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12 Best Hotels in Calgary

Written by Bryan Dearsley
Apr 9, 2019

Famous for hosting the Winter Olympics in 1988—an event that certainly helped boost its standing as an international city—Calgary in Alberta has also earned a reputation for its quality hotels. Framed by the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains to the west and the vast, unrelenting prairies to the east, "Stampede City" has nevertheless retained something of a frontier-town aesthetic that lends to its charm and personality.

Whether you're here for some summer sightseeing or winter skiing, you won't be disappointed by the variety of accommodation options available. Whether you're in the market for an opulent luxury hotel or something more affordable, there's plenty to choose from in downtown Calgary, a popular destination for its vibrant entertainment and cultural scenes.

If you're on a tight budget, look for hotel deals nearer the airport and in South Calgary; when you want to see the top attractions and things to do in Calgary central, the city's excellent transit system can get you there.

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Best Luxury Hotels in Calgary

1. The Fairmont Palliser

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Brought to you by one of the leading names in luxury hotels, the Fairmont Palliser pulls no punches when it comes to pampering its guests. Established in 1914 and still the poshest address in town, the hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the downtown core, just steps away from top Calgary attractions, superb shopping, elegant restaurants, and the hottest entertainment.

As you'd expect of so highly regarded a luxury hotel, the amenities are world-class, from the dining experiences—private and in-room dining are available—to a state-of-the-art fitness center and health club, and a concierge/valet service.

The 407 rooms and suites certainly won't disappoint, with their impressive array of configurations and options. Featuring chic décor, the bright, recently renovated rooms include modern day necessities, such as desks and high-speed Wi-Fi, HDTVs, and bathrobes. Whether you book into one of the standard rooms or splash out on the massive Royal Suite, your sleep experience is enhanced with pillow-top mattresses and comfy bedding.

For those with the desire to go whole hog, check out the hotel's Fairmont Gold Floor program, which includes perks such as access to a private lounge.

Address: 133 9 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta

Accommodation: The Fairmont Palliser

2. Hotel Le Germain Calgary

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Located on the doorstep of the iconic Calgary Tower, the chic hotel Le Germain Calgary is a great location from which to explore the city's top attractions and points of interest. This elegant boutique hotel was built within a number of important downtown heritage buildings, creating a charming ambience, enhanced by the modern architectural flourishes that have been added.

The amenities seem to blend in quite naturally and include a restaurant (a breakfast buffet is included with your stay), a superb (and large) rooftop terrace with amazing city views, a fitness center, full-service spa, and free hotel luxury car service to get you around town.

The hotel's 143 rooms are equally classy. Features of these sumptuously decorated, bright accommodations include king beds with upgraded bedding and linens, and spacious bathrooms with glass showers and rainfall showerheads. If more space is needed, book into one of the apartment suites. These larger units come with separate living and dining areas, as well as a separate guest washroom, and can sleep up to six people.

Address: 899 Centre Street Sw, Calgary, Alberta

Accommodation: Hotel Le Germain Calgary

3. Hotel Arts

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The aptly named Hotel Arts is another classy luxury Calgary accommodation option boasting a great deal of character. Built in 2005 and named after the many unique artworks that line the walls of its rooms and common areas, the hotel is delightful, and the changing displays ensure that no two stays will ever be the same.

Your choice of units includes standard-sized king rooms, as well as larger luxury suites with exquisite designer décor and furnishings, plush bedding, large bathrooms with separate soaker tubs and showers (plus bathrobes), separate seating areas, work desks, wet bars with coffee makers, and balconies.

Despite its handy location close to the city's downtown tourist attractions, there are plenty of good reasons to linger on the property. In addition to its good-sized heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools (the latter with a large patio area), guests can work out in the well-equipped fitness center or enjoy a meal in the hotel's restaurant. And when the munchies strike, there's also a handy snack bar service. Finally, if you do venture outdoors, ask at the front desk if one of the hotel's bikes are available (they're free, but on a first-come, first-served basis).

