This past weekend we headed to Edmonton for a mini vacation. Part business (Cole had an errand to run) and part pleasure (it was my 26th birthday), we packed ourselves a weekend bag, plunked Sophie in the car, and headed down Highway 2.
Deciding to treat ourselves, we had booked a room at the Fairmont Macdonald and were eager to arrive.
The hotel was castle-like, perched on top of the river.
As you proceed through the giant spinning door, the elegantly decorated interior warmly greets you. Wood walls, soft carpeted floors, red velvet couches, and lounging chairs all inviting you to relax.
We handed the keys to the valet and checked in.
Given the quick decision to head out for the weekend, we didn’t want to go to the trouble of finding a sitter for Sophie. Prior to leaving, we checked with the hotel, and lucky enough they allowed for pets. The staff was extra accommodating, offering to send up dog bowls and a dog bed to our room. Talk about first-class service!
To make things better, we were advised our room had been upgraded to a Valley View. What a treat!
Up the elevator and down the airy hallway, we unlocked the door and entered into our massive room. A large entrance, marble bathroom, sitting area, and king-sized bed awaited.
Not to mention a plate of chocolates wishing me a Happy Birthday and a personalized note wishing us a pleasant stay. Our stay had only just begun, and already it was already an absolute blast.
Gobbling down the chocolates, we turned on the TV, scoped out the toiletries, and kicked off our shoes.
After a mini-rest and a bit of unpacking, we headed outside and meandered around the town. Just on the outer-edge of the downtown, the location is perfect to do a little exploring but still get a quiet night’s sleep.
Arriving home, I was eager to put on the white bathrobe and jump into bed.
The bed itself deserves a rave review. Incredibly soft and warm, the duvet wrapped around me like a little cocoon. Closing my eyes I quickly drifted off to sleep only to wake up late in the morning feeling utterly refreshed.
Sophie popped her head onto the bed and seemed to say she had a great night as well.
After sluggishly getting out of bed, I admired the view before having a shower.
Their rosemary infused shampoo and conditioner is my absolute favourite.
Feeling a little hungry and close to checkout, we made reservations at the Harvest Room for brunch.
The room is so quaint and reminded me of a country home.
Light fluffy waffles, vanilla bean whip, fresh berries, and pools of syrup. Not to mention the best bacon ever – chewy and sweet.
Sunny-side-up eggs, sausage, and toast.
We feasted away, sipping on orange juice, coffee, and hot chocolate.
The room was unbelievably reasonably priced and you really can’t beat staying at a Fairmont. With all their amenities such as a pool, spa, courtyard, and gym, I could have stayed here the rest of the weekend. Alas, back to reality!
If you’re looking to head out for a meal, check out my recommendation and Review of Tres Carnales.