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Kensington Riverside Inn
Ranked #19 of 109 Hotels in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A great "staycation" hotel for us.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2012

We live in Calgary, but decided to try the Riverside as a staycation for our anniversary. It was great. Small, initimate hotel right in walkable Kensington with great views of downtown. Breakfast was superb the next morning, and the staff as friendly and helpful. Not cheap, but overall good value for your money.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mattsheldrake
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2012

I booked a night at the Kensington Riverside Inn this past weekend for a surprise getaway for my husband and I. Let me say it was AMAZING!!! The Inn is decorated absolutely beautifully! As soon as we pulled up I knew I made the right choice. It reminded me of a historic building but inside it has been all renovated and is modern.

We booked the dine & stay package. The meals were phenominal. Such a neat experience to watch the chef's in the kitchen creating masterpieces that were meticuosly plated to perfection. Included in the package was a dining credit for supper as well as breakfast.

I love the intimate feeling of the 19-room inn. The rooms are very big, with the most comfortable beds. The finishings in the room were perfect!

The service was top notch from when I phoned to book the hotel (they were able to arrange massages for us last minute), to check-in. The waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. The rooms were very clean.

I would definately recommend this inn and hope we can visit again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank kristin_sweet
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Stavely, Alberta
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2012

My husband and I celebrated a very special anniversary here and I'm so glad we chose KRI. Loved the room decor - we were told it had just been redone a week ago - room 219. The attention to detail was spectacular. We had our first fine dining experience at The Chef's Table as well. I'm so glad we chose to celebrate in style. My husband commented that he wasn't used to such attentive service, being escorted to our rooms, the waiters at the restaurant were so helpful. This is a luxury hotel that is worth the money. Service plus attention to detail = special++.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank writerdivine
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calgary
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Riverside Inn for our fifth wedding anniversary this past Saturday night. We always go to Banff when we need a night away but decided to do something different this time. To put it simply, everything about our stay was top notch. Room was clean and had excellent decor. We requested some ice from front desk and it was at our door in five minutes. We headed out for dinner and came back to a room with rose pedals scattered over the room with a congratulatory letter for our anniversary with chocolates. Awesome! The bed was the best I have ever slept in anywhere ( i have stayed in hundreds of hotels ) and we had waiting in the morning at the door tea and juice in bed! We had complimentary breakfast at the Chef's Table at the Inn and it was also excellent. This is the best kept secret in Calgary and I would recommend this hotel to everyone. We will be back. Thanks Riverside Inn, it is nice to see that someone in the world still cares about it's customers! Marc.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank marc l
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Canmore, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2012

My visits to the KRI are always a treat. It's a beautiful hotel, with excellent rooms. When I'm visiting Calgary I always prefer to stay a bit out of town as there is more to see and down than in downtown. The staff at the KRI are a delight, especially Mandy. Don't come here expecting the services of a downtown business hotel, but do come here expecting a relaxing stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TwoJoules
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Calgary
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2012

We stayed at the Riverside Inn as art of our first anniversary together so that although we live in Calgary we wouldn't have to drive home after dinner. We checked in at the front desk and the welcome that the employees provided was incredibly warm. I have never had a front desk employee walk us to our room before it was a very nice touch. We had reserved their basic room with the dine and stay package included. The room was incredibly comfortable and extremely well set up...perfect for a romantic weekend. We ordered two glasses of wine to have in our room which were delivered promptly. For our dinner reservation at 7:00 pm we arrived a little early and as we were seated Peter told us that the table was ours for the night if we wanted it. The 2.5 hours that we spent at dinner was a fun and thouroughly enjoyable experience thanks to him. The two gentlemen working the dining room were nothing short of amazing and really made the entire night that much better. I can't tell you enough how Peter, our server, went really over and above to make sure that we had an incredibly good time. The room was very comfortable and quiet after dinner and if I could find only one fault with the entire stay it would be the shower head. I know that it sounds trivial but the shower head in our room did not have good flow and would be a simple fix to round out an otherwise perfect weekend.

For a romantic getaway I would definitely give this Hotel 2 thumbs up!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 2_x_Gilks
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UK
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50 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

This hotel takes the 'boutique' concept beyond a simple marketing ploy. It is an elegant small building within (longish) walking distance of downtown. Slight disappointment with our alley-facing room, but I guess hotels have backs as well as fronts. Staff most friendly and competent once we had overcome their expectation that a single room booking for three adults would only require one bed! Maybe the restaurant takes itself a little too seriously ... had to smile at the breakfast menu that proclaimed the name of the chef making one's omelette!

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Kensington Riverside Inn

Property: Kensington Riverside Inn
Address: 1126 Memorial Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 3E3, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Calgary > Northwest Calgary
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Calgary
#5 Romantic Hotel in Calgary
#6 Luxury Hotel in Calgary
#31 Family Hotel in Calgary
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Kensington Riverside Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kensington Riverside Inn is Calgary's premier luxury boutique Inn located steps from Downtown Calgary along the banks of the picturesque Bow River in Kensington Village. This 19-room boutique inn features upscale accommodations for the discerning traveler, as well as the renowned Chef's Table restaurant. Your "Inn" experience will include evening turndown service, morning coffee/tea tray with newspaper, as well as complimentary high-speed wireless internet and bottled water in the guest room. When booking with the Inn directly, guests will receive a $20 per person food and beverage credit at the Chefs Table. ... more   less 
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