Calgary draws visitors for its great nearby wilds, such as the Rocky Mountains and the moon-like Badlands, but all that exploring can get exhausting. After you’ve spent a long day enjoying the city and its surroundings, there’s nothing better than retiring to a hotel for some pampering. Whether you want a lavish stay with world-class facilities or a low-key crashpad, we know where to head. Here are the best spa hotels in Calgary, Canada – all bookable with Culture Trip.
A hop, skip and a jump from Olympic Plaza – a tree-flecked space that transforms into an ice skating rink each winter – is the Hyatt Regency, one of the most centrally located stays in the city. It’s also one of the best for wellness devotees; the Stillwater Spa delivers quirky treatments, ranging from wild-lime scalp massages (good for tension, apparently) to lemongrass-mimosa body scrubs. The extra-spacious bedrooms, decorated in soothing natural colors, are lovely zones in which to chill out afterward – and, of course, order room service.
When it comes to luxury – and history – it’s hard to beat the Fairmont Palliser, the grande-dame hotel in Calgary, which opened its doors in 1914. While some things have stayed largely the same – say, the grand moldings in the event spaces and the parade of chic guests filing in for another decadent afternoon tea – one thing that certainly has moved on is the wellness offering. Check in for hydrating massages based on lavender from British Columbia, organic-green-clay facials and glacial mud wraps: all these and more kinds of delights await at the decadent spa.
Rooms decked out in elegant tones of sage and cream; views of the glossy skyscrapers of downtown; multiple restaurants, including a branch of Canada’s favorite steakhouse, the Keg; even a dedicated wellness area, with a glassy indoor pool and fitness area – the Westin ticks all the boxes when you’re staying in Calgary’s skyscraper-crowded business district. Best of all are the in-room spa treatments – therapists come to you, so you can submit to that Swedish massage and pedicure without having to move a muscle.
Sometimes, all you need to help you unwind is a steaming sauna. Best Western Plus Suites Calgary has the goods – so, after a long flight, or a big day spent exploring, you can sweat it all out. The place is also a boon in the icy Calgary winters – it’ll really warm you up. Other reasons to stay? How about the fitness center? And the homely bedrooms that can sleep up to four people? They’re ideal for families making the most of the many sights in Calgary. It’s a solid pick for an extended stay, too; some rooms come with kitchenettes for self-catering.
Southeast of Calgary’s main center, the Glenmore is – as its name suggests – a prime choice for business travelers. But it’s also a terrific base for families – look no further than the water slide in the pool area. Leave your little darlings to make merry in the pool and the hot tub, while you book in for a soothing facial or a mani-pedi. Afterward, make a date for a big communal buffet dinner at the Garden Court restaurant – its menu has delicious dishes that will appeal to the pickiest eater.
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