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About Calgary

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, rodeo exhibition, festival and parade. It's also renowned as being the gateway to Banff and the Rockies. Some of the best places to stay in Calgary include boutique as well as traditional options.

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.

What Not To Miss

  • The Calgary Stampede, celebrated for ten days during July, is a rodeo-cum-exhibition-cum-party. Billed as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", it's an experience you'll be hard pushed to replicate and certainly won't forget!
  • Head up the 191-metre tall Calgary Tower to marvel at breathtaking 360-degree views of the city and the Rockies. Be sure to remember your camera!
  • Culture vultures should check out The Military Museum, Gasoline Alley Museum and Glenbow Museum. Or, if you're looking for a fun filled family day out then head to Heritage Park Historical Village, a living and breathing historical museum that'll transport you back in time to another era.

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 best places to stay in Calgary

For Local Exploring

  • 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.

For An Apartment

If you think you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • You're definitely best off visiting in the summer, from June to August, with the average temperature rising to 17°C in July. The winters are bitterly cold so avoid coming at this time if you can!
  • Fly into Calgary Airport, located 9km northeast of the city, which is well served by public transport links to downtown.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Calgary

  • Kensington Riverside Inn 19 rooms from $152

    Calgary (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
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  • Hotel Le Germain Calgary 143 rooms from $339


    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
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