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Southwest Calgary hotel featuring spacious suites with kitchenettes and free hot breakfast

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's central locale and proximity to grocery shopping
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their efficient and helpful service
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their spacious and well-equipped suites
Cons
  • A couple of guests reported noise transfer from within the hotel
  • A couple of guests thought the gym needed better equipment or strength training equipment
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Free Internet
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 8, 2014
Overview
Located about a 5-minute drive from Stampede Park, Best Western Plus Suites Downtown is suitable for travellers who prefer a centrally located hotel with a free breakfast, free parking and easy highway access.

Each of this smoke-free hotel's suites comes equipped with free Wi-Fi and wired Internet, cable TV, a kitchenette, a desk, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Suites with one or two separate bedrooms, a living room with a sofabed and a jetted tub are also available, as are wheelchair-accessible rooms. Pets are not permitted.

On-site amenities include a 24-hour fitness room and sauna, meeting space, elevators, a 24-hour business centre, guest laundry, a free hot breakfast served daily and one free parking spot per room. Additional parking is available for $15 per vehicle, per day. Cold weather hook-ups for vehicles are also available.

This hotel does not have a restaurant on site.

Talisman Centre is about a 5-minute drive away, while Safeway offers groceries 4 minutes away on foot. Chinook Centre offers shopping roughly 13 minutes from the hotel by car, and Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a 21-minute drive away. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)

All property details verified by a front desk agent, May 18, 2014
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's location, staff and rooms.

Numerous guests praised the hotel's location. They described it as easily accessible, central and downtown, as well as close to grocery stores, public transit, restaurants and shopping.

The hotel's staff were complimented by many lodgers, who found them friendly, efficient and helpful.

Several reviewers were pleased with the hotel's accommodations. They found their rooms to be clean, quiet, spacious and well equipped, with comfortable beds. A few guests had complaints about their lodgings, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints.

A couple of guests felt the gym needed better equipment.

A couple of guests reported noisy neighbours and noise transfer from within the hotel.
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Show Sources
Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #21 of 99 Calgary hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 261 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4 out of 5 with a 95% recommendation rate from 164 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.1 out of 10 from 68 reviews.

The author corresponded with the hotel on May 18, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
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hotels in Calgary

Rated 8.0/10 based on 1754 reviews

Ranked #41 out of 81 hotels in Calgary

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1330 8th Street South West, Calgary, AB