Since I was touring this part of Canada by Greyhound bus, I did not have a car available to me. Unless you are traveling by car, or unless you plan to focus your visit to Calgary around the nearby University - you will find that this Travelodge is NOT conveniently located. It is on a traffic island, surrounded by a confusing spaghetti bowl of highways. There is public transportation available, but it is very difficult to go anywhere from this location on foot.
There was another problem with my reservation at this location. When I arrived, the clerk had no record of my reserving a room here. We eventually found out that I had actually booked at their affiliated EconoLodge, but the cab driver had for some reason dropped me off here at the Travelodge proper. We spent over an hour cancelling my reservation at the presumably distant EconoLodge, and registering me here.
Later, another desk clerk told me that the affiliated EconoLodge was in fact just around the corner from this Travelodge. The two motels share a wall, but have different addresses. This more knowledgeable clerk said that cab drivers and people in general are always mixing up the two entities - dropping people at one door when they should drop them at the other door a few feet away around the corner. It seems the original clerk I dealt with had just been hired and was unaware of this proximity of the two related Lodges. So be aware of this in case you also face confusion when you try to check in.
Also, there are few dining options available here if you are on foot. Luckily, I found a Dennie's nearby, so I didn't starve.
Otherwise, this Travelodge was clean and well-functioning. But there was nothing outstanding about it for me. If I were to come to Calgary again, I would make an effort to book a hotel/motel in the downtown area rather than out in this no-man's-land of a "Motel Village."
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- Also Known As:
- Travelodge Calgary University Hotel Calgary
- Travel Lodge Calgary
- Calgary Travel Lodge
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