On the banks of the Bow Rover, a short walk from Calgary’s bustling downtown core, this Relais & Chateau property offers a genuine boutique hotel experience with all the plush bells and whistles that the Relais & Chateau status suggests. From Frette linens and Aveda toiletries, to two-person soaker tubs and rainforest showers, the spacious silvery-gray toned rooms ooze luxury at every corner. Guests are greeted in the heated parkade on arrival and whisked upstairs to the intimate reception space. Make time to view the inn’s heavyweight international art collection, including an Evan Penny bronze. Curl up in the Fireside Lounge nibbling the complimentary cookies, or order one of the cheese and charcuterie boards to enjoy by the roaring fire in winter or out on the patio in summer. A stone’s throw from the city’s extensive bike path network, guests can borrow Brooklyn cruiser bikes to explore the city and the quirky village of Kensington.
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Ringed by the eastern Canadian Rocky Mountains, Calgary is a relatively young Western city (it was established in 1875) with a thriving energy and tech sector. It’s quickly becoming an exciting place to visit, thanks to new bars, restaurants, and shopping centers. The first city in Canada to host the Winter Olympics, its many world-class winter sports facilities are close by. Take a walk across the Peace Bridge over the Bow River to reach the acclaimed River Cafe restaurant, known for its unique take on regional Albertan cooking.
Need to Know
Rooms: 14 rooms, 5 suites. From $219. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: The Chef’s Table restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner from an award-winning French chef. Dinner leans toward Eurasian fusion, while brunch on the patio overlooking the river has all the classics, from pain perdu to corned beef hash. Spa and gym details: There is no gym on the premises, but guests have access to a full-service gym nearby. Spa treatments are provided in-room by R&R Wellness.
Who’s it for: Weekdays attract business guests, while out-of-towners and staycationing Calgarians fill the hotel on weekends. Our favorite rooms: Room 214, the Riverside Suite, offers unobstructed balcony views of the river and mountains. Room 105, at the back of the hotel, has a small garden patio, which offers a quiet and private sanctuary. Good to know: Guests who book directly with the hotel receive $20 in credit per person per night to put toward food and beverage costs at Chef’s Table.