We expected little and got a lot. The place, after all, was a remodelled older hotel 3 km. from the city's heart. We were dead wrong. Contemporary furnishings in the rooms and panache is everywhere. Blackfoot now features rooms with suspended sinks, super Euro-fixtures, marble counters, and rainfall showers with sliding doors, duvet-covered silky beds as regal as any in Canada, a patio, 2 bars, a patio for after-work good times, meeting and dance facilities, live music, an unexpectedly urbane comedy club, and Green's restaurant offering local bison, elk, veal, and veggies and a killer-calory buffet at reasonable prices (discount for seniors!), and staff that sparkles with friendliness.
Built by a First Nations tribe (guess which) and often spoken of as catering to people from that community, in its current iteration the Blackfoot has workers, chefs, and clients from everywhere, all groups. It is what makes Canada's West look welcoming to guests from Asia and Europe. Even Albertans are discovering its upscale amenities.
We knew kids and small dogs were around but almost never heard a peep or woof. Industries surround this inn, as do 2 highways leading everywhere inside Calgary, but we slept undisturbed by canines, kids, and corporate clatter. The hotel worked like a charm, a well-insulated one. Within 2 minutes you can drive into the huge Chinook shopping center with $2 pens and $800 Coach handbags. And be aware that very few hotels serve the burgeoning South Calgary area. Be prepared for a surprisingly fine property, with incredible amenities, e.g. free parking (very rare in Calgary's center for less than $25 a night surcharge), excellent high speed wi fi (free here, $14 a day in city center), and reserve a room in advance. This place is gaining a reputation for excellence, and the parking lot is full much of the week. And yummy, well-priced, fresh food, too. Some rooms have bathtubs and some are still being upgraded, so ask for what you want and smile while desk people get it all, quickly, quietly, and politely: Blackfoot is the biggest discovery since Alberta learned about oil-sands, another gift from its First Nations people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A renowned landmark hotel in south Calgary located just minutes from downtown, Hotel Blackfoot is an independently owned, 193 room hotel featuring the service and amenities to please business and leisure travelers alike. Recently redesigned and renovated, Hotel Blackfoot offers contemporary rooms and suites with executive floors and the most comfortable beds in town. Endless amenities including a fitness centre, a comedy club, four distinct restaurants, a pool and poolside patio. Hotel Blackfoot is always here for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blackfoot Hotel Calgary