Edmonton’s Metterra, Varscona and Matrix hotel are considered stylish jewels of the downtown core. April 26, 2011
Meetings & Incentive Travel Advertising Feature
Like all good things, Edmonton’s only true boutique hotels come in threes. From a style standpoint, Metterra, Varscona and Matrix are considered the jewels of downtown Edmonton, each offering slightly different aesthetic charms for the meeting planner and busy traveller.
The Metterra Hotel on Whyte and the Varcona Hotel on Whyte offer slightly smaller, more intimate accommodations than much of the competition. They are located in an historic district in a central part of the city, home to a full set of independent boutiques and coffee shops, theatres, live music and restaurants. They are also close to the river valley park system and the University of Alberta.
Contemporary yet warm, the Metterra boasts Indonesian artwork throughout the hotel, which can best be described as cool, funky and upscale.
Metterra’s 98 guestrooms, furnished in dark maple and granite, echo the warm simplicity and sophistication of its public spaces. All guestrooms have wall-to-wall windows with sliding doors that open to full or French balconies, offering panoramic views of the river valley and skyline or the lively neighbourhood below.
Whether it’s for a corporate power meeting, family gathering or festive dinner, Metterra can provide a solution that will delight attendees. The hotel features four meeting spaces, each unique in its decor and ambience, with space for 20 conference attendees and up to 75 for dinners or receptions.
Varscona offers 89 elegantly appointed, smoke-free guestrooms with a blend of tradition and comfort. The timeless, classic design incorporates rich, luxurious hues of copper and green, with either heritage country or cherrywood decor. Stylish marble bathroom vanities in a myriad of creamy shades and time-honoured crown mouldings add architectural interest and charm in each room.
For meetings and events, Varscona offers 4,000 sq. ft. of flexible space over five beautifully appointed rooms. The hotel delivers attentive and professional service and excellent meals catered by renowned Murrieta’s Bar & Grill.
With 184 rooms, Matrix is the largest of the three Edmonton-based Westcorp hotels, combining the sleek sophistication of custom-designed furnishings with the simplistic beauty of natural materials and producing an environment both elegant and serene.
Situated in the heart of downtown Edmonton, Matrix Hotel is close to light-rail transit, the Legislature buildings and affiliated provincial government buildings, corporate towers and Edmonton’s extensive river valley park system.
Matrix, which benefitted from a fresh design with a complete renovation in 2007, was the proud recipient of the Greater Edmonton Chapter MPI Event Management Award for Venue of the Year in 2010. It offers a very modern, stylish decor, with a minimalist feel.
In the rooms, custom furnishings of natural walnut are accented with rich hits of granite and chrome. Luxurious pillow-top mattresses are enveloped in crisp linens and plush duvets. Thirty-two-inch fl at-panel televisions, satellite receivers and MP3-compatible CD clock radios provide modern technological comforts.
Uniquely, all meeting spaces at the Matrix feature natural light. A total of more than 8,500 sq. ft. of function space includes two divisible ballrooms, a boardroom and a medium-sized meeting room.
Metterra, Varscona and Matrix feature a number of complimentary services, often considered add-ons at other hotels.
Wireless high-speed access is free throughout the properties, including all guestrooms and function space. Deluxe continental breakfast is provided with all rooms, as well as an evening wine and cheese tasting. Parking is complimentary at all three hotels. At Metterra and Varscona, valet parking is also free.
For visitors and conference-goers who appreciate style, the Metterra, Varscona and Matrix represent three options, all with a classy, boutique feel.