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Best Western PREMIER Freeport Inn & Suites

9.0 | Excellent
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Family-friendly Calgary hotel near airport with indoor pool, waterslide and free breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, airport shuttle
  • Close to the airport and to Hwy 2 and Trans-Canada Hwy
  • Many guests really enjoyed their meals at the restaurant on site
  • Breakfast was a hit with guests for quality and choices offered
  • Guests were enthusiastic about the pool and waterslide
  • Guests had excellent stays and enjoyed their clean, spacious and quiet rooms
  • The staff make a difference at this hotel and provide an atmosphere of welcome and enjoyment
  • Guests liked the decor and beds in their rooms
Cons
  • Some guests had difficulty locating the hotel on their GPS
  • A few guests said their A/C units were noisy
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated May 9, 2015
Overview
Located about a 5-minute free shuttle ride from Calgary International Airport (YYC) and about a 3-minute drive from Hwy 2, this hotel provides easy access for guests travelling to Calgary by airplane or car. It's well suited to families with young children, offering a free daily breakfast plus indoor pool with waterslide.

All of the 97 rooms at this smoke-free and pet-free hotel offer free Wi-Fi, a microwave, a mini-fridge, a 42" flat-screen TV, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer, bathrobes and an iron and ironing board. There are standard rooms (king or queen beds) or more spacious suite-style rooms that are larger (some of which have a jacuzzi) available. Pets are not allowed at this hotel.

Guests are offered a complimentary hot breakfast daily from 6 am to 10 am. The on-site Liberty Lounge serves dinner and drinks daily during the hours of 4 pm to 11 pm. Other nearby dining options include Pacini Pasta and Grill about an 8-minute walk from the hotel. 

On-site amenities include free parking, a free 24-hour airport shuttle, a gift shop, business services, an indoor pool with a waterslide, a hot tub and a gym.

The most popular attraction in the northern part of Calgary is the Calgary Zoo, about a 13-minute drive away. The downtown area (where the business district, the Stampede Corral and the Calgary Tower are located) is about a 20-minute drive away. The Pacini Pasta and Grill offers an alternate dining choice about an 8-minute walk (or 2-minute drive) from the hotel.(All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent: free amenities include Wi-Fi, a hot breakfast, parking and airport shuttle, and no pets allowed (call date: September 11, 2014).
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The Good
The bulk of reviews used for this analysis were positive, and guests were particularly impressed with this hotel's location and value.

Guests found this hotel's proximity to the airport convenient (an 8-minute drive). A number guests were impressed by the fact that they were so close to the airport but were undisturbed by airport noise. The hotel's proximity to major highways (the Trans-Canada Highway is a 5-minute drive away) was another high point. Many guests liked being close to restaurants as well and several mentioned its proximity to CrossIron Mills Mall (a 7-minute drive).

There was a sense from guests that they had received good value for the price they paid for their rooms. Comments like fair value and good price were reflective of guest sentiment. 

Guests received good service from staff, who were consistently described as friendly and helpful. It seems that the staff make the difference here by providing genuine hospitality that makes guests feel at home.

Several guests commented on clean, comfortable rooms, saying that they found the rooms to be particularly large. Some commented favourably on the modern decor as well.

There were a number of comments from guests who thought that the beds, pillows and bedding were all very comfortable.

There were many comments from guests with children who enjoyed the pool area.
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The Bad
The overwhelming majority of reviews used for this analysis were positive (in fact, it was difficult to find any negative comments). There were a few guest complaints, though they did not seem to be reflective of overall guest experience.

A few guests said their air-conditioning units were noisy and a few other guests lamented the lack of nearby restaurant choices.
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TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #2 out of 97 Calgary hotels, based on 206 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 9 out of 10, or "superb", based on 370 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.5 out of 5, based on 92 reviews. 93% of guests would recommend this hotel.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: free Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking and airport shuttle, no pets allowed (call date: September 11, 2014).
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
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hotels in Calgary

Rated 9.0/10 based on 3541 reviews

Ranked #7 out of 81 hotels in Calgary

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Map Marker Best Western PREMIER Freeport Inn & Suites
86 Freeport Boulevard NE, Calgary, AB