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Well-liked Calgary hotel near Southcentre Mall with indoor pool, waterslide & free breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, free hot & cold breakfast buffet
  • Several guests enjoyed the free breakfast
  • Many guests liked the staff and said they were courteous, efficient and helpful
  • Guests said the rooms were extremely clean
  • Some guests liked the location for being near to restaurants and Southcentre Mall
Cons
  • A few guests complained about noise transfer from within the hotel
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 15, 2015
Overview
Located within a 3-minute drive or 10-minute walk from Southcentre Mall (one of Calgary's largest), this 106-room hotel is popular with families and with business travellers who want to visit attractions or have business to attend to in the south end of the city.

All rooms here are non-smoking. Room options include standard rooms (king or queen beds) and suites (with a separate living area and/or bedroom and a sofabed, accommodating up to 4 guests). All rooms have free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a hair dryer, a coffeemaker and an iron and ironing board. Pets are permitted at this hotel for a cost of $20 per week per pet.

While there is no on-site restaurant, there is a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast offered daily. There is a bar/lounge called "Original Joes" adjacent to the hotel. There are also a number of other restaurants (including Tim Hortons) located adjacent to the hotel on a strip mall less than a minute's walk away. On-site amenities include free parking, an indoor pool with a two-storey waterslide, a hot tub and a gym.

South end attractions include Heritage Park Historical Village, which is about a 10-minute drive away. The downtown area (which is where a number of popular attractions, including the Stampede Corral and the Calgary Tower are located) is about an 18-minute drive away. For air travellers, Calgary International Airport (YYC), is about a 26-minute drive away from the hotel. (Distances and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast (call date: August 22, 2012).
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The Good
Most of the reviews used for this analysis indicated that guests enjoyed their stay at this hotel. The most frequent comments were about the size of the rooms and the cleanliness of the property.

Rooms and common areas were often described as exceptionally clean and nicely decorated, according to a number of guests. Several guests commented on how large the rooms were as well. One guest said that their room was much larger than they had expected.

Location was a positive factor for a number of guests, many of whom liked being so close to shopping and restaurants (Southcentre Mall is a 3-minute drive or a 10-minute walk away). A few guests said that the hotel was conveniently close to the highway and had good transit access. The hotel can be accessed via Bus 81 from the Anderson LRT station and the bus stop is just about 100 meters to the hotel.

Hotel staff were very well liked and described as friendly, helpful and efficient.

Some guests thought the beds were comfortable.
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The Bad
While the bulk of reviews used for this analysis reflected the positive experiences of guests at this hotel, there were some common complaints.

A number of guests were disturbed by noise, either from guests in neighbouring rooms or noisy air conditioning units. One guest said that their shower was very loud, as were the showers in neighbouring rooms. 

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TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #42 out of 97 hotels, based on 70 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 8.9 out of 10, or "fabulous", based on 26 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.4 out of 5, or "excellent", based on 28 reviews.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast (call date: August 22, 2012).
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
8.2
Very Good
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37 / out of 81
hotels in Calgary

Rated 8.2/10 based on 1494 reviews

Ranked #37 out of 81 hotels in Calgary

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Map Marker Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Calgary South
12025 Lake Fraser Drive, Calgary, AB