Very friendlly and professional. The hotel itself is amazing - like staying in a castle - beautiful decor - very tastefully decorated and spotless. Fairmont has the best high-speed internet service I have ever used at a hotel - and it's free if you are an elite member of their frequent guest program (only 5 stays required to earn elite status) or 9.95 CAD per day. One of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept on - Simmons pillowtop mattress with comfy down pillows & duvet. Room service was incredibly fast.. and delicious. Way to go Fairmont! I'll be back!
Fastest Room Service Ever
We have stayed at the Hotel Macdonald twice and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I am sorry about all of the complaints from the newlyweds, but when they host several weddings a day (there were SIX last Saturday during our stay), it must be hard to keep up with all of them. Like all of the Canadian Fairmont Hotels, The Hotel Macdonald's staff has always been very accommodating and friendly, and the room service was the fastest of any hotel I have ever stayed in: 4 minutes for morning coffee and juice! The location is superb and the river views lovely. This time I was delighted to arrive to homemade cookies in our room. I really do not know what all of the complaints are about, but I would recommend this hotel to anyone any day.
Beautiful hotel. Lame city.
Beautiful hotel. Next to the river. Rooms are nice with a view of the river, but furnitures were exceptional. Nice restaurants are bars and a terrace overlooking the river. Service did not make an impression. The city is lame though. We stayed there for 3 nights for a conference in Aug 02. Prices was about $170/night. Perhaps cheaper than average because of the conference special. I will stay here again if I ever visit Edmonton again.
Might as well stayed at a cheapy
Stayed here for my wedding night, was wearing my bridal gown when I checked in with my husband who was in a tux. Staff didn't bother to acknowledge that HELLO, we are newlyweds, that we just got married, that we forked over $300 for a small room with nothing extra special.
Below average service.
The first time I stayed at "the Mac," in October 1998, I had a terrible experience. The woman who checked us in was incredibly rude to us on all counts, automatically assuming that my friends and I were going to be trouble because we were in our early twenties, threatening to send security up at any provocation. Thankfully, we were busy shopping and visiting friends, so we didn't have to spend much time there. Well, the next visit made up for it. The front desk agent was fantastic and I was able to check into my room at 10am - quite a few hours before check in time. They weren't full so I was given an upgraded room overlooking the Saskatchewan River and the room attendants and servers were nothing less than fabulous. Fairmont tends to be a hit or miss and overpriced but this one's a gem.
Beautiful Room, Average Service
My new husband and I spent our honeymoon night at what I had heard was once of Edmonton's luxury hotels - and it was - the room was beautiful, the view over the river in March was a delight. BUT, I would not rank that one special night of our lives as a night to remember. Although we arrived in our finery, there was no acknowledgement of our special day and night - ok so we didnt book the honeymoon suite but we still paid over $300 for a suite - no breakfast, no bed turndown, no chocolates on the pillow AND when we attempted to depart in the morning the valet had flooded our car, so we spent a few hours wandering the city until we were able to restart it ourselves. Definitely an experience but one we would not repeat for the price we paid.