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Calgary & Area Accommodations

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Known as the Heart of the New West, the Calgary area is a great place to visit for business or pleasure. Located on the banks of the Bow River, Calgary is the gateway to Alberta's Rocky Mountains as well as a key stopover for travellers going east or west along the Trans-Canada Highway and for visitors enjoying Alberta's southern region. Navigating Calgary and its surrounding communities is easy via a well-connected road system and public transportation network. Learn more about this big, modern city and the friendly small towns that surround it while staying at one of many hotels, motels, inns, hostels or bed and breakfasts in the area.

CITY OF CALGARY

Central
Calgary's growing corporate sector attracts many business travellers to the core and recreational visitors are drawn downtown for the wealth of events and attractions. The venue of the annual Calgary Stampede is close to the downtown core as well as the Pengrowth Saddledome, home to the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames. Nearby attractions, including the Glenbow Museum, Science Centre and Calgary Tower, also make downtown a convenient place to stay.

The Palliser Hotel, next to the Calgary Tower, is as the name suggests Calgary's most prestigious accommodation. This elegant hotel has played host to visiting VIPs for almost a hundred years. Equally as luxurious, on the north side of downtown, is the Sheraton Suites. Situated in the popular Eau Claire pedestrian area and right beside Princes' Island Park, the Sheraton's quiet yet central location is ideal.

There are also comfortable downtown accommodations at more reasonable prices. For example, the Best Western Suites, Auberge Chez Nous and Hostelling International offer budget-friendly beds conveniently located near business centres, tourist attractions, shopping and dining.


South of Downtown
Each July, millions of visitors from around the world come to partake in the Calgary Stampede and Exhibition, known as The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Southwest accommodations provide easy access to the event but book rooms well in advance because those in close proximity to the grounds fill up fast. Close by, the Blackfoot Inn and the Carriage House Inn are two amenity-rich properties offering the height of hospitality.

In the southeast, a nice alternative to a traditional hotel is a hospitable bed and breakfast. The Hot Tub Haven B & B is just 10 minutes from Spruce Meadows Equestrian Park and 20 minutes from downtown and serves a scrumptious, home-style breakfast.

North of Downtown
Calgary's northwest is an ideal place to stay for travellers wanting to explore Alberta's Rocky Mountains or for those who have business at the University of Calgary. Motel Village is only 15 minutes west of downtown on Highway 1, providing easy access to both the central city and the Rockies. Economy chain-brand hotels such as Econo Lodge, Quality Inn and Ramada are numerous in this area and offer an array of complimentary services and amenities.

Many lodging options are convenient to the Calgary International Airport, located in Calgary's northeast. These properties usually offer complimentary shuttle services to and from the airport. The Lakeview Signature Inn and Sheraton Cavalier are two such hotels.

SURROUNDING AREA

Staying in one of Calgary’s surrounding communities is a good option for visitors passing through Calgary on the way to another destination or simply wanting to get some quiet solitude away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

North of Calgary, Airdrie is a large community en route to Alberta's other two major metropolises, Red Deer and Edmonton. There are many economy chain-brand hotels in Airdrie, including the Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Super 8.

Alternative accommodations such as cabins, cottages, vacation rental properties, guest ranches, lodges and bed and breakfasts are an excellent way to enjoy the charms of Calgary's surrounding communities. East of the city, Chestermere is a large lake community with a variety of accommodations, including many that are family oriented because Chestermere is an ideal vacation spot for a group getaway or reunion. South, in Okotoks, bed and breakfasts are a welcoming option, perfectly suited to travellers moving through the area or those coming to Okotoks for a quaint escape.

West of the city in the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains, between Wiaporous Creek and the picturesque Ghost River, guests at the Bar C Canadian Adventure Resort can choose from rustic cabins or a genuine Sioux teepee. Cochrane, also west of Calgary, is the beginning of the Cowboy Trail, a historic route that visitors can follow south to learn about cowboy culture. This route can be travelled by car or more traditionally on horseback. Guest ranches in the area offer trail excursions through the scenic countryside, including Moose Mountain Adventure's Guest House in Bragg Creek. Anchor D Guiding and Outfitting in Black Diamond also offers trail rides, and guests can stay here in one of two beautiful cabins. The Hilltop Ranch Bed and Breakfast in Priddis is a hidden gem, a large ranch-style accommodation just 15 minutes south of Calgary. Guests can take scenic walks on the large property and are treated to a hearty ranch breakfast every morning.
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