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Kensington Riverside Inn

Kensington Riverside Inn is a 4 star hotel in Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1126 Memorial Drive North West, Calgary, AB, Canada
Estimated Price
$244
CAD
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Scenic location and excellent staff, according to guests of this boutique hotel
Pros 
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Excellent, friendly staff, according to guests
  • Scenic location within walking distance to Eau Claire Market, according to guests
  • Guests enjoyed the extra touches that enhanced their stay
Cons 
  • No fridge or coffeemaker in the rooms
  • Some guests found this hotel to be expensive

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River Lee Executive Bed & Breakfast (0.2 km)
River Wynde Executive Bed and Breakfast (0.2 km)
Holiday Inn Express Calgary (0.6 km)
Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre (0.7 km)
Execsuite (0.8 km)
Regency Suites Calgary (1.0 km)
5 Calgary Downtown Suites Hotel (1.0 km)
Ramada Hotel Downtown (1.0 km)
Nuvo Hotel Suites (1.2 km)
Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire (1.2 km)
BEST WESTERN PLUS Suites Downtown (1.3 km)
The Westin Calgary (1.3 km)

This Hotel is Near...
Calaway Park (18.7 km)
Calgary Airport (8.3 km)
Calgary Stampede Casino (2.5 km)
Calgary Telus Convention Centre (1.9 km)
Calgary Tower (1.8 km)
Calgary Zoo (3.6 km)
Cross Iron Mills Mall (18.0 km)
Heritage Park Calgary (8.0 km)
Heritage Park Historical Village (7.4 km)
McMahon Stadium (3.1 km)
Millennium Park (0.8 km)
Rockyview Hospital (7.1 km)
Scotiabank Saddledome (2.9 km)
Stampede Park (2.8 km)

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Sep 6, 2012
Overview
Located on Memorial Drive North West, across the street from the Bow River, and about a 20-minute walk to Eau Claire Market, this hotel is in Calgary's Kensington neighbourhood, known for its trendy boutiques and restaurants. The hotel is often used by those celebrating special occasions, or by those looking for smaller-scale accommodations in this trendy part of the city.

All of the 19 rooms at this hotel have free Wi-Fi, a 42-inch plasma TV, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Guests are offered complimentary in-room coffee and tea service each morning. The hotel's rooms and suites come with a queen or king bed. Soaker tubs, fireplaces and balconies are available with some rooms. Pets are not permitted at this hotel.

Guests can dine on site at Chef's Table, a 40-seat gourmet restaurant (serving breakfast and dinner Monday-Friday, brunch and dinner on Saturday and brunch only on Sunday). Guests also receive a $20 voucher to be applied towards breakfast. There are a variety of dining options around the hotel, less than a 5-minute walk away. There is limited parking on site for $12/night. There is no gym on site, but guests receive a pass to nearby Kensington Fitness Studio (4-minute walk).

Prince's Island Park is about a 22-minute walk up the Bow River Pathway (a pedestrian/cyclist pathway along the Bow River). The downtown area (where the business district, the Stampede Corral and the Calgary Tower are located) is about a 10- to 15-minute drive away. Air travellers should budget about 23 minutes to drive the 20 km between the hotel and Calgary International Airport (YYC). (All distances and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast (call date September 5, 2012).
The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, guests generally praised this hotel and were impressed with its location and staff.

Guests liked being nestled in the Kensington neighbourhood and being able to walk to trendy shops and restaurants, or access the Bow River walking paths easily. Many also liked that the hotel was close enough to downtown (10-minute drive).

Reviewers received excellent, personalized service from staff, who were consistently warm and friendly. A number of staff members were mentioned by name and applauded for their attention to customer service.

There were extra touches at this hotel that guests felt enhanced their overall experience, like rose petals in the rooms, heated towel racks and high-quality toiletries.

A number of guests liked the atmosphere in this boutique hotel, saying that its size and appearance lent a sense of intimacy.

The Bad
While most of the reviews used for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints among them about a lack of amenities in the rooms and the sense that the hotel was overpriced.

Price point was a problem for a number of guests, who felt that the hotel was overpriced. A few guests thought that the food in the on-site restaurant was expensive.

A few guests wished that there had been a fridge in their rooms, and several more found the lack of a coffeemaker inconvenient. The hotel does offer complimentary coffee service to the room, but it does not start until 7:00 am, which some guests thought was too late.

A few guests felt that their rooms were small and difficult to comfortably manoeuvre around in.

Some guests had problems with on-site parking, saying that spaces were limited. A few guests had to seek parking elsewhere.

There were some peripheral complaints about difficulties regulating temperature in the rooms and about the lighting being too dim.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #15 out of 97 Calgary hotels, based on 65 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.7 out of 5, based on 35 reviews. 97% of guests would recommend this hotel.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 8.4 out of 10, or "very good", based on 41 reviews.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast (call date September 5, 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

8.7
Very Good

#19 out of 81
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 8.7 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 238
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Kensington Riverside Inn is #19 out of 81 hotels in Calgary ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Brooks, AB CA rated Kensington Riverside Inn 10 out of 10 on November 05, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
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Hotel review by guest is Positive
Heather from Taber, AB CA rated Kensington Riverside Inn 9 out of 10 on March 12, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

Hotel Address: 1126 Memorial Drive North West, Calgary, AB, Canada

Overview & Amenities


Kensington Riverside Inn

Amenities
  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Concierge
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Mini Bar
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Bath / Hot Tub
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Golf Course (nearby)
  • Photocopier
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Bathrobes
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Private Toilet
  • Cots
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shoe Shine
  • Self Laundry
  • Bedding/Pillow Choices

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Nearby Cities
Airdrie (25.9 km)
Redwood Meadows (31.8 km)
Cochrane (33.5 km)
Okotoks (37.5 km)
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