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En pleine forme : 1 / Voila la smart canadienne pour les parisiens ! 2 / Gardons les pieds sur terre du haut de la tour de Calgary. 3 / A l'horizon, nous y allons !
... lunch at the Wendy's across from the Olympic Park. By 1:30 we are headed back over to the park to try the luge.
The variation on the sport of luge was apparently invented in New Zealand in the mid 80s and offers the rider the chance to ride in a wheeled luge type cart down a zigzag hill. We put on our helmets and hop on the ski lift that takes you to ...
... jump on a bus to the city. (Yes people we have taken cars, planes, trains, boats and now buses on this holiday - not bad for people who don't really care for public transport)
The centre of the city is interesting as most shopping malls are either underground or carefully constructed to hold out the bad weather. Lunch was consumed at one of the malls and consisted of fresh pizza and Tim Bits. Tim Bits are like donut centres with flavouring ...
Sad to see the Rockies' imposing peaks pass behind us to be replaced by extensive farmlands, with cattle instead of native animals and increasing numbers of houses and settlements towards what seemed to be the large metropolis of Calgary. Found the hotel easily enough and enjoyed a stroll downtown in the afternoon. Some workers were still clearing up after the recent flooding of the Bow River which ran through the middle of town; saw ...
... Court in the mall.
It was around 1:00pm when we arrived at Calgary Airport. We checked-in and then decided to go through security so Mum and Dad could start their drive back to Edmonton. We got through security fairly quickly but I was frisked and patted down twice.
The flight left close to the scheduled time of 4:35pm. Our plane was an Air Transat Airbus A330 - Registration C-GITS which is the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Arts Calgary
We had a prepaid reservation made when the hotel was a Holiday Inn . What we found when we arrived was certainly not up to Holiday Inn standards although some redecoration had been done. The bedroom was satisfactory.
The hotel is still in the process of being decorated after changing hands. The lobby and bar areas are complete and look very stylish. The room we had was still in the Holiday Inn decor which was ok, standard hotel layout and furnishings, so don't necessarily expect a room as pictured on the hotel website. The hotel was conveniently situated for the Calgary Tower, and not too far from the main shopping areas, easily walkable. Didn't like the fact that you had to pay an extra $7 a day for parking, this should be included in the hotel price in my opinion. We had a snack in the hotel bar and were actually surprised by how good and reasonably priced the food was.
I stayed here over a weekend and, all-in-all, I thought is was great value for the money.
Attended a function at the hotel on a Saturday. The parking lot signage is deceptive saying "Holiday Inn Parking." so here I am thinking "Oh ok this is parking for the hotel." Well it turns out it's a combination pay parking lot hotel parking lot and I've got a parking ticket on my windshield at the end of the night. At the place that I parked all I did was follow signs saying to the lobby. If you strictly look at those signs you will end up totally not seeing the self serve ticket machine.
As of July 1, 2005 this hotel, now called Hotel ARTS, is no longer part of the Holiday Inn chain. The hotel is simply mediocre but no worse than any other hotel I've stayed in. The desk clerks are also the switchboard operators and it is annoying (and impolite) that they interrupt helping customers at the desk to answer the phones. The neighborhood seems borderline but we walked the four blocks to the Calgary Stampede grounds and back with no problems--even at midnight. The hotel restaurant was mediocre at best and the service was very, very slow by East Coast standards. The rooms were clean but not immaculate and they were stuffy because the housekeeping staff insisted on turning off the a/c when they left the room. I had to leave a note to ask them not to turn off the a/c. We stayed here because we were told that it was the closest hotel to the Stampede Grounds -- and indeed it was. But, as it turns out, the downtown area is relatively small and there are other hotels that while not as close were still conveniently close.
Stay Away Until Renovations Done!!!!
This hotel is going through major renovations. I was extremely upset to arrive at the hotel only to find out it was being renovated. I was not told anything at the time of booking. My room and in fact the whole hotel smelled of paint. There was dust everywhere. Plus I was sick after eating the room service food. DO NOT ORDER ANY ROOM SERVICE!
We stayed here for 2 nights recently. The Hotel is great, clean and well kept rooms and friendly staff. Would be much better if breakfast was included but the $12 for the buffet was good value and the omelettes are delicious for even less. We ate at Mountain Jacks both nights only because we couldn't find another suitable family restaurant nearby. Walking around with the children the area started to feel a bit seedy. Wont complain as the food was delicious and good value. Note, the parking is not free and make sure you display your ticket in the right place or you will end up with a fine like us. For a family day out I would recommend the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. It is a 1 1/2 hour drive but worth it if you like dinosaurs and fossils.
I live in Calgary and frequent this hotel for business meetings and seminars. Last month I got food poisoning at their restaurant. I wrote a letter (to notify them of the incident and hopefully get an apology). Since then I received an email from Holiday Inn head office telling ME to call the manager of the hotel - and this was after I had already written a letter.
Very disappointed with the lack of concern and customer service. I have since been encouraging our head office to book meetings elsewhere.
I stayed at the Holiday Inn Downtown Calgary in March 2004.
Very Clean, Awesome Staff. We stayed on the 12th floor. the view
from the balcony of Downtown including the Calgary Tower was
Breathtaking. Wow! Very close to every thing Saddledome and Calagry
Tower within Walking Distance. Very close to the LRT (Light Rail Transit)
to get you outside the downtown area. I just wished they had a
Continental Breakfast. For a Get Away for the Weekend. This is the
Best Place to stay in Calgary you won't be dissapointed. I know I will
be heading back soon!! :)
Affordable downtown luxury
We always seem to have excellent experiences with downtown Holiday Inns. This hotel is no exception. Great location. Genial staff. We had a spacious, nicely decorated king bed room. Sparkling amenity laden bath. Best of all, we had a private balcony with a spectacular view of downtown and the Calgary Tower. There is a nice pool and the restaurant offers a very reasonably priced, bountiful breakfast buffet. The hotel is convenient to all of Calgary`s offerings to the business person and tourist alike. There is also free self parking. All in all, an exceptioal hotel experience. Highly recommended!