Summer in Edmonton brings with it the luxury of patio life and, we don’t mean to brag but Edmonton’s Best Hotels have some of the best patios in the city.  What makes a great patio?  Stupendous views, amazing food, and fantastic drinks.  

Here are our top 3 hotel patios that you are sure to enjoy on your next getaway.

Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton Downtown

Edmonton’s river valley is showcased from the patio of the Riverside Bistro at the Courtyard.  The patio features lush potted plants and string lights to brighten your dusk and evening visit.  The thick tree-lined riverbanks and views of the Muttart Conservatory are the real showstoppers.

Open for lunch and dinner, as well as special occasion weekend brunch, a sun-filled dining experience on this patio is not to be missed.

We recommend:  The Soba Noodle Salad paired with a crisp white wine.

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

The patio at the Mac is Edmonton’s favourite, making it on numerous diner’s choice lists year after year.  And it’s no surprise as to why!  The patio is dotted with umbrellas shading an array of tables and garden furnishings where guests settle in to experience the menu.  

Bordered by imposing stone railings fit for a castle, walk down a short flight of stairs from the patio to the lawns below for photos in the red Muskoka chairs, post-food and drinks.

We recommend:  Chef Brett’s Shrimp and Scallop Stuffed Avocado paired with a glass of Chandon Sparkling Wine.

Varscona Hotel

Right in the heart of Old Strathcona is the Varscona Hotel’s delightful and innovative restaurant, Ampersand27.  Walk through the hotel right into Ampersand where you are greeted by an excessively stylish bar but keep going to grab a table on the patio for a full view of the city’s immensely popular Whyte Avenue.  

Open for dinner Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with brunch on weekends, the menu is original, filling and fun.  The best part?  Being on Edmonton’s premiere walking and shopping street to people-watch and take in the energy.

We recommend:  The Brunchuterie Board Aka The Most Instagrammable Brunch on Whyte paired with a Strawberry Sunset Cocktail.

BONUS: Chateau Lacombe

While not a patio, Laronde Revolving Restaurant at the iconic Chateau Lacombe provides unmatched views of the city.  La Ronde rotates a full 360 degrees every 88 minutes which means that during your dining experience, you’ll get a complete view of Edmonton’s downtown, river valley and far beyond from the 24th floor.

We recommend:  The Grilled Alberta Bison Filet paired with The Chateau Lacombe Whiskey Sour

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