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South Calgary budget hotel on Macleod Trail with indoor pool and some renovated rooms

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Many found clean and comfortable, newly renovated rooms
  • Location convenient to highways, Chinook Centre, and restaurants
  • Guests liked the friendly service from staff
  • Many found the breakfast to be adequate and add value
  • Good value for the renovated rooms, according to guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good overall by guests
Cons
  • No elevator to second floor
  • Some guests complained of worn beds and dated rooms
  • Some found amenities that worked poorly
  • Some felt their rooms needed better cleaning
  • Smoke and musty odours a problem for some guests
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 3, 2016
Overview
This partially renovated budget hotel is located on a major north-south artery, a 5-minute drive from Hwy 8 and the Chinook Centre, one of Calgary's largest malls. It's close to restaurants and offers some well-liked renovated rooms, an 18-minute drive from the downtown core.

The hotel offers 73 rooms, some which allow smoking, over 2 floors. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. 

Room extras include a sofabed, a full kitchen, (stove top, oven, fridge, microwave, sink), a separate bedroom, a double jacuzzi, a 32" flat screen TV, and a balcony.

Free outdoor parking is available for cars and oversize vehicles with cold weather plug-ins. Pets are welcome for $10 per pet, per night.

A free continental breakfast is available daily from 6:30 am to 10 am. 

There is no restaurant on site, but guests will find several restaurants within a 4-minute walk of the hotel. 

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a kid's wading pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a business centre, a guest laundry, ATM, a 24-hour front desk, free newspapers and meeting rooms. There is no elevator to the second floor.

Heritage Park Historical Village is an 8-minute drive, and the Calgary Zoo is 14 minutes away by car. The downtown area (Stampede Corral, Calgary Tower, Glenbow Museum) is an 18-minute drive north of the hotel. The C-Train is a 12-minute walk away. Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a 21-minute drive without traffic. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on December 24, 2015: pet fees, breakfast hours, all rooms with kitchen facilities have a stove top with oven, a mini-fridge or full-size fridge, a microwave and sink with counter, there are no pay-per-view movies at the hotel
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The Good
Many guests enjoyed their stays at the hotel, especially those who received renovated rooms which they felt were still well priced for Calgary. There were also a lot of returning guests who liked the convenient location.

The staff were friendly and prompt at the front desk, offering information as needed and guests typically felt they provided good service.

Many guests liked the location on a major thoroughfare, close to the C-Train, shopping and a great selection of restaurants. 

Many were happy with the rates and felt the indoor pools, free breakfast and free parking added value. Guests seemed to find the breakfast adequate, but modest, and the pools well maintained and clean.


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The Bad
It seems that guests who were given the older, unrenovated rooms had some complaints to register.

There were complaints of dated beds and springy mattresses, mouldy bathrooms, and rooms that smelled of smoke, must or another strange odour. Others found kitchens that were not well cleaned, and areas in the rooms that needed better vacuuming.

Occasionally guests found amenities that were not working well. Recent complaints included a TV, AC unit, poor water pressure, toilet not flushing, TV remote shutting the TV off, and key cards losing their programming.

Some guests complained of noise disturbances and poor Wi-Fi.

Sometimes the guests who had unsatisfactory rooms felt they were charged too much for the room they had received.
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Show Sources
Sources
Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 7.5 out of 10, based on 357 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #76 out of 107 Calgary hotels, based on 118 reviews.

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 7.1/10 based on 1274 reviews

Ranked #63 out of 81 hotels in Calgary

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Map Marker Econo Lodge South Calgary
7505 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB