"Great park hidden away in Edmonton! :)"
The room was nice! It was kind of cool to be able to walk around the park after closing. Park admission was included in our stay. Friendly and helpful staff. We did not know anything in Edmonton. They were able to help us find our way. Wonderful restaurant, they did have a table of 30 come in just before we arrived. They had said there would be a bit […] of a wait, but it wasn't actually that long! Hotel is a 7 minute drive from the West Ed Mall. But you could spend a couple days in the park itself. So much to see and lots of information. The only thing was it seemed every time we tried calling the front desk to ask a question, there was no answer. One night coming back late we had to wait at the gate to be let in, and the front desk didn't answer for quite a while. Overall though we had a great stay, and will go back next time! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Don't expect anything fancy but very clean and comfortable, but could use nicer bedding. The brunch is to die for on Sunday.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
07/29/14 Sheila T Edmonton, Canada
The sheets in the hotel were horrible. They were scratchy and stiff and bothered my husband and mines skin. You can tell they were cheap. It was also very loud during the night and we were awake for hours. It was a horrible stay and I'd never stay there again. Between the awful bed sheets and the noise it was just bad. It's great to look around the park and we love it but the hotel stay is a nightmare.
"Could have been so much better!"
07/15/14 YEGmum Edmonton, Canada
the hotel itself is about what one may expect - very low on amenities as it is a period hotel, which was just fine. It was a real treat to be at the park after hours to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The staff of both the hotel and restaurant desperately need hospitality training - they treat you as though you are waiting for a City service rather than a paying guest. No attempt whatsoever to make amends. The restaurant, however, really needs help - food was mediocre at best and yet entree prices were actually quite high. Breakfast was inedible yet over $30 for 2. It is really the only dining option that is decent so it makes or breaks the stay. They were switching from breakfast to brunch and the staff actually turned away a paying hotel guest at 9:30 saying they could no longer do breakfast and they'd have to return for a $30 pp brunch, even though the guests explained they were told breakfast ran until 10am (we were told same thing). Unbelievably bad customer service on their part. There were in general a lot of staff running around during both the meals I attended but not a lot of service provided and just shoddy service in general, ie/ forgot to bring appetizer and saying 'sorry, my, fault', waiting 20 mins to get a pot of tea, dessert sitting in a bowl of melted ice cream, etc. In general I liked the location and feel of the hotel but having only the one real restaurant to choose from while on the property, I do not think I will return unless I hear that the staff are better trained and they get a new head chef. Seems brutal, but honest.
"Blast from the past"
07/14/14 Glittergirl R
This hotel was amazing to see. It was a very pretty hotel with a lot of character. There was lots of old charm, with the brick siding, hardwood floors and various other old time furniture. It was fun to tour the old town. With the carnival horses, the old buildings, and many other interesting old time stuff. The room it self was fairly simple, a large bed, an armoire, old time phone, and two night tables. The bathroom was small, but came equipped with a very basic sink, toilet, shower. No television, wasn't an issue as wifi was available. I found the staff somewhat rude. It was odd as I got a voucher for breakfast, but when I came down to eat it was a big deal to allow me and my two children in on the most basic of Sunday buffets I've ever eaten at. I could actually hear the hostess discussing with another gentleman about how I had the voucher and missed the actual meal time. We we allowed to sit at the tiniest of tables were we were no more than two children and a mother getting in the way of staff. Then I received $5 off each of the kids meal, which still brought me to $65. Plus I noticed that the night previous at dinner that no dessert was offered.? Who doesn't have a dessert menu? Then to see several varieties of dessert offered for brunch the next day? The meal experience wasn't that impressive. When I checked out of the hotel I thought I would let someone know that the shower was spraying onto the toilet paper, which wasn't a complaint just information. The lady behind the desk who had a supervisor tag just looked at me like I was strange. Overall, I'd probably give the hotel another chance because I love nostalgia. Had the staff been a little more kind or considerate we would have given the experience a higher rating.
"Marvelous for Fort Edmonton Viewing"
07/04/14 Bertram S Wyoming, Michigan, United States
If staying at the Hotel Selkirk is part of your experiencing Fort Edmonton, there is no better way to do it. If you're just looking for a place to stay, you'll want a different hotel. For us, it was almost perfect. We had a suite just above the hotel doors, therefore a fantastic view of 1905 Street and part of 1920 Street. Having the opportunity to walk around the park after hours when it was quiet was also a big plus. The two rooms themselves were nice with a bit of a 1920's feel. No TV - which was a huge blessing. Instead of a shower, we had a tub. It took longer to bathe, but gave a nice feel. Even the telephones were made with a 1920's look. It would have been nice to have a small fridge - maybe they could have labeled it as "icebox"! Our room also was named after a well known Edmontonian family and they actually had information about the family in a book in the room. Overall, a very good experience.
