Check In, Check It Out: Best Places To Stay In The NW

November 6, 2017

The holidays are fast approaching, and before we know it friends, family, and well-wishers from all over will be returning to Calgary to ring in the season.

These out-of-towners are going to need a place to stay, and now is as good a time as any to start planning for the festivities. If you’re finding that your own space is a little on the full side, or if a more comfortable set of accommodations are in order for your guests, we’re here to help you find them.

Even if U/D’s own resident hotel isn’t quite ready for you to check-in, the Northwest offers great stays for visitors of all kinds.

From the home-away-from-home and living like a local, to a luxury stay and a visit to campus, here are some of the best places to check into here in Northwest Calgary


What better way to soak up Northwest Calgary than on University of Calgary’s own campus? The collegiate experience can be best enjoyed at U of C’s Hotel Alma.  Alma’s decor is contemporary and beautifully modern—complimented by warm, welcoming service and culinary delights at Bistro Alma. Only ten minutes from downtown, Alma is completely convenient and only a stone’s throw from amenities like the Olympic Oval, Market Mall, MacEwan Hall, and of course, University District!

With 81 eurostyle rooms and 15 one-bedroom suites, Hotel Alma is large enough to host a major event, yet small enough to feel intimate—exactly what a holiday-stay calls for.

Location: 169 University Gate NW Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4


Return to the classic overnight with Northwest Calgary’s River Wynde Bed and Breakfast — a Kensington mainstay.

Located on a peaceful, gated street and walking distance to our C-train, the BBAC registered River Wynde Bed & Breakfast offers unique hospitality for corporate and casual travelers alike. Explore Kensington’s charms and enjoy the incredible selection of shops, restaurants and sights.

As a bed and breakfast, River Wynde offers the ultimate holiday-ready home-away-from-home experience, providing visitors with hot breakfast, complimentary bikes, laundry service, office areas, and essentially anything else you might need while staying in the city.

Location: 220 10A St. NW, Calgary, Alberta


Hoping for a boutique experience in the Northwest? Look no further than the Kensington Riverside Inn!

As part of the Hotel Arts Group, the Inn provides an elevated experience for visitors looking to connect with the city in a way that’s both local and lively, and its Kensington location makes it a perfect mix of both.

 From a cozy fireside lounge and award winning, seasonally sourced dining at their restaurant, Oxbow, to decadently plush beds and chicly styled interiors, Kensington Riverside Inn is easy to fall in love with! Did we mention the surrounding area by the Bow River makes it completely walkable and gorgeous enough for a photo-opp?

Location: 1126 Memorial Dr. NW Calgary, AB, Canada, T2N3E3



Want to experience the city like a true Calgarian? Try the Northwest’s host of must-see Airbnb’s.

From mountain-bound locales to breathtaking river-views, people from all over the Northwest are opening their spaces to those who want a chance to live like a local while they’re in town.

Airbnb offers the opportunity to sidestep feeling like a tourist while visiting YYC, and doesn’t mean you’ll have to give up hotel-quality comforts during your stay—many offer top-tier amenities and have the benefit of locally suggested places to eat, play and visit.

From low-cost to luxe, Northwest Calgary’s Airbnb selections offer something to suit any kind of taste, and offer out-of-towners a chance to get the inside scoop from hosts on what to do in this corner of the city.

You can find some of our favourites herehere and here.

Location: Various

Excited to learn more about the hotel joining University District’s community? Wondering who it could possibly be? Have a must-stay of your own here in Northwest Calgary? We’re all ears—let us know what you think by joining the conversation on Twitter!

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