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Centro Motel

Centro Motel is a 3 star hotel in Calgary, Alberta, Canada 4540 16 Avenue Nw, Calgary, AB, Canada
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Guests praised staff and the modern decor at this boutique motel

  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Exceptional service from staff, according to guests
  • Guests liked the modern decor
  • Guests liked the easy access to the Trans-Canada Highway
  • Small rooms, according to some guests
  • Guests were disturbed by street noise and by noise from other guests

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Aug 27, 2012
Located right on 16th Avenue NW (which is also known as Hwy 1 or the Trans-Canada Hwy), this boutique motel-style hotel is about a 12-minute walk from Shouldice Park (an athletic facility and green space park). This hotel is popular with guests who want to be close to the Foothills Hospital (3-minute drive) and with travellers who are using Calgary as a home base while exploring nearby Banff (just under a 1.5-hour drive from the hotel) and the Rocky Mountains.

All of the 30 rooms at this hotel have free Wi-Fi, bathrobes, down duvets, a 27" flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, a hair dryer, a coffeemaker and an iron and ironing board. Guests can choose between double, queen or king beds. Pets are permitted at this hotel for $35/stay. Parking is free.

There is no restaurant on site, but guests are offered a complimentary breakfast daily. There are restaurants in the immediate area, less than 5-minute walk away.

Attractions in the north part of Calgary include the Calgary Zoo (about a 14-minute drive away) and Calaway Park (an amusement park, 11-minute drive away). The downtown area (where the Stampede Corral, the Calgary Tower and the business district are located) is about a 13-minute drive away. Guests travelling by air should plan for about a 24-minute drive to travel the 20 km between the hotel and Calgary International Airport (YYC). (All distances and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast (call date: August 27, 2012).
The Good
Most of the reviews used for this analysis were full of praise for this hotel. There were a number of comments from guests who appreciated the boutique appearance of the rooms and on the exceptional service from staff.

Many guests commented on the cleanliness of the rooms and on the crisp, modern decor. One guest really liked the colours and felt that the hotel had a spa-like quality reflected in the decor.

Guests commented often on the quality of the service received from the staff. Several guests named staff members by name and specifically mentioned how staff were flexible and went the extra mile to meet guest requests. Front desk and housekeeping staff were mentioned specifically.

Guests liked the location of this hotel in the northwest part of town and appreciated its proximity to the highway, which was particularly useful for guests who were using Calgary as a home base while exploring the Rockies (which are northwest of the city.)

There were some additional comments from guests who appreciated the quality and the selection of the food offered at the continental breakfast.

The Bad
While the bulk of reviews used for this analysis were favourable, guests commonly complained about a couple of points, mostly centring on noise disturbance.

Given this hotel's location on a major highway, a number of guests complained of noise disturbance from traffic. Some other guests complained that they were bothered from noise in their rooms from rattling air conditioning units. Guests also complained about being disturbed by noise from guests in neighbouring rooms.

A few guests had issues with the configuration of the rooms and found it awkward getting around in them or storing their belongings. A few guests felt that the rooms were small and that lighting was not conveniently placed. guest reviewers ranked this hotel #41 out of 97 Calgary hotels, based on 55 reviews. guest reviewers rated this hotel 3.7 out of 5, or "good", based on 8 reviews. guest reviewers rated this hotel 8 out of 10, or "very good", based on 98 reviews.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast (call date: August 27, 2012).
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
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Guest Reviews
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Rating: 7.7 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 55
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Centro Motel is #42 out of 81 hotels in Calgary ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Carmen from Hamilton Hill, W AU rated Centro Motel 8 out of 10 on September 29, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Marg from Newport Moody, BC CA rated Centro Motel 8 out of 10 on August 22, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Very happy with the service"
"We had excellent service at this hotel. Rooms were comfy. They need better lighting over the mirrors but they are planning to fix that. The only negative was that the air conditioning unit was noisy."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from London, GB rated Centro Motel 10 out of 10 on August 10, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Don & joyce from 150 Mile House, BC CA rated Centro Motel 10 out of 10 on May 21, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The motel is a vry nice place to stay. We were very surprised to see it was so nice considering the price. We thought the flooring was what all motel/hotels should have as they are easy to clean and will remain that way. One thing that was not good is the miror lighting as the lights are too far away and when shaving/makeup etc, you get a shadow on your face. Also it was quite warm and we were wondering how it would be in summer when it is hot out as we didn't see any air conditioning. All in all they have a very nice place , we have told a few people about it already and will always recommend this motel."


  • Business Center
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Concierge
  • Tour Desk
  • Bar / Lounge
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Tennis Courts
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Security Guard
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • TV
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Excursions
  • Golf Course (nearby)
  • Squash Courts
  • Skating Rink
  • Water Activities
  • Fishing
  • Playground
  • Volleyball
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Desk
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Bathrobes
  • Shower
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Private Toilet
  • Coffee Shop/Cafeteria
  • Luggage Storage
  • Family Room
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Free Parking
  • Pillow Top Mattress

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#42 out of 81 hotels in Calgary city based on 55 guest reviews

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