The Metterra offers rustic luxury in the heart of one of Canada’s most happening neighbourhoods. Girl about Town Laura Coulter checks in to review this Edmonton hotel.
Why we love it: If you are looking for a bit of style the next time you find yourself on the prairies, look no further then the Metterra Hotel (www.metterra.com) on trendy Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta.
From the valet carpark when you first arrive to the welcoming smile at the front desk, your stay at the Metterra will be relaxing and pleasing.
Ambience and Style: The Metterra offers contemporary design combined with rustic elements known to Canada – fireplaces, slate rock fountains, wood elements and waterfalls. For guests from out of country, this is a chance to add a bit of Canadian wilderness and nature to the holiday – without having to go camping!
Where: The Metterra Hotel is situated on Whyte Avenue in historic Old Strathcona, voted one of the “Top 10 Coolest Neighborhoods in Canada“, and is nestled among numerous stylish bistros, spas and shops.
Items to buy while in the area include boutique clothing (My Filosophy, www.myfilosophy.com, offers locally owned high end items), artisan shoes (Gravity Pope, www.gravitypope.com) and fair trade gift items from Ten Thousand Villages (www.tenthousandvillages.com, handcrafted artisan artifacts from around the globe).
With the close location to the University of Alberta and the Jubilee theatre, the Metterra is a good choice for business or pleasure. Situated on the ‘Sky Service’ route, Metterra Hotel on Whyte is easily accessible to and from the Edmonton International Airport.
Who to go with: The Metterra is popular with girlfriends in town for a bachelorette night, couples looking for a weekend escape and business travelers who need a bit of luxury. It is not suitable for children.
How long for: Stay a night, stay the weekend, stay the week!
What are the rooms like: The modern rooms are luxurious with the feather top mattress, chic toiletries and robes provided. The in-room Keurig coffee maker provides a gourmet coffee at any time. Complementary wifi makes restaurant reservations easier.
Both the suites, studios and rooms combine the four basic elements of earth, fire, water and air in their style and design. Fireplaces, outdoor patios, jetted baths and crisp linens enhance the elements and the experience.
Amenities and extras: Guests can indulge in the complimentary wine and cheese Monday – Saturday from 5:30-6:30 as well as the deluxe continental breakfast served each day from 6:30 a.m. The choices of hot and cold items, fresh fruit, gourmet coffees and artisan breads are sure to please all appetites.
There is a fitness room available 24 hours for guests as well. Given that temperatures can drop to 20 degrees below zero, the warming effects of the fireplace, combined with the valet carpark and wine tasting, make the Metterra the place to stay inside and relax during the winter weekends.
Dining: With more than 100 places to dine and drink in fewer than 30 square blocks, Old Strathcona offers diners a variety of choices. Mexican, Vietnamese, Cajun, Thai, East Indian, Italian – Whyte Avenue offers diners exceptional choice, quality and value.
Many guests choose to venture out onto Whyte Avenue for both dining and shopping. From the Chapter’s bookstore and local coffee shops, to the classic Keg steakhouse, there is something for all budgets and tastes.
Street performers abound in the spring and summer and lively patios spill out into the street.
Recommended eats include:
- Packrat Louie’s – Contemporary French Cuisine www.packratlouie.com
- Dadeo’s Cajun diner www.dadeo.ca
- Murrietta’s Bar and Grill offering West Coast Fare www.murrietas.ca
Address: Metterra Hotel on Whyte
10454 – 82 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 4Z7, Canada
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