Downtown Calgary has no shortage of 4- and 5-star hotels, thanks to a healthy influx of business travellers. While the big chains are well established, boutique hotels have begun to spring up, adding more individuality to the hotel scene. Prices are usually lower at weekends. Beyond Downtown, there are plenty of cheap chain motels and a good number of reasonably priced B&Bs.
The Calgary hotels below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over C$250)
Moderate (C$150 to C$250)
Cheap (up to C$150)
These Calgary hotel prices are per double room per night in the middle of summer, exclusive of tax, and breakfast is not included, unless otherwise specified.
The grande dame of Calgary's hotels, the Fairmont Palliser has been welcoming guests since 1914. Rooms are elegant and luxurious, and there's a posh health club and spa with an indoor pool. You can enjoy cocktails and craft brews in the sophisticated Oak Lounge or treat yourself to a fancy afternoon tea.Address: Downtown, 133 9th Avenue SW, Calgary, T29 2M3
Telephone: +1 403 262 1234.
Setting foot in Hotel Arts on a hot day is like arriving at a Miami beach party, with the cool and the beautiful draping themselves, cocktails in hand, by the outdoor pool. Calgary's chic, sexy and independently owned designer hotel is within walking distance of all downtown venues. Rooms are stylish, and the hip Raw Bar serves 'Vietmodern' cuisine.Address: Beltline, 119 12th Avenue SW, Calgary, T2R 0G8
Telephone: +1 403 266 4611.
Kensington Riverside Inn
In trendy Kensington (a short walk from the business district), overlooking the Bow River and downtown Calgary, this 19-room hotel is a real gem. The spacious rooms are individually decorated, with plush bedding and free Wi-Fi. Some have fireplaces or garden patios. The Chef's Table restaurant features grain-fed, fresh, organic food.Address: Kensington, 1126 Memorial Drive NW, Calgary, T2N 3E3
Telephone: +1 403 228 4442.
Best Western Plus Suites Downtown
Just a couple of blocks from the trendy shops and bars of 17th Avenue, this hotel suits families who want to eat in now and again. All rooms have fridges and microwaves or kitchenettes, while the larger suites come with living rooms and full-size kitchens. Included in the price are a hot buffet breakfast and underground parking.Address: Beltline, 1330 8th Street SW, Calgary, T2R 1B6
Telephone: +1 403 228 6900.
Handy for the bars and eateries along nearby 17th Avenue, Hotel Elan has bright, modern rooms, plus one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and separate living areas. Rates include an extensive continental breakfast and 15MB Wi-Fi. If you're here during Calgary's chilly winter, you're sure to appreciate the heating toilet seats.Address: Beltline, 1122 16th Avenue SW, Calgary, T2R 0T6
Telephone: +1 403 229 2040.
Hotel Le Germain
This trendy boutique hotel is bang in the heart of Downtown opposite the Calgary Tower. It's just one component of a cutting-edge development - a wood-grain-clad hotel and gleaming, glass office tower linked by swanky penthouse apartments. The 143 rooms are thoroughly 21st century, kitted out with bamboo and cotton linen, goose-down duvets, comfy armchairs and rainforest showers.Address: Downtown, 899 Centre Street SW, Calgary, T2G 1B8
Telephone: +1 403 264 8990.
Along River Ridge B&B
This charming B&B enjoys an excellent river setting in northwest Calgary and offers good-value accommodation, a friendly welcome and a substantial breakfast. There are just two rooms, both cosy and comfortable, with en-suite facilities. You can chill out with books and games by the open fireplace, pot a few snooker balls or relax in the tranquil back garden.Address: Montgomery, 1919 52nd Street NW, Calgary,
Telephone: +1 403 247 1330.
Northwest of downtown, near the Bow River, Centro Motel is a little bit of affordable chic. Rooms are smart and spacious, with pillow-top beds and high-end linens and cosy duvets. Wi-Fi, parking and a continental breakfast are all included in the price.Address: Montgomery, 4540 16th Avenue NW, Calgary, T3B 0M6
Telephone: +1 403 288 6658.
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University
This place does what it says on the tin: it's cheap. Free Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking make it an even more attractive proposition to the budget traveller. All rooms come with a fridge and microwave, while some have a kitchenette. Plus there's an indoor pool and fitness centre. The hotel is near the university and light rail.Address: Banff Trail, 2231 Banff Trail NW, Calgary, T2M 4L2
Telephone: +1 403 289 1921.