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Northwest Calgary hotel on Banff Trail with indoor pool, waterslide and kitchenette suites 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, underground parking, hot breakfast, 24-hr coffee
  • Conveniently located near the C-Train, McMahon Stadium and the University of Calgary
  • Guests enjoyed the clean pool and waterslide
  • Some guests thought the staff were fantastic
  • The hot breakfast was well-liked by guests for variety and quality
  • Rooms clean and spacious, according to guests
Cons
  • A few guests felt that the room rate was high
  • Some guests were bothered by noise from neighbouring guests
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 23, 2015
Overview
Located in Calgary's northwest quadrant, this hotel is popular with guests who want to be close to McMahon Stadium (7-minute walk) and to the University of Calgary (8-minute drive). This hotel is also frequently used by patients of the Foothills Hospital and their families (a 4-minute drive away). 

Of the 96 rooms at this hotel, guests can choose between standard rooms, king rooms or suites. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a fridge, a microwave, a hair dryer, a coffeemaker, a DVD player and an iron and ironing board. Suites have a separate bedroom and a kitchenette ( 2-burner stove top, a full-size fridge, a dishwasher, microwave, cookware, dinnerware). Pets are not permitted at this hotel.

On-site amenities include a gym, a heated indoor pool, a hot tub and a waterslide. There is no restaurant on site, but there are a number of eating establishments surrounding the hotel, most within a 4-minute walk. Guests are offered a complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily. Free parking is available on site.

The Calgary Zoo is the nearest major attraction, about a 13-minute drive away. Downtown Calgary attractions (including the Stampede Corral, the Calgary Tower and the Glenbow Museum), as well as the business district, are about a 10-minute drive away. The C-Train, which gives travellers easy access to the downtown area, is a 4-minute walk from the hotel. For air travellers, this hotel is about a 21-minute drive (17 km) from Calgary International Airport (YYC). (Distances and driving time estimates: Google Maps.)

Confirmed with a front desk agent: kitchenettes in suites have stove tops but no ovens (call date: April 23, 2015).
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The Good
Guests had a number of positive comments to make about this hotel, and were particularly enthusiastic about the location and the breakfast.

The hotel's location was highly rated by many guests. Easy access to the C-Train made getting downtown easier for several guests. A number of guests mentioned that there were a number of restaurants within walking distance. Guests also found the hotel's proximity to McMahon Stadium (7-minute walk) and the University of Calgary (8-minute drive) convenient.

There were a number of comments from guests who enjoyed the quality and the selection offered at the hot breakfast. One guest said that there was "something for everyone". A number of guests said that the breakfast exceeded their expectations and many even commented on the nice breakfast room.

For a number of guests, the pool area was the highlight of their stay. A number mentioned the water slide and the hot tub in particular.

Rooms were spacious and clean, according to a number of guests, who found the rooms to be well configured and comfortable.

There were additional comments about the high level of customer service delivered by staff at this hotel.
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The Bad
The reviews used for this analysis were overwhelmingly positive and guest complaints were few and far between. Of the few complaints, there were a few commonalities around high room rates and noise disturbance.

For some guests, price point was a sore spot, and they felt that the price charged for the rooms was too high.

A few guests had issues with noise coming from the pool area or neighbouring guest rooms.

There were some additional comments about the underground parking. Some guests felt that the underground parking was small and difficult to clear for those with larger vehicles.
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TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #33 out of 97 Calgary hotels, based on 107 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.5 out of 5, based on 16 reviews. 100% of reviewers would recommend this hotel.

Hotels.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.5 out of 5, or "excellent", based on 34 reviews.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: free Wi-Fi, parking, hot breakfast, pet policy (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.
Guest Reviews
8.1
Very Good

Rated 8.1/10 based on 485 reviews

Ranked #33 out of 81 hotels in Calgary

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Map Marker Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Calgary University NW
2231 Banff Trail North West, Calgary, AB