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Good value Calgary hotel near McMahon Stadium with indoor pool, kitchens & free breakfast 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Rooms were clean, spacious, comfortable and quiet said guests
  • Wi-Fi is very good according to online reviewers
  • Location was convenient to Hwy, C-Train, downtown, Foothills Hospital, U of C, McMahon Stadium and restaurants in walking distance
  • Staff were helpful and accommodating said guests
  • Good value at this hotel said guests
  • Free breakfast was appreciated by many guests
Cons
  • No elevator to the 2 storeys in the East Wing and West Building
  • Occasionally guests wished for hot meat items at the free breakfast
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 1, 2016
Overview
This hotel provides a comfortable stay just off the Trans-Canada Highway, a 12-minute walk from McMahon Stadium and 11 minutes' drive from the city centre. The C-Train stop is a 4-minute walk away.

The pet-free hotel offers both hotel and motel-style rooms. The Main Tower Building has interior access to its 5 floors and an elevator, but there is no elevator in both the East Wing and West Building rooms which are both 2 floors with exterior access. The West Building has some rooms which allow smoking.

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk or table and chairs, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 or 3 double beds, 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a separate bedroom, a kitchenette, a full-size kitchen, a dining table, and a seating area. Accessible rooms are available.

Free parking is available on site for cars with cold weather hook ups. (Trailers are not allowed and each reservation is allowed one spot of free parking.)

A free continental breakfast is available to all guests from 7 am to 10 am. A free 24-hour coffee bar is offered.

There is no restaurant on site, but guests will find multiple restaurants within a 5-minute walk.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub, a 24-hour fitness centre, a business centre, a storage room for sports teams, a 24-hour guest laundry, vending machines and 24 hour front desk. 

Stadium Shopping Centre and University of Calgary are a 3-minute drive from the motel. Market Mall is a 7-minute drive. The Calgary Zoo is a 15-minute drive away. Stampede Park is 16 minutes by car or 32 minutes by C-Train. Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a 20-minute drive without traffic. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on June 30, 2016: the hotel does not allow pets, all rooms have air conditioning or climate control, East Wing and West Building have motel style rooms with exterior access and 2 floors with no elevator 
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The Good
This hotel fared well in recent reviews. Guests had pleasant stays and many were pleased with the value and convenient location of this hotel.

Guests liked the location. It was close to the C-Train and the highway and it was conveniently located to restaurants in walking distance. It was also easy to access the University of Calgary, Foothills Medical Centre and McMahon Stadium on foot.

Guests liked the rooms. They were comfortable, spacious, clean and quiet. Guests appreciated having extras like tea kettles and kitchenettes in the rooms.

Although breakfast was a little basic for some, guests were usually quite appreciative of this amenity, especially considering the lower room rates in an expensive city. Some thought it was above average.

Guests liked the staff who were considerate, friendly, efficient and accommodating. Some were impressed with great tips and suggestions from the staff.

Guests often enjoyed the pool and hot tub. They were pleased with the early hours it was open and found them clean and a nice size.

Many were pleased with the value and affordability of this hotel.


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The Bad
Although guests seemed mostly satisfied with their hotel stay, there were some that offered their critique of the hotel, but these comments seemed somewhat scattered in the reviews.

Recent nitpicks found were: shower pressure could be stronger, not enough cable channels, wrinkled bed sheets, no slippers provided, the jets in the hot tub were not working properly, no meat at the free breakfast, no gluten free options at the breakfast, room temperature too hot, no changing rooms at the pool, key card deactivated a few times, and needed a warmer blanket on the bed.


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Show Sources
Sources
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the motel 3.7 out of 5 from 302 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the motel #64 of 110 Calgary hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 188 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the motel 8.3 out of 10 from 361 reviews.


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.
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Rated 7.6/10 based on 1430 reviews

Ranked #53 out of 81 hotels in Calgary

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Map Marker Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University
2231 Banff Trail, Calgary, AB