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International Hotel Calgary 3.5

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Pros

  • Convenient downtown location close to dining, shopping, and public transportation
  • Spacious suites with living rooms, dining areas, wet bars, and private balconies
  • Array of in-room amenities includes flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers
  • Indoor pool and hot tub
  • Lounge serves lunch and dinner, plus weekday happy hour specials
  • Hot breakfast buffet included in rates
  • Spa offers various treatments, plus a sauna
  • 24/7 fitness center
  • Meeting/event space and 24/7 business center
  • Small shop sells snacks and sundries
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Decor throughout is bland and a bit tired
  • Bathrooms are small and could use an update

Bottom Line

This upper-middle-range hotel conveniently sits close to shopping and dining options in downtown Calgary. The all-suite property is geared toward business travelers, offering plenty of meeting/event space, a business center, and wellness features like a 24/7 fitness center, indoor pool, and spa. A free hot breakfast buffet is a perk, plus there's a lounge serving lunch and dinner. Interiors are a bit tired and the place could use some updates, but suites are large and offer lots of amenities, including wet bars with mini-fridges, microwaves, and tea/coffee facilities. Each has a living room and dining area, as well as a private balcony. For a comparable alternative in the area, check out the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire, whose pool with a waterslide makes it a bit more kid-friendly.

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Scene

Upper-middle-range chain hotel with a corporate vibe 

Situated in a high-rise, the International Hotel Calgary is characterized by contemporary interiors and a corporate vibe. Though decor is chainlike and bland, public spaces are pleasant. The breakfast room also exhibits a fairly staid style, with an array of wooden tables against a backdrop of beige hues. Colorful abstract paintings on the walls are a nice detail that saves the space from complete monotony. Overall, though the property is a bit tired and could use some updates, a number of features and freebies make it a good value and a solid choice in the area. Clientele tends to be mainly composed of business travelers.

Location

Downtown Calgary location close to dining and shopping

The hotel is situated in downtown Calgary, a convenient location that's within a short walk of lots of dining options. There's plenty of shopping in the area too, including the CORE Shopping Centre (seven-minute walk) and Bankers Hall (eight-minute walk). The Telus Convention Centre is a nine-minute walk from the hotel. The BMO Centre is a 10-minute drive or 20 minutes via public transportation. The nearest CTrain station is three blocks away, giving easy access to some of the city's attractions, such as the Calgary Zoo (13 minutes away) and the Heritage Park Historical Village (40 minutes away). Calgary International Airport is about a 20-minute drive away, or 40 minutes via public transit.

Rooms

Large suites have separate living rooms, dining areas, wet bars, and balconies

The hotel offers a variety of spacious suites, all featuring pleasant, if bland, contemporary decor in a tasteful color palette of neutral shades. White walls and beige patterned carpets are a backdrop to sleek wooden furniture and beige sofas and armchairs in the living rooms. Large windows let in lots of natural light, plus all units have private balconies.

All suites have dining areas with round tables as well as wet bars with mini-fridges, microwaves, electric kettles, and coffeemakers with a selection of free teas and gourmet coffee. Other standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, bedside docking stations, electronic safes, and free high-speed Wi-Fi. 

Bathrooms are a bit small and fixtures could use an update, but they're clean and equipped with shower/tub combos and large sink vanities with magnifying mirrors. Toiletries and hairdryers are provided.

Features

Wellness features include spa, fitness facilities, and an indoor pool

The hotel has a solid set of features that adds convenience to a stay here. Wellness features include a 24/7 fitness center with a good amount of machines and free weights, as well as an indoor pool and a hot tub. The spa offers a variety of treatments, including massages and acupuncture, plus it has a sauna.

A free hot breakfast buffet is served daily in the hotel's dining room and includes eggs, breakfast meats, waffles, fruit, cereals, and tea/coffee. A la carte menus are also available. Lunch and dinner are on offer in the 4th Avenue Lounge, which also offers weekday happy hour specials. Room service is available.

The hotel has several meeting and event rooms (over 6,500-square-feet/604-square-meters of space) suitable for various functions; catering can be arranged. The 24/7 business center has computers and printers, plus Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Other amenities include a small shop that sells snacks, drinks, and sundries, as well as laundry services.

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Address

220 4 Ave SW, Alberta, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0H5, Canada

Also Known As

  • International Hotel Suites Calgary