Google “new Calgary hotel” and you get just a handful of unrelated results. Given the river of business travel that flows through the city, it’s a curious deficiency.
Enter the six-month-old Nuvo Hotel Suites, an unorthodox property within walking distance to downtown’s office towers and the city’s concentrated nightlife strip along 17th Avenue. The loft-like suites with full kitchens, private laundry and high-end appliances should help you overlook the lack of a lobby (you call ahead to ensure someone checks you in and feel bad if you arrive after hours).
The converted apartment building has 32 suites on four floors, with some impressive skyline views from the top floors facing the street. Creative, modern furniture adds to the high-end feel of the rooms, and nice touches like free Wi-Fi, long distance calls in North America and 42-inch flat screens with DVD players make the Nuvo feel like a home away from home… especially with the Safeway grocery store across the street.
Room rates start at $169.
Canada’s Most Walkable City 2009: Fredericton
With a population of just over 50,000, Fredericton is the smallest city in the walkable index. It's also one of the safest, with only 25 pedestrian-vehicle accidents recorded in 2007. That's no small stat, given that with two local universities and one of eastern Canada's mildest climates, walking per capita rivals that of larger cities.