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Calgary airport hotel 13 min to YYC with free: shuttle & parking, indoor pool, restaurant

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, 24-hour airport shuttle
  • Rooms were often described as clean with comfy beds
  • Location was handy to the airport according to guests
  • Staff were well liked, polite and helpful said guests
  • Moxies restaurant typically well liked by guests
  • Wi-Fi was excellent according to online guest surveys
Cons
  • Some guests said better cleaning and maintenance was needed
  • Rooms and pool area tired and in need of updates, according to guests
  • Extra charge for business centre of $5 for 20 minutes
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 3, 2016
Overview
Located about a 13-minute drive to Calgary International Airport (YYC), with a free 24-hour airport shuttle, this hotel is geared to guests who want to access the nearby airport. 

The smoke-free hotel offers 177 rooms over 4 floors. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a 32" flat screen cable TV with pay-per-view movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk with ergonomic chair, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds or 1 king bed.  Room extras include a sofabed, a separate bedroom, 2 TVs, a living room, and a mini-kitchen (microwave, mini-fridge, sink). Accessible rooms are also available.

Free parking is available on site. A free 24-hour airport shuttle runs hourly, on-the-hour. Pets are welcome for $10 each, per day. Free coffee and fruit is available mornings for guests in the lobby.

Moxie's Restaurant is on site and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner along with patio dining. Chop Steakhouse & Bar is open for lunch and dinner. Room service is available. 

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a gym, a 24-hour business centre (extra fees apply) an elevator, a 24-hour front desk, and meeting rooms.

The downtown area, which is home to the Calgary Tower, the Glenbow Museum and the Stampede Corral, is an 18-minute drive away. Telus Spark Science Centre is a 14-minute drive. The Calgary Zoo is a 13-minute drive away. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with front desk on Aug 3, 2016: the airport shuttle runs every hour on the hour, the hotel charges $5 for 20 minutes of business centre use
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The Good
Some guests found this hotel to provide a decent room for an overnight stay when accessing the airport.

The rooms were older and dated according to some, but were still often described as clean with a comfortable bed.

The location was sometimes referred to as "out in the boonies", but in relation to the airport and with a free shuttle, it was convenient for accessing the airport.

Guests liked the staff. They were often described as friendly, helpful and courteous to guests.

Guests typically thought Moxies was excellent, enjoyed breakfasts and room service and were pleased that it was on site. Guests also appreciated the late night specials and happy hour available both at the Chop Restaurant and at Moxies.
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The Bad
Some reviewers were not as comfortable at the hotel, which they felt needed better cleaning, better maintenance and renovation.

Guests mentioned worn rooms that were dark, dingy, had an offensive odour, were dusty and not cleaned well. Some complained of AC units that were ineffective with rooms uncomfortably hot even in the spring and fall, poor water pressure and even no hot water for showering.

Recent guests also complained that the pool was smaller than expected and very dirty with the hot tub in need repair.

Noise was an issue for some. They complained about airplanes overhead (although some said they couldn't hear planes), AC units, guests in overhead rooms and in the hallways.

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Show Sources
Sources
Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 3.9 out of 5, based on 381 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #64 out of 102 Calgary hotels based on 204 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
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