"Historic, fun and friendly"
06/26/14 Britgirl63 Fort McMurray, Canada
My husband and I just spent a night at Hotel Selkirk down at Fort Edmonton Park. What a beautiful setting for a hotel-surrounded by authentic original and replicated historic buildings. You feel like you're staying in a beautiful pioneer Alberta town with the Saskatchewan river running through. The hotel itself is basic-rooms are more retro rather than original turn of the century however I liked the fact that there are no Tv;s in the room. Everything is reasonably new there -furniture and bathrooms appear to have not been worn in yet. We went at a very quite time-on a Tuesday,so the restaurant was hankering for guests to go to dinner. We had plans for dinner however went for breakfast in the hotel and had a lovely Eggs Benedict and Blueberry brioche french toast. The staff were friendly..loved the housekeeping in original maid clothing. I know this would be a great place for a group getaways, couples or for families. Get those kids turning off the electronics and TV and walk about learning history. The John Jansen nature centre is close by so another opportunity to take in local programming and enjoy the trails close by. As an Albertan I enjoyed tapping into a little Edmonton history. What a treat to stay at a place like this instead of at your generic hotel. I look forward to going again some time. Check it out!
06/24/14 zzzzzzzz663 Grande Prairie, Canada
bed was saggy in middle, shower didn't work in the suite,toilet paper cheapest ever used, no shampoo and conditioner in room,toilet flooded and no tv! I just felt the room was put together cheap and it was no way in any way old fashioned to show the times.
"Good concept, poor experience"
06/13/14 maumak Calgary, Canada
We were booked here for one night during our short roadtrip to Edmonton from Calgary. I had booked this hotel because it seemed like an interesting concept, and we had wanted to visit the park anyways so the fact that the park admission was included was a nice bonus. I booked the hotel over two weeks in advance of our stay and when we arrived, we learnt that it was AMA day, where 6000 school children were visiting the park with their schools. It would have been nice to have been informed that this was occurring during our stay but it wasn't awful. It was hectic and slightly frustrating to have young children running wild inside the park but we could deal with this. While we walked around the park, we went into the hotel to ask about instructions of how we could enter the hotel later that evening. We were greeted first by the AMA volunteers who informed us the hotel was closed the afternoon for a private function. We told them we had reservations at the hotel so they let us through. We were then greeted by a gentleman not dressed in uniform and was rather rude. When we asked him for directions for access to the hotel after hours, he was short and impatient with his answers. We returned later in the afternoon for check in. Getting back in was no issue, and the staff at the gate was quite nice. Check-in staff seemed uninterested and didn't even bother to stand up to speak to us. We went to our room which was small (expected), but seemed cozy. The reason I rated this hotel poorly in addition to some service issues: 1) The sheets were AWFUL. They were scratchy and stiff and absolutely uncomfortable to sleep in. 2) The walls were paper thin. There were a few families that stayed that night and a few groups as well. I know this, despite not seeing anyone else in the hallway, because we could hear every conversation and footstep that went past our room. This included ladies chatting away late in the night, and kids running up and down the corridor early the next morning. Overall, I think the idea is nice. It was kind of exciting to be inside a theme park during off hours and see it completely empty. It was also great price-wise considering two adult admissions were included. However, we would not recommend this hotel to our friends because we had an awful night's sleep which was not ideal for a 2-day roadtrip.
"Great romantic getaway"
05/01/14 BrWayne Red Deer, Canada
The Hotel Selkirk is a wonder place to take your significant other for a romantic getaway. Have a nice dinner at the Johnson Cafe, a drink in the Mahogany Bar. The rooms are nice, the atmosphere is wonderful, the staff is terrific. I ordered ice, and room service showed up in period clothes with a towel over his arm. Best of all...no TV in the room. ;-)
04/30/14 wylde-p Edmonton, Canada
My wife and I stayed at this hotel the night before EPF half marathon for the convenience for me to be able to shower right after. The hotel was still not officially opened, but did for the race. Because of being too early (season normally starts May long weekend) the restaurant was not open yet but the booking included breakfast. The manager went out of his way to get his chef to make pastries and set up a mini continental breakfast. Wow :) The manager mentioned to us he is trying to have the hotel open year round and operate it like a normal hotel. The hotel is very clean and the staff friendly. We stayed on the 3rd floor overlooking the park and it felt like we were in early 1900 Edmonton. The rooms are modern but still feel like you are in the right period with the lack of TV, just a radio. Bed was very comfortable 9even though I did not sleep well due to noise from a private wedding party that night and pre-race jitters). My wife and I definately plan on staying there again in the future for next years' race and maybe even once in the summer to enjoy the park a little longer. A few years ago we did have lunch in the hotel restaurant while visiting the park and the food was top quality.
"Great Event Centre/Hotel"
01/01/14 farrider58 Edmonton, Canada
Attended the 2013 New Year's Party at the Hotel Selkirk and spent the night. This is a comfortable property run in the best of the European tradition. Thomas - the General Manager - and staff go out of their way to ensure that guests are comfortable and well cared for. A wonderful experience - plus the food was outstanding. Well done folks.
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