Editor's Top 11 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$123 CAD
Highly praised downtown Calgary hotel near Eau Claire Market with indoor pool & waterslide
We love this hotel for giving their guests first-class service and for their grand-looking entrance, which exudes a gracious warmth. It’s self-styled as a boutique hotel, with cozy suites, each with a separate bedroom and fitted with the latest of amenities, flat screen TVs, a wet bar and microwave and beautiful duvets. 

It’s close to the Bow River for evening strolls, and the Eau Claire Market for dining and shopping. There’s lots of amenities on site as well, from a spa and hair salon, to a restaurant and lounge, to the pool with waterslide and hot tub, as well as the fitness and business centres. 

This hotel is also very highly rated by reviewers. Guests especially loved the extras, such as chocolate-covered strawberries, wine and cheese baskets and complimentary room upgrades to Club Level.
Pros
  • Free amenities: pet stays and Club Members get free Wi-Fi
  • Guests loved the clean and spacious suites
  • Staff were absolutely amazing said guests
  • The location was excellent, close to dining, shopping, the Bow River and trails
  • Guests liked the quality of the breakfast buffet
  • Many thought the hotel provided good value
Cons
  • Wi-Fi costs $12.60 or $22.60 per 24 hours
  • Valet parking costs $29 for weekends and $42 for weekdays per night
  • There was the occasional complaint of noise either from inside or outside the hotel
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$150 CAD
Stylish luxury hotel in downtown Calgary with modern amenities, day spa, restaurant & lounge
This luxury hotel offers a relaxing ambiance for guests who appreciate style and modern décor. The 10-foot ceilings with nice city views give the rooms a sense of space and openness, especially on the higher floors, and guests enjoy having Nespresso machines, large TVs and well-stocked mini-bars in the rooms.

The Charcut Roast House makes a good steak and the hotel’s lounge offers micro-brews and organic cocktails. Wi-Fi is fast and free.

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, continental breakfast, newspapers
  • Rooms were spacious, very clean and modern said guests
  • Location was prime, in walking distance of restaurants, shops, attractions and public transit
  • Staff provided great service said guests
  • Many guests enjoyed the restaurant on site
  • Wi-Fi was excellent according to guests
Cons
  • Valet parking is $42 weekdays and $20 weekends, per day
  • Several guests felt the free breakfast could use more imagination and selection
  • Bathrooms and showers did not provide full privacy due to sliding doors and glass shower walls with venetian blinds
  • Some wished for blackout blinds to fully block out light
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$147 CAD
Popular and pet-friendly downtown Calgary hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and free Wi-Fi
We picked this hotel for its value and location. This is a well priced hotel connected to Calgary’s +15 Skywalk, great for a business stay, in fair or foul weather. Guests enjoy the buffet breakfast here for about $20 per person considering it well priced with great variety, and the restaurant on site, Elements, is also popular with guests—with excellent wild salmon! Starbucks on site will satisfy the coffee craving and the excellent free Wi-Fi will keep you updated.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi
  • Rooms were clean, quiet with comfy beds
  • Great views from higher floors said guests
  • Breakfast and other dining very well liked by guests
  • Location central to downtown restaurants, attractions, shopping and entertainment
  • Staff were well liked and accommodating
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guests online
Cons
  • Weekday parking is $25 for self-parking and $35 for valet, per day
  • Weekend parking is $10 for self-parking and $20 for valet, per day
  • Some felt the hotel was getting dated and due for a refresh
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$284 CAD
Pet-friendly downtown Calgary hotel near Calgary Tower with indoor pool and restaurants
This hotel offers an excellent downtown location right across from the Calgary Tower, close to great dining and shopping on Stephen Avenue. Guests have highlighed the buffet breakfasts, the comfortable beds and impressive city views from the higher floors.
Pros
  • Free amenities: pet stays and newspapers for all guests, and Wi-Fi for Marriott Rewards members only
  • Rooms were very clean, and nicely updated with comfy beds said guests
  • Location in the city centre, across from Calgary Tower, in walking distance of dining, shopping and public transit
  • Staff were very friendly and helpful
  • Guests enjoyed dining on site
Cons
  • Wi-Fi is $7.95 for non-Marriott rewards members
  • Valet parking is $40 from Sunday to Thursday and $20 Friday and Saturday
  • No free Wi-Fi to all guests disturbing for some
  • Parking was a challenge for some guests, due to the high cost for valet and the difficulty finding self parking in the downtown
  • Some were bothered by noise from within the hotel and from outside at times
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$326 CAD
Highly praised downtown Calgary luxury hotel with indoor pool, day spa, restaurant & lounge

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, bike rentals, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and well appointed said guests
  • Wi-Fi is excellent according to guest surveys
  • Location was perfect, in walking distance of restaurants, shopping and entertainment
  • Guests enjoyed dining on site
  • Staff were well liked and professional
Cons
  • Self parking is $29 per day and valet parking is $39 per day
  • Some guests complained of noise from the C-Train
  • Some felt the hotel was a little dated and pillows were small and uncomfortable
  • A few guests felt the rooms, dining and parking were expensive
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$301 CAD
Highly praised luxury hotel in downtown Calgary with excellent customer service and dining

