Hotel Arts in Calgary, Canada

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Updated: March 7, 2020

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Review of Hotel Arts in Calgary, Canada.

Hotel Arts – Fashionable and luxurious hotel in busy and convenient downtown.

Stylish boutique hotel in Calgary’s downtown Beltline district, just five blocks from trendy 17th Avenue. Décor is creative and sleek with touches of modern art and bold colors. Two awarding-winning restaurants are on-site, one with a wonderful whimsical atmosphere and bistro fare and the other offering a “Vietmodern” cuisine for dinner, complemented by an award-winning cocktail menu. Hotel Arts is the only one in Calgary with an outdoor pool (covered for off-season use), surrounded by a gorgeous patio that features a Patio Bar and fire-top tables. The modern and comfortable rooms feature fashion-forward designs, Keurig coffee machines, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast vouchers. Victoria Memorial Park and the Stampede grounds are just a few blocks away.

Hotel Arts – Location

  • Address: 119 12 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0G8.
  • Area: Corner of 12th Avenue SW and Centre Street South. Short walk to the downtown core, trendy 17th Avenue, Calgary Tower, Saddledome