Address: 119 12 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta

Accommodation: Hotel Arts

4. Hotel Elan

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Those choosing to rest their heads at the elegant Hotel Elan are in for a treat. Located on 17th Avenue in the middle of one of Calgary's trendiest neighborhoods, the Beltline District, this chic boutique hotel is close to much of the city's hippest restaurants, shops, galleries, and entertainment options, and has become a must-stay destination. The rooms and suites themselves are large (meeting areas for up to six people are included) and charmingly decorated throughout, each boasting its own unique theme and character. Highlights include large bathrooms with heated floors, heated toilet seats (yes!), and custom fixtures; Italian-made furniture; comfortable mattresses and quality linens; and, a real treat, opening windows.

The amenities are equally classy. In addition to a well-equipped fitness area, guests can enjoy concierge and limo services, heated underground parking, plus a free healthy breakfast. Other nice touches include free international phone calls and daily newspapers.

Address: 1122 16 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta

Accommodation: Hotel Elan

5. Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire

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Weary travelers in search of a chance to enjoy elegant luxury hotel suites within an easy stroll of the downtown core and the Bow River won't be disappointed after checking into the top-rated Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire. Popular choices for couples looking for a romantic weekend break or midweek getaway are the spacious king rooms, each equipped with a separate living area, quality mattresses and bedding, a large bathroom with separate bathtubs and walk-in shower (plus robes), along with work desks and wet bars. For families, consider a move up to the even roomier one-bedroom units, with their small kitchens, separate sleeping areas, and pullout couch.

The amenities at the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire also stand out. Along with a heated swimming pool and hot tub on-site, as well as a fully-equipped fitness center, guests can also make use of the nearby Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA with its even larger facilities (including childcare services if needed), in addition to regular programs for kids. This hotel is also a good choice for its location near the Calgary Zoo and other top points of interest and things to do.

Address: 255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, Alberta

Accommodation: Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire

6. Hyatt Regency Calgary

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Another good high-end choice is the Hyatt Regency Calgary. Set in the heart of the downtown core on Stephen Avenue Walk, part of a pedestrian zone that includes superb shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, this first-rate hotel is also just minutes away by foot from important attractions including the city's Centre for Performing Arts, the Glenbow Museum, and the famous Calgary Tower.

Despite its size—this luxury hotel consists of 355 spacious rooms and suites—it manages to retain an air of intimacy, especially in its excellent dining and lounge areas. The same aesthetic has been extended to the hotel's other facilities, including its fitness center, heated indoor swimming pool, as well as its full-service spa. Concierge and valet services are also available.

The rooms are, as you'd expect, done to the nines in luxury. Whether you choose a king room or the double queen bed options, you'll have plenty of space to spread out. Features include a separate living area, breakfast area, and wet bar, fancy toiletries and bathrobes in the large bathrooms, coffee and tea supplies, and blackout curtains. And if even more space is needed, simply request an adjoining suite, or book into one of the huge one- or two-bedroom Conference Suites.

Address: 700 Centre St S E, Calgary, Alberta

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Calgary

Best Downtown Hotels in Calgary

1. International Hotel & Spa Calgary

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A great choice of downtown hotel in the mid-range price bracket, the International Hotel & Spa Calgary has much to commend it to travelers seeking quality accommodations in Alberta. Just minutes from top Calgary tourist attractions, theaters, and shopping, guests are treated to a high level of comfort in this modern hotel's spacious rooms and suites. If available, ask about the spacious corner king suite.

Comprising separate bedroom, dining, and living areas, these upgraded units come with lovely finishes that include hardwood floors, fully-equipped kitchens, powder rooms, plus great views from their roomy balconies. A number of pet-friendly units are also available for those bringing along their pooch.

The on-site amenities available at the International Hotel & Spa Calgary are of an equally high standard. Highlights include a full-on spa offering everything from massages to acupuncture, a snazzy new heated indoor swimming pool, as well as a fitness center with an adjacent sauna room (both open 24-hours). Other good news: complimentary breakfast and parking is provided.

Address: 220 4 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta

Accommodation: International Hotel & Spa Calgary

2. Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel

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The Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel is a reputable up-market option for families, couples, or single travelers to "Stampede City." Ideally located adjacent to the city's tallest tourist attraction, the iconic Calgary Tower, this large modern hotel is the perfect place to stay for those wanting to explore the downtown core.

The hotel's rooms are, as you'd expect of a Marriott, clean and bright, with quality contemporary décor and furnishings. Notable features include blackout blinds to cover the opening windows, separate sitting areas, a spacious bathroom with complimentary toiletries, HDTVs, and balconies. If more space is needed, book adjoining rooms, or settle on one of the larger suites.

