The Best Hotels in Calgary, Canada

The Canadian city of Calgary isn't short of things to do or places to stay
The Canadian city of Calgary isn't short of things to do or places to stay | © Toni Reed / Unsplash
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18 September 2020

A well-connected city just a few hours from Canada’s Rocky Mountains, Calgary, Alberta, is best known for being the center of Canada’s oil industry and one of the country’s busiest business districts – but there’s more than meets the eye here. Whether you’re in Calgary for business or pleasure, consider staying in one of these top hotels as a base for your visit.

Hotel Blackfoot

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This chic contemporary hotel is a few minutes away from downtown. At Hotel Blackfoot, you can enjoy plush beds, complimentary high-speed wifi, four separate dining options, a seasonal outdoor pool and patio, and live entertainment at the comedy club. The hotel also offers in-room massage and spa services to ensure that you are able to unwind and enjoy your stay. Hotel Blackfoot combines contemporary flair with details of the native heritage and culture for a truly unique Calgary experience.
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Hotel Arts

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This designer boutique hotel is located in downtown Calgary. Hotel Arts is home to two award-winning restaurants, the Yellow Door Bistro and Raw Bar. Amenities at this modern hotel include complimentary high-speed wifi, an on-site fitness center, a seasonal outdoor pool with private poolside events including poolside yoga classes, and complimentary Brooklyn cruiser bikes that you can use to explore Calgary. The hotel offers plenty of venue space that is perfect for meetings, events or weddings.
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Le Germain Hotel

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Located at the foot of the Calgary Tower at the heart of the city and surrounded by music, museums and art galleries, Le Germain Hotel is a modern and bold hotel whose interior is a mix of concrete, wood and glass that creates stunning features. Amenities include a free continental breakfast, an ultra-modern fitness room with a panoramic view of the city, Lounge Central 899’s happy hour and the Santé Spa. At this hotel, guests will find an assortment of room types to choose from, including an apartment suite that accommodates up to six people.
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Fairmont Palliser

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Built in 1914, the Fairmont Palliser has put up everyone from royalty like Queen Elizabeth II to Hollywood actors like 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 its 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 Queen Elizabeth circa 1990? Book into its Royal Suite.
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Alt Hotel Calgary East Village

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The river that flows through Calgary is called Bow River – and you can see it from the Alt Hotel Calgary East Village. Turning your attention inwards, you’ll see a distinct monochromatic theme and no shortage of Nespresso machines in the hotel’s rooms, with MacBook-clad young professionals working away in its open-plan co-working style lobby. The hotel also has two lauded restaurants: CHIX Eggshop, which is loved for its bacon-and-egg breakfast buns, and Nupo, which is a Japanese sushi and fish restaurant with great sake on the menu.
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Along River Ridge

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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 running river and birds. The feeling of calm carries through into the interior too, thanks largely to its 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.
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Hyatt Regency Calgary

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The Hyatt Regency Calgary, in the heart of downtown, is just a short walk from many of the city’s best sights, such as the Calgary Tower and the Theatre District. Rooms are pared back and bring the natural environment inside, with features like deep-wooden beds and carpets patterned with autumn leaves. When not out and about exploring the city, keen gym-goers can squeeze in a holiday workout at the hotel’s gym, before taking a dip in its indoor lap pool and sauna; those after a bit of pampering can also book for a hot-stone massage or facial at the spa.
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Delta Hotels by Marriott Downtown

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With views of the city in one direction and green hillsides in the other, Delta Hotels by Marriott Downtown allows you to see the best of Calgary. Inside, the vibe is entirely urban, with rooms decorated in monochromatic tones, mid-century furnishings and desks for the working traveler. With an indoor pool on site, you can take a dip no matter the weather, and soak up a few rays post-swim from its sun terrace. Dining is a casual pub-influenced affair in the Shoe & Canoe Public House, where burgers and pork ribs are best enjoyed with local craft beer.
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The Westin Calgary

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The well-linked Westin Calgary looks much like any other skyscraper in downtown Calgary, but you won’t find any office cubicles here. Instead, a wellness and fitness studio takes pride of place on the top floor, while the rooms are decked out with 32-inch flat-screen HDTVs. If a work emergency does call, however, grab a free coffee from the lobby’s Starbucks and knuckle down at the room’s desk – safe in the knowledge you’ve got high-speed wifi. Traveling with someone else? Reconvene over craft beer and dinner in the hotel’s Keg Steakhouse & Bar.
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Molly Codyre contributed additional reporting to this article.

These recommendations were updated on September 18, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.