I swear this is true! We were booked into the Selkirk for one night and arrived during torrential rain only to find the hotel, located in Historic Fort Edmonton Park, completely deserted but with all offices, bars, kitchens etc open and accessible as we found whilst trying to find someone to deal with us. The Park outside seemed equally deserted. We sat in the lobby until, eventually, a workman appeared and told us that there had been a tornado warning for this part of Edmonton and that everyone had been evacuated to safety! There was no indication from the hotel as to what had happened, nor any instructions for arriving guests - what were we to do? After about an hour sitting in the lobby on tenterhooks waiting for all hell to break loose and having worked out the safest place to shelter if it did (I reckon near the lift shaft, if your ever in this situation) the staff eventually returned and seemed surprised to see us. They were hosting a corporate event that evening and were not expecting any individual bookings - they had no room for us! They blamed out booking agent, who were subsequently were able to prove that the hotel had accepted and confirmed our booking. After much discussion and running around they did eventually find us a room. It is impossible to give an objective view of the hotel's facilities etc after this dismal experience but one positive aspect of our stay was that we were subsequently able to roam the closed Historic Park at our leisure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Selkirk is located in Fort Edmonton Park and is a reconstruction of an 1920's hotel that was originally located on Jasper Avenue. Hotel Selkirk plays a vital part of the Park and is a fully functioning modern hotel with guest rooms available from May 20th - September 2012. All guest rooms have WiFi, En-Suite, desk, coffee machine and some rooms overlooking the 1920's streets.A complimentary admission to Fort Edmonton Park is included with your night's accommodation. You can go back in time and ride the stream train, walk amongst the local villagers making bannock, sample fresh baked goods and fudge at the Jasper House Bakery, from only a few steps from your hotel room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Selkirk Hotel Edmonton
- Hotel Selkirk Edmonton, Alberta