The Best Airbnbs in Calgary, Alberta

Explore Calgary from the comfort of a cosy Airbnb
Explore Calgary from the comfort of a cosy Airbnb | © Michael Wheatley / Alamy Stock Photo
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13 October 2020

Calgary fiercely clings to its cowboy past with Western-style shops, whiskey-serving saloons and the Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo festival. Experience Cowtown from a local perspective with a stay in one of these comfy, stylish Airbnbs.

Although Calgary’s ranching history accounts for a large chunk of the city’s culture, it can thank the 1960s oil industry boom for lighting a match under its economy. Now, it is not only home to a substantial collection of skyscrapers (and millionaires), but it has also found fame as host of the wildly successful 1988 Winter Olympics.

R and R executive suite with hot tub

Short-term Rental
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R&R executive suite-private entrance-hot tub, Calgary
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You’ll rarely be seen away from the patio in this one-bedroom guest suite – whether you’re soaking under the stars in the bubbling hot tub, warming your hands by the toasty glow of the firepit or tucking into an al fresco lunch at the dining table. The backyard has direct access to a pocket of nature, so you can go for a morning jog around a quiet pond before whipping up a smoothie using the top-of-the-line blender. There are two beds in total – ideal for a pair of couples – as well as mountain bikes if you’re looking to explore farther afield.

Field House, private suite with solarium and sauna

Guesthouse, Short-term Rental
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Field House - Private Suite with Solarium & Sauna, Calgary
Courtesy of Jemma + Damon / Airbnb
Stepping into this mid-century one-bedroom suite in downtown Calgary feels like stumbling across Jack Kerouac’s private hideout. Typewriters and board games sit on Mad Men-style cabinets, while deep leather armchairs serve as the perfect spot to get lost in a book. The real gem is the solarium – infused with the aroma of its fig tree – where plants twist up the wooden walls, and music pipes from the vinyl record player. In the evenings, you’ll be found sipping sundowners next to the fireplace or enjoying a hot soak in the clawfoot tub.

Private room in house near river path

Short-term Rental
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Near river path and Foothills Hosp, Calgary
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Hole up in your own private room in this tree-fringed house, just a stone’s throw from an idyllic river path. Inside, a charmingly bohemian interior awaits: potted plants are tucked into every nook and cranny, books spill from shelves, and the two vintage pianos offer a chance to show off your musical prowess. Your studio room, decorated with local art, is found behind a floral stained-glass door and includes a kitchenette, en-suite bathroom and marshmallow-like bed fit for two. For fresh air, head out into the garden and plan your next adventure as resident cat BB purrs up a storm.

Signal Hill luxury B and B

Short-term Rental, Bed and Breakfast
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Signal Hill Quality & Luxury B&B, Calgary
Courtesy of Ashi and Hassan / Airbnb
You’ll feel on top of the world in this colonial-style house, with far-reaching views across the hills to the mountains beyond. You’ll have your own private room, with a queen bed for two, but the bathroom and other spaces are shared, so be sure to pack your dressing gown and slippers – especially if you’ve opted for the continental breakfast or fancy a morning coffee on the peaceful terrace. Once you’re done treating yourself at Signal Hill Shopping Center or whizzing down the ski slopes of nearby Canada Olympic Park, you can cook dinner in the large marble-clad kitchen.

About this place:

Cosy, Traditional, Stylish, Relaxed, Great Location

Apartment with city views, gym and sauna

Apartment, Short-term Rental
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YYC Views - Parking - Gym - Sauna - Welcome Gift, Calgary
Courtesy of Hannah / Airbnb
This plant-filled apartment puts you in the center of downtown Calgary, a short amble from the futuristic Central Library. Thanks to its position on the 26th floor, you are treated to killer views of the city skyline; indulge in a glass of wine under the balcony’s swooping fairy lights and take in architectural landmarks like the Calgary Tower and Saddledome. There is one bedroom kitted out with blackout blinds for extra long lie-ins, but an additional sofa bed means up to four can sleep here. Make the most of building amenities such as the gym, squash court and sauna or sit back with some fiction from the thoughtful book-swap shelves.

