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River Lee Executive Bed & Breakfast

8.8 | Very Good
MAP

7-min. drive from city centre, great breakfast, clean rooms, no AC in some rooms

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's proximity to public transit, downtown and shopping
  • The hotel's breakfast was complimented for its quality and variety
  • Several reviewers found the staff to be friendly and helpful
  • The hotel's rooms were described as clean and well equipped
Cons
  • A few guests reported small rooms and no AC in certain rooms
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 21, 2014
Overview
Located about a 3-minute drive from the nearest Trans-Canada Highway on-ramp and a 7-minute drive from Calgary's city centre, River Lee Executive Bed & Breakfast is geared towards business or vacation travellers who prefer a small, centrally located hotel with free Wi-Fi, a free breakfast and easy highway access.

Each of this smoke-free hotel's guest rooms offers free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a DVD player, a desk, a bathrobe and slippers, a phone with voicemail and a shared or private bathroom. Rooms with air conditioning, an iPod dock, a sitting area with a sofabed and a fireplace are also available, and the hotel is not wheelchair accessible.

The hotel also offers free bike rentals, free laundry service, a fitness room, a business centre, BBQ facilities, a garden, free parking and a free breakfast. Pets are not permitted.

Calgary Convention Centre can be found about 6 minutes away by car, while CORE Shopping Centre is a 7 minute drive away. The University of Calgary is roughly an 8-minute drive from the hotel, and Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a 19-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, no pets, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: March 13, 2014)

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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's location, breakfast, staff and rooms.

Numerous travellers praised the hotel's location, finding it close to restaurants, Kensington Village, shopping, restaurants, downtown Calgary and public transit. One patron noted, "The b&b is located in a great little neighbourhood with loads of fun shops, bars and restaurants to explore. It is only a short walk across the bridge to downtown".

The hotel's breakfast was the source of many compliments by reviewers, who described it as fresh, delicious, filling and varied. One guest remarked, "I would say the food was amazing! Our breakfast consisted of a eggs benedict skillet with fresh herbs and hollandaise sauce, peppered bacon, chili dusted potatoes, orange juice and a fruit salad".

Several lodgers were pleased with the hotel's staff, characterizing them as accommodating, welcoming and helpful with directions and suggestions. One guest mentioned, "Diana was a fantastic host. She was probably the highlight of the trip for our daughter who she took under her wing. She had dead-on suggestions for things to do with a family and graciously accommodated our late departure".

The hotel's accommodations were enjoyed by several guests. They described their rooms as clean, cozy, spacious and well equipped, with comfortable beds and linens. A few patrons had complaints about their rooms, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few complaints about the rooms.

Although the majority of guests enjoyed their clean and well-equipped rooms, a few lodgers had complaints about their accommodations. They reported small-sized rooms with nowhere to put luggage, no air conditioning in certain rooms and some noise transfer from the kitchen in the morning.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #16 of 53 Calgary B&B and Inns with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 from 13 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 13, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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Rated 8.8/10 based on 15 reviews

Ranked #19 out of 81 hotels in Calgary

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Map Marker River Lee Executive Bed & Breakfast
218 10A Street Northwest, Calgary, AB