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EDMONTON, AB, Feb 4, 2014/ Troy Media/ – I live in Edmonton and enjoy the trendy urban neighbourhood of Old Strathcona, which is located south of the North Saskatchewan River across from the city centre.
So during a recent staycation I decided to try out the Mettera Hotel on Whyte Avenue. I was more than pleasantly surprised.
The Metterra on Whyte Hotel is a boutique hotel located smack-dab in the middle of Old Strathcona on the busy Whyte Avenue (82nd Ave) and surrounded by a good selection of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops, book and clothing stores and live entertainment venues. If you didn’t know the hotel was there, you might miss it as it can easily get lost in the sea of retail signage in the area.
Parking in the area is at a premium. After circling the block, I managed to scramble up a spot in the loading zone right by the entrance. The hotel parking is actually a block away, but valet parking is free for your first car. Since I was travelling light, I opted to check in, grab a free apple from the counter and take a walk.
Check-in was quick and you do need to use your key to get up the elevator – that’s good for security.
They have different types of rooms with different sizes, each style with its own name. Mine was called the Fire and Water suite. It was huge! Over 700 square feet – something I never expected in a 98-room boutique hotel.
Entering my room I felt like I was in a nicely decorated one-bedroom apartment, with art on the walls and knick-knacks on the mantle. The living area features a couch, two winged chairs along with a side-by-side fireplace and big-screen TV. The desk had a pullout side-arm, so I had room for my MacBook, iPad and all my papers which, as a writer, was great for getting work done. Even the office chair was comfy.
The only issue was the lack of access to the electrical plugs and lack of extra outlets. The free high-speed Wi-Fi was decent, however, with only the occasional drop. Local phone calls are also free.
The kitchen area is separated from the living room by a granite countertop with bar stools. It came complete with a sink, microwave and bar-sized fridge. It had a Keurig coffeemaker complete with a set of complimentary coffees and teas. The fridge was stocked with reasonably priced $2 to $3 juices and pop, as well as a selection of snacks on the countertop. The only thing missing to make it a full kitchen was a stove or counter top burners.
The bedroom featured a comfy king-sized bed with a 42” big screen HDTV mounted on the wall, with comfy robes hung in the closet.
It’s no secret that Old Strathcona can be a noisy neighbourhood, especially on weekends, you’ll really appreciated the foam earplugs placed conveniently on the two night tables. “Say NO to . . . “Whyte noise‘” is printed on the packages. As I was there mid-week, I didn’t really need them, but took one package home as a souvenir.
The huge bathroom featured a jetted tub and a glass shower complete with a handheld showerhead and second set of jets to really get some water pressure on your back.
The continental breakfast consisted of juices, hot oatmeal, dry cereal, croissants and muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit and a self-serve waffle maker, along with scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. If you like oatmeal, get there early as it goes fast! You can find it at the hospitality suite on the mezzanine floor.
One of my favourite features was the high-tech and funky self-serve espresso machine for caf or decaf lattes, cappuccinos and café-crème and foamed-milk and hot chocolate. Even better, it’s accessible until 11 p.m.
While the Metterra has no actual restaurant on-site, there is one right next door and many to choose from within a one-block radius.
Between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon-Sat), and before you head out to dine, stop by the hospitality suite for a complimentary wine tasting: you can get half glass samples of any two of four wines (two white, two red). They also have a few snacks – cheese, crackers, breaded shrimp and coated spicy chicken and grapes – to compliment your beverage.
The exercise room is conveniently located across from the hospitality suite. While there’s no pool or sauna, you can access the gym and aerobic equipment 24 hours a day.
All and all, the Metterra on Whyte is a great little boutique hotel right in the middle of one of the best neighbourhoods in Edmonton. It also has easy access to downtown and the airport, making it ideal for the business traveler, vacationer or “staycationer.”
Metterra on White Hotel, 10454 82 Ave. Edmonton, AB
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