Edmonton·FROM THE ARCHIVES

May 15, 1991: Hotel Macdonald reopens after 8 years

The Hotel Macdonald reopened its doors to hundreds of spectators after an extensive $20-million refurbishment was completed.

A room in the newly renovated Hotel Macdonald went for $75 per night

From the archives: The Hotel Macdonald reopens

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On May 15, 1991, renovations of the Hotel Macdonald were complete and staff held a grand opening and tour of the refurbished building.

In May of 1991, the Hotel Macdonald reopened its doors to hundreds of spectators after an extensive $20-million refurbishment was completed.

Preserving the splendour of the original hotel, which opened in 1915, was a priority of the renovation.

The hotel paid homage to the past with the re-hanging of the old 1,200-pound chandeliers in the Empire Ballroom and the prominent placement of the Fathers of Confederation painting in the Confederation Room.

One of the original chandeliers rehung in the Empire Ballroom of the Hotel Macdonald (CBC)

To mark the reopening, the first guest to sign the hotel's register was Marguerite Klassen, a chambermaid at the hotel in 1947.

A night in the newly reopened hotel cost $75 for a basic room or $1,200 a night for the Royal Suite.

The three-year renovation by Canadian Pacific Hotels bought the building back to its former glory after the building was closed due to disrepair in 1983.

In 1985, the building received the Municipal Heritage Resource designation from the City of Edmonton, preventing it from being demolished.

In the above video, CBC's Colin MacLean took a tour of the Hotel Macdonald on the day of the grand reopening.

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