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Ramada Hotel Downtown

Ramada Hotel Downtown is a 3 star hotel in Calgary, Alberta, Canada 708 8th Avenue South West, Calgary, AB, Canada
Estimated Price
$134
CAD
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Guests liked the central location of this downtown hotel
Pros 
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Excellent service from staff. according to guests
  • Some guests felt that there was good value for the room rate
  • Convenient location, according to guests
Cons 
  • Some guests had trouble with street noise and noise from other guests
  • A few guests had trouble with the Wi-Fi connection
  • Parking lot is small, according to guests

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The Westin Calgary (0.7 km)
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International Hotel Suites Calgary (0.8 km)
Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire (0.8 km)
The Fairmont Palliser (0.8 km)
Hotel Arts (0.9 km)

This Hotel is in...
Downtown Calgary

This Hotel is Near...
Calaway Park (19.6 km)
Calgary Airport (8.4 km)
Calgary Stampede Casino (1.5 km)
Calgary Telus Convention Centre (1.0 km)
Calgary Tower (0.9 km)
Calgary Zoo (2.8 km)
Cross Iron Mills Mall (18.4 km)
Heritage Park Calgary (7.5 km)
Heritage Park Historical Village (6.9 km)
McMahon Stadium (4.1 km)
Millennium Park (1.1 km)
Rockyview Hospital (6.6 km)
Scotiabank Saddledome (1.9 km)
Stampede Park (1.8 km)

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Jul 13, 2012
Overview
This hotel (renovated in 2011) is located in the core of the downtown Calgary area on 8th Avenue South West and offers leisure and business travellers accommodation within walking distance to shopping, restaurants and the business district. On-site amenities include an outdoor heated pool and a gym.

Guests have the option to choose between non-smoking and smoking rooms at this hotel. In all rooms, they can expect Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker, a flat screen TV, a hair dryer, and an iron and an ironing board. There are Standard rooms and Suites available, some of which have a hot tub. Parking is available on site for $15.75/day and pets are permitted for $25/day.

There are a number of restaurants surrounding the hotel, but guests can dine on site at Cheers Restaurant for breakfast and lunch, open daily from 7:00am-2:00pm. The Red Fox Lounge serves lunch and dinner, and is open Monday-Friday from 11:00am-10:00pm and Saturday-Sunday from 11:00am-8:00pm.

For guests looking to wander Calgary by foot, there is much to see and do within walking distance. The Eau Claire Market, Calgary Tower and the Glenbow Museum are all walkable in about 15 minutes. For guests in town for the Calgary Stampede, the Stampede Corral is slightly closer, about an 8 minute walk. Guests travelling by air should budget about 23 minutes to drive the 18.4km between the hotel and Calgary International Airport (YYC) (distances and driving time estimates: Google Maps).

Check-in is at 3:00pm, while check-out is at 12:00pm.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi and parking (call date: July 13, 2012). 
The Good
For guests that had a positive experience, much of it had to do with convenient location, and high levels of customer service.

Staff at this hotel provided excellent service, and guests used words like "efficient" and "friendly" to describe them. Some guests felt that staff really made an extra effort to enhance the stay. One guest described how they had left a few bottles of beer sitting on the table in the room, and when they had returned from their day out, housekeeping staff had placed them on ice.

Location was a big plus for a number of guests, who felt that the hotel was central and convenient to a number of shops and attractions. Comments like "perfectly located for business or shopping trips" and "great location" were reflective of guest sentiment.

Rooms were clean and comfortable, according to a number of guests. A few guests mentioned that the beds and the pillows were comfortable as well.

Guests said that the price was "reasonable" and that it was a "good hotel for the price you pay".

There were a few additional compliments on things like large balconies and good food and service at the on-site restaurant.

The Bad
While many of the reviews used for this analysis were favourable, there were a few common threads among guest complaints, including problems with noise and unstable Wi-Fi connections.

