A well-connected city just a few hours from Canada’s Rocky Mountains, Calgary, Alberta, is well known for hosting the Calgary Stampede – Canada’s biggest annual rodeo event. If you’re here to munch on corn dogs while watching expert horseback riders do their thing, consider making one of these top hotels and places to stay in Calgary a base for your visit – bookable with Culture Trip.
Want to see more from your hotel room than just endless suburbs, parking lots and strip malls? Check out the views from this one. Here’s a Calgary hotel that not only affords you those slick city views of downtown Calgary but also casual sophistication. Wash off the Stampede dust in the rainforest shower before donning something chic, but doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard. Then head to Fonda Fora just off the lobby for what is definitely not your run-of-the-mill Mexican fare – tacos with grilled octopus, anyone?
Have you always wanted to sleep like the Queen of England? Then book a night in the QEII suite in this hotel in Calgary. Dating from the 1930s, the building used to be the Officers’ Mess at Currie Barracks. In 1951, Princess Elizabeth stayed in this very room when she and her husband of nearly four years toured Canada.
You’ve loaded the bus with 20 of your best friends – including your dog – and have come to Calgary. Your only question now is: where to park? Hotels in Calgary that accommodate buses and RVs are often far away from everything, but not this one. Now that you’ve solved the parking problem, what about Rover? No worries, the hotel has a bag full of treats waiting for him.
Built in 1914, the Fairmont Palliser has hosted everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Hollywood actors such as Brad Pitt. Anticipate Art Deco touches here, including geometric light fittings and mid-century furnishings, alongside Italian Renaissance glamour in the way of marble columns. When not marveling at the decor, sweat out the lobby bar’s cocktails in the gym, before taking a dip in the indoor pool and unwinding with a massage at the Wellness Spa. Fancy making like the Queen of England, circa 1990? Book into the Royal Suite.
Occupying a peaceful swathe of land on the banks of the Bow River, Along River Ridge is the sort of place where you won’t hear car horns – just the sounds of the river and birdsong. The feeling of tranquility pervades the interior too, thanks largely to the hotel’s nature-oriented color palette of forest greens and deep mahogany browns, along with the room’s jacuzzi baths and hot tub facilities. Breakfast here is particularly good – go for a strong coffee and farm-fresh eggs to stand you in good stead for the day ahead.
The Hyatt Regency Calgary, in the heart of downtown, is just a short walk from many of the city’s top sights, such as the Calgary Tower and the Theatre District. Room decor, such as carpets patterned with autumn leaves, takes inspiration from nature. When not out and about exploring the city, fitness fanatics can squeeze in a holiday workout at the hotel’s gym, before taking a dip in its indoor lap pool and sauna, while guests after a bit of pampering can book for a hot-stone massage or facial at the spa.
If you’re after something a little more special, discover the best luxury hotels in Calgary or options with pools. Alternatively, indulge in some pampering at one of the best spa hotels in Calgary, now bookable via Culture Trip. To discover more of Calgary, check out our guide to the best places to visit in Calgary, Alberta. For a unique stay, check out our pick of the best arty hotels to book in Calgary, bookable on Culture Trip.
Molly Codyre and Doug Murray contributed additional reporting to this article.
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