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What Part of Town to Stay in Calgary (City)

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What Part of Town to Stay in Calgary (City)

What part of town should I target for our stay in the city? If we have a car, is it best to stay in town to tour the city and the stampede, or does it not really matter?

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Josh

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1. Re: What Part of Town to Stay in Calgary (City)

The best way to get to the Stampede is to take the C-Train (tram), not to drive. So for those days, you don't need a car, you need a hotel that's not to far from a C-Train station. Best bets are Motel Village (two new hotels there - Aloft Calgary Suites (renovated) and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Calgary NW - University Area), which is right close to the Banff Trail C-Train stop; almost anywhere downtown (look for walking distance to 7 Ave S, between 8 St SW and 2 St SE); or along Macleod Trail (Holiday Inn Calgary Macleod Trail S, Days Inn Calgary S are both just one stop away from the Stampede).

There really is no part of town that you ought to avoid, if that's part of what you're wondering.

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2. Re: What Part of Town to Stay in Calgary (City)

So once we get to Calgary, can we pretty much return our car and take public transportation easily around? I am thinking we'll see the city for a day or two then go to the stampede for a day or two.

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How does this location look if we have a car? Pretty hard to find hotels for that weekend...

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1107944…

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4. Re: What Part of Town to Stay in Calgary (City)

Very far south.

http://goo.gl/maps/6KACv

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If you have a car, that could be a great place to base yourselves. check out the area on google maps https://maps.google.ca the approximate address would be 10708 Braeside Drive s.w.. It would be a very short drive to Southland LRT station -about 5 minutes. From the Southland LRT station, the tram ride to the Stampede Grounds is roughly 15 minutes.Or there are several direct, easy to use bus routes from Braeside to the LRT station that appear to have stops within a 2 - 4 minute walk from your location. It's a fairly quiet area, and Glenmore Park, Heritage Park and Fish Creek Provincial Park are all 5 - 10 minutes away by car for those non-stampede days if you want to unwind a bit.

IMHO, unless you're just looking for a roof over your head, and don't care about the area you're in, I would avoid motel village like the plague. Check the area out on google maps -around 2440 16 avenue N.W.

Best to book something soon.

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6. Re: What Part of Town to Stay in Calgary (City)

@jsf1118: I'd be dubious about that place because it's Airbnb. During Stampede Week, when alternate accommodation will be hard to find, I'd feel more confident going with a licensed B&B that is a full-time business.

In past years, we have seen that B&Bs still have vacancies when the hotels are fully booked. Blackmore's B&B isn't far from the Dalhousie LRT station in the northwest quadrant and they have 3 rooms, so they could accommodate your whole family. They have been a licensed B&B in Calgary for several years, although they don't have any TA reviews yet. If you can fit your family into two rooms, English Bed Breakfast & Day Spa is also close to the Dalhousie Station and they get great reviews.

Shangarry B&B is further south than Braeside; they have 3 rooms and are close to Anderson Station. It's a lovely house backing onto a golf course. (A friend lived on the same street many years ago.)

@Calgarypro: Motel Village is moving up in the world; with the newly-renovated Aloft and the newly-built Holiday Inn Express, it is definitely getting gentrified. The Hampton Inn there has always gotten good reviews, and the Best Western Village Park Inn isn't too shabby either. However, the area does still have the two Econo Lodges, the Super 8, and a rather dubious Ramada Express.

Edited: 17 April 2014, 02:13
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