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Well-liked Calgary airport hotel 12 min to YYC with free shuttle, free parking & indoor pool

  • Free Wi-Fi, free airport shuttle and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Several guests enjoyed the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Several reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the area by car
  • Several guests found the beds comfortable
  • A couple of guests did not like paying extra for the hotel's breakfast
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 15, 2015
*Most recent renovations were completed at this hotel in March 2014*

This hotel is situated within a 1-minute drive of the Trans-Canada Highway, north of downtown Calgary. Sunridge Mall and the Fox Hollow Golf Course are both about 5 minutes away by car. Offering a 24-hour business centre, a free airport shuttle and free Wi-Fi, this property is well suited for business travellers.

All rooms are smoke free and include free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV with pay-per-view movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and individual climate control. Suites at this property have a separate living room and also include a jetted tub and/or a sofabed. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available. Pets are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $20 per night.

Free parking is available on site and this hotel also offers a free 24-hour airport shuttle service that operates on demand.

The Twelve Fifty Bar & Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Room service is also available.

Other on-site amenities include a heated indoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a 24-hour business centre, meeting space, a guest laundry facility, same-day dry cleaning, an ice machine and an ATM machine.

The Calgary Zoo and Fort Calgary Historic Park are both about a 10-minute drive away, while the downtown area, which is about 10 to 15 minutes away by car, includes the Stampede Grounds, the Calgary Tower, the Saddledome, shopping, restaurants and nightlife. The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is about a 15-minute drive away. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on March 21, 2014: Free airport shuttle details and renovation schedule.
The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, many guests seemed happy with their stay at this hotel and several aspects of the property were praised.

The rooms were often described as clean, generally comfortable and well appointed with modern furnishings. Some reviewers added that their rooms were spacious, quiet and furnished with comfortable beds.

The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and accommodating service.

Several reviewers enjoyed the food served at the on-site restaurant, particularly the breakfast.

Several guests found the hotel conveniently located for exploring the area and accessing the airport, while several reviewers appreciated the free airport shuttle.
The Bad
There were no common concerns or complaints found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, one guest found the free Wi-Fi service unreliable.

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Sources gave this hotel an average score of 4 out of 5, with 89% of 261 guests recommending the property. ranked this hotel #46 out of 98 hotels in Calgary, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5, from 229 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 21, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Shane L.
Analyzed by Shane L.
With ample personal travel experience and years of professional hotel work experience, Shane is prepared and determined to help travelers find what they want when booking Canadian hotels.
Guest Reviews

Rated 7.7/10 based on 510 reviews

Ranked #46 out of 80 hotels in Calgary


5 out of 10 | Arthur stayed March 23, 2012

"5/10 Could do much better"

"Room was still smelling of paint as it had recently been refurbished,others on the floor were in various states of refurbishment, IT systems down so bill could not be presented at checkout - they had been down for more than 48 hours, Too far (10 Km.)from the Airport to be called 'Airport Hotwl"


5 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed October 22, 2011

"Would be perfect with more friendly gesture at the check in."

"The check in staff were somewhat unwelcoming. Otherwise, satisfactory. Disappointed with no complimentary breakfast offered. Room's AC awkward position. Curtains were not able to close fully over the AC. Restaurant staff and meal was excellent!"


7 out of 10 | Sophie stayed April 09, 2011

"Nice hotel but not exactly close to the airport"

"I only stayed at the hotel for one night and did not use many facilities. The room I had was spacious with two double beds, desk, armchair, kitchenette, etc. The bed was very comfy and the internet was working. The only drawback is the location -- it said "Holiday Inn Airport" but I had to wait quite a while for the shuttle and it seems that the hotel is quite far from the airport."

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8 out of 10 | Suzanne stayed December 19, 2010

"I stayed the day before I flew out and the day I flew back. With stays back to back I don't think I should have to pay the daily parking charge."


9 out of 10 | Jessie stayed September 27, 2010

"A Second Home During Illness"

"A little noise but the service was wonderful. The staff was helpful and kind. We had everything we needed and more. My husband had surgery and the hotel helped with cabs and concern for my situation. We stayed an extra day for my husband while we waited for a different vehical to take him home. Extra towels etc. were at hand. By the way this was his second surgery and we stayed both times. My husband is 81 and we had the best of treatment by the staff."


8 out of 10 | Karen stayed August 08, 2010

"It would have been nice if we had a complimentary breakfast too. otherwise the stay was good and I would recommend staying at this hotel"


10 out of 10 | Lynda stayed April 27, 2010

"A returning customer."

"This hotel is fabulous. Rooms, pool, shuttle service, staff, price, lounge (you can take drinks to your room!!!) were all just perfect. I wouldn't have minded a convenience store nearby as my flight was late and the kitchen was closed but that's not a big deal. I've already recommended it to several friends and I'll be booking my partner a room for his return from Mexico the end of May."


8 out of 10 | Shirley stayed April 23, 2010

"Great value for your dollar. Clean & professional."

"Everything went very smoothly & the room was great value for the dollar. Very clean & professional. No mention of where to park though (worked that out for ourselves & could use restaurants closer by). Not a problem for me, but may be for someone without a vehicle."


9 out of 10 | Shirley stayed February 11, 2010

"The room decor is very attractive; rooms are spacious & comfortable; staff is friendly and helpful."


7 out of 10 | Dan stayed September 29, 2009

"No extra coffee in hotel real dining options.middle of nowhere location,nothing around hotel too do or see!"


5 out of 10 | Brian stayed February 02, 2006

"Two items, the smoke in the bar lounge was unnacceptable, & when I checked in i asked for an early wake up call for 0445 & reservation on the shuttle for 5am as we had an early 0720 flight to the states. they did not tell us that the shuttle left at 0500hrs on the button & would not wait & when we got downstairs at 0502hrs it was gone & would not be back for over half an hour!! so we had to spend $20.00 on cab to airport & just made our flight, very poor service on behalf of your night crew ."


9 out of 10 | Laurel stayed May 18, 2005

"Everything was terrific and I had an easier time of it especially with having to attend to a 2 and a half year old and a 6 month old baby. Thank you"


8 out of 10 | Alan stayed October 10, 2004

"Nice clean hotel, would recommend it good value for money."


9 out of 10 | Dinah stayed September 08, 2004

"While this is may be an older hotel, they are doing their best to upgrade and update. The outstanding feature was the service ethic of the staff - the overall sense that they wanted to provide good service - not just put in their hours. Adding this degree of service to the very reasonable rate for the room, I felt our stay at the Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport was an exceptional value."

Map Marker Holiday Inn Calgary Airport
1250 Mckinnon Drive North East, Calgary, AB