My wife and I attended a medical conference held at the convention center attached to this brand-new, 7-month-old hotel. It's a 15-min shuttle ride from the airport, and the ride will be cut in half next month when they open the new tunnel that runs under the airport runway. The friendly shuttle driver was professional and helpful. The hotel is located in a developing zone around the airport. There is an office building next lot, and a major junkyard on another side, probably a remnant of another decade when there was nothing else in the area. Parking is adequate. The C-train station is a 15-min walk away. There is no bus service so you either rent a car or take a cab. Cross Iron Mills mall is. 15-20 min drive north, or roughly a $25 can ride. The lobby is expansive and impressive, in the way that newer airport hotels are trending to. Check-in was easy, and the front desk lady, Olga, was pleasant and efficient. We had a late-night snack at Ric's Grill, the hotel restaurant. Both the clam chowder soup and the Thai curry salad we ordered were bland, but the service was good. Two elevators service the 3-storey complex. Our room was larger than the standard hotel room, and had a view of the driveway and front entrance. Interiors were done in a tasteful minimalist Scandinavian style, consistent with the lobby theme. Lighting was all CFLs, so I was glad the room had an abundance of lamps. Own great thing is each lamp had 1-2 outlets to accommodate all sorts of devices for recharging. The wardrobe cabinet was large, and was lit by a motion-sensitive lamp. There was a fridge but no safe. The room was clean; towels smelled clean and were thick and absorbent. Shower stall was roomy. No bathtub which is good because bathtubs are one of the most useless investments whether in a hotel or a residence. They're also one of the most frequent reasons for falls and injuries in a bathroom. There is a small indoor pool with a waterslide which kids will love, a hot tub, a sauna. The fitness center has 3 treadmills, a couple of ellipticals, a bike, and a universal weight machine --- all brand new with 4 wall-mounted TVs.
The minor growing pains I came across would include swipe cards that had to be re-issued since they didn't work; a little confusion in the shuttle van reservation; and a little confusion as to the number of nights we were paying for vis-a-vis the nights the conference organizers were paying for.
It would be interesting to see what the hotel would be 5-7 years down the road. Right now, it is a good place to stay in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Calgary Airport East is a new hotel located only minutes from the Calgary Airport and downtown. With well-appointed guestrooms, Conference facilities and on-site Spa it is the perfect place to stay in Calgary. ... more less
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