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8.4 | Very Good
Alma Hotel Calgary

Situated on the U of C campus, small but modern rooms, free breakfast and Wi-Fi

Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • Many guests found their rooms to be small
  • A few guests were disappointed that room service was not available
  • A few reviewers complained about the additional fees for parking ($8 per entry during the day, $6 per entry after 6 pm)
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 30, 2013
Overview
This hotel is situated on the University of Calgary Campus and is a 3-minute drive from the Trans-Canada Highway. This property is well suited for guests looking for traditional hotel-style accommodations within walking distance of U of C venues. 

This property is 100% smoke free and all rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local and long-distance calls, a 32" flat screen TV, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a coffeemaker, a desk with an ergonomic chair and an MP3 clock radio. Rooms are furnished with one queen bed.

One-bedroom suites also include a wet bar, a sofabed and a DVD player. Suites are furnished with one king bed. This hotel offers one suite that features a king-sized platform bed, upgraded furnishings and a view of the campus and city skylines.

Parking is available in the adjacent Arts Parkade for an additional fee of $8 per entry during the day, and $6 per entry after 6 pm.

A free continental breakfast is served at the on-site Bistro Alma from 6:30 am to 11 am on weekdays and from 7 am to 11 am on weekends. The Bistro Alma serves breakfast and lunch and closes daily at 3 pm. Food is available to go.

This hotel also offers on-site meeting space and guest laundry facilities.

The University of Calgary Outdoor Centre and tennis courts are a 1-minute drive or 4-minute walk away, while the University Theatre is 2 minutes away on foot. The Museum of Zoology is 5 minutes away on foot, while the sports fields (Foothills Stadium and McMahon Stadium) are a 10-minute walk away. The nearest C-Train station (public transit for access to downtown Calgary) is 17 minutes away on foot.

Th Confederation Park Golf Course is 8 minutes away by car, while downtown Calgary (shopping, Saddledome, nightlife and restaurants) is a 15-minute drive away. The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is 23 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
Many guests seemed to be generally satisfied with their stays at this property, among the reviews used for this analysis, and several aspects of this hotel received compliments.

Many guests described their rooms as clean and one reviewer said that the cleaning staff were very friendly and accommodating. Many reviewers found their rooms to be well appointed with modern furnishings. A few guests found their rooms to be quiet, but a couple of other reviewers did not (see below for more details).

The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service. A couple of guests also found the front desk agents to be responsive to their concerns and requests. However, there were a couple of complaints about staff (see below).

Many guests enjoyed the U of C location and found it close to on-campus destinations, including recreational facilities, public transit and the Foothills Medical Centre.

Many reviewers enjoyed the food at the on-site restaurant and at the free breakfast. One guest said that the free breakfast offered more than expected.

A few guests appreciated the free Wi-Fi and free local calls. A couple of reviewers thought that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent.
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The Bad
There were a few common concerns found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this analysis. For example, many guests found their rooms to be smaller than they expected.

A few guests complained about additional fees for parking ($8 per entry or $6 per entry after 6 pm), while a few other reviewers thought that the parking facility was too far away from the hotel (it is about a 1-minute walk away).

A few reviewers were disappointed that this hotel did not offer room service.

While many guests found the location convenient for accessing destinations on the U of C campus, a few reviewers said that there were few dining options available within walking distance.

While the staff were frequently complimented, as mentioned above, a couple of guests said that the staff were not overly friendly. One of these guests mentioned that he had a difficult time checking in because the staff lost his original reservation and then assigned him an occupied room.
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Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.3 out of 5, with 94% of 201 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #33 out of 94 hotels in Calgary, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 104 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
8.4
Very Good

Rated 8.4/10 based on 344 reviews

Ranked #27 out of 1 hotels in Calgary

Map Marker Alma Hotel Calgary
169 University Gate Northwest, Calgary, AB