Kensington Riverside Inn
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.
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
1126 Memorial Dr NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3E3, Canada