Chateau Lacombe Hotel, Edmonton
The Chateau Lacombe Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, opened in 1966 under the ownership of the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway chain of hotels. Today, it still retains its name but is independently owned.
Part of Edmonton’s rail history begins in 1891 with the completion of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway (C&E) which was acquired by the CP a short time later. At the time, the passenger line ran from Calgary to Strathcona, and later Strathcona would be absorbed into the city of Edmonton.
(As a side note, the lovingly restored Strathcona Streetcar is well worth taking, it’s the world’s highest over water streetcar crossing giving phenomenal views of the verdant river valley below.)
The Chateau Lacombe Hotel is located in downtown Edmonton, towering to 24 floors with 307 rooms. The best ones give guests spectacular views of the valley surrounding the North Saskatchewan River.
For a luxury hotel, it has affordable prices with double rooms starting at CAD 109 (£66.37). Rooms come with flat screen televisions, refrigerators and free wi-fi. Packages also come with a complementary breakfast buffet.
Adding to the splendour of the river view, the hotel has a revolving restaurant on the 24th floor named the La Ronde Restaurant. You can enjoy local cuisine and fine wines while getting a 360-degree view of Edmonton.
Today, Via Rail operates passenger service in and out of Edmonton and its station is located just off Yellowhead Highway to the north of the hotel.
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