Where to Stay:
One of our choices for the best business hotels in Edmonton is the sleek and modern Metterra Hotel (10454-82 Ave., 1-866-456-8150). It’s located on the trendy Whyte Avenue and is within walking distance of plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy a glass of wine and tapas, or arrange a business dinner (try Murrieta’s Bar and Grill, 10612-82 Ave., 780-438-4100). Also nearby are several pubs and lounges perfect for grabbing an after-work pint and enjoying live music or a sports game (try O’Byrnes Irish Pub, 10616-82 Ave., 780-414-6766).
A small boardroom and gathering area are available for meetings, and a posh hospitality suite can provide a place for social events and corporate mixers. Complimentary high-speed Internet is available in all guestrooms, plus guests have 24-hour access to a business centre with computer and printing stations. The downtown core is an easy 10-minute drive away — complimentary parking is available — and there are plenty of Edmonton Transit bus routes along Whyte Avenue if you opt to use public transportation. View our complete list of Best Business Hotels in Edmonton for more recommendations.
Great Places for After-Work Drinks:
Relax in a plush chair or at the swanky bar in the estate library-style room of The Confederation Lounge at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald (10065-100 St., 780-424-5181) while enjoying a drink and a light meal — their selection of scotch and creative cocktails is rather exceptional.
The warm, inviting atmosphere at the The Bothy (10124-124 St., 780-760-8060) makes it easy to relax with a glass of great wine — or one of their many varieties of whiskey — and one of their delicious full-menu options, including a large selection of cheese and charcuterie.
Travelling alone? The intimate setting of Bibo Wine Bar (9919-89 Ave., 780-437-5588) — it can only accommodate ten patrons at a time — is a perfect place to grab a solo glass of wine or scotch and mingle with the other guests.
Coffee and Refreshments: We recommended using Espresso Catering by Kirby (1-780-915-2101), which brings a full-service latte bar to your conference or meeting location. Guests can order a variety of espresso-based beverages and have them customized to their liking, or help themselves to coffee, tea, and cold beverages from a self-serve station.
Lunch/Dinner: The Makk on 124 (10118-124 St., 780-705-3710) is a fantastic new restaurant in the 124th Street District, and now you can have their delicious food delivered and served at your meeting or corporate event! The catering team will even work with you to create a customized menu for your function, whether it’s lunch for a small group, or several courses for a banquet of hundreds of guests.
Snacks/Dessert: Have an assortment of freshly-baked cookies delivered to your meeting or conference from Cookie Love (780-499-2849). These tasty treats are available in over 20 flavours, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Where to Shop:
Need to upgrade the business attire in your wardrobe? The Helm (10125-104 St., T5J 0Z9) is an exclusive, upscale menswear boutique that has an exceptional selection of ready-to-wear and made-to-measure clothing. The Helm also offers specialty services like tailoring, personal shopping, and after-hours appointments. Ladies can check out Who Cares Wear (11222 Jasper Ave., 780-429-2273), a big-city-style boutique which has a constantly changing collection of shoes, accessories, and sophisticated clothing lines. The stylish staff are always ready to help you create the perfect outfit to suit your style and taste.
Where to Host a Business Lunch:
Meet with clients or coworkers at the luxurious Hundred Bar and Kitchen (10009-101A Ave., 780-425-0100) and dine on the innovative cuisine that Chef Shufelt regards as “modern comfort food”. The restaurant is designed to provide privacy to diners, and also hosts the well-known Social Hour (3 – 7 pm weeknights) if you’re looking for a spot to relax and mingle after work.
What to Do During Lunch
If you’re travelling on your own, consider attending “Art for Lunch” at the Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square). On the third Thursday of every month (January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, 2013) from 12:10 – 12:50 pm, bring your own lunch and enjoy a brief, engaging seminar about some interesting art exhibit or movement.