Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • One of only two CAA 4-Diamond hotels in the city
  • Complimentary BMW bicycles, arranged through the concierge, can be taken for a spin along the River Valley Trails
  • The Harvest Room restaurant earns a 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor and specializes in premium AAA beef

"The best nook in town" -- Lonely Planet
Enjoyed This
(9 Member Ratings)
"Ambience & location with LRT across hotel"
18. Feb 2018
Lac la Biche, AB, Canada

Map & Directions

The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald is approximately a 35-minute drive from Edmonton International Airport. Taxi fare is approximately $60.

Rooms & Rates

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Lovingly referred to as "The Mac", named after Canada's first Prime Minister, this chateau-style hotel opened its doors on July 5, 1915. The building, overlooking The North Saskatchewan River Valley, is an adaptation of French 16th century castles and still delicately pays homage to its roots; guest room closet door knobs are original and monogrammed.

Classically designed rooms give guests the chance to relax in true Fairmont style while overlooking the River Valley or sprawling city skyline. After you check in, be sure to stop by The Harvest Room restaurant serving up Alberta's famous AAA steak or settle into the casual setting of The Confederation Lounge with its spectacular patio. 

For some serious relaxation, indulge at the newly renovated fitness centre with saline pool, steam room, squash court, and fully equipped gym -- complimentary to all guests.

With plenty of nearby sightseeing and shopping and just a 20-minute drive from the famed West Edmonton Mall, the hotel is the perfect home-base for exploring the city.

From the press:
  • "Preserved in all its regal glory, it's still fit for monarchs" -- Lonely Planet
  • "Stately rooms that recall an old-world elegance" -- Frommers



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Fitness classes
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Business center
  • ATM
  • Baby-sitting service (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in public areas (fees apply)
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 or under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Extra bed available upon request: free of charge.

Cribs available on request, free of charge for child under age 2. Extra beds available in Deluxe rooms only.
Rates are based on double occupancy. Extra occupant fee for guests over the age of 17 is 20.00 CAD (subject to tax, per night) and will be added to the total price at check-out.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request: C$25 (plus tax, per night).

Pets must be supervised at all times. Pets must be placed in a kennel if left unattended in rooms. Pets are not permitted in the dining outlets or meeting spaces.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The hotel offers Valet Parking for $45.00 (subject to tax), per day or Self-Parking for $35.00 (subject to tax) per day. Includes in and out privileges. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel. These rates are subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

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Enjoyed This
(9 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Fairmont Hotel Macdonald over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.7 Rooms
4.3 Quality of Service
3.7 Value for the Money
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Other Comments
The guy that checked us in and out was especially friendly!
Muriel 14. Mar 2018 Calgary, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Rooms were nice
Other Comments
We showed up to the hotel, fully expecting to check into our room at 4:20 since it was past the 3pm check in time and we were on a limited time period away from our children. We were told by the front desk staff that our room would not be ready since they had a large group occupying half the hotel. The staff told us we could sit in the lounge and they would provide us with one free drink voucher, or we had the option to spend an additional $150 to upgrade our room in order to get a room immediately. When my husband inquired as to when our room might be ready they said probably not til 7pm which was completely unacceptable since we had dinner reservations at 6 and were hoping to relax in the room prior. We had no choice but to pay for an upgrade in order to relax and start enjoying our short staycation
Joyce 05. Mar 2018 Edmonton, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Location and view of the river valley
Other Comments
Air in our room was very dry
Cliff 08. Jan 2018 Sherwood ParkSherwood Park, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Friendliness of staff!
Holly N 15. Feb 2018 St. Albert, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Ambience & location with LRT across hotel
Other Comments
Expense parking
Debbie 18. Feb 2018 Lac la Biche, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
beautiful location. room had great view of the river valley
Other Comments
Wish we had known there was a second restaurant on site. There was a special menu at the Harvest Room the night we were there and when I called for reservations the staff did not inform us there was a second restaurant we could have eaten at. We went down the street and had a great dinner at another restaurant, would have been nice to just stay in the hotel since it was very cold and snowy outside.
Glenda 12. Feb 2018 EdmontonEdmonton, AB, Canada

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