The Best Hotels to Book in Calgary, Canada

Calgary is a modern city that offers plenty of excitement for visitors
Calgary is a modern city that offers plenty of excitement for visitors | © toni-reed/ Unsplash
Paige Watts

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.

1. The Westley Hotel Calgary Downtown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, for Calgary skyline views

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The open plan lobby of The Westley Calgary Downtown with comfortable chairs in suede and leather
Courtesy of The Westley Calgary Downtown / Expedia

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?

2. The Carriage House Hotel & Conference Centre, for multiple on-site dining options

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Carriage House Hotel & Conference Centre room in sleek style with desk, pattern carpet and city views
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Some Calgary hotels rely on their location close to great restaurants to make up for not being able to offer good food themselves. This hotel is surrounded by restaurants too but you don’t have to drag your full belly across streets to get to your room with all these on-site options including breakfast and lunch – or Sunday brunch – at THÊ Restaurant, then date-night dinner at Ninety Thirty or pub fare at Peanuts Public House. There’s an on-site bakery for in-between cravings and a 24-hour fitness center for assuaging guilt.

3. The Inn on Officers’ Garden, for sleeping like the Queen of England

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The Inn at Officers Garden dining area with plants, wood floor and table set for dinner
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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.

4. Royal Hotel Calgary, Trademark Collection by Wyndham, for traveling with a busload of friends

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Royal Hotel Calgary, Trademark Collection by Wyndha in simple style with wood floors, bed and art on walls
Courtesy of Royal Hotel Calgary, Trademark Collection by Wyndham / Expedia

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.

5. Hotel Blackfoot, for live comedy

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Hotel Blackfoot room with stripe caret, desk and two armchairs with view of the city
Courtesy of Hotel Blackfoot / Expedia
This chic contemporary hotel is a few minutes away from downtown. At Hotel Blackfoot, you can enjoy plush beds, 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 modern flair with First Nations heritage and culture for a truly unique Calgary experience.

6. Hotel Arts, for award-winning cuisine

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Hotel Arts indoor pool with seating area and large lamps as well as plants in pots
Courtesy of Hotel Arts / Expedia
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. Guest perks include 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.

7. Le Germain Hotel, for striking interior design

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Room at Hotel Le Germain Calgary with photography on the wall and armchair with footrest and flatscreen tv
Courtesy of Hotel Le Germain Calgary / Expedia
Located at the foot of the Calgary Tower at the heart of the city and surrounded by museums and art galleries, Le Germain Hotel is a design-forward hotel with a striking interior that’s a mix of concrete, wood and glass. Amenities include free continental breakfast, a fitness room with panoramic views 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.

8. Fairmont Palliser, for Art Deco splendor

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Fairmont Palliser room with four poster bed, pattern wallpaper and gin and tonic on a tray
Courtesy of the Fairmont Palliser / Expedia

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.

9. Along River Ridge, for riverside tranquility

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Along River Ridge exterior as seen from across the river with two loungers and lawns
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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 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.

10. Hyatt Regency Calgary, for easy sightseeing access

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Simple yet elegant room at Hyatt Regency Calgary with pattern floor with city view and desk with tv
Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Calgary / Expedia

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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