A few guests felt that the walls were thin, and were bothered by noise from guests in adjoining rooms. Some guests were disturbed by street noise late at night, and suggested that rooms on higher floors may insulate better against street noise. A few guests in rooms near the elevators said that they were very noisy as well.

Wi-Fi connections were slow and spotty, according to a number of guests, who found this frustrating.

Some guests found the on-site  parking lot to be small, difficult to access and awkwardly configured. A few guests mentioned that spaces were tight and limited.

Guests said that this older hotel was showing its age, and that the decor was in need of more updating.

There were a few peripheral complaints regarding things like problems with hot water in the showers and disappointment from guests that didn't get to use the pool, as it was only open seasonally.
Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi and parking (call date: July 13, 2012).

TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #37 out of 97 Calgary hotels, based on 164 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 3.6 out of 5, based on 74 reviews. 76% of guests would recommend this hotel.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 7.5 out of 10, or "good", based on 43 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
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Guest Reviews

7.0
Good

#60 out of 81
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 7.0 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 425
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Ramada Hotel Downtown is #60 out of 81 hotels in Calgary ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Betty from Edmonton, AB CA rated Ramada Hotel Downtown 8 out of 10 on January 15, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Taber, AB CA rated Ramada Hotel Downtown 4 out of 10 on March 07, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The walls were paper thin and they stuck us in between a room full of yappy kids on either side and across the hall. They were up until 5:30 am and you could hear every word they said. When patrons left the bar down the alley and walked below our window, even though we were on the 4th floor, we could hear everything. It was not a very restful stay at all."
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Hotel review by guest is Negative
Amanda from Grande Prairie, AB CA rated Ramada Hotel Downtown 5 out of 10 on July 30, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"It was a great place to stay (the staff were excellent and friendly)and convenient...very close to the LRT but the lighting in the room was terrible and everything looked old and dingy. Having the room over the back alley on a Saturday meant a lot of noise."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest rated Ramada Hotel Downtown 8 out of 10 on July 30, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Shayne from Van Couver, BC US rated Ramada Hotel Downtown 2 out of 10 on July 14, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The door handle fell off the door. My parents couldnt get into their door because it was jammed. Lightbulbs were blown out. Bathroom shower was covered in hair. Bathroom counter was slimed with something crusty and brown. The cable was fussy. The chairs were stained with what looked to be urine. The room stunk, was either too cold or too hot. The hotel staff was rude and unhelpfull. They made me feel like I was a hassle for them. I will never go back to that place again. It was in fact embarrassing for me to show my Danish inlaws this piece of my country."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Morris from Calgary, AB CA rated Ramada Hotel Downtown 8 out of 10 on June 20, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"rooms were a little small"
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Art from Saskatoon, SK CA rated Ramada Hotel Downtown 4 out of 10 on April 04, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Parking entrance was under construction - there is no parking in front of the hotel even while you register - reom service food was awful."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Jerry from Edmonton, AB CA rated Ramada Hotel Downtown 9 out of 10 on October 29, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"I was totaly impressed with the room service meals. The food was excellent and the prices were very reasonable, especially when the prices are compared with similar hotels in the downtown Calgary area. On the downside, the pillows on the beds were rather flat and not all that comfortable to sleep on. They could be improved. The balance of the room amenities were very good."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Justine from Fort Saskatchewan, AB CA rated Ramada Hotel Downtown 9 out of 10 on September 19, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Salmon Arm, BC CA rated Ramada Hotel Downtown 8 out of 10 on July 25, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Moose Jaw City, SK CA rated Ramada Hotel Downtown 8 out of 10 on May 21, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

Hotel Address: 708 8th Avenue South West, Calgary, AB, Canada

Overview & Amenities


Ramada Hotel Downtown

Amenities
  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Valet Parking
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Security Guard
  • ATM / Cash Machine
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • In Room Movies
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Porters
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Spa bath / Jacuzzi
  • Casino
  • Shops
  • Billiards
  • Photocopier
  • Salon
  • Bathrobes
  • Shower
  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Pub
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Ice Machine
  • Vending Machines
  • Smoking Room
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Self Laundry

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