Editor's Top 4 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$129 CAD
Well-liked Calgary hotel near McMahon Stadium with indoor pool, restaurant & free breakfast 
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, outdoor parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and updated with comfy beds
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good overall by online reviewers
  • Staff were outstanding said guests
  • Breakfast and dining on site was enjoyed
  • Location handy to Hwy 1, public transit, McMahon Stadium, university and restaurants
  • Underground heated parking is $10 per night
  • Some guests complained of noise travelling through the atrium to rooms above
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Book from ~$112 CAD
Well-liked boutique motel with modern decor, free breakfast, free parking and free Wi-Fi 
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, continental breakfast, phone calls in North America, newspapers
  • Exceptional service from staff, according to guests
  • Guests liked the modern decor
  • Guests liked the easy access to the Trans-Canada Highway
  • Many guests found the rooms very clean and well appointed
  • Small rooms, according to some guests
  • Guests were disturbed by street noise and by noise from other guests
  • No elevator to 2nd floor
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Book from ~$94 CAD
Highly praised & pet-friendly northwest Calgary hotel with well-equipped rooms & great staff 
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Spotlessly clean rooms, according to guests
  • Reviewers said staff here went the extra mile
  • Guests liked this hotel's price point
  • Some guests thought the parking spaces were small
  • A few guests were disturbed by street noise and by noise from other guests
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Book from ~$146 CAD
Northwest Calgary hotel on Banff Trail with indoor pool, waterslide and kitchenette suites 
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, underground parking, hot breakfast, 24-hr coffee
  • Conveniently located near the C-Train, McMahon Stadium and the University of Calgary
  • Guests enjoyed the clean pool and waterslide
  • Some guests thought the staff were fantastic
  • The hot breakfast was well-liked by guests for variety and quality
  • Rooms clean and spacious, according to guests
  • A few guests felt that the room rate was high
  • Some guests were bothered by noise from neighbouring guests

6 Other Hotels Close to Alberta Children's Hospital

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Book from ~$84 CAD
Calgary hotel on the U of C campus with small but modern rooms, free breakfast & free Wi-Fi
  • Free Wi-Fi and free breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers found their rooms to be well appointed with modern furnishings
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many guests found the location ideal for accessing destinations on the U of C campus
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant and the free breakfast
  • Many guests found their rooms to be small
  • A few guests were disappointed that room service was not available
  • Parking is $10 per night including tax
This university-run hotel is situated on the U of C Campus and is just a 3-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the hospital.
Getting Around: Public Transit
A couple routes run along 24 Avenue NW, which is a 4-minute walk from the hotel, dropping guests off in front of the hospital. Travel time is approximately 7 minutes.
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Book from ~$79 CAD
Budget northwest Calgary hotel near McMahon Stadium with free breakfast but mixed reviews
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Guests liked the proximity to McMahon Stadium and to the C-Train
  • Guests found the price point attractive
  • Unpleasant odours in the rooms, according to guests
  • Lack of detailed cleaning in the rooms, according to guests
  • Guests said that their air conditioning units were loud and malfunctioning
  • Some guests were disappointed with the free breakfast
  • Some guests could hear their neighbours
Situated on Crowchild Trail NW, near the C-Train Station and McMahon Stadium, this Super 8 is a 5-minute drive from the hospital.
Getting Around: Public Transit
A number of routes travelling along 24 Avenue NW will take guests to the hospital in approximately 20 minutes.
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Book from ~$73 CAD
Northwest Calgary budget hotel near C-train with free breakfast, but many complaints
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking
  • Location was convenient to the C-train, restaurants and Foothills Hospital
  • The odd reviewer thought the price was reasonable
  • Many guests found the hotel dirty
  • Some guests said they were surprised by extra and unexpected charges
  • Many guests complained of rude and unhelpful staff
  • Many guests said the hotel was in need of repairs and renovation
Near the C-Train and across the street from McMahon Stadium in Motel Village, this Ramada is a 5-minute drive from the hospital.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Buses running along 24 Avenue NW (a 4-minute walk from the hotel) will take guests directly to the hospital. Total travel time is approximately 20 minutes.
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Book from ~$109 CAD
Guests found renovations disruptive (to be completed December 2012)
  • Free parking, free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast
  • Close to the University of Calgary and to the C-Train, according to guests
  • Some guests felt that they had received good value for the price paid
  • Guests experienced unpleasant odours in the rooms
  • Several guests felt the the hotel was dirty, in general
  • Guests were disturbed by noise and dust from the ongoing renovations (expected completion date December 2012)
Across from the University and McMahon Stadium among a cluster of hotels, this Econo Lodge is a budget option, just a 5-minute drive from the hospital.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The bus stop on 24 Avenue is an approximate 4-minute walk from this hotel and guests can travel to the hospital in about 20 minutes.
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Book from ~$73 CAD
Good value and comfortable northwest Calgary motel with kitchens and outdoor pool
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good according to online reviewers
  • Good value at this motel according to guests
  • Staff were very helpful and accommodating said guests
  • Location was well liked, close to Hwy 1, C-Train and restaurants
  • Guests appreciated the free continental breakfast
  • No elevator
  • Dated decor according to guests
  • A small breakfast room with limited seating said some guests
At the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Crowchild Trail NW, Canada's Best Value Inn is a 4-minute drive from the hospital.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Guests can catch either the #91 or #72 bus just outside the hotel for a travel time of approximately 15 minutes to the hospital.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$65 CAD
Clean northwest Calgary motel near McMahon Stadium with outdoor pool and free breakfast 
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Guests perceived good value for the price paid
  • Convenient location, right off the highway according to guests
  • Guests said the staff were friendly at this hotel
  • Some guests noted that the beds were comfortable
  • Some guests had issues with noise
  • Plumbing in the showers was a problem for some guests
Situated on the Trans-Canada Highway, this Thriftlodge is a good budget option just a 4-minute drive from the hospital.
Getting Around: Public Transit
There is a bus stop outside this hotel where a couple of different buses that service the hospital will stop. The travel time is approximately 15 minutes.