About this place:

Stylish, Modern, Relaxed, Great Location, Honeymoon, City

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  • Beltline townhouse with rooftop patio

    Guesthouse, Short-term Rental
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    BELTLINE Townhouse! Free parking+rooftop Patio, Calgary
    Courtesy of Taylor / Airbnb
    This two-bedroom townhouse is a cosmopolitan haven with downtown Calgary on its doorstep. Nature lovers are sure to feel at home here, with little succulents tucked into wooden cubby holes, a twisted bonsai tree on the coffee table and dangling vines spilling from shelves. On chillier nights, you can sink into a velvet armchair, dig your toes in the fluffy rug and sip bubbly by a roaring fire. In the summer, you’ll be found on the sheltered balcony, watching squirrels scamper along the leafy branches and cooling off in the blissful shade. With two beds, there is room for four, but you might want to draw straws to see who squeezes onto the double.

    About this place:

    Modern, Stylish, Relaxed, Great Location, City

    Modern loft apartment in beautiful Bridgeland

    Short-term Rental
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    #3 Beautiful Bridgeland modern LOFT apartment, Calgary
    Courtesy of Matthew / Airbnb
    Housed in an angular sci-fi-style building, this cavernous open-plan loft has plenty of space for a group of five. Inside, you’ll find a raw, stripped-back interior – think exposed pipes lacing the high ceilings and an industrial-style table in the modern kitchen – softened by wooden furnishings and the gingerbread-brown leather sofa. There are two beds: a pull-down bed and a king-size bed found on the mezzanine level. If you’re a light sleeper, make sure to bring your ear plugs, as noise from heavy-footed neighbors has been known to travel.

    About this place:

    Stylish, Modern, Great Location, City

    Minimalist rooftop patio home with mountain view

    Guesthouse, Short-term Rental
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    #2 Minimalism Inspired Rooftop Patio Home with Mountain View, Calgary
    Courtesy of Cheena / Airbnb
    This two-bedroom home transports you to the sleepy plains of the desert, garnished with cactus ornaments, branch-inspired light stands and shaggy faux-fur rugs. A world away from the concrete streets of Calgary, it is a soothing sanctuary – whether you choose to relax in a deck chair on the sun-trap patio, under the walk-in shower or by getting lost in a good book in the hammock chair. It can sleep up to five – but be prepared for a fight over who gets the king bed and who ends up on the floor mattress.

    About this place:

    Modern, Stylish, Traditional, City, Relaxed

    City center entire private suite

    Guesthouse, Short-term Rental
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    COSY City Centre Lower Level Suite FREE Parking, Calgary
    Courtesy of Eli and Carol / Airbnb
    This one-bedroom basement suite sits in a peaceful neighborhood, an easy walk from downtown’s shops and manicured gardens. Sleeping two, the decor draws inspiration from the wild Canadian landscapes: the queen bed has an alpine-style wooden headboard, and kitschy cushions depict misty forests, while the modern en-suite includes a gold-rimmed mirror, glass bowl sink and power shower. There is a separate entrance, so no need for gingerly tip toeing in after dancing the night away in Calgary’s clubs; if you’re feeling it the next morning, grab a brew from the Keurig coffee machine and lounge in front of Netflix or get some fresh air on the patio.

    About this place:

    Stylish, Relaxed, City, Modern, Great Location

    Retro-inspired inner-city gem

    Guesthouse, Short-term Rental
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    Soak Up the Retro-Inspired Vibe at This Inner City Gem, Calgary
    Courtesy of Mark / Airbnb
    A vintage television set, antique radio and honeycomb-style shelves are just a few things you’ll find in this retro house. Hidden away on a tree-lined street in Capitol Hill, the dappled light that spills through the curtains serves as a gentle wake-up call after a raucous night of competitive board games and libations in the living room. There are two small bedrooms, each sleeping two and decked out with bespoke furnishings, memory-foam mattresses and Parisian art. The thoughtful host has also included plenty of homey touches, welcoming you in with the fragrance of fresh flowers and a complimentary bottle of wine.
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