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Aloft Calgary University

8.6 | Very Good | #29 out of 79 hotels in Calgary
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Popular Calgary hotel near McMahon Stadium with indoor pool and free hot breakfast 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, outdoor parking, pet stays, local calls, bottled water
  • Rooms were clean and modern with comfortable beds
  • Location was an easy walk to the C-Train, McMahon Stadium and an easy drive U of C and downtown
  • Staff were welcoming, helpful and efficient
  • Guests enjoyed the breakfast and dining on site
  • Good value according to some
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Underground parking is $10 per day
  • Noise transferred from the road and rooms overhead
  • Some said pool was small and could be viewed from the lounge
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated Aug 4, 2017
Overview
About the hotel: This hotel offers a hospitable environment, a 7-minute walk from McMahon Stadium and a 3-minute drive from the University of Calgary. Downtown is 11 minutes by car and 22 minutes by C-Train.

The smoke-free hotel has 105 rooms on 3 floors with elevator access.

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, free bottled water, a 42” flat screen HDTV with cable and pay movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk with ergonomic chair, data port, safe, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, and climate control.

Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Accessible rooms are available.

Parking: Free outdoor parking is available on site. Underground parking with a clearance of 6’8” is $10 per day.

Pets are welcome
(dogs only) for free. Dog beds, dishes and treats are supplied.

A free hot breakfast is served weekdays from 6 am to 10 am and weekends from 6 am to 11 am.

A free coffee bar is offered to guests in the lobby.

Restaurant on site: W XYZ Bar offers dinner, cocktails and live music and is open from 4 pm to 11 pm. Room service is available from 4 pm to 10:45 pm.

Off-site restaurants: Phil’s, Big T’s BBQ & Smokehouse, Boston Pizza and Denny’s are all within a 4-minute walk.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a 24-hour fitness centre with spin classes, a day spa, a business centre, dry cleaning, a games room and TV lounge, a guest laundry, a 24-hour convenience mart, a 24-hour front desk, ATM, car2go rentals, and meeting rooms.

What's nearby? The Foothills Hospital is a 5-minute drive. The Telus Convention Centre, Glenbow Museum and Stephen Avenue are all an 11-minute drive from the hotel. The Saddledome is a 16-minute drive and the Repsol Sport Centre is a 19-minute drive. Stampede Park is a 20-minute drive. CORE Shopping Centre is a 10-minute drive. Calgary Zoo is 16 minutes by car.

Getting around: C-Train stop is a 4-minute walk. Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a 25-minute drive away. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed by hotel Aug 3, 2017: all rooms have elevator access and a safe, there is a guest laundry on site

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The Good
This hotel was enjoyed for its trendy vibe, modern décor, reasonable rates and convenient location.

Rooms were clean and spacious with modern décor and comfortable beds. Some enjoyed large walk-in showers.

The location was convenient to the C-train stop, restaurants, U of C, McMahon Stadium, the Trans-Canada Hwy and Crowchild Trail offering quick access to downtown.

Staff were welcoming, helpful and efficient.

The restaurant was liked, with good food and friendly service.

Guests enjoyed the free hot breakfast. It offered a good selection of hot choices.

Guests also liked: a good-size and well-equipped gym, pantry was well stocked, a lounge and bar for relaxing and pool table.

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The Bad
There was some negative feedback online.

Room complaints found were: the room shakes from a train passing, smoke-detector above bed has flashing lights disturbing sleep, windows don’t open, and dispenser-type soap.

Noise transferred from: HVAC units, road noise, trains passing by and guests in rooms above.

Some had pool complaints: pool is small, lots of people walking past who aren’t swimming and others can view you swimming from the lounge. One guest was disappointed to find the pool was closed for a rental during his pre-booked stay.

Other comments found: slow elevators, no hot tub, hotel is a bit of a maze, no green space for dogs, old PCs for business centre and spa is expensive.

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Sources
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.4 out of 5 from 440 reviews.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked the hotel #40 out of 109 Calgary hotels with a guest score of 4 out of 5 from 279 reviews.

Booking.com guests rated this hotel with a score of 8.8 out of 10 based upon 232 reviews.

Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
8.6 / out of 10
"Very Good"
Ranked by Guests
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29 / out of 79
hotels in Calgary

The average guest rating for Aloft Calgary University is 8.6 out of 10 based on 1220 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Aloft Calgary University at #29 out of 79 hotels in Calgary.

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Location
Map Marker Aloft Calgary University
2359 Banff Trail North West, Calgary, AB