Arriving at Hotel Le Germain at midnight, after a very long day on the Rocky Mountaineer, we were relieved that check-in was speedy and we collapsed into the very comfortable king size bed in our luxury room. Come the morning, we were better able to take in the spaciousness of the bedroom and bathroom. There's no doubt that the room had been fitted out to a very high standard, although some might think the dark furniture and wood has an overly masculine quality. The bathroom runs much of the length of the room with fantastic double sinks. The breakfast room on the 2nd floor is a little functional, with lots of closely packed tables and an ambience reminiscent of an airport lounge. We quickly discovered that the best time to go down for breakfast was after guests on business trips had departed just before 9. Breakfast is complementary and of the continental type and there was ample variety, including oatmeal (or porridge, as we call it in the UK). WiFi is free in all the rooms, but using the trendy nespresso machine in the room involves paying a hefty $2.50 for every pod used and there was no other way of making a drink. Offering a few free pods would have been a reasonable gesture given the $400 per night cost of the room. Drinks and snacks in the room's minibar are priced with the usual excessive mark-ups. There's a well equipped fitness room on the top floor but this seemed to be used by more than just hotel guests. Unfortunately, there's no pool or other outside space, The hotel's restaurant - Charcut - gets good reviews on TripAdviser, but it should have a health warning for anyone with a vegetarian disposition or who prefers to avoid a testosterone-loaded environment. Rather quieter and considerably more pleasant, there's the hotel's Central 899 bar. Overall, we thought the hotel was stylish but had a rather corporate feel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Genuine haven of peace, Groupe Germain, pioneer of the boutique-hotel concept in Canada, has expanded its unique brand of hospitality into Western Canada with Hotel Le Germain Calgary. The Groupe Germain philosophy is all about authentic elegance.A welcome like no otherAt Le Germain Boutique-hotels, the goal is to create a warm, comfortable ambiance, combined with attentive, personalized service that is always accommodating, yet never intrusive.Respect for the environmentThe entire complex was engineered and constructed to incorporate several state-of-the-art features designed to conserve energy and preserve our environment. ... more less
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