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Calgary airport hotel with indoor pool, waterslide and free: shuttle, parking and breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, 24-hr airport shuttle, local calls
  • Guests found the rooms clean, comfortable and well maintained
  • Guests appreciated this hotel's proximity to the airport
  • Friendly, accommodating staff, according to guests
  • Guests liked the waterslide and the pool
  • Many guests liked the free hot breakfast for selection and quality
  • An excellent hotel for the disabled according to reviewer, with spacious room and all necessary amenities
Cons
  • A couple of guests complained of noise transfer
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Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
Free Internet
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Editor's Analysis
Updated May 9, 2015
Overview
Located about a 12-minute drive from Calgary International Airport (YYC), with free airport shuttle, this hotel caters well to air travellers who want to be close to the airport and also families who want to enjoy the hotel's pool with waterslide and free breakfast while visiting nearby attractions such as the Calgary Zoo or Aero Space Museum.

All of the 100 rooms at this smoke-free and pet-free hotel include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a 32 LCD TV with cable and pay-per-view movies, a mini-kitchen (a coffeemaker, a tea maker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, counter with sink, cupboards), a work desk with ergonomic chair, a hair dryer, and an iron and ironing board. All rooms have either 1 king bed or 1 or 2 queen beds. Suites may offer a separate bedroom, a sofabed, a jacuzzi and a fireplace. The hotel offers accessible rooms.

There is no restaurant on site, but guests are offered a complimentary hot breakfast daily from 6:30 am to 9:30 am. The closest restaurant is Moxies, a 1-minute walk away and the CHOP Steakhouse is opening in 2015 next door. There are a number of other dining options located within a 5-minute drive: Chili's Texas Grill is a 3-minute drive and Cactus Club Cafe and Tim Hortons are both a 5-minute drive from the hotel. 

On-site amenities include free parking, a free 24-hour airport shuttle, and guests can obtain 7 days free extended parking if they stay during the weekend. A weekday stay will allow for a 7-day extended parking rate of $7 per day.

Other hotel amenities include an indoor pool with a waterslide, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a guest laundry. a business centre and free newspapers.

Shopping is nearby at the Sunridge Mall about an 8-minute drive away. The Aero Space Museum of Calgary is a 3-minute drive from the hotel and the Calgary Zoo, the most popular attraction in Calgary, is 12 minutes away by car. The downtown area (where the Stampede Corral, the Calgary Tower and the business district are located) is about a 16-minute drive away. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent:  all beds are either queen size or king size, Moxies restaurant is located in the parking lot next door (call date: May 9, 2015).
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The Good
There were a lot of pleased guests who had stayed at this hotel, judging from reviews read for this report. Reviewers commented frequently on the convenience of the location, the well-liked hot breakfast and the clean and comfortable rooms.

Guests frequently spoke of the rooms, enjoyed their size, their newness and cleanness. Beds were comfy and guests appreciated having good cable channel selection and sometimes two TVs in their rooms. Mini-kitchens were a plus for some, along with walk-in showers.

Guests really liked this hotel's proximity to the airport along with the convenient, free shuttle to the airport. A few guests enjoyed meals at Moxies nearby. One guest found delicious pizza by ordering in.

There were a number of comments from guests, many of whom were travelling with children, who really enjoyed the indoor pool and waterslide. One guest said simply, Pool is the perfect temperature.” 

Guests described the staff as efficient, accommodating, warm and friendly. One guest remarked, “They treated us like royalty.

Several guests enjoyed the quality and the selection of the food offered at the free hot breakfast. There was specific mention of good omelettes and pancakes.
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The Bad
There were not a lot of complaints that guests had in common, in the reviews read for this report, and overall guests seemed to be quite satisfied with their stays.

However, a couple of guests complained of noise transfer from the hallway and from the room overhead.
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TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #32 out of 97 Calgary hotels, based on 80 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.4 out of 5, or "excellent", based on 44 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.4 out of 5, based on 190 reviews, 96% of guests would recommend this hotel.


Confirmed with a front desk agent: free Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking and airport shuttle (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
8.5
Very Good

Rated 8.5/10 based on 278 reviews

Ranked #21 out of 80 hotels in Calgary

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9 out of 10 | Goward stayed June 24, 2014

"Great stay at Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Calgary Airport"

"This was my first visit to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Calgary Airport but it will not be my last. The staff were very professional, friendly and helpful. The room was very clean and the bed was the most comfortable that I didn't want to get up the next morning. I would recommend this hotel to anyone as they will not be disappointed."

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7 out of 10 | Maryanne stayed January 09, 2014

"The hotel was good. However, I wish it had been a bit closer to the airport as that is how it is advertised. Yet, it took a fair bit of time to get to."

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9 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 21, 2013

"Good price and good value."

"Construction leading to airport made it confusing to go to the airport. Overall very good."

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6 out of 10 | Jodi stayed August 07, 2011

"The hotel was nice but the free shuttle was a joke. After waiting 45 minutes for it to arrive at the airport, it was too small to fit all the passengers (7 in total). We were told we would have to wait another 45 minutes for it to return. Seeing as it was already 1:00 in the morning and we had to be back at the airport at 6:30, we decided to take a cab. Cab fare was $25.00! We chose this hotel because it was close to the airport, but because of construction, it was more than a 2.5 km trip. Overall, what we paid was not worth the money!"

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8 out of 10 | Kathryn stayed August 03, 2011

"Good quality and reasonably priced for Alberta"

"I find generally hotels in Alberta are quite expensive compared to Ontario. That said this hotel was more reasonably priced and quality did not suffer. The kids LOVED the water slide, and I was pleasantly surprised by the nice breakfast included in the fee. We left too early for the hot breakfast but there was a lot on offer that we could make up ourselves (toast/oatmeal/fruit etc)."

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9 out of 10 | Denis stayed October 18, 2009

"I was impressed with the hotel regarding price and how clean it was. I guess I was surprised because it had a low rating . Don't always believe what you read,find out for yourself. I did and was very satisfied."

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Map Marker Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Airport Calgary
45 Hopewell Way North East, Calgary, AB