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

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, parking, 24-hr airport shuttle, local calls
  • Rooms were clean, comfortable and nicely furnished
  • Location was handy to the airport and restaurants
  • Free hot breakfast offered good selection and quality
  • Pool and waterslide were fun for families
  • Staff friendly and helpful said guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent in online reviews
  • Good value at this hotel said guests
Cons
  • Some guests found the wait time long for the airport shuttle (15 minutes)
  • Occasionally guests found the staff unpleasant
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Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
Free Internet
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jun 20, 2016
Overview
This popular hotel offers handy access to Calgary International Airport (YYC), about 10 minutes with free airport shuttle. It's situated in Calgary's northeast quadrant, about 17 minutes by car to the city centre.

The smoke-free and pet-free hotel has 101 rooms over 4 floors. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free local calls, a 32” LCD TV with cable and pay-per-view movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk with ergonomic chair, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, windows that open and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a separate bedroom, a mini-kitchen (mini-fridge, microwave, sink) a double jacuzzi and a fireplace. Accessible rooms are also available.

Free parking is available on site. The hotel offers a free 24-hour airport shuttle. 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.

A free hot breakfast is served daily from 6:30 am to 9:30 am. Moxies Restaurant provides breakfast, lunch and dinner each day and the CHOP Steakhouse offers lunch and dinner, both located on the same parking lot as the hotel.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a waterslide, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a business centre, a guest laundry, dry cleaning, ice machine, safety deposit boxes, an elevator, free newspapers and meeting rooms.

Shopping is available 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 17-minute drive away. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on June 19, 2016: the waterslide is open on demand, pool hours are 6 am to 11 pm, adult-only pool time is 9:30 pm to 11 pm, all windows open
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The Good
Guests were often quite pleased with their stay and found this a good value hotel in a convenient location.

The rooms were clean, quiet and comfortable. Guests found the rooms to be newer, a good size, with attractive furnishings, lots of hot water for showers and comfortable beds with quality linens.

The location was convenient. Guests often used this hotel to access the airport and found it handy with its free airport shuttle service and park and fly options. Guests said there was always room to park and the parkade was well lit with good security. Nearby restaurants were well liked along with the Cactus Club a few minutes' drive away.

Guests often liked the free breakfast. It was served early and guests found it to offer good variety and great coffee. It had items such as eggs, sausages, pancakes, muffins, bread, cereal, fruit, yogurt, juice, coffee and tea.

Guests often enjoyed the pool, hot tub and waterslide. One reviewer described the pool as medium sized with warm water.

Guests often found the staff quite helpful and welcoming with a friendly and quick check in.

Many thought the hotel provided good value with a very reasonable room rate.
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The Bad
There was a little negative feedback offered in the reviews but the issues raised were often of an isolated nature.

Occasionally guests were impatient to have to call the shuttle after arriving to the airport and to have to wait an additional 15 minutes for it to arrive for pick up. 

Some guests had nitpicks about the rooms. Complaints included: the TV was small, dark and angled in a way that made it difficult to watch, the fan in the room was noisy, the in-room or bathroom lighting was dim, the shower had a very strong setting and a very weak setting, and the views from the rooms were mostly of parking lots on the lower floors.

Some guests found the staff rude or short at times.


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TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #46 out of 110 Calgary hotels, based on 205 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.4 out of 5, based on 271 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.
Guest Reviews
8.7
Very Good

Rated 8.7/10 based on 1276 reviews

Ranked #21 out of 82 hotels in Calgary

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