As most people know, I’m not a huge fan of celebrating Valentine’s Day but I am, however, a huge fan of enjoying the simple things with my significant other. It’s been known that more and more people are starting to lose touch with trying to enjoy each other’s company without having to break the bank.
I’d like to think that J and I have a mutual agreement that we would rather spend time in PJs all night eating pizza than having to go to some luxurious restaurant while spending time on the phones texting and being on social media.
J decided to come down to spend a week with me here in Canada and didn’t realize he had booked his time here with Valentine’s Day being in the middle of the trip. Oops. But it seems that luck was on our side and was gifted the opportunity to try out this Staycation package with The Renaissance Hotel. Although the Hotel was less than half hour drive from my home, it still felt like a romantic adventure.
The Renaissance Hotel
is located right next to the Edmonton International Airport with a heated pedway connecting the two and was a nominee in the 2013 Steel Design Awards. Surprisingly, this is the only Hotel that is connected to an airport.
From the outside, the building may not come off as luxurious but once you’re inside you’ll get a hint of Vegas. When you enter from the pedway and into the hotel, you’ll be able to print off your boarding tickets right in front of a Starbucks and the Halo Bar & Bistro is situated right next to it.
The design and architecture are absolutely stunning and was designed by Mike Goldsmith. The winter theme focuses around the idea of “discovery” resonates throughout the whole hotel where it showcases the winters in Alberta.
When you first walk into the lobby, you’ll be greeted by friendly staff members called “Navigators” who will welcome you into the Halo Bar & Bistro. It’s amazing to take note of all the small little gems hidden throughout the hotel that is actually intertwined with this country – let alone – province.
There are paintings on the cushions along the back of the HALO Bar which are inspired from Elk Lake Provincial Park and the table tops in both the bar lounge and bistro are made out of the same tree which is shipping from British Columbia. All ingredients they use for their food are all from local farm markets here in Edmonton.
You’ll also notice colored lights along the wall on the opposite side of the bar which is meant to represent the northern lights.
The Staycation package
provide guests are complemented with 2 specialty drinks. J and I received the Peach Citrus & Bubbles (2oz) and Wild Berry Moscow Mule (2oz) which are both amazingly delicious. The Peach Citrus & Bubbles is so good that you won’t realize you’ve had too many until it’s too late.
Our bartender, Jennifer was just as amazing. She took the time to get to know us and to explain to us the little gems that can be found throughout the hotel such as some of the walls being covered with Swarovski crystals.
So you can only guess who took that as a perfect photo opportunity!
If the drinks weren’t enough, the food was also on point. The HALO Bistro environment is a very upscale yet a relaxing area to go on a date with a friend, your partner or even yourself.
We had a hard time trying to settle on which dish to order for dinner but I ended up going with a Lobster Risotto which contained 1/2 lobster tail, sweet pea risotto, BC forest mushrooms and fresh herbs and J ended up ordering Regionally Inspired Pasta includes local products and seasonal ingredients. Very filling and very delicious.
With over 200 rooms, you’ll still have that ‘winter theme’ vibes resonating throughout each suite. We ended up being upgraded to the King Suite which looked a lot like the inside of a condo in my opinion. That being said, you can only image how much I didn’t want to leave. Room service was great and the bed was super comfy.
Did you know that the reason why the bathroom walls have Levis wallpaper? This is because there used to be a Levis manufacturing company located close to the Hotel.
All rooms are completely soundproof and huge windows that are from the floor to the ceiling. WiFi is also available, complimentary to guests, but if you’re trying to have a mini staycation, I don’t see why you need wifi, right?
Breakfast was ordered the night prior (before 12 AM) and was delivered at 10:45 am as requested. If the drinks or the dinner wasn’t enough, breakfast in the morning was icing on the cake. Trust me when I say, it was hard getting our stuff together and leaving the little condo later that day.
I would love to give a huge thanks to The Renaissance Hotel and their staff for allowing us to stay the night and taking care of us. If ever you do decide to fly down to Edmonton for a quick trip, layover or even if you’re local and looking for a quick getaway without going too far from home; I’d recommend coming by The Renaissance Hotel’s HALO Bar & Bistro and taking advantage of the Staycation package that they offer.
The offer includes:
- Complimentary Room Upgrade
- 2 Welcome Cocktails at the HALO bar
- A sharing platter at the HALO bistro
- continental breakfast for two at the HALO bistro
- Parking (you can also get free parking if you choose to grab some food and drinks at the bar or bistro)
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