Alberta’s Affordable Luxury Hotels for a Taste of the Good Life

By Andrew Wong,

Alberta, you asked for it and we’re delivering the goods.

Affordable. Luxury.

No, it’s not an oxymoron like a snowless winter. These are hotels in Alberta’s cosmopolitan hubs and most-loved ski resort areas with per night price tags under the $250 mark*.

*trivago hotel price data shows an average nightly rate of under $250 for the period of November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 as of the date of publishing.

 


Elk + Avenue

Banff

A minimalist’s escape in the shadow of the Rockies

Alberta Affordable Luxury Banff Elk Avenue hotel sitting area mountain view

  • Light-filled deluxe guestrooms with mountain views
  • Jacuzzi and dry sauna to warm your hands and toes
  • Loft-style guestrooms with a second-floor bedroom
Deals from $149 »

Affordable Luxury travel tip: Tank up in Calgary or Canmore to avoid paying the higher fuel prices inside the Parks


Banff Aspen Lodge

Banff

With luxury within reach, you can bet a second visit is in order

Alberta Affordable Luxury Banff Aspen Lodge outdoor hot tub

  • Hot breakfast including homemade baked goods and locally-sourced meats
  • Two outdoor hot tubs, steam room, sauna and a fireplace for your Après pleasure
  • Ski lockers and workbench
Deals from $189 »

Affordable Luxury travel tip: Free shuttle buses to the three area ski resorts leave from across the street at the High Country Inn


Union Bank Inn

Edmonton

Romantic charm at a historic boutique address

Alberta Affordable Luxury Edmonton Union Bank Inn bedroom tufted headboard

  • Tufted and canopied headboards with extra flair
  • Private dining at Madison Grill’s Vintage Room
  • Restoration and renovation work on the original Union Bank building
Deals from $207 »

Affordable Luxury travel tip: Less than ten minutes on foot from the Inn is the Art Gallery of Alberta where you can visit for free on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings


Renaissance Edmonton Airport

YEG Edmonton Airport

Jetsetter facilities for the budget traveller’s wallet

Alberta Affordable Luxury Edmonton Renaissance Airport Hotel bedroom

  • Triple-glazed windows to ensure a good night’s sleep
  • RLife LIVE music in the hotel from local artists
  • Connect to the Airport terminal via the hotel’s indoor heated walkway
Deals from $197 »

Affordable Luxury travel tip: Experience the Edmonton Symphony for the first time with Section F seating for just $5 a ticket!


Matrix Hotel

Edmonton

Complimentary services that turn your stay into a near all-inclusive

Alberta Affordable Luxury Edmonton Matrix hotel living room

  • Free Lexus Town Car chauffeur and road bike rental
  • Molton Brown bath amenities
  • Complimentary parking, breakfast, wine tasting and WiFi
Deals from $192 »

Affordable Luxury travel tip: The Alberta Legislature, down the street from the hotel, offers free guided tours year-round


Grey Eagle Resort and Casino

Tsuut’ina First Nation, Calgary

Get that Casino Resort “Wow Factor” on a short drive from Downtown Calgary

Alberta Affordable Luxury Calgary Grey Eagle Resort Casino lobby hall

  • Premium furnishings and spacious rooms
  • Super WiFi for Netflix streaming
  • Hot breakfast buffet every morning
Deals from $136 »

Affordable Luxury travel tip: Make use of the Grey Eagle’s mountain bike rentals which you can put to the test on the trails in Glenmore Park


International Hotel

Calgary

No small room in the house with bedroom-living room suites

Alberta Affordable Luxury Calgary International Hotel indoor pool

  • Indoor pool, sauna and fitness centre access around the clock
  • Expansive suites with separate bedrooms
  • Suites with views of the Bow River
Deals from $150 »

Affordable Luxury travel tip: Put away that coin purse! No need to pay on C-Train to cross the Downtown core between City Hall and West/Kerby.


Hotel Arts

Calgary

An overnight stay downtown with extra panache

Alberta Affordable Luxury Calgary Hotels Arts Raw Bar beef carpaccio

  • Pillowtop beds with triple-sheeted duvets
  • Contemporary Vietnamese sharing plates and cocktails at Raw Bar
  • Italian marble bathrooms with soak tubs or rain showers
Deals from $187 »

Affordable Luxury travel tipSave the $18 admission for the Calgary Tower and soak in the skyline from the lookout at 2nd St NW and Crescent Rd NW across the Bow River


Blackstone Mountain Lodge

Canmore

Modern apartment units fully-equipped for your next ski holiday

Alberta Affordable Luxury Canmore Blackstone Mountain Lodge exterior snow mountains

  • Full kitchens with granite countertops
  • In-suite gas fireplaces to warm you up
  • Views of the Three Sisters mountaintops
Deals from $145 »

Affordable Luxury travel tip: Season-long skiers should look into the RCR Rockies Card for $99 which offers three free days of skiing when you buy into four days


StoneRidge Mountain Resort

Canmore

After a day on the slopes, come home to lodging that really feels like home

Alberta Affordable Luxury Canmore Stoneridge Mountain Resort high ceiling living room

  • Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters to snuggle into
  • Don your resort slippers and robe to reach the outdoor heated pool and hot tub
  • Complimentary heated underground parking to comfortably load and unload your luggage and ski gear
Deals from $168 »

Affordable Luxury travel tip: Keep dinner plans simple and on a budget by throwing together a platter of fine cheeses and meats from Valbella Gourmet Foods and infused olive oils from Evoolution

 

Where do you find your bit of affordable luxury in the province?