Days Inn Calgary South
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Historical Traveler Reviews Days Inn Calgary South
It was not what we expected
I had viewed few comments before considering staying at this hotel. We arrive to hotel on Friday nigh, expecting to have rooms available. They have only one left which was smoking and we decided to stay somewhere else. Than we booked the hotel for Monday one night as we though it must be a good place to stay as it was so busy,
The hotel is Ok looking but you can see that it will need some upgrading in the near future. The staff was very helpful at checking in. Some of the elevator's buttons are worn out and you have to guess where you will end up. The room was very small for having two beds and the bathroom was small as well. The beds have feather down duvet which was very nice, the pool was nice and warm, kids lowed it as the salt water make their swimming effortless. When I had shower in our room the water's temperature kept on changing so I did not like that. They have a wireless Internet available throughout the hotel, however it did not work in the pool area. The computer in the lobby will cost you $2 for 10 minutes, this should be changed by the hotel to stay competitive as other hotel we stayed at offered 15 minutes for $2. I think this would be more friendlier. The complimentary breakfast was nice, the regular cereal, coffee, baked good, bread, waffles, my husband did not want to eat as he was not happy with the over all presentation of this hotel, for myself I am not as picky, but the hotel should consider doing some hallway, elevator, eating area decor updates.
The fitness room is pretty good, basic weight and cardio equipment. The hotel is very close to C-train station #39, which is about 2 stops from downtown, bring change as it doesn't take bills.
As for the hotel cost, we paid $89 per night, 2 beds and free breakfast.
Jewel of a hotel
Lol n Linda UK , Sept 24, 2006
Found this hotel on the trip advisor website and after reading the reviews decided to book. We weren;t disappointed. The room was brilliant and the staff really helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. For the money it can;t be beaten. Don;t let the fact that it isnt in downtown Calgary put you off - the train station is only a two minue walk away and only costs 2.50 CDN each way - and it is safe and quick. The complimentary breakfast was an added bonus. If we hadn't booked our hotel for the last two nights of our holiday we would have stayed here again. Would my wife and I stay here again - you bet!
Great hotel for the price
The staff were very accomodating and provded prompt service even though the hotel was almost at full capacity. The room had two double beds that were VERY comfortable and the room was clean with all the amenities you made need. There is a pool, hot tub, fitness room, and restaurant, and the hotel is located a close drive to downtown and shopping areas like the Chinook Centre. For $69/night I would definitly stay here again, ecspecially considering other motels in the area were more expensive and not nearly as nice!
Best by far
We ended up at the Days Inn by chance as all other hotels in the area were full. At check-in the guy on the desk was very friendly and efficient, getting us into a room with no fuss despite the hotel being nearly at full capacity. We got a room with 2 queen beds for $79 a night plus taxes with Government rates, and once we saw it we went straight back to reception to book for the next 7 nights of our stay. The hotel its-self is showing some signs of age, but the housekeeping staff seem to do their best to keep it presentable. The bed was the comfiest I have ever slept on, with great Aircon and a clean and tidy bathroom. Room service is available from a local restaurant at prices which seemed quite reasonable. The room rate included a continental breakfast with enough variety to keep us going back during our stay. The thing we were most impressed with from the hotel was the front desk staff. Their attitude was spot on, always keen to help and providing a level of service that we have sometimes found lacking in many "superior" hotels. Devon and Logan were especially helpful, they were keen to ensure our stay was the best possible. The location of the hotel is ideal, half a block from an LRT station so a car is not needed to explore the city. We plan to stay here again for our next visit to Calgary.
Very Decent Room + Amenities- Central Location
We chose this hotel based on the fact that we wanted to do some shopping at the Chinook mall (only about a 10 minute? drive) plus see the zoo, and go visit downtown/EauClaireMarket/Chinatown. It's a pretty central location- only about 1-2 blocks/5 minute walk to the light rail station. Getting downtown took about 10 minutes.
When we arrived, it was 4pm- our room hadn't been cleaned yet so we had to wait about 30minutes. The clerk was very polite and apologetic , so it didn't feel like a huge deal since we need to get our bags out of the car anyways.
There's free parking- the first level/outdoor parking fills up especially as it gets later-- but there is underground parking-- it was a little bit creepy down there, but nothing happened luckily.
The room itself was very clean- the large window made the room very bright (it was nice) but the view wasn't very special- was of the light rail and some industrial looking area. There were 2 large queen bed- they had these amazing down duvets- Would've been great for winter use- but since it was summer- it was a bit too warm. The airconditioner worked great- we left it on a little too high actually, and the room felt like a fridge! :) The bathrooms were very clean- had a nice shower head, curved shower rod and was roomy. Towels were white and fluffy.
