Hip Rental Apartments in Calgary, Alberta, You’ll Want to Call Home

Explore the sights of Calgary, from its hip neighborhoods to the beautiful Bow River
Explore the sights of Calgary, from its hip neighborhoods to the beautiful Bow River | © AJ Watt / Getty Images
Debra Smith

There are plenty of reasons to visit Calgary, a lively city within the Canadian province of Alberta. Take time to explore Calgary’s eclectic neighborhoods, from the historic Inglewood and Mission to the up-and-coming East Village area. Cycle around the sights, scale the Calgary Tower and zipline through the Canada Olympic Park while living like a Calgarian in these apartments.

1. Monki-Di Executive Suites – Alura


Monki-Di Executive Suites – Alura
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An East Village gem, the Monki-Di Executive Suites at Alura lets you feel like a local while you explore this exciting new neighborhood. Each one-bedroom apartment offers every modern convenience, including a washer and dryer. Rent a bicycle to traverse the largest bike trail system in North America, or visit the Studio Bell, home of National Music Centre, where you’ll find the Rolling Stones’ portable mixing studio and Elton John’s piano.

2. Zen Lofts


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Foodies will love Zen Lofts’ location near trendy 17th Avenue. Although the chic studio apartments come with full kitchens, the temptation to nip into one of the local ramen, pasta, barbecue or seafood restaurants in the area will be hard to resist. This three-story converted apartment block is also near one of Calgary’s best breakfast spots, Red’s Diner, and a friendly local pub, the Rose and Crown.

3. Element on First by Manna


Element On First by Manna
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Book a stay at Element on First by Manna for riverside living at its best. Ask for one of the modern suites with a view of the sparkling Bow River. Explore Calgary’s Chinatown neighborhood, where you can try ginger beef – invented in the city – or whip up meals in your state-of-the-art kitchen. Walk downtown, or take the leafy river path to the east to explore the zoo and trendy East Village.

4. Simply Comfort Downtown Calgary Apartments


Simply Comfort Downtown Calgary Apartments
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The floor-to-ceiling windows in the apartments at Simply Comfort overlook the downtown skyline or, depending on the time of year, the fireworks at the annual Calgary Stampede. Every July, the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth draws international visitors to watch rodeo cowboys vie for million-dollar prizes. Simply Comfort has free parking, an on-site market and bakery, and comfortable, contemporary decor, all within walking distance of the rodeo action.

5. Downtown Calgary Furnished Cozy Apartment


Downtown Calgary Furnished Cozy Apartment
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Perfect for families, this privately owned two-bedroom apartment shows pride of place. Modern stainless-steel appliances, a washer and dryer, and free private parking make this an exceptional choice for a homestay. It’s within walking distance of Stephen Avenue Walk, the downtown shopping and pedestrian mall, and the LRT (light rapid transit) line for quick getaways to the Calgary Zoo and TELUS Spark, the city’s science center.

6. Bridlewood Home


Bridlewood Home
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Far from downtown Calgary, but close to the world-famous Spruce Meadows show-jumping grounds, Bridlewood Home is a fully furnished, well-maintained basement apartment in a private house. It has all the comforts of home, with tasteful decor and comfortable seating. A convenient microwave and mini-fridge are available for preparing light snacks. Public transportation to explore the city is a five-minute walk away. Spruce Meadows hosts several free festivals and events during the year, including a festival of lights at Christmas.

7. Nuvo Hotel Suites

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Smart room at Nuvo Hotel Suites with double bed, leather sofa, wooden floor and an Eames lounge chair and ottoman
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You’ll be in the perfect location to explore Calgary’s Beltline neighborhood from your modern studio or two-bed apartment at Nuvo Hotel Suites. A Safeway store directly across the street makes cooking a breeze in your fully outfitted kitchen. Sample a taste of Calgary’s history at the Lougheed House National and Provincial Historic Site, one of the city’s original grand homes, or drop by Kawa Espresso Bar to see its latest local art exhibit and take in a free evening jazz concert.

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