Calgary South has hotels ranging from highly rated to poorly rated. My picks are from the better rated hotels, as I found that even the average hotels charge similar prices but have more displeased customers, with guests complaining of worn décor and cleanliness issues.

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Editor's Top 10 Picks

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Book from ~$134 CAD
Pet-friendly south Calgary hotel near Deerfoot Trail with indoor pool, dining & kitchenettes
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls
  • Rooms were stylish and clean with comfortable beds
  • Location was handy to Deerfoot Trail, big box shopping and walking trails
  • Staff were polite and friendly according to guests
  • Guests had good meals on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent by guests
Cons
  • Guests found some of the rooms small and cramped
  • Some guests complained of small maintenance issues
  • Some guests said the AC units did not cool well
  • Business centre use costs $5 for 20 minutes or $10 per hour
Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary South is my first choice for guests looking to access Heritage Park. It has very good ratings (8.2/10) and the highest recommendation rate (77%) of the more highly-rated hotels, of those closest to the Historical Village. Wi-Fi and parking are included in the room rate which makes the rate quite reasonable on the whole.

It’s conveniently located as well, off Deerfoot Trail, and about 12 minutes by car to Heritage Park. There’s also a Walmart and Ikea shopping next to the hotel and a 9-hole par 3 course, 18-hole putting course right across the street for recreation.

Guests have casual dining choices and bars at this hotel, with Moxie’s, Denny’s and the Shark Club Bar & Grill being right on site. Denny’s is open 24 hours which is helpful for guests arriving late or leaving early. An indoor pool, hot tub and gym will round out the offerings of this comfortable and friendly hotel.

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Book from ~$139 CAD
Well-liked south Calgary hotel with indoor pool and waterslide, free Wi-Fi and free parking
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Friendly, responsive staff, according to guests
  • A number of guests enjoyed the pool and the waterslide
  • Clean, spacious rooms, according to guests
  • Many guests enjoyed comfortable beds at this hotel
  • Some guests highlighted this hotel's location for being close to restaurants and shopping
  • Guests said Atrium rooms had been refurbished and were better than Tower rooms
  • Some guests enjoyed breakfasts and other meals at the hotel
Cons
  • Some guests complained about spotty Wi-Fi connections
  • Some guests complained about the older condition of the Tower rooms
  • A couple of guests thought the hotel was overpriced
The Delta Calgary South Hotel is my second choice for guests wishing to access Heritage Park. It also has very good guest ratings, identical to Sandman at 8.2/10, but its recommendation rate by guests is slightly lower at 72%, which may translate to guests not feeling quite as enthusiastic in recommending the hotel to others. Wi-Fi and parking are also included and room rates came in at about $10-$20 cheaper than the Sandman, on the days I checked.

It’s slightly closer to Heritage Park, about 10 minutes in driving time, and conveniently close to Macleod Trail SE. The Southcentre mall is only a 3-minute drive and downtown is about 15 minutes away by car.

The rooms are well-equipped with mini-fridges and microwaves making this choice more convenient for families with children or guests who like to eat in sometimes, and save on dining-out costs. I like the beds too, with the new white triple sheeting.

There’s dining and lounge on site for guests to enjoy hot breakfast buffets, gastro pub or patio dining. And guests will enjoy having a choice of indoor pools and adjoining hot tubs, one with an added waterslide and one in a more peaceful setting in the atrium building with a lounge deck. A well-stocked fitness centre awaits those who enjoy staying fit.

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Book from ~$151 CAD
Friendly south Calgary hotel with all-year outdoor pool, popular sports pub, jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, (breakfast with some rates)
  • Guests found clean rooms with comfortable beds
  • Staff were very well liked at this hotel and commended for being friendly
  • Guests said they enjoyed meals at a reasonable cost on site
  • Wi-Fi received good scores from guests overall in reviews
  • Convenient location to public transit, restaurants, shopping, Chinook Centre and Heritage Park
Cons
  • Some guests said they had small rooms
  • A few guests found rooms near to the elevators noisy
The Carriage House Inn Calgary is my third choice for Heritage Park with scores of 7.8/10 and a 68% recommendation rate. Wi-Fi and parking are also included in the room price which was slightly higher or lower than the Sandman and typically lower than the Delta on the days I compared.

