Editor's Top 10 Picks

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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 ~$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 ~$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 ~$125 CAD
West Calgary hotel near Canada Olympic Park with spa, restaurant, indoor pool & waterslide
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free bottled water
  • Clean, spacious rooms, according to guests
  • Guests commented on friendly, helpful staff
  • Guests liked the location, close to Canada Olympic Park and nearby restaurants, amenities
Cons
  • Guests were bothered by street noise and by noise from other guests
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Book from ~$135 CAD
Highly praised northeast Calgary hotel with waterpark, restaurant and jacuzzi suites 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, underground parking, airport shuttle
  • Spacious, comfortable rooms, according to guests
  • Water park with 2 waterslides, hot tubs & wading pool
  • Guests really liked the staff and service at this hotel
  • Several guests raved about the hotel's cleanliness
  • Some guests enjoyed meals on site, impressed with the quality
  • Guests liked the location, by the airport and close to Cross Iron Mills mall
Cons
  • A couple of guests complained about the pool water temperature being too cold
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Book from ~$112 CAD
Well-liked boutique motel with modern decor, free breakfast, free parking and free Wi-Fi 
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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 ~$245 CAD
Stylish luxury hotel in downtown Calgary with modern amenities, day spa, restaurant & lounge
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
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Book from ~$146 CAD
Northwest Calgary hotel on Banff Trail with indoor pool, waterslide and kitchenette suites 
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • A few guests felt that the room rate was high
  • Some guests were bothered by noise from neighbouring guests
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Book from ~$94 CAD
Highly praised & pet-friendly northwest Calgary hotel with well-equipped rooms & great staff 
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • Some guests thought the parking spaces were small
  • A few guests were disturbed by street noise and by noise from other guests

8 Other Hotels Close to McMahon Stadium

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Book from ~$78 CAD
Northwest Calgary hotel with indoor pool and waterslide but mixed room reviews
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's proximity to the University of Calgary and shopping
  • Several guests found the staff to be friendly and knowledgeable
  • Some lodgers were satisfied with their well-equipped and quiet rooms
Cons
  • Some guests reported worn rooms and some cleaning issues
Location
A budget option across the street from the stadium, the Comfort Inn is a 3-minute walk away.
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Book from ~$73 CAD
Northwest Calgary budget hotel near C-train with free breakfast, but many complaints
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
Location
Situated in Motel Village, this Ramada is across the street from the stadium at an approximate 3-minute walk.
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Book from ~$79 CAD
Budget northwest Calgary hotel near McMahon Stadium with free breakfast but mixed reviews
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
Location
Stadium seats can be seen from this Super 8 Hotel as it's directly across the street at an approximate 3-minute walk away.
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Book from ~$109 CAD
Guests found renovations disruptive (to be completed December 2012)
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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)
Location
Situated on Banff Trail NW, the Quality Inn is a 7-minute walk from the stadium.
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Book from ~$71 CAD
Northwest Calgary budget hotel near C-Train with kitchenettes, free breakfast & free parking
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, continental breakfast, local calls
  • Many reviewers were pleased with the hotel's proximity to the train station and downtown Calgary
  • The hotel's rates were described as affordable by numerous guests
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their well-equipped and comfortable rooms
  • Guests were pleased with recently renovated rooms
Cons
  • Noise transfer from adjacent rooms was mentioned by a few reviewers
  • Some guests said the Wi-Fi was spotty
Location
Situated at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and the Crowchild Trail, the Econo Lodge in Motel Village is an approximate 5-minute walk from the stadium.
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Book from ~$73 CAD
Good value and comfortable northwest Calgary motel with kitchens and outdoor pool
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Dated decor according to guests
  • A small breakfast room with limited seating said some guests
Location
Situated on a service road just off of the Trans-Canada Highway, this hotel is a 6-minute walk from the stadium.
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Book from ~$65 CAD
Clean northwest Calgary motel near McMahon Stadium with outdoor pool and free breakfast 
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • Some guests had issues with noise
  • Plumbing in the showers was a problem for some guests
Location
Situated on a service road just off of the Trans-Canada Highway, this Thriftlodge is a 7-minute walk from the stadium.
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Book from ~$83 CAD
Clean but dated northwest Calgary hotel near C-Train with outdoor pool and free breakfast
Pros
  • Free breakfast, free parking, free Wi-Fi
  • Guests felt that they received good value at this hotel
  • Close to the University of Calgary and Foothills Hospital
  • Staff a pleasure to deal with, according to guests
  • Guests enjoyed the free breakfast offered
  • Clean and spacious rooms said guests
Cons
  • Some said the rooms were dated
  • No pay-per-view movies according to a couple of guests
  • Trouble regulating in-room heating said a few guests
Location
Situated on the south end of Banff Trail, near the Trans-Canada Highway, this Travelodge is an 8-minute walk from the stadium.

Tips For Staying Near McMahon Stadium

Location
Just northwest of downtown Calgary and south of the Bow River, the McMahon Stadium is situated just off of the University of Calgary campus. The stadium is owned by the university, and operated by the McMahon Stadium Society.

The stadium is home to the Calgary Stampeders (CFL), The Calgary Wolfpack (Alberta Football League), The Calgary Colts (Canadian Football League) and The University of Calgary Dinos (football and soccer).
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Entertainment
Pre-game entertainment is set up outside in the parking lot for kids to try their luck tossing a football to win prizes. In-game entertainment includes half-time shows and cheerleaders dancing throughout the game to boost crowd excitement and participation.

Event calendars for upcoming games can be found on Ticketmaster, as well as on the websites of the respective teams.
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Getting Around
The stadium is within easy access of a number of major roads and highways, as it's situated just off of Crowchild Trail NW. The Trans-Canada Highway is less than a 1-minute drive from the stadium. The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is an approximate 19-minute drive from McMahon.

Due to limited parking options and of course congestion before and after the game, taking public transit to the stadium is probably the best option, and the Banff Trail C-Train Station is a 3-minute walk from the stadium.

A single-ride adult fare is $3 and a day pass can be purchased for $9 allowing for unlimited rides for one adult. More information and route maps can be found on the Calgary Transit website.

If you're trying to find the best seats in the house to buy for the next game, seating charts can be found on the Stampeders website.
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Parking
The lot surrounding the stadium is reserved for season ticket holders who have paid extra for the privilege of easy access. However, a limited number of spots can also be found at the Stampede Mall for $8.
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Dining
Options for hungry sports fans are the usual burgers, fries and pizza as well as popcorn, peanuts and chips for snacks. Beer and liquor is also served with a strict 19+ policy.

Other dining options in the surrounding area can be found within a 5-minute walk of the stadium.

For members, the Red & White Club is a buffet service open before, during and after the game.
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Shopping
A number of stalls can be found throughout the stadium to purchase your favourite teams' gear, with the official Stamps Store located at the southeast side.
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