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Aloft Calgary University
Ranked #34 of 109 Hotels in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Wow. Hidden gem of calgary. Amazing service modern spacious lobby and very clean. Was originally booked at hotel arts but my assistant pushed this hotel on me after a friend recommended. Not disappointed great staff. Would definitely go back again. Only dissapointment was that I was really looking forward to using the spin studio they apparently have but not open yet. Next time !!

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

Great hotel, great stay, great price.
I stayed here one night for business. It was so new that 1) the restaurant has not been opened, and 2) the grand opening is next week, lol.

The WXYZ lounge was awesome - the caesars were one of the best I had (black pepper was used) and the bartender Pat was super friendly. Much better than the lounge at the Sheraton Cavalier in Calgary. Supposedly, live music would be introduced in due course!

The main area also has a pool table and card games / board games, which was great. When I arrived I noticed a bunch of guests playing downstairs. Definitely gives a relaxed vibe. There was 2 computers with a printer to print your boarding pass, and also iPads set up for use if you like. Plenty of room and great looking modern furniture to lounge around for sure in the evenings. The staff are also super friendly.

I do agree that it could be confusing to get around the hotel to your room given the strange hallway layout, but overall this is a minor point and it is totally fine.

Inside the room - it does kind of feel like you're sleeping in a new modern university dorm. The shower was great - walk in, roomy, and had excellent water pressure (which is a must). The linen and towels were average - comparable to those at the Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, etc. It is NOT the same level as the Sheraton or Westin (aka. definitely not a heavenly bed) - but still comfortable and fresh regardless. The TV is great - it's definitely on the larger side and flipping channels was highly responsive. The best part is there are TONS of plug ports by the bed for all the electronic devices - I counted 2 on each side of the King size bed, plus 2 more on the desk. And there was an extra set on the wall for the ironing board. They really thought this through.

The gym is basic but the pool area looks amazing.

Internet speed was good with no lag for video streaming.

The price is also really decent for Calgary (relatively). Hotels are extremely expensive in Calgary ($200 in suburbs, $400 downtown) and the ALOFT is a refreshing break ($160-170).

The 4 downsides I have for the hotel are as follows:
1) Area - kinda sketchy looking as it is located on a strip of low quality cheap motels. Didn't notice any good restaurants in the area, or in walking distance. Pretty much have to rely on your car to get to places - but it's close to downtown.
2) Avoid the side facing traffic / C-Train rail. The rumbling of the train can be felt if you sleep on the side of the hotel closer to traffic. Luckily, most of the rooms face away from traffic so make sure to grab a room that face away.
3) Ironing board is not full size - it's a little lower and maybe 2/3 of the regular size ironing board. Not great if you have lots of shirts to iron.
4) Food choices not great. The restaurant is not open yet - supposedly it will come in summer. The lounge only offers 5-6 items on the menu which are mostly bar type foods (Wings, chicken fingers, curry chicken with rice, etc). There is no room service menu. The cafe downstairs serves some cold sandwiches and frozen dinners but that's pretty much it.

Make a green choice is available here if you want to decline housekeeping at 250 points per night or $5 for hotel food. This is on the lower side compared to Westin and Sheraton who gives you 500 points.

Unlike another reviewer, I also had no issues with the toilet/shower. Everything worked fine. Room was clean and perfect.

Overall - stay at this hotel if you are looking for a fresh, no-frills vibe, with good value for money!

Room Tip: Absolutely avoid the side facing the traffic / main road. You can hear all the traffic plus the C-tr...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

I recently had an opportunity to stay at this new hotel. I have stayed at Aloft hotels before and extremely happy with my stays and this hotel did not disappoint. The front desk staff were friendly and excited to showcase their new hotel. The decor was modern chic yet classy. My actual room and overnight stay was excellent. The rooms were clean and more importantly quiet which allowed me to conduct business calls and get a good night's sleep. Look forward to my next stay here.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Caroline G, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Calgary University, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2014

Thank you very much for your review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay as one of our first guests. We are so proud of our new hotel and love getting to share it with guests now! We look forward to welcoming you back soon when business brings you to Calgary!

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Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

Couldn't believe it. 5 days old and the toilet didn't flush at all, the shower stall leaked all the way to the front door.
They moved us on the second night, and there were peanuts all over the place when we got back to the room. One of us is deathly allergic to peanuts!
When told about this, was offered 20% off, but it wasn't added to the account. The next morning, we were told no one else had been in the room, according to their computer. So we were essentially accused of lying too.

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Caroline G, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Calgary University, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2014

Thank you for leaving your feedback. We would like to follow up with you directly regarding this issue so that we may ensure it has been fully resolved. Please reach out to me at rosalind.warren@aloftcalgaryuniversity.com – Rosalind Warren

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

we came up to Calgary on short notice and couldn't get a room at the Palliser Hotel. Aloft Hotel was suggested as a new hotel. The hotel had been open for 4 days. We thought we'd walked into an Apple store when we entered the lobby or a college dorm. Everything smelled new which was nice. But we were disappointed in the room. We were on the main floor - I don't remember the front desk guy telling us how to get to our room. The room was on the dark side (lighting & decor) - almost felt like being in a partial basement. No bathtub, only shower - which the front desk didn't mention. We asked if breakfast was included in the rate we had been given - he said no - given the hotel was new you would have thought they might have a promotion the 1st week of business. Nothing - no free drinks in the lounge, no cookies on arrival. We could hear cars outside when their owners would beep to lock their doors. We wouldn't stay again.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Caroline G, Guest Relations Manager at Aloft Calgary University, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience at Aloft Calgary University. We appreciate you being one of our first guests as we introduce the Aloft Hotels brand to Calgary. We apologize for any noise inconveniences experienced during your stay, as we actively try to make all guests comfortable. We will be sharing your feedback about the welcome with our Front Office team. We trust the rest of your time in Calgary was pleasant and hope you consider staying with us again.

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Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2016, travelled on business
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LaRhonda S, Starwood Hotels at Aloft Calgary University, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2017

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Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2015, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Aloft Calgary University

Address: 2359 Banff Trail NW, Calgary, Alberta T2M 4L2, Canada (Formerly Quality Inn University)
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Region: Canada > Alberta > Calgary > Northwest Calgary
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Calgary
#14 Business Hotel in Calgary
#16 Family Hotel in Calgary
#27 Romantic Hotel in Calgary
Price Range: £67 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aloft Calgary University 3*
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aloft Calgary Universityis the newest and hippest addition to the Calgary area. Located just steps from the University of Calgary, we're a convenient choice when you're looking for Calgary University hotels. Aloft Calgary University perfectly blends design, style, technology and comfort offering a forward-thinking alternative for the savvy traveler. Check out our list of things to do in Calgary including shopping, dining and sightseeing, all just a few short miles from our door. Aloft is the perfect choice for your next trip to Calgary!Far from ordinary, Aloft Calgary University offers guests a new experience with a fun scene. Enjoy a glass of vino or a signature cocktail at the W XYZ Bar, play a game of pool in our Re:mix lounge or just surf the internet with free WiFi throughout the hotel. If cravings start to kick in, explore Re:fuel by Aloft℠, our 24/7 grab and go pantry.Once you've had a fill of our Re:mix lounge area, head up to our loft inspired guest rooms where you can recline and relax. Our ultra-comfortable signature bed, an oversized showerhead and custom amenities by Bliss® Spa, will help our Calgary accommodations make you feel at home. In case you need to get some work done or watch all the latest videos you've downloaded, our plug & play connectivity station charges all your electronics and links to the 42" LCD TV. ... more   less 
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Quality Inn University Hotel Calgary
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