by Courtney Elko
Located in the heart of downtown Calgary and connected to the TELUS Convention Center, this Marriott is situated near the Calgary Stampede and zoo. Ski and snowboard opportunities are only a short drive away, too. Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary’s historic pedestrian mall, sits just outside the hotel. Families can stroll the year-round, outdoor walkway and check out all the shopping, restaurant and live entertainment options.
Extensively renovated in 2015, this hotel shows off its modern side with sleek guestroom designs. There are mobile desks that can be moved around the guestrooms and the televisions allow you to log into your Netflix account. The kids will love swimming in the indoor pool and parents will love sampling the cocktails at the onsite, whiskey-inspired, but still family-friendly restaurant.
Our Editor Loves
- Location on Stephen Avenue Walk
- Pet-friendly, with dog parks nearby
- Indoor pool
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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There are 388 guestrooms and suites, which were recently redesigned with a sleek, modern, gray, white and black dÃ©cor. The rooms are spacious and open and offer modern conveniences like outlets by the beds for charging devices and mobile desks that can be moved around the room. A microwave or crib is available upon request. Guests can log into Netflix accounts on the flat-screen televisions and if you're looking for some inspiration, there is access to the TedTalk app on the TV as well.
Rollaway beds are not available. Connecting rooms are available. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available to hotel members and it is free to be a member. Each guestroom also has its own Wi-Fi connection so speeds are always at their best.
The spacious guestrooms feature one king or two double beds and plenty of extra space. There is a corner couch and seating area in the guestrooms, as well as a mini-fridge and coffeemaker. Some guestroom bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations and others feature a standup shower so make sure to request a tub if you so desire.
The large suites feature a separate living room area that can be closed off from the bedroom. There is a couch (not a sleeper sofa) with a flat-screen television, wet bar fridge, coffeemaker and a sink in the living room. The bedroom features a king bed and a second flat-screen television. The bathroom features a standup shower.
by April L
My husband & I stayed here again on Thanksgiving weekend. Our first time staying & booking on our own outside of a group booking. Daily room rates were still very good for the downtown area.
The room wasn't as clean as it usually is. Surfaces hadn't been cleaned & the shower looked like it was just wiped down but I've seen much worse & the sheets were at least clean.
We tried room service for the first time during this stay. Basic bacon & eggs breakfasts were over $20 each & if you want it brought to your room there's a delivery charge so we just went down & picked it up.
Everything was cold so that was unfortunate. The bacon we both ordered extra crispy wasn't even close, the hashbrowns were like really big tater tot cubes & I think they had the potential to be really good but besides being cold they were either old or overcooked because they were rock hard on the outside. The "white" toast was sour dough bread which shouldn't be considered white since it has a taste that clashes with breakfast spreads.
Still a good stay overall though
This was a great stay. I had a rough flight in and was not feeling great. Coming to this hotel made it so much better. Front desk staff was so nice at check in. The room was great. Nicely appointed, very comfortable, and I definitely took advantage of the tea in the room. It's in a great area as there were great restaurant options near by, although I was definitely tempted to get room service - menu looked good!
I love the barn door for the bathroom and everything is so clean and cozy. Had a good night sleep, especially with the blackout curtains. We ordered room service the next day and it was awesome. You can choose to pick up your food as well and avoid the delivery charge, but I chose to take it easy. I loved the packaging that the food came in. Made it really easy to bring into the room and just unpack as I like. We got oatmeal and toast, I know that's not the most exciting but I loved it. So many jams, butter, and PB. Loved the packaging so much, very premium.
I also loved the 12pm checkout. It was awesome to sleep in and take our time the next day. We wanted to browse downtown for a bit as our hotel in Canmore didn't have check in available until 4pm. The front desk staff again were amazing, and were totally willing to check both our suitcases and backpacks and even asked if we'd like the car ready at a certain time (we used the valet the night before). We walked around and came back just before 2 and the car was ready for us. It was easy to collect the bags and head off to the next stop.
I loved this hotel, the service, and the City Centre area. Would love to come back and stay here again.
Families will love to take a dip in the indoor pool after a day of exploring Calgary. Lounge chairs surround the pool area and there is a whirlpool to enjoy as well. An outdoor roof, sundeck area is situated just outside the pool and offers a great place to enjoy the summer sun. Pool towels are provided and the pool is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are no lifeguards on duty and the pool depth runs from 3 to 5 feet.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this casual restaurant spot is ideal for families. A kids' menu is available and the restaurant opens at 6 a.m. Parents may enjoy sampling the whiskey here, too, as it is a whiskey-inspired but still family-friendly restaurant.
The onsite, full service Starbucks located just off the lobby is a great place to start the morning (or an afternoon pick-me-up). Free Wi-Fi can also be found here.
This Concierge Lounge is available to Gold hotel members only. It offers complimentary food, snacks and alcoholic beverages for purchase. There are plenty of chairs and tables and outlets to charge, along with free Wi-Fi. The kids' favorite will likely be the complimentary candy bar.
While not part of the hotel, this casual restaurant has an entrance attached to the hotel. Milestone's serves a delicious lunch and dinner and offers outside seating. Families can also charge their restaurant bill to their hotel room when dining at Milestone's.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for hotel members and it is free to become a member. Free Wi-Fi can also be found in the lobby and at Starbucks.
Mobile Key Access
Families can use the hotel's mobile app to gain entry to guestrooms, rather than fumble for a key card.
Pets are welcome to stay here and there is no additional cleaning fee.
Pet-friendly packages are available and walking trails and parks are situated nearby. A map of the parks and trails is provided.
Self and valet parking are available for an additional charge.
The bi-level fitness center, located near the pool, offers cardio machines and free weights and is open 24 hours.
The Art of Smart Timing
The summer months are the busy season here, especially in mid-July when the two-week Calgary Stampede event is taking place in the city. Warm summer weather runs from about May through September and the cold and snowy Canadian winter can run from about October through April.
Calgary International Airport is about 25 minutes away from the hotel.
The Marriott is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, which is easily walkable. There is a CTrain station, a light rail transit system in Calgary, that is also easy to navigate.
For Mom and Dad
Wine and Beer Closet
This special hideaway situated right next to the front desk is where mom and dad will want to make a stop at check-in. Beer and wine are ready for purchase here and after a long day of travel, parents may want to make a quick purchase before heading to the room!