No longer defined by cowboys and Angus beef, Calgary now offers world-class arts, a thriving dining scene and upscale shopping. Learn about Calgary's neighborhoods to find the best place to stay for your interests, whether that's live music in Inglewood or shopping and dining along 17th Avenue. Nature lovers will also feel at home in Calgary because of its many outdoor activities in the warmer months and great access to skiing in the winter. Revitalized and ever-friendly, Calgary is where you want to stay in Alberta for a hip, youthful urban escape, with plenty of great hotels to suit any taste.
Where to stayin Calgary
Where to stay
Best Neighborhoods for Art and Culture
A hive of cultural activity, Calgary has neighborhoods where art and design scenes are thriving. Stay in the Beltline area for its art galleries, furniture showrooms, public art walking tours and artist-packed cafés in Victoria Park. The Beltline encompasses the 17th Avenue SW retail and entertainment district (the Red Mile), so look for a hotel there as well. Stay along the most multicultural street in the city, International Avenue, with its bright murals depicting local history and food tours celebrating five continents along 35 city blocks. Accommodations in Eau Claire give you a front-row seat for the many festivals that liven up this neighborhood. Set out from your hotel in Kensington to snap a pic of the Peace Bridge, catch an art house film at Plaza Theatre and sample fair-trade coffee at one of the many cafés. Come to East Village for its dazzling architecture and music venues; stay for its coffee roasters, bakeries and great accommodations.
Recommended hotels in Beltline
Well-liked for its architecture and entertainment venues, Victoria Park is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Scotiabank Saddledome and 17 Avenue SW, and jump on the metro at Victoria Park - Stampede Station to get around the city.
Recommended hotels in Victoria Park
Top Areas for Dining
From bratwurst to Korean tapas, the Calgary dining scene is moving quickly beyond meat and potatoes. Stay along 4th Street for seemingly limitless dining choices. Farm-to-table fare, contemporary Mexican, epic brunches; it's all here. Friendly Chinatown is a pleasant sensory experience and a hotel here puts you within walking distance of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Southeast Asian eateries. Look for accommodations in Bridgeland for excellent Italian food. It was once known as Little Italy, but it now also has a burgeoning brunch scene. Head out of town a bit and stay in the residential neighborhood of Banff Trail, with myriad cafés, sandwich shops, restaurants and the beautiful Canmore Park, a great place for a picnic.
Best Spots for Sightseeing
Most visitors start with a stay in Downtown Calgary, where life centers on Stephen Avenue, an enjoyable pedestrian-only mall. Dine on renowned Alberta steak, catch a performance at Arts Commons or shop at upscale Bankers Hall. Choose a hotel in the Marda Loop for a local vibe. This walkable neighborhood is quintessential Calgary, and home to the famous Marda Gras Street Festival each August. Alternatively, pick a hotel in top-rated Inglewood on Calgary's original main street. You'll get a taste of the city's history, including its musical past, along Music Mile.