Review: Delta Hotels by Marriott Edmonton Centre Suites

There aren’t a lot of reasons to go to downtown Edmonton, but an Oilers game night out with the lads is one of the good ones. 

Attending an Oilers game or other event at Rogers Place is always more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about parking or getting a ride home after drinking. This is why I always prefer to stay at a hotel. 

When it comes to hotels in close proximity to Rogers, the JW Marriott comes to mind as perhaps the best hotel in Edmonton. But another option is especially well located – the Delta Hotels by Marriott Edmonton Centre Suites.

I stayed at this property in October of 2023 with two other companions, as we attended an Oilers game the same night. Read my review of the experience.  

Booking & Check-in

I booked the base level Guest Room, 1 King for one night under an industry rate. The regular cash rate hovers around $200, but can float higher during Oilers games and other city events. The price was around $250-$300 at the time of booking around two weeks before the date. The redemption cost is 17,000 Marriott Bonvoy points at the time of writing, which isn’t fantastic value, but also isn’t terrible in my opinion. 

If you hold the American Express Marriott Bonvoy card and receive an annual free night certificate as a benefit of holding the card, this might be a decent redemption option if you are in Edmonton for a hockey game and want to stay nearby.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy Card

The American Express Marriott Bonvoy card earns Bonvoy points and offers cardholders benefits including an annual free night and 15 qualifying nights towards elite status.

Check out our American Express Marriott Bonvoy card review for more details.

BONUS
50,000 Marriott Bonvoy
MINSPEND
$1,500
NET VALUE
$330+
ANNUAL FEE
$120
FOREX FEES
Yes
EXPIRY

As I didn’t want to use any Nightly Upgrade Awards on this stay, I inquired by emailing the general manager about one week before our stay if we could be upgraded to a 1 Bedroom Executive Suite, 2 Queen(s), Sofa bed, which would easily accommodate myself and my two guests. Fortunately, they were happy to oblige with the upgrade. I did mention my Marriott Bonvoy Elite status as well as the fact I would be reviewing the hotel for Frugal Flyer, both of which I’m sure helped in convincing them to satisfy our request. 

Check-in went smoothly at the contemporary lobby which was adorned in Oilers-themed colors and branding. We were promptly informed of our complimentary upgrade, offered three bottled waters as well as water enhancer tablets, and provided our complimentary elite breakfast vouchers.  Upon request, the front desk staff even gave us a third breakfast voucher, which isn’t typical Marriott Bonvoy policy. 

Location

The Delta Edmonton Centre Suites is located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, inside the Edmonton City Centre. This is a place you want to be when there is an event happening on a busy weekend and a place you probably don’t want to be any other time…
Importantly, it is located directly adjacent to the bustling Edmonton ICE District and Rogers Place, prime location for attending an Oilers game, perhaps matched only by the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District.

The hotel is located near several high-end restaurants as well, including DOSC (steakhouse), Sabor (seafood), and my personal favorite, Campio Brewing Co (craft beer and amazing deep dish pizza). Don’t expect to get into any of these places on short notice and without a reservation on an Oilers game day, however.

Parking

On-site parking is available at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Edmonton Centre Suites. The parking lot (administered by Indigo) is located in the City Centre West Parkade (P4) located on the corner of 102 St and 103 Ave. As you drive up to the front entrance, there are parkade entrances located to both the left and right. 

Interestingly, at check-in, the hotel offered to bill the parking with the room rate of $35 per day. However, by simply paying inside the parkade using the Indigo app or (QR code without the app), the nightly rate was only $5.55.

The Delta front agent conveniently didn’t know what the Indigo rates were, which was a strong clue that told me it was worth using Indigo instead of accepting the $35 charge. 

Upcarharging by this much for a parkade they don’t even own is a little bit suspicious, even for Marriott. 

Room – 1 Bedroom Executive Suite, 2 Queen(s), Sofa bed

As we entered the suite we were immediately impressed with the ample amount of space it had, easily accommodating three guests. The suite opened into a lounging room which had a sofa bed, an office desk, flat screen television, and a wet bar with a coffee machine and a mini fridge underneath.

Joining this room to the bedroom was a hallway which contained the bathroom. The bathroom was nice and included a large waterfall head shower (not pictured).

The toilet was a Kohler, with a good quality flush. Unfortunately, the toilet paper was brutally thin 1 ply. The story was the same with the towels being a little rough and thin for my liking. Not atypical for hotels to cheap out on these amenities of course. 

Past the bathroom, we had the main bedroom which included two queen beds separate by one bedside table, as well as a small closet, and a flat-screen tv on the credenza.

I was surprised to see no bathrobes, not that I would have made use of them anyway. 

Upon opening the window shades we saw a view of the surrounding street and office buildings of downtown Edmonton.  

Overall, the room was spacious and predictable for a Marriott property and just what we needed for our party of three.

Restaurant – District 102

The Delta Edmonton Centre Suites has one hotel restaurant and lounge, the District 102 Drink + Eatery. They offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, and most importantly, happy hour. You can view their menus here

Their prices are a bit on the expensive side, especially considering the plethora of quality high-end restaurants in the area. My posse decided to only eat here for our complimentary breakfast thanks to my Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status.

District 102 is located on the third floor of the Delta Edmonton Centre Suites, which is connected to the second floor of the Edmonton City Centre Mall. The main entrance to District 102 is on the City Center side.

The space has a great atmosphere and modern updated decor as you can see. Furthermore, there is a pool table and shuffleboards, which for a curler is a particularly significant boon.

Marriott Bonvoy Elite Complimentary Breakfast

In the morning after our stay we attended District 102 for our complimentary breakfast. The restaurant was very quiet at this time, but well-staffed and we received excellent service. 

After providing us juice and coffee, we were informed that our complimentary breakfast voucher would cover either the All Canadian breakfast, the Continental Breakfast, or a $20 credit towards any other menu item. Juice and coffee were also included complimentary.

I elected to have the Brioche French Toast, which came with syrup, whipped cream, and lots of fruit.

My friend Alex had the continental breakfast which he said was very good, aside from some sour pineapples. 

Overall, we were pleasantly impressed with the quality of breakfast, both the food and service, offered at District 102, and it made for a memorable dining experience.

Fitness Center

The hotel has a newly renovated fitness center on the third floor, open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

The fitness center includes the following equipment:

  • Elliptical Machines
  • Exercise Bikes
  • Free Weights
  • Rowing Machine
  • Stair Climbers
  • Strength Equipment
  • Treadmill
  • Weight Machines
Image credit: Trip.com

I didn’t manage to make it to the fitness center during my stay, but from the looks of it I missed out on a high-quality workout room with good lighting, equipment, and entertainment. 

Conclusion

Sometimes you just pick a hotel for its location. The Delta Hotels by Marriott Edmonton Centre Suites is a hotel with a fantastic location next to Edmonton’s vibrant ICE District. It’s a prompt walk to Rogers Place and comes attached with a covered parkade with a cheap nightly rate. 

Aside from the location, the hotel impressed me with its updated decor and quality breakfast at District 102. I would consider staying here again and recommend the hotel to others, especially when you need a little extra space for a group of three or four. 

Reed Sutton

Reed Sutton

Founder at Frugal Flyer
Reed is addicted to the art of earning and redeeming travel points, and frequently pairs his trips with his other hobby: photography. Through Frugal Flyer, Reed aims to distill some of the complex and esoteric points strategies into digestible information. Furthermore, he hopes to use his technical expertise to develop invaluable applications and tools for the travel community.

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