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A Visit To Ritchie

A VISIT TO RITCHIE: OLD STRATHCONA’S NEIGHBOUR TO THE EAST

If you’ve ever been to Edmonton, surely, you’ve included Old Strathcona on your itinerary.  And why wouldn’t you?  Old Strathcona is everything that anyone could want as part of a getaway – exceptional local snacks and treats; a youthful fun vibe; long tree-lined streets shading the entries to funky shops and bustling patios.  In fact, if you don’t go, you’re really missing out on one of the defining places that makes Edmonton… Edmonton.

But, this isn’t about Old Strathcona.  No, no.  It’s about another neighbourhood, just down the street that’s developing its own style – Ritchie.

Bordered by 82nd Avenue on the north, 72nd Avenue on the South, and roughly 100th Street and 96th Street to the west and east, Ritchie has sprouted some interesting shops and restaurants to consider on your Edmonton trip.

Since there’s only so much dining you can do in a day, Ritchie is a good place to go for a sweets snacking tour.  The corner of 96th Street and 76th Avenue is home to delectable offerings.  

Enjoy coffee and any number of sinful delights from Transcend Coffee and Little Duchess Bake Shop (the mini version of the original Duchess on 124th Street).  Take that coffee across the street to the southside location of Doughnut Party or indulge in a frozen treat on the opposite corner at Kind Ice Cream.

For the browsing crowd, a little further north are a couple of spots that will make an afternoon fly by.  Near 82nd Avenue and 96th Street, is Earth’s General Store, Edmonton’s original bulk and refillery store.  Come with your containers to shop the natural foods and cleaning products.  When you are done, stroll over to Take Care Café, a hyper-local spot with Instagram favourite coffee, cold drinks and the occasional pop-up shop.  

With drink in hand, you’ll be armed to poke around at Maven & Grace which is described on their social media as selling “Curated vintage, florals, goods, stationery & apothecary”.  Maven & Grace is the kind of place that you’ll love if you have a drawer of stationary at home overflowing with cards (what’s one more?? You always need them!) or a pinterest board filled with charming décor that is vaguely reminiscent of an early 20th century farm house.  

Exploring Ritchie and Old Strathcona is at least a 2 day affair so make plans to stay for a night or two.  Check out our hotel recommendations below and, hint hint, there’s something for everyone!

Hotels within 4 kilometers:

Varscona Hotel on Whyte

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Varscona Hotel is an elegant, old world boutique hotel providing guests with comfort in contemporary European-style surroundings.

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Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton South

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Experience uncomplicated comfort at one of Edmonton’s finest hotels – the Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton South. Minutes from downtown!

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Days Inn Edmonton South

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A fun day of exploring Edmonton is at your fingertips at our Days Inn Edmonton South hotel. Located just south of downtown, near University.

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Terms and Conditions

The “1,2, 3 Pick Your Rewards”, Terms and Conditions and Blackout Dates 

Rewards Program campaign dates

Reward package available to book from January 5, 2022 for stays to December 31, 2023 for rewards except for noted below blackout dates.

Rewards are subject to while supplies last.  Substitutions of equivalent kind, value may be made as necessary.  Rewards are non-transferable, no cash value, no cash back.

  • Rewards are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, have no cash value, no cash back.
  • Rewards cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.
  • Reward deal is net non-commissionable.

Blackout dates

Blackout dates are from July 4, 2023, to September 5, 2023.  Edmonton Best Hotels reservations made for hotel stays during the blackout period are not eligible for rewards.  Any guest who makes bookings for hotel stays during the blackout period prior to 11:59 pm, July 3, 2023, will receive the rewards they booked.

Rewards Program offerings

Book one night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of three $50 rewards excluding blackout dates:

  • $50 Gas Card or
  • $50 Prepaid Mastercard, or
  • $50 Ultimate Dining Card

Book two night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of five reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • $150 prepaid MasterCard,  or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 Ultimate Dining Card, or

Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • Three Night Reward 1: $225 Prepaid Mastercard
  • Three Night Reward 3: $75 Ultimate Dining Card + $75 Prepaid Mastercard + $75 Gas Card

One choice of reward per stay. 

Guest must be 18 years of age or older at time of redemption. 

Rewards distribution

Rewards will be emailed directly to guests within 24 hours of Edmonton’s Best Hotels confirming their check-in.  Rewards are not provided by the hotel’s front desk.   All rewards are sent electronically. 

Reservations

Guest must reserve a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Rewards are NOT available for reservations made less than 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Reservations made directly with hotels and not through Edmonton’s Best Hotels are not eligible for rewards. No exceptions. Rewards are only provided to guests who book through Edmonton’s Best Hotels online booking platform.  Booking reservation confirmations will have Edmonton’s Best Hotels branding on them. Rewards not provided for hotel reservations during specified blackout dates.

Reservations cannot be extended by hotels for additional rewards.

Guests may add a night to an existing one-night deal reservation and receive additional rewards if the request is made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Booking terms and conditions

Rewards provided for more than one night, must be for consecutive nights under one registration under one name at one property. In addition, no more than up to three consecutive nights will be honoured. If a guest checks in for three days and then checks out and re-checks in for the next day, this is considered a consecutive night booking even if the second booking is made at different hotel.  

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Multiple reservations for the same person for the same night(s) is considered a double booking and only one of those bookings will be eligible for rewards. For example, if a guest books two nights on x and y date and then makes another two-night booking for the same dates at the same hotel or another hotel, EBH considers this a double booking and will honour rewards for only one of those bookings. 

Is there a limit on the number of bookings I make on different dates?  Edmonton Best Hotels welcomes repeat business.  Some of our guests visit Edmonton every month.  Please note as stated earlier there must be a minimum of three days between bookings. Please also note stated blackout dates.

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Cancelling and date changes to reservations

If a guest wants to cancel or change the dates of their booking.

What if I want to cancel my booking?  Edmonton Best Hotels must cancel your booking (not the hotel).  If you want to cancel, contact info@edmh.ca and let us know.  We will cancel your booking and send you a cancellation number for your records.  Please do not cancel directly with the hotel.

What if I want to change the dates of my booking?  You must contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca and let us know you want to make a date change.  Your original booking must be cancelled first.  You will receive a cancellation number for your records.  Then, you must rebook for your new dates.  The hotel nor Edmonton’s Best Hotels cannot make date changes to the original booking.  Please note this does not guarantee you will receive the same hotel rate when you rebook for different dates.

Any questions, please contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca 

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