The first new hotel in Calgary in a decade, Le Germain opened in 2010, offering a modern boutique bolt-hole in the heart of the city’s downtown core. Located next to 8th Avenue’s pedestrianized area, all the top attractions of town are right on the doorstep—from the Calgary Tower and Glenbow Museum to some of the city’s most popular bars, restaurants, and shopping outlets. For business visitors, the Telus Convention Centre is also steps away. The modern monochrome lobby, like the sizeable guest rooms, mixes up dark woods with sleek white walls. The rooms offer large work tables, wooden shutter blinds, and a splash of color with the rich plummy-grape canopies and chairs. Eco-friendly tech abounds, including universal electric vehicle and Tesla charging stations. Wi-Fi and a deluxe continental breakfast from the award-winning Charcut restaurant are included in the rate.
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Rooms: 139 rooms, 4 suites. From $285. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Calgary’s famous Charcut restaurant is on the lobby level, with former Top Chef contestant Connie DeSousa and John Jackson at the helm. The restaurant serves house-butchered meats and homemade preserves, and daily-changing menus are dedicated to farm-fresh ingredients. The dining room’s reclaimed barn wood paneling and mason jar chandeliers are cute farm-to-table touches. Lounge Central 899 is open daily for both lunch and bar snacks from the Charcut kitchen, along with Champagne by the glass, organic juices, craft cocktails, and local microbrews. Spa and gym details: The compact Santé Spa has a trio of treatment rooms, plus a couples room and mani-pedi area. The signature treatment is an energizing hot stone massage, perfect for resetting travel-weary minds and bodies. The floor-to-ceiling windows, offering peerless views of 8th Avenue, flood the 24-hour gym with light during the daytime, and in the evening the city views are stunning. There’s also a dry sauna and yoga room.
Who’s it for: Business visitors seeking the unique charms of a boutique hotel during the week; couples seeking a spa break in the city on the weekend. Our favorite rooms: The Signature rooms each have rainfall showers and are angled over Centre Street and 9th Avenue, providing a great view of the Calgary Tower. The 12th-floor, 1,100-square-foot apartment suite has a dining room for six, kitchenette space, and a lavish bathroom with waterfall bath. Laid-back Sundays: Le Germain has no set check-out on Sundays, so you are free to leave your bags in the room and squeeze out that extra bit of vacation time. Sleep in late, or take a lazy day to brunch and then explore the city.