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Because it’s often compared to Dubai and Dallas - Calgary ‘does’ oil - it probably won’t surprise you that this is a city of business hotels, but the times in Calgary are a changin’ and our Guru’s list of the best places to stay in Calgary now includes some lovely boutique options. Many of the best places to stay in Calgary can be found in the heart of town - another legacy of the old business priorities.
Calgary has a reputation among other Canadian cities for being a bit American and a bit big business. But it’s also known for holding one of Canada’s largest parties: the Calgary Stampede, an amazing produce show and rodeo exhibition - and festival and parade. And for being the gateway to Banff and the Rockies.
If you’re not here for the Stampede in July, or the wintersports - or even if you are - you’ll probably want to check out Calgary Tower, the Glenbow Museum, Fort Calgary and the aspirational Art Gallery of Calgary. If you’re here with your family - and this is a family friendly place to visit - the zoo and Telus Spark, the science museum, are worth checking out.
Calgary is also just coming into its own when it comes to foodie fashion, so there are some quite exciting new restaurants popping up to keep you entertained in the evenings.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Calgary are popular properties, so if you want to secure a room, do yourself a favour and book early.
- The Hotel Le Germain Calgary is right across the street from Calgary Tower: it’s a luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of town. There are 143 rooms and suites, with quite opulent decor and original artworks. You’re hip and happening but with a classic, grown up feel.
- Kensington Riverside Inn is perfect for those who like a boho vibe, as it's in the trendy Kensington area. Rooms are comfortable and modern and you can borrow one of the complimentary bikes for some local exploring.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Calgary for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Calgary, expland your search to include all our Alberta recommendations, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Calgary
Kensington Riverside Inn 19 rooms from $152Calgary (Alberta)
Bohemian Kensington district is ideal for those seeking boutique shops, independent cafes and buzzy life of Calgary. Modern rooms are the epitome of comfort, with access to tasting menus and Chef's table at the restaurant. Local exploring is on the cards, as are back to nature family activities.Local exploring - Hop on a free bicycle and explore this hip area, packed with designer stores, small unique shops, cafes, and restaurants.Sights nearby - Devonian Gardens is an indoor botanical garden home to a range of palm trees and other tropical plants.Fishing - Head to Fish Creek Provincial Park for a spot of fishing.Views - River.Recommended by - Relais & Chateaux, Fodors
Hotel Le Germain Calgary 143 rooms from $339Calgary
A luxury boutique hotel under the shadow of the iconic Calgary Tower. The opulent suites feature feather and down comforters, plush linens, original modern art and stylish bathrooms. The downtown location keeps your finger on Calgary's pulse. Cutting edge contemporary, with a classic feel.Sights nearby - Across the street from the iconic Calgary Tower.Lively - Hip and happening.Lively area - In the thick of the action.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Recommended by - Tablet