Tips For Staying Near Alberta Children's Hospital

Situated on the University of Calgary campus, the Alberta Children's Hospital specializes in pediatric care for the province, as well as those travelling from southeastern BC and southwestern Saskatchewan. The toy-block designed building was created to promote a fun and child-friendly vibe.
Getting Around
A virtual tour of the hospital is available on the ACH website, and a site map can also be found online to help parents orient themselves before their visit.

The Trans-Canada Highway is just south of the hospital complex, at a 3-minute drive away, while the Crowchild Highway is just a 4-minute drive west of the hospital. Downtown Calgary is an approximate 16-minute drive away, and the Calgary International Airport (YYC) is approximately 25 minutes away by car.

All of the area hotels are accessible by public transit. Single-ride adult fares are $3, but a day pass for unlimited travel can be purchased for $9. For system maps and more information, visit the Calgary Transit website. For wheelchair transit, Access Calgary operates door-to-door service when pre-booked.
Plenty of parking is available around the hospital complex at rates of $2 per half hour, with a daily maximum of $13. Weekly ($41) and monthly ($85) passes are also available. More information on parking can be found on the ACH website, as well as a map and detailed rate information.
If your child is an inpatient at the hospital, rooms come with a little extra accommodation for one parent or caregiver to stay the night as well. However, the hospital focuses on outpatient care, believing that children heal better at home and not in a hospital setting, whenever possible.

They also offer a family accommodation unit including five sleeping rooms with private washrooms and shared kitchen and living spaces. For more information, contact the Family and Community Resource Centre at (403) 955-3272 or admitting at (403) 955-7212.

The Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta is located across the street from the hospital for families requiring extended stays who live 45 km (or farther) from the hospital. A nominal fee of $12 is required and suites include beds and a private washroom with shared living spaces. A referral is required from the hospital, or another Calgary medical professional. 

All of the below-mentioned hotels have confirmed that they offer a hospital discount depending on room availability. Plan on providing confirmation of the appointment to the hotel and making arrangements directly with the hotel. (Be sure to compare the medical rate offered by the hotel directly with rates available online to ensure the best price.)
Inpatient units also include a playroom, often manned by volunteers organizing activities, as well as a movie auditorium.

Emily's Backyard Playroom is located just inside the main entrance on level one for pre-registered child care up to 1.5 hours. Staff and volunteers engage children in interactive and fun activities during their visit. For more information on the requirements to pre-register, visit the services section of the ACH website.

The Healing Gardens can be found on the hospital complex, offering seven different types of garden for parents and patients to explore through inter-connected pathways.
Other Tips
There are no visiting hours for family members, as they're welcome anytime. Non-family guests visiting the child are able to visit anytime throughout the day until 8:30 pm.

A pet visiting room is available for children to visit with family pets during their stay. Visits much be pre-arranged through staff. More information can be found on the services section of the ACH website.
The hospital is situated in such a way that views surrounding the complex include the river valley, mountains or nearby Nosehill Park.
Situated on level one, the open-concept Mountainview Café offers health food choices, a sheltered patio and views of the foothills and Rocky Mountains. It's open throughout the week from 6:30 am to midnight, and from 7:30 am to 11:30 pm on weekends and holidays.

Also available on site is the Good Earth Café, featuring pre-made sandwiches and meals. It's open from 6:30 am to 9 pm throughout the week and 8 am to 8 pm on weekends.

Patient meals are selected a day in advance and can easily be flagged for dietary restrictions.