This is a budget-friendly hotel
Located in Calgary’s northwest next to the University of Calgary, this trendy hotel features 143 guest rooms, an ultra-modern design and the Re:mix lobby lounge complete with a pool table. There’s free wifi throughout the hotel and it also boasts an impressive list of amenities including a spin studio, a spa and an indoor pool. Sip on signature cocktails at the W XYZ bar and enjoy free breakfast daily. A Calgary Transit train station is within walking distance, making it easy to zip into downtown. —Sara Samson
Priddis, Alberta (30 minutes from Calgary)
You’ll feel like you’re lord or lady of the manor when staying at Azuridge, an estate hotel set on 13 acres of rambling countryside, a mere 30 minutes outside Calgary. With a design influenced by the historic architecture of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Rocky Mountain train stations, the property is both stately and inviting. Step into the Tiger’s Eye Den for your welcome cocktail before being ushered to your gemstone-inspired room. Each of the 13 guest rooms boasts a sunken tub and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame gorgeous views of the forested foothills. All guests receive butler service, plus a complimentary mini-bar stocked with champagne and nibbles. Don’t miss breakfast in bed—served by your butler, of course. —Jody Robbins
For a seriously luxurious stay
This Edwardian-style hotel was built in 1914. The biggest reason to stay here is the exclusive, penthouse-level Fairmont Gold floor with private concierge and check-in (ideal for business travellers). The Fairmont Gold Lounge serves complimentary breakfast daily and happy hour every day from 5 to 7 p.m. The lounge also features an honour bar that’s stocked with a selection of good wines and premium liquors. Guests can mix their own drinks, then write down their room number and what they took. —WJM Staff
This whimsical, arts-centric boutique hotel is where both locals and visitors go to see and be seen. Guest can receive in-room spa treatments and also have complimentary access to Brooklyn cruiser bikes to roam around to nearby restaurants in Victoria Park or down to the RiverWalk in the East Village. At the hotel’s Yellow Door Bistro, renowned executive chef Duncan Ly adds a contemporary twist to classic dishes such as gnocchi and fried chicken. Or, opt for Asian-fusion cuisine at Raw Bar, which also features an outdoor patio with a heated pool where you’ll find guest doing morning yoga and sipping poolside prosecco in the summertime. The hotel group recently opened a second location in Calgary’s Kensington district (formerly the Kensington Riverside Inn). —WJM Staff
This boutique hotel in the Beltine area puts an emphasis on healthy living. The treadmills in the fitness centre are equipped with Google Maps so you can run on virtual trails. Private areas in the two-bedroom Executive Energizer suites include recumbent bikes, yoga mats and a mini-bar stocked with smoothies, organic sodas and honey-glazed almonds. Oversized, spa-style bathrooms feature tiles from India designed for chromotherapy — the technique of balancing energy through colour and light. —WJM Staff
This landmark hotel towers above the streets of downtown Calgary, and much of it is set in three of the city’s original sandstone buildings and the Calgary Tower, the city’s theatre district and the lively restaurants and bars along Stephen Avenue are just steps away. The bright and airy hotel recently underwent a renovation, and sections of the original stone walls—which date back to the late 19th century—are exposed in both the Thomsons Restaurant and the tranquil treatment rooms of the Stillwater Spa. Settle into a massive bed in one of 355 spacious rooms and suites, get to work at the oversized workstations with ergonomic chairs, or turn on the flat-screen TV and relax. Bathrooms come with rain showers, beautifully lit mirrors and filtered drinking water is on tap. Head downstairs to Thomsons for the Sunday brunch buffet and a build-your-own Caesar—opt for traditional garnishes such as lime wedges and celery sticks, or go big with mini burgers and breaded onion rings.
Nearby: Found in Olympic Plaza, Women are Persons! is a sculpture memorializing five trailblazers, known as the Famous 5, who carved the path for women’s rights in Canada. —Diane Bolt
Stay at this four-diamond, all-suite hotel by the river for exquisite views of the city. Guestrooms include floor-to-ceiling windows and views of downtown, the Bow River and Prince’s Island Park. The hotel features two restaurants, Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub, and the newest addition Flower & Wolf, a stylish space where both locals and hotels guests come together to sip cocktails on the corner patio and dig into internationally inspired share plates that use local ingredients. Go big with the 32-ounce tomahawk steak and don’t leave without a slice of the banoffee pie. —WJM Staff
How the Grand Railway Hotels Changed Tourism in Canada
Canada’s grand railway hotels helped pave the way for the country’s tourism industry, when they were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today, see first-hand how this history has been preserved at three existing hotels: Banff Springs in Banff National Park, Château Laurier in Ottawa and Royal York in Toronto.