City of Champions: The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton Story

Though many stereotype Canada as barren nation full of snow, bears and maple syrup, those who live here know that we have some of the most distinct, exciting and vibrant cities in the world.

Proud to have hotels in several Canadian destination cities such as Revelstoke and Vancouver (both of which were featured in our previous posts), Sutton also has another Canuck property that creates a buzz, and that’s The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton.

However, long before the days of delicate crystal chandeliers, Italian marble, granite and that exceptional standard of luxury service, it was not a hotel that stood on our iconic grounds, but a Woodward’s Department Store.

The old Woodward’s Department store that once stood in the same spot our Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton now calls home. This picture taken circa 1926… wow! That’s a long time ago!

Back in the 70s, Edmonton was in the middle of a huge economic growth spurt, thanks in part to the oil boom, and thus began an onslaught of major developments in the downtown core. That’s when, in 1976, the Woodward’s building was torn down to make way for a hotel.

Now claimed as The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton, this hotel, like our other locations, has a solid gold reputation for providing that distinct European-style service complete with detailed uniforms, helpful concierge staff and all the extras that make our hospitality legendary.

Much like our Vancouver location, our Edmonton hotel is smack dab in the heart of the city’s downtown core, giving guests easy access to the best shopping, business and entertainment districts. In fact, the Edmonton property has the unique advantage of being connected to five major office towers plus over 400 stores and businesses in Edmonton’s famed City Centre Mall – essentially giving visitors access to everything they need right in front of them – literally!

A shot of downtown Edmonton at night. Truly a vibrant city with so much to offer. And they don’t call it ‘Festival City’ for nothing!

Surrounding Area:

With a reputation as Canada’s ‘Festival City’, Edmonton is flush with year-round arts and entertainment. What’s even better is that our Sutton Place Hotel is directly in the middle of the city’s Arts and Entertainment District.

With landmarks like Sir Winston Churchill Square (where approximately 40 festivals take place), the Citadel Theatre, The Art Gallery of Alberta, City Hall and the Stanley Milner Public Library all walking distance away, there is no end to the sights and sounds surrounding our historic doorsteps. In addition, the building is also connected to the Light Rail Transit System (LRT) and will be right across from the new arena and home to the Edmonton Oilers (slated to open in 2014).

If you’re interested in seeing other areas in Edmonton, you can find a wide host of other world famous events too. For music lovers there’s the International Jazz Festival and the Edmonton Folk Festival which bring thousands upon thousands of visitors every year.

Sports Fan? Not only can hockey lovers catch the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Oil Kings in this ‘City of Champions’ (named so because of its history of athletic successes), but car fanatics can get their fill of ‘need for speed’ action with the famed Edmonton Indy during the heat of summer.

The Honda Indy Edmonton, one of the city’s most notable events, will take place July 20 through 22, 2012 this year. A not-to-be-missed event!

Hotel Features:

In keeping with our Sutton motto ‘A tradition of luxury’, this hotel was specially fitted with silk patterned walls, plush furnishings, delicate European accents and some of the most comfortable beds in the industry.

Being situated close to many important business centres, it also features grand meeting and banquet facilities which can accommodate everything from small groups to extravagant weddings. Not to mention, our highly skilled team of chefs, staff and managers pride themselves on creating custom menus, settings and environments to truly take each event to the next level.

Always Striving for Excellence, Edmonton’s Got Some Exciting Things to Come!

The future is heralding some amazing additions to our historic hotel, among them a new two-story Chop Restaurant and Lounge. Set in the courtyard, this elegantly designed establishment will invoke a sleek, modern and cozy ambience, using the skilled expertise of some of the industry’s most renowned designers, architects and chefs.

Promising to be a whole new dining experience, patrons can expect to taste fresh succulent seafood, delicate 28-day aged steaks, decadent desserts and an award-winning wine list. “We can’t wait for this stunning addition to happen, says Steve Beaton, General Manager of our Edmonton property. “The entire concept was to make the restaurant finished with sleek, open-concept class windows, amazing lighting and spectacular accents – almost like a glowing fishbowl within the building. It’s completely innovative, but also adheres to our Sutton style which we are so proud of.”

So there you have it. The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton certainly puts that old Canadian stereotype to shame. After all, they don’t call it the ‘City of Champions’ for nothing!

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