Hotel Arts, Calgary, Canada
by Julie Baxter | October 2017
"An interesting hotel with lots of character and quirky style. The somewhat uninspired exterior hides a boutique property which is home to a restaurant of high renown and world class art works. The beds are super comfortable and the location is great."
THE BACKGROUND: Formerly a Holiday Inn, Hotel Arts was bought and rebranded in 2005 when it reopened as Calgary’s first ‘designer boutique-style hotel’.
THE LOCATION: Located in the Heart of Downtown Calgary, Hotel Arts is a short walk from the Saddledome, Studio Bell (National Music Centre), TELUS Convention Centre and other downtown attractions.
THE ROOM: My standard room included two very comfortable queen-sized beds, desk area and chair. The sliding floor to ceiling doors opened to a small balcony overlooking the road and Calgary Tower beyond. Contemporary in style, leather furnishings and stylish modern lamps were set against a funky feature wall and distinctive art works. The bathroom had a bath with overhead power shower and was a reasonable size.
KEY FACILITIES: The hotel certainly lives up to its name, with a wide range of interesting and world-class pieces of art in its entrance hall, reception and public areas. It’s a designer-feel property with widespread use of slate, glass and object d’art. There is a small open air pool in the centre of the building, viewable through floor to ceiling windows in the hotel’s reception/lounge area.
RESTAURANTS/BARS: A select buffet and à la carte breakfast is served each morning in the Yellow Door Restaurant which, for lunch and dinner, offers bistro-inspired cuisine. It was named Best Restaurant 2015 at the Tourism Calgary White Hat Awards and is especially rated for its weekend brunch menu. The Raw Bar features ‘Vietmodern’ cuisine and an award-winning range of cocktails in a contemporary lounge-style setting open Tuesday to Saturday. In the summer, the bar links to the poolside patio where meals are served al fresco.
RATES: From around £99 per night.