Located in an old neighborhood of Calgary next to the Bow River and paved walking trails, this B&B is a model of what such lodging should be. Helmut and Valinda are as friendly and helpful as everyone has described. The breakfast menu is a changing one every day with three items to choose from but with lots of variety and creativity. Rooms are large and very comfortable with our hosts eager to please on any thing extra needed. Shoes are removed at the front door in the old European tradition. Free wifi is offered in the rooms if you have your own laptop computer or downstairs on theirs in the dining area. Driveway parking is available and there's ample street parking as well. The location is great for walking to such sights as the Stampede grounds (perhaps 2 km. distance and a 20-minute walk along easy footpaths) and the downtown is a straight walk along nearby 9th Ave. (perhaps 2.5 or 3 km in 30 minutes). The Glenbow Museum and 200-meter high Tower are on the same 9th Ave. as is the parallel pedestrian-only shopping zone of Stephen Ave. which also has numerous restaurants. But not to be outdone in that department is an excellent pub called the Hose and Hound (an old converted firehouse) just around the corner from the B&B that offers an interesting, eclectic menu of very good quality. Certainly a great "center of operations" for those wanting to attend the July Stampede rodeo and other activities on the grounds as parking around and at that facility is limited and, as one would expect, congested during Stampede dates.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Central Calgary location in quiet neighborhood along park and Bow River. Free: off-street parking, WIFI, guest computer station. Comfortable rooms, professionally prepared food, friendly and helpful hosts. English and German spoken. Walking distance to Calgary Tower, Convention Center, Calgary Zoo, Fort Calgary, Calgary Stampede, Saddledome, downtown businesses. ... more less