It’s closest to Heritage Park, about a 6-minute drive and there’s a convenient public transit option from this hotel which should take about 30 minutes with very little walking. The Carriage House has a promotional offer for Heritage Park as well, which guests can find out more about at their website or by calling the hotel. Be sure to compare rates with what is available online to ensure the best possible price.

This is a clean and comfortable hotel with friendly staff. Rooms are updated with comfy pillow top beds and triple sheeting. There’s good dining on site that some guests found reasonably priced and the hotel offers a Sunday Brunch and has an on-site bakery.

There’s a year-round outdoor pool and hot tub for memorable and stimulating times, a steam room and a 24-hour fitness centre for guests to keep up with their exercise regimes.

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Book from ~$99 CAD
Good value south Calgary hotel with jacuzzi suites, indoor pool, waterslide, free breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, hot & cold breakfast, local calls, coffee in lobby
  • Several guests enjoyed the location's proximity to downtown, shopping and restaurants
  • Many guests said the staff were very good
  • Many guests enjoyed the free breakfast with hot choices
  • Many guests liked their clean rooms with comfy beds
Cons
  • A few guests complained about a $2 safe charge that was added to the bill
  • Some guests thought the fitness room was too small
  • A couple of guests complained about noisy AC units
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Book from ~$127 CAD
Popular and pet-friendly downtown Calgary hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and free Wi-Fi
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
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Book from ~$151 CAD
Pet-friendly downtown Calgary hotel near Calgary Tower with indoor pool and restaurants
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
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Book from ~$129 CAD
Well-liked Calgary hotel near McMahon Stadium with indoor pool, restaurant & free breakfast 
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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 ~$166 CAD
Highly praised southeast Calgary hotel with indoor pool, waterslide and jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, hot breakfast, all day coffee & tea
  • Rooms were very clean, well equipped and comfortable
  • Location was handy to Mcleod Trail, groceries, restaurants, shopping and C-Train
  • Staff were pleasant and accommodating said guests
  • Wi-Fi rated as excellent by online reviewers
  • Guests ofen enjoyed the pool and waterslide
  • Many were pleased with the free breakfast
Cons
  • Occasionally a guest found the hotel noisy due to children in the hallways or in rooms nearby
  • Some found the hotel difficult to find or access
  • Some returning guests missed the steak house which was next door (although a pub has replaced it)
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Book from ~$140 CAD
Good value southeast Calgary hotel with indoor pool, waterslide and well-liked dining
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, newspapers
  • Rooms clean, spacious and comfortable said guests
  • Location was handy to main roads and the Chinook Centre mall
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good overall by reviewers
  • Good value according to several guests for the rooms
  • Staff were accommodating and very friendly said guests
  • Pool and hot tub clean and well maintained said guests
  • Guests were fond of the on-site dining
Cons
  • Several guests felt the hotel was somewhat dated
  • Fitness room was small said guests
  • A few found beds uncomfortably hard
  • Location a little out of the way for some guests
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Book from ~$139 CAD
Well-liked Calgary hotel near Southcentre Mall with indoor pool, waterslide & free breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, free hot & cold breakfast buffet
  • Several guests enjoyed the free breakfast
  • Many guests liked the staff and said they were courteous, efficient and helpful
  • Guests said the rooms were extremely clean
  • Some guests liked the location for being near to restaurants and Southcentre Mall
Cons
  • A few guests complained about noise transfer from within the hotel

