Hotel Elan is advertised as a luxury boutique hotel with a full breakfast buffet included. The building is freshly modernized and very clean. My hotel room was spacious and had many high tech features, even in the bathroom which boasts a lighted toilet bowl, adjustable heated toilet seat, heated floor and very nice shower system. The bedroom is outfitted for the business traveler, but everything in the room is out in the open so it makes the room feel quite cluttered. There is no closet; instead a short clothing rack is suspended on the wall next to the bed at a height 6.5 ft, a bit too high for me to easily reach. The ironing board and iron are hanging on the wall next to the door as you enter the room. The walls are very thin; I heard every word of a telephone conversation in the guest room next door. There are two windows in the room, one has clear glass and can be opened about 2 inches and the other has frosted glass, so while you get the light, you cannot see out. I think it looks onto the balcony of the room next door.
On the plus side, the room has a Keurig coffee maker, microwave and mini-bar fridge with a few snacks and drinks (extra of course). The room offers a choice of pillows: soft or firm, this is nice. The bed linens and towels are good quality and everything appears fresh. The bed itself was very comfortable, and I slept very well during my stay. WiFi is fast and easy to access.
The neighborhood is a bit of a mix, certainly not the business or downtown core, my cab drivers didn't seem to be aware of the hotel. Nonetheless, the neighbourhood was pleasant enough with some very good restaurant options. I believe Hotel Elan used to be an apartment or condo building, so it doesn’t have some of conveniences one expects of a traditional hotel. For the most part, the staff were friendly and helpful, but the woman looking after the breakfast buffet was downright surly. Hotel Elan is a good option for its comfort features, but except for the price, I wouldn’t call this a luxury experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Elan is a luxury boutique hotel in Calgary's stylish and happening Beltline Neighbourhood. Located just off the renowned 17th Avenue Retail and Entertainment District, the hotel is just minutes walking from some of Calgary's best shops and restaurants. With 62 rooms and suites and spa-inspired bathrooms, there is a room for every occasion or need. Included with all rooms is complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, with hot, cold, and gluten-free options available, as well as free international calling, and free wireless internet throughout the property. ... more less
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