After all that exploring, it's time to enjoy this centrally located hotel's world-class amenities. Be sure to start with a snack or beverage on the hotel's large rooftop patio, popular for locals and guests alike for its amazing views over the Rockies and downtown Calgary. Add to this mix a variety of function and meeting space options, a heated indoor swimming pool, an on-site restaurant (plus in-room dining and local restaurant delivery service), a 24-hour fitness center, and a private lounge, and you've got everything needed for a first-class stay.

Address: 110 9 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta

Accommodation: Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel

3. Best Western Plus Suites Downtown

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Budget-minded travelers wanting some downtown action would do well to consider a stay at the Best Western Plus Suites Downtown. Located near trendy 17th Avenue with its endless entertainment, shopping, and dining opportunities, this well-known name-brand accommodation provider has developed a winning formula: a great location plus spacious condo-style suites.

A variety of unit configurations are available, from cozy studios ideal for a romantic weekend break to larger family suites consisting of one- or two-bedrooms. Whatever size you settle on (or into), expect standard features such as free Wi-Fi, pullout couches (these can be made up and ready for use if required), and kitchenettes with fridges and microwaves. Larger units have full kitchens. A complimentary buffet-style breakfast is included with your stay.

The amenities are also worth checking out here. Notable features include meeting rooms and a business center, a well-equipped fitness center, plus a sauna. On-site parking is also available at no charge.

Address: 1330 8 St SW, Calgary, Alberta

Accommodation: Best Western Plus Suites Downtown

4. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Calgary Downtown

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One of the newest—if not the newest—entrant in the city's booming hotel market, the tall, modern Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Calgary Downtown is another great place for a stay in "Stampede City."

Located next to one of Calgary's largest green spaces, Central Memorial Park, this contemporary-styled hotel features a mix of rooms and suites boasting quality standard features such as desks, free high-speed Wi-Fi, and in-room coffee makers. If available, try to book into one of the lovely king suites with their handy kitchenettes (these come equipped with a mini-fridge and microwave). Some accessible rooms and suites are available for those with mobility challenges.

The modern amenities are also worth checking out. These include a business center, a well-equipped 24-hour fitness center, laundry facilities, and valet parking. A complimentary breakfast is also provided.

Address: 239 12 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta

Accommodation: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Calgary Downtown

Best Cheap Hotels Calgary

1. Wingate by Wyndham Calgary South

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Although at the top-end of the budget hotel category, the Wingate by Wyndham Calgary South is certainly worth checking out for its frequent hotel deals. Located south of the city's downtown core and an easy 25-minute drive to Calgary International Airport, this contemporary-styled hotel offers good-sized rooms—including some larger family units with handy kitchenettes—each equipped with standard features, including quality bedding, mattresses, and furnishings, coffee and tea supplies, along with spacious bathrooms with complimentary toiletries. A number of pet friendly units are available, but be sure to check in advance for availability.

The amenities, too, are extensive, and include a large heated indoor swimming pool with waterslides and a nearby hot tub, a fully-equipped fitness center, 24-hour business center, and free parking. One of the top-rated airport hotels in Calgary, this great hotel is also notable for its complimentary buffet-style breakfasts included with your stay.

Address: 400 Midpark Way SE, Calgary, Alberta

Accommodation: Wingate by Wyndham Calgary South

2. Best Western Plus Calgary Centre Inn

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Another hotel with a handy location near the Calgary airport and the city's C-Train public transit service—and within an easy drive of the iconic Repsol Sports Centre—the Best Western Plus Calgary Centre Inn is a great choice for those seeking quality budget accommodations.

This modern hotel provides guests with access to a selection of useful amenities, including a good-sized heated indoor swimming pool with an adjacent hot tub, a family-friendly restaurant, an outdoor tennis court, and a fully-equipped fitness center. A free breakfast is provided, and on-site parking is secure and free.

When it's time to bed down for the night, you'll be faced with a variety of choices. Popular options include the single or double queen rooms, each with a coffee maker, mini-fridge, and microwave, free Wi-Fi, and a pullout couch for those traveling with friends and family.

Address: 3630 Macleod Trail S, Calgary, Alberta

Accommodation: Best Western Plus Calgary Centre Inn

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