Radisson Expands Western Presence with First Edmonton Hotel

Toronto, ON | April 03, 2008

Carlson Hotels Worldwide has announced the opening of its newest Canadian hotel today, the 235-room Radisson Hotel Edmonton South. this is the first Radisson hotel in the City of Edmonton and complements the coast-tocoast offering of upper-end Radisson hotels across Canada.

The Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, on Edmonton's popular South Side, has a strong reputation in the meeting and convention circles as well as being perfectly situated for leisure travellers. The hotel is currently undergoing a $5.3 million renovation. Already finished is a complete refurbishing of all guest rooms. Refurbishing of banquet and meeting space, food and beverage outlets, public areas and lobby are currently underway.

"This hotel is a wonderful property, from its jaw-dropping 4-story atrium to its beautifully decorated guestrooms," says Sandy Russell, senior director, Revenue Generation, Carlson Hotels Worldwide. "Add to that the planned renovations and the fact that this hotel has outstanding convention and meeting space and this first foray into Edmonton for Radisson is a welcome addition."

Location, location, location...
The Radisson Hotel Edmonton South is located approximately 15 minutes from Edmonton International Airport, the University of Alberta and downtown Edmonton. It is situated on Gateway Boulevard, the main thoroughfare heading north into the heart of downtown Edmonton. For those looking to have a bit of fun during their visit, Edmonton boasts world class golf courses, shopping, the Valley Zoo, Fort Edmonton, the historic Old Strathcona District, and the West Edmonton Mall, the world's largest shopping and entertainment complex. Edmonton is also known as Canada's 'Festival City', hosting more than 30 annual festivals throughout the year. For business travellers, the hotel is located near the Nisku, Laduc and Fort Saskatchewan Industrial Parks, Oil & Gas Refinery Row, and South side businesses. Coming and going is easy with complimentary heated underground parking and outdoor parking with plug-ins for oversize vehicles.

A great night's sleep...
Guestrooms at the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South are spacious and include either a king bed or two queen beds. Most rooms boast the Sleep Number Bed by Select Comfort™, which uses uniquely designed air chambers to provide a gentle cushion of support and can easily be adjusted to personal preference for comfort and firmness. Each bed is accessorized with an upscale customized linen set, which includes white 250-thread count sheets, plush feather and down sleeping pillows and cases and a luxurious duvet. Additional room amenities include complimentary high-speed internet access, work desks with ergonomic chairs, two telephones, including cordless phone, (local calls are free of charge) flat-screen TVs, in-room movies, AM/FM radios, in-room coffee, and hair dryers. Superior rooms also include a microwave and refrigerator.

The meetings place...
The Radisson Hotel Edmonton South has more than 33,000 square feet of versatile function space ideal for trade shows, conventions, corporate meetings, special occasions, and social events from two to 1,000 guests. Facilities include 17 separate function rooms, high-speed Internet lines, and web casting capability.

The right fit...
For those wanting to stay fit, the hotel boasts a 23,000 sq. ft. Fitness and Racquet Club on its premises. Complimentary for hotel guests, facilities include treadmills, elliptical trainers, stair climbers, stationary bikes, an indoor running track, weight equipment, squash and racquetball courts, a saltwater swimming pool, whirlpool and sauna.

The dining experience...
The beautiful Atrium Café is the heart of this courtyard style hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by award-winning chefs. A spectacular Sunday Brunch is served every Sunday and is a local favourite. The Lionshead Pub, in traditional English style, has 16 draught beers to choose from, live entertainment and a casual dining menu. Of course, for those who would like to go 'low key' 24-hour room service is available.

"Radisson has an excellent reputation as a leader in the global hospitality industry by anticipating the needs and exceeding the expectation of guests, hotel owners and employees," said Robin Cumine, General Manager, Radisson Hotel Edmonton South. "Combined with the brand's strength in the upper end business sector and our obvious strength in delivering outstanding conference space, we feel this is the perfect fit for our hotel."

For more information on the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South or other Radisson Hotels, visit www.radisson.com, call 800-333-3333, or consult a travel professional.

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About Radisson Hotels & Resorts: Radisson Hotels & Resorts®, with nearly 400 Radisson locations in 66 countries, is one of the world's leading, full-service hotel companies. Radisson is a division of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, a global leader in the hotel industry encompassing five hotel brands and more than 960 hotels and resorts in 71 countries.

Canadian Radisson Hotels (www.radisson.com): Radisson President Hotel & Suites, Vancouver Airport; Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Canmore; Radisson Hotel Calgary Airport; Radisson Hotel Edmonton South; Radisson Hotel & Suites Fort McMurray; Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan, Regina; Radisson Hotel Saskatoon; Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown; Radisson Resort Hecla; Radisson Riverfront Hotel Windsor; Radisson Hotel & Suites London; Radisson Hotel Kitchener; Radisson Hotel Toronto East; Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport; Radisson Plaza Hotel Admiral Toronto - Harbourfront; Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview, Niagara Falls; Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill; Radisson Hotel Kingston Harbourfront; Radisson Hotel Sudbury; Radisson Hotel Laval; and, the Radisson Suite Hotel Halifax.

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