5 Other Hotels Close to Heritage Park Calgary

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Book from ~$79 CAD
South Calgary budget hotel on Macleod Trail with indoor pool and some renovated rooms
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Many found clean and comfortable, newly renovated rooms
  • Location convenient to highways, Chinook Centre, and restaurants
  • Guests liked the friendly service from staff
  • Many found the breakfast to be adequate and add value
  • Good value for the renovated rooms, according to guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good overall by guests
Cons
  • No elevator to second floor
  • Some guests complained of worn beds and dated rooms
  • Some found amenities that worked poorly
  • Some felt their rooms needed better cleaning
  • Smoke and musty odours a problem for some guests
Location
Location on the Macleod Trail Southeast, the Econo Lodge is a 8-minute drive from Heritage Park.
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Book from ~$100 CAD
Basic Calgary hotel an easy drive to city centre with free breakfast but mixed reviews
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's proximity to highway access and shopping
  • Some lodgers were satisfied with their clean and comfortable rooms
Cons
  • Two floors, no elevator
  • Some guests reported dated decor and cigarette odours in non-smoking rooms
  • Noise transfer was reported by some reviewers
  • Guests reviews were mixed concerning staff
Location
The Travelodge is located on McLeod Trail South about a 9-minute drive from Heritage Park.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Guests can utilize public transit from this location by catching bus #81, about a 2-minute walk away and transferring to bus #502 at Heritage LRT Station. The walk from the last stop is only 1 minute and the total travel time should be 20 minutes.
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Book from ~$130 CAD
Popular & pet-friendly south central Calgary hotel with outdoor pool, restaurant & lounge
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, updated and spacious said guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by online reviewers
  • Many enjoyed meals and buffets at the hotel
  • Staff were very helpful, efficient and friendly said guests
  • Location convenient to the city, shopping, restaurants and downtown by car
  • Many thought the hotel provided good value
Cons
  • Some felt the breakfast or restaurant prices were a little high
Location
In an industrial area, the Blackfoot Inn is a 10-minute drive from Heritage Park.
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Book from ~$126 CAD
Under 10 minutes by car south of the downtown area, guests liked the location of this hotel
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Good service from staff, according to guests
  • Clean rooms, according to guests
  • Guests liked the location of this hotel
Cons
  • Ageing decor, according to guests
  • Some guests felt that rooms were small
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Book from ~$109 CAD
Calgary downtown hotel with indoor pool and hot tub but mixed room reviews
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to downtown and restaurants
  • Several lodgers were satisfied with their clean and well-equipped rooms
Cons
  • Some guests reported worn rooms and housekeeping issues
  • The hotel's pool, hot tub and elevator were reported as out of service at times

Tips For Staying Near Heritage Park Calgary

Location
The Heritage Park Historical Village on the shores of Elbow River in Calgary, is now open year-round as a living history museum park. 

During the winter there are limited areas open, and fares are $9.99 per adult and $4.99 per child. While everything is fully functional in the summer, rates are $20.99 per adult and $14.99 per child. Unlimited-ride bracelets can be purchased for $10 a person, or $30 per family (two adults, up to four children).
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Getting Around
Downtown Calgary is an approximate 19-minute drive away, while the Calgary International Airport (YYC) is about a 25-minute drive from the park.

Highway 8, or the Glenmore Trail, is a 3-minute drive from the park, while Deerfoot Trail, or Highway 2, is a 10-minute drive away. The Trans-Canada Highway is an approximate 15-minute drive away.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
Calgary Transit operates a seasonal shuttle from May to October, bus #502, which travels to and from the Heritage bus and C-Train terminal. Single-ride fares for adults are $3, and an unlimited-use day pass can be purchased for $9.
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Parking
Parking is free for guests and available directly outside the park.
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Dining
The Selkirk Grille is the cornerstone restaurant at Heritage Park, offering carefully prepared meals by their executive chef in a fun and casual vintage atmosphere. Menus and reservation information can be found on their website.

There are four other restaurants throughout the park and a number of other food concessions such as a bakery and ice cream shop scattered throughout the complex.
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Entertainment
Heritage Park is an educational experience, and a step back in time, where guests can learn about traditional settlements and towns in the wild Canadian West from the 1800s to 1950. The Gasoline Alley Museum is open year-round and home to one of the world's largest collections of antique cars and trucks. 

The 1900s Living Historical Village boasts an antique midway, costumed interpreters, authentic steam train and re-creations of settlements, allowing guests to experience history with all five senses, open during summer months only. In winter the village offers a skating rink to visitors.

The Heritage Town Square, located in front of the main gates, allows guests to peruse gift shops and restaurants and is free to the public year-round.

A number of venues can be rented out to host any function, complete with catering and event set-up in the historical background of your choice. Horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides can also be arranged to cart your guests to your event space, as well as a number of other entertainment options, including the midway or arcade games.
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Money-saving
Discounted rates for the summer tickets can be purchased in advance online, saving approximately 10% per person. Winter rates remain the same.

Heritage Park has partnered with some area hotels to include packages and promotions for those including a trip to the Village during their stay in Calgary. Promotions are seasonal and will become available close to the summer months.
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