With one of the youngest demographics in Canada, it’s no surprise that Calgary boasts a vibrant art scene. Long-running music, dance, and theatre festivals are beloved and well attended every year. Forget the Calgary Stampede and embrace the artistic side of this cosmopolitan Alberta city with a stay at one these great Calgary art hotels.
This hotel is conveniently located near the University of Calgary campus, the Southern Jubilee Auditorium and the huge Market Mall shopping complex. The decor is ultra-modern while large colourful canvases and photographs of Calgary line the gallery-white walls. Rooms are compact and also feature the latest in high-tech amenities. Welcome additions include a pool, full-service spa and a restaurant that hosts live performances on the weekends.
Set on the Bow River, in the artsy Kensington neighbourhood, this upscale Calgary B&B has a picture-perfect location. Restaurants, record stores, coffee shops and numerous boutiques are only two short blocks away, while Calgary’s extensive pathway system is right on the doorstep. The home was custom-built by the owner and sets itself apart through features such as custom woodwork, hardwood flooring and granite countertops. The paintings, discreetly hung throughout this castle-like home, are the owner’s creations as well.
Located 10 kilometers from downtown Calgary, this pleasant B&B will give you the chance to forget about the busy rush of the city. Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of nature at this riverfront location where birds and beavers abound. The indoor décor is country casual while outside, wooden lawn chairs and swings dot the lawn and gardens. Best of all, you are free to use the outdoor barbecue as well as the shared facilities in the spotless kitchen.
One of Canada’s most prestigious, original, railway hotels, the historic Palliser has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. The dark oak lobby has been replaced with the shining gold and marble Hawthorn Bar, where DJ sets take place on weekends. The 1950s era cowboy mural is still in place, along with original artworks in each refreshed, classic room. A favourite with Canada’s prime minister and other VIPs, the Palliser is the grand dame of Calgary hotels.
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