There’s never been a better time to stay at a hotel in downtown Edmonton. That’s because many new attractions are coming to the city’s downtown ICE district.

The area is already home to hotspots like Rogers Place. Visit an Edmonton downtown hotel, and you’ll have access to sports games, concerts, and more. However, city leaders and developers aren’t resting on their laurels. Instead, they’re actively working to offer guests even more things to do in the area.

Just consider some of the following upcoming attractions:

Cineplex UltraAVX & VIP Cinemas
The downtown Edmonton area will soon be home to a 35,000 sq. ft. movie theater offering in-theater meals and beverage service, along with key features like reserved seating. The ICE district has recently become a top entertainment destination in the region thanks to developments like Rogers Place and the Grand Villa Casino. Soon, it will be even more welcoming to families staying at hotels in downtown Edmonton. While the kids may not be able to indulge in the fun at a casino, they can certainly enjoy a day at the movies.

With hockey matches, concerts, gambling, and a movie theater on the way, the ICE district is clearly the place for families to stay when visiting the Edmonton area.

Public Plaza
The Public Plaza area has 50,000 sq. ft. of space to take advantage of. That makes it a prime location for new, exciting developments for people visiting the city, as well as Edmontonians looking for great ways to spend their weekends.

Some portions of the area will be reserved for concerts and other performances, while others will be devoted to attractions like food vendors, markets, beer gardens, and even ice skating.

Due to the community-centric nature of any public plaza, once this development is complete, it will be a must-visit spot for those residing in a nearby downtown Edmonton hotel. Spending time here will offer guests the chance to interact with Edmontonians directly, getting a better sense of what makes this city so appealing: its people.

Best of all, the climate of Edmonton and the surrounding region ensures that the new Public Plaza will be able to host events all year long. Winter activities like ice skating will give way to spring and summer options, like outdoor movies and community dinners.

Because the ICE district is meant to function as a general community gathering place, where the spirit of Edmonton thrives, developers even predict that the plaza will be a place for game day celebrations. If you can’t grab a ticket to see the Oilers, you can still cheer on the local team among other Edmontonians.

Edmonton Tower
One of the ICE district’s landmarks is Edmonton Tower. While the edifice primarily serves as an office building, it’s also accepting tenants offering a range of convenient dining and retail options to both current tenants and area guests. Chief among them are Tim Horton’s, which will sell a full line of coffee and baked goods. Gateway Newstands will also open up a location at Edmonton Tower, where guests can purchase basic products for their daily needs, like snacks, periodicals, and more; it’s a perfect convenience store for people visiting the area.

Cacao 70, based in Montreal, has also reached an agreement with Edmonton Tower. The shop will offer chocolate drinks, brunch all day, and desserts. This is the first branch of Cacao 70 in the entire ICE district.

Of course, while some of the attractions listed here may be a couple years away, there are already plenty of reasons to explore ICE district during your stay at a downtown Edmonton hotel. Rogers Place hosts Oilers games, while also constantly attracting major entertainers like Coldplay. It also boasts a wide selection of food and drink options.

If you’re in the mood for gambling, the Grand Villa Casino offers 125,000 sq. ft. of space, making it an extremely comfortable spot to spend a day.

Thanks to the Union Bank Inn, you won’t have to travel far to find delicious food. Madison’s Grill offers a wide-ranging menu and casual bistro charm, all within a Downtown Edmonton luxury hotel. Madison’s Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, making it the ideal spot to grab a bite no matter what time of day you happen to be in the area. While you’re dining, enjoy one of the restaurant’s many delicious wines. If you plan on attending an event at Rogers Place, stop by between 4:00pm and 5:00pm for a special three course menu, available exclusively on event dates.

Overwhelmed by all there is to explore? No worries. The team at the Union Bank Inn will be happy to offer recommendations tailored to your specific tastes and goals. Staying at a luxury hotel in downtown Edmonton offers you the chance to experience the ICE district while also having a comfortable, welcoming place to spend the night at the end of the day.

When you stay at a place where the staff knows the area, it’s a lot easier to navigate.