Nothing but good here. Hotel Alma is brand new and stylish, the staff radiates a willingness to help and the rooms have everything you need (they actually give you a fridge and a microwave -- take that over expensive chain hotels). Upon arrival, I was struck with the perfect efficiency of the small rooms. You think small equals bad? Well, I for one would rather not have a second Hilton bed in my room that I am not using, but that I will end up paying for all the same! Also, just reading some of the more critical reviews on this site, I immediately noticed that almost all of them are seriously dealt with by the staff. That puts some question marks on any allegations of careless staff or lack of service. Food is good too -- the little restaurant serves decent meals and you do not have to worry about being fed mystery cafeteria fare. One more critical point: it would be helpful to have breakfast start a little earlier than it currently does on weekends.
Of course, any visitor will notice that Hotel Alma shares its space with a student residence that occupies the first two floors unless I am mistaken. I must say that I am little mystified at the apparent absence of serious partying (I was there over the weekend), but as a conference participant, I definitely did not feel reason to complain about this. Too bad the rest of the U of C campus is so... well, ugly. If Hotel Alma was situated downtown, I am sure it would draw twice the amount of guests and, come to think of it, location could well be its only downside. But nothing in Calgary is really within walking distance so this need not be a problem. If you are visiting the university or surroundings, Hotel Alma is a sure bet. Highly recommended.
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- Set in the vibrant heart of the University of Calgary campus, Hotel Alma treats guests to gracious service, friendly rates, and a host of accommodating spaces. Alma features 96 rooms and suites, a stylish bistro, and group meeting facilities for up to 125 people. Rates include continental breakfast, access to campus fitness facilities, wireless internet, local calls and long distance calls in Canada and the USA (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). ... more less
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