A crucial part of Canada’s oil industry, Calgary is an important business center of North America. With about 2,300 hours of sun every year, Calgary is the sunniest among Canada’s major cities. It also has the highest per capita GDP in the country. Just like Vancouver, Calgary is among the most livable cities in the world. The city’s average age of 36 is a testament to the young and vibrant character of this city.
In spite of all those modern skyscrapers, Calgary is still referred to as Cowtown thanks to its extensive grassland. Calgary is specially known for the “Calgary Stampede”, an event held annually in July. The Stampede boasts of having the largest rodeo in the world. It also features some outdoor concerts, an exhibition, and an energetic stage show. It is also regarded as the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”!
At a height of 191 meters, spectators can see majestic views of the city from the top of the Calgary Tower, thanks to the glass floor and a rotating restaurant.
The Heritage Park Historical Village is a pioneer-era village with reconstructed historical buildings. The Gasoline Alley Museum is popular for its unique vehicles. The scenic Prince’s Island Park and Eau Claire Market are located close to each other. The Fish Creek Provincial Park has lovely walking trails.
The Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tour takes you to the winter resort in Banff. It provides glorious views of the Three Sisters mountain peaks on its way. Lake Louise, Rogers Pass, and Horse Pass are good day trip options here.
Studio Bell is arguably the most prominent symbol of music in Canada. It is also home to various music-related attractions such as the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Collection, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
There are numerous museums for you to explore. You should visit the Hangar Flight Museum, the Military Museums, and the Glenbow Museum.
Canada’s largest and most visited zoo, the Calgary Zoo is rated the third-best in the continent. More than 1,000 animals of over 270 species call this zoo their home. Newborns are borne in spring whereas in winter there is the “Zoolights” Christmas festival held annually.
Here is our list of the 10 luxurious hotels in Calgary:
- Hotel Le Germain Calgary
899 Centre Street Sw, Calgary, AB T2G 1B8, Canada
They haven’t just provided luxury, but they’ve done it by being as eco-friendly as possible. The beds are as soft and comfy as they come, thanks to the Egyptian cotton used in it. The in-house diner, Charcut Roast House, uses local produce to create American cuisine. Cocktails and appetizers at the Lounge Central 899 are fabulous. A minibar and a Nespresso machine are also available in all the rooms. The 24×7 fitness center also provides in-room service. Le Germain is pet-friendly as well!
- The Fairmont Palliser
133 9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2M3, Canada
Arguably Calgary’s most elegant hotel, The Fairmont Palliser has been a historic landmark for more than a century. It has been a well-known venue for hosting special occasions, and for hosting celebrities and global heads-of-states. The interiors are quite ornate and take you back in time. There are quite a few dining options in proximity to the hotel. All rooms are equipped with minibars and the rooms on the Gold Level floor also have Nespresso machines a lounging space. The indoor pool, the hot tub and, the in-house Starbucks are at your service.
- Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire
255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, AB T2P 5C2, Canada
There are no rooms in this hotel. Well, it is an all-suite hotel, the only one in Calgary. All the suites come equipped with a microwave and a work desk. This is also the only hotel in downtown Calgary with a pool that has a waterslide. All the guests have access to the in-house fitness center. The international vacationers will appreciate the currency exchange in the hotel.
- Hyatt Regency Calgary
700 Centre St S, Calgary, AB T2G 5P6, Canada
The ancient buildings and a progressive tower combine to make this artsy hotel. Art pieces worth a whopping C$1.4 million collection are on show in the guest rooms and public areas of this hotel. The casual dining, Thompson Kitchen + Bar, serves Canadian dishes with a twist. Starbucks is also available in-house. A Keurig coffee machine is provided in all the rooms.
- Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel
110 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5A6, Canada
With 390 suites, the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel is the largest property of the Marriott family. The Calgary Stampede brings a lot of people to this mammoth of a hotel. It was sold out for the 2019 edition of the event! In fact, a buffalo skull is placed at the reception in honor of this event. The hotel is very spacious and has abundant natural light. A cup of takeaway coffee from either of the two on-site Starbucks is perfect to kickstart your day. This is a great option for business as well as leisure travelers. An in-house gym and the option to cook for yourself is ideal for the health-conscious who wish to stick to their diet.
- Hotel Elan
1122 16 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0T6, Canada
All the guest rooms have a Keurig coffee maker, a microwave, and a non-alcoholic minibar, among other things. Business travelers will appreciate the conference rooms, business center, and airport shuttle service. All the rooms also have a work desk and, ergonomic chair. Complimentary buffet breakfast and free Wi-Fi are provided.
- Grey Eagle Resort
3777 Grey Eagle Dr, Calgary, AB T3E 3X8, Canada
A coffee machine and a work desk are provided in all the rooms, while minibar is provided in select rooms. As far as dining is concerned, 4 restaurants and a bar are accessible in-house. Business travelers have 24-hour access to the conference center, part of the 650 square meters big event facility of the hotel. An on-site casino is the specialty of this resort hotel. It also comes equipped with an indoor pool and an outdoor hot tub. Buffet breakfast and self-parking are offered free of cost.
- Hotel Arts Kensington
1126 Memorial Dr NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3E3, Canada
Spacious rooms with fireplaces, balconies or patios. The city views can be enjoyed from the riverfront rooms. Coffee and newspapers are served at your door every morning. As part of the turn-down service, Callebaut chocolates are served. Business travelers will find it convenient to work because of the free Wi-Fi and internet in the public areas. Self-parking, a lobby fireplace, and a computer station are some more of the amenities offered.
- The Westin Calgary
320 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2S6, Canada
The Westin is very contemporary and minimalist. Surprisingly, the lobby is very simple and has very little furnishing. Bright colors and greenery can be seen all over the hotel. In spite of the mod furniture, even the large hallways appear quite modest. Rooftop pool and sauna are available, and you can pamper yourself with the nice in-room spa services. You get to enjoy local cuisine in the fashionable surroundings of the on-site Essence Restaurant. The gym is quite modern and should suffice the needs of most guests.
- Sheraton Cavalier Hotel Calgary
2620 32 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 6B8, Canada
Business travelers will like the 12,000 square feet big large meeting space and its business center. And if you’re dropping in for a short business or other rendezvous, it’ll please you to know that shuttle services are provided by the hotel. You have various options as far as dining is concerned – Carver’s Steakhouse for a wholesome meal; calm atmosphere to have a relaxed conversation at the Colors Bistro; Henry’s Pub or the Lobby Lounge for a quick bite; amazing coffee at Starbucks. Guests can laze around at the indoor pool and the hot tub.
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