I stayed four nights in this fine hotel from March 11-14, 2013, while in Calgary for work related training. Fortunately, my company paid for the room, as well as breakfasts and dinners in the restaurant, so my expenses were limited to tipping the restaurant servers.
While I have only experienced a dozen or so different hotels in my time, I must admit this one was by FAR the most pleasant experience I've had. Not having been there before, I wasn't sure what to expect when I pulled into the parking lot, weary from an 8.5 hour drive over winter roads. The size and tasteful decor of the lobby impressed me. The staff members were sharply dressed in business attire which reflected their courteous, helpful, and very professional demenours.
I lugged my baggage up to my room on the 6th floor. The room featured a double bed, flat-screen TV, (42"?) mini-fridge, and a coffee-maker. Everything was extremely clean, and the room was cozy and inviting. As a nice touch, a copy of the Globe and Mail was delivered to my door each morning.
Hungry from my trip, I immediately headed down to the restaurant for dinner. Every meal in the subsequent days was excellent, as was the service. As most entrees were in the $18 range, most of my dinners totalled around the $25 mark. If paying out of pocket, I would rarely pay such a price for a dinner, but, fortunately, my company covered the cost. The servers (two Chinese ladies) were extremely pleasant and charming, and by the second day one of them knew most of us by name, and we would spend 15-20 minutes chatting.
Retiring to my room, I was amazed by how quiet everything was. There was virtually no hallway noise at all, and absolutely nothing from the streets below. The bed was very comfortable, and I wasn't awakened once by noises.
I must admit, at the end of my four days, I was a bit sad to be leaving. I couldn't have asked for a better accomodation. I was amazed to learn that the rate was only $120 per night. This is the going rate at the Super 8 in Regina (where I have stayed MANY a night). However, unlike Regina's Super 8, the rooms and hallways are actually quiet, so you don't wake up feeling like you've been run over by a bus. The staff treats you like they are actually pleased and grateful to have your business, instead of making you feel like an annoyance, like (most of) the Super 8 staff does.
If I need to stay in Calgary again, I will definately choose this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located between the Calgary International Airport and the city center, in the heart of North East Calgary's business community; The Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre is your home away from home where you will experience contemporary accommodations, friendly service and exceptional dining. Within minutes from the Trans-Canada highway and in the midst of two shopping centers, dining and entertainment and within walking distance of the nearby light rail transit system. As well as within very close proximity to the Calgary Zoo, TELUS Spark Science Centre and the Calgary Stampede. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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