I think there was free wireless internet. (we didn't bring the laptop) But the internet terminals themselves were pay per use. Local calling was free. The pool area was great-- A saltwater pool, nice and large and the frontdesk had pool toys you could borrow. There was also a large hottub and a pingpong table. The breakfast in the morning was quite decent- Waffles, toast, pastries, fruit, tea,coffee, cereal- not too bad at all. There was also a small arcade and gift shop.
If I had complaints- it was be that the ice machine on the 3rd floor was a bit fritzy- after a bit, it just wouldn't spit out anymore ice. The toilet was a bit malfunctioning as well- it wouldn't stop running unless you jiggled the handle. As well, the TV reception wasn't that great.
We stayed 2 nights, and paid $90/night since we had a CAA membership-- For what we go, we were quite satisfied.
Had A Great Time
I found the hotel number 1. I had booked my In -laws in there during Stampede. The staff went above the call of duty not only to my In - laws but to my husband and myself as well. We where invited to a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning in the parking lot, they had a band and balloons for the kids.. My In-laws said they slept great, although there were people in the hallways late at night, the night staff made sure people went to their rooms. The rooms looked great and they let me bring my kids down to the pool. We where able to leave the car at the hotel and take the train to the Stampede.....I would recommend this hotel..it was the first time in 9 years I looked forward to their visit.
I was very impressed by the beds, they are very nice with the duvets in fact I was very surprised you only find such items in larger hotels. The shower nozzle was also great and those curved shower rods...love them. The staff is super friendly and helpful and the location close to Stampede Park was excellent. When I stayed the hotel was putting in 27" TV's into the rooms...nice touch All in all was very impressed good value for the money.
Worst Staff Ever
I stayed there for two nights and I was very dissapointed. Staff (specially front desk) need some training in hospitality--VERY POOR SERVICE.
We stayed at the Days Inn Calgary South for 3 nights from February 22 - 25th. The most notable part of our stay was the extremely friendly staff. When we walked to the desk we were welcomed to the hotel by the staff wich i thought was a nice touch. Our checkin was quick and easy. The room wasn't very large but it was clean and the beds were very comfortable. We were located facing the back of the hotel and had a very quite and pleasant sleep. The pool and hot tub are salt water, whatever that means, and was well maintained and had a ping-pong set that we enjoyed very much. The breakfast the next morning was pleasant and the waffles a very nice addition. We payed $89 dollars and felt that we got great value for our money. The desk staff thanked us by name at departure and asked if everything was to our likeing. It was. We would reccommend this hotel to any people looking for a great value for your dollar.
If price is your main concern This will do
We stayed at the days inn from Jan 27-28th. We paid $72/night internet rate. I feel we got what we paid for, but a decent value for our dollar. Heres some of our observations. The hotel was advertised as a 3-Star. It's a 2 Star at best. It's dimly lit in most public areas, likely to hide the paint chips, dings and scratches on the walls/corners. This hotel was supposedly renovated 1-2 years ago when it was bought from the quality inn chain. The rooms however were very clean with one exception and I'll get to that later. They lost our internet reservation, thank god I brought my confirmation #. We had to change rooms after checking in because of the paper thin walls in the rooms in the newer section. We phoned the front desk to complain about our neighbors loud TV and the walls were so thin our neighbour actually heard us complaining and turned the TV down themselves! Our second room was in the old part of the hotel overlooking MacLeod Trail (The busy main thuro-fare) and was quite noisy all night. There was a hole in our bathroom wall. When we went to our 2nd room for the 1st time I could smell someone smoking dope in the room across the hall (Non-smoking room). Our spare blanket had clipped hair all over it from someone using it as a drop cloth for a hair cut. I went to the front desk to complain and there were 2 different groups of shady types checking in. I saw that one of them was actually paying cash for two rooms and insisted that the rooms be on different floors. I've been in Law Enforcement for 16 years and this is a dead sign of Drug dealer (Stash room). They were in the new secion, otherwise I would have checked out! The hotel was obviously recently renovated (It was formerly the stampeder motor inn, or so the elevator license from 1983 said). If I were the corporate owners of this place I'd seriously chcek into whose running it locally because in a few years it might be a sinking sub. On the bright side the pool area was huge, even though the pool had a few floaties in it and was a tad cool. The hot tub was large enought to fit an entire football team offensive line in. It was like a volcano on one side and would finish a lobster off in 15 minutes. The beds were among the best I have ever slept on at a hotel of any price, but my bed wasn't made properly ( I had to re-do it myself)(Sheets tangled at the foot). The continental breakfast was better than average with waffles too. The guy running the breakfast was very cheery too. The deciding factor was proximity to downtown. It's not right in downtown, but its only about 6 minutes by car and that was important for us. The long and the short of it is that I needed a clean place very close to the south side of downtown and for $72 I got what I paid for. Nothing more nothing less and in reality I've paid more for the same or worse elsewhere. I'd like to see what this place looks like in a few years on the path that it's headed.