Pros
  • Free amenities: pet stays and Wi-Fi for President's Club members (free to join)
  • Rooms were spacious and comfortable said guests
  • Location was prime, walking distance to dining, shopping, attractions and public transit
  • Staff were highly trained and accommodating
  • Dining on site was very well liked by guests
Cons
  • Wi-Fi costs 13.95 plus tax for 24 hours (for non-club members)
  • Valet parking costs $35 Sunday-Thursday and $20 Friday and Saturday
  • Self-parking costs $27 Tuesday-Thursday and $18 Monday and Friday
  • A few guests found rooms near the train tracks noisy
  • Some found the dining on site expensive
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$167 CAD
Popular downtown Calgary hotel with indoor pool, restaurants and lounge and free pet stays

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, pet stays, newspapers
  • Rooms were peaceful, spacious and had great beds
  • Prime downtown location, in walking distance of restaurants, shopping, attractions and public transit
  • Staff were excellent and well liked by guests
  • Guests enjoyed breakfast and other dining on site
  • Good value according to several guests
  • Wi-Fi was very good according to reviewers
Cons
  • Self parking is $28 on weekdays and $19 on weekends, per night
  • Valet parking is $38 on weekdays and $25 on weekends, per night
  • No hot tub a disappointment for some guests
  • Some complained of small bathrooms with a sliding door that did not provide full privacy
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$106 CAD
Popular Calgary hotel near city centre with great staff, kitchenettes & free hot breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfortable beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants and groceries
  • Staff were friendly and accommodating
  • Breakfast was well liked with good selection
  • Guests found good value at this hotel
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • A few guests thought the furniture and carpets could use an update
  • No pool, hot tub or restaurant on site
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$164 CAD
Well-liked Calgary hotel near downtown with free hot breakfast & free Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfortable beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, pubs, downtown and Saddledome
  • Staff were kind, friendly and very accommodating
  • Breakfast was well liked with good selection
  • Guests found good value at this hotel
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Valet-only parking is available at $30 per day
  • No room service, bar or restaurant on site
  • A few guests missed having an in-room safe
  • Breakfast sometimes got crowded
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$103 CAD
New Calgary-East Village hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and free Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, morning coffee, newspapers
  • Rooms stylish, clean and spacious with comfortable beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, the river, business offices and free C-Train
  • Staff were kind, genuine and very helpful
  • Guests found good value at this hotel
  • Wi-Fi was rated good
Cons
  • Valet-only parking is available at $38 weekdays and $25 weekends
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$127 CAD
Highly praised Calgary-East Village hotel with kitchenette suites and free hot breakfast 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, weekday meals, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and well equipped with comfortable beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, Saddledome, BMO Centre and free C-Train
  • Staff made the day--professional, friendly and helpful
Cons
  • Valet-only parking is available at $38/day on weekdays and $25/day weekends

Tips For Staying In Downtown Calgary

Downtown Calgary, known as the “heart of the new west”, offers attractions for a diversity of travellers, including professional sports events, cultural events and the Calgary Stampede. With so much to see and do, not to mention the bulk of the city’s business offices, downtown hotels are generally the most expensive in the city.


Downtown Hotels
The downtown core of Calgary is defined as the area from 1st to 9th avenue, south of the Bow River. This area of the city is bustling with restaurants, bars, shopping and attractions. Many attractions are within a 15- to 20-minute walk, and public transit, either the LRT or bus system, is easily accessible for travellers looking to explore the city.

Most of the hotels in this area are mid- to high-end chain properties, like Fairmont, Marriott, Sheraton and Delta. In addition, room rates can get quite high when events or festivals are being held in the downtown core or the city itself. 

You will also encounter added fees. Parking fees at these hotels are normal for downtown properties, and parking rates range from $25 to $40 per day. Additionally, many of these hotels charge around $15 per 24 hours for Wi-Fi service.

Typically more affordable than its downtown competitors, the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel offers free Wi-Fi in the lobby, but it's $8/day in the rooms, and valet parking is $20 on Fridays and Saturdays, but $40 other days of the week. This hotel is close to the Stephen Street Mall, about 10 minutes on foot, and is well liked by guests for it central location.

About $40 more per night, but very highly rated hotel (and our Editor's Pick), the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire offers multiple on-site dining options, an indoor pool with a waterslide, plus a spa.


Staying Outside of Downtown
If the downtown price tags are too expensive for you, try booking at some of the discount chains on McLeod Trail SE, like Super 8 Motel - Calgary /Shawnessy and Best Western Calgary Centre Inn. These hotels, south of the city, offer free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking. Plus, the downtown area is not out of your reach, as you will find LRT (public transit) stations all along McLeod Trail.


Getting Around
The LRT (or C-Train) offers affordable transit within the entire city of Calgary. Day passes cost $9 per adult and $6.25 per youth, while single-ride fare is $3 and $2 respectively. The C-Train has multiple downtown stops along 7th Avenue and two stops at the Calgary Stampede grounds and the Saddledome. Calgary also offers a bus system that services the Calgary International Airport

If you plan to enter downtown by car, street parking and parkades are both available and the maximum rates at parkades is about $20 per day.


Downtown Attractions
If you’re seeking some culture, check out the permanent international galleries at the Glenbow Museum or catch a concert at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts. 

Shoppers will find everything they’re looking for at the CORE Shopping Centre on 7th Avenue, while sports lovers can be at the Scotiabank Saddledome for a Calgary Flames game within a 20-minute walk of most downtown hotels. 

And for a truly unforgettable experience, take in the view from the landmark Calgary Tower on 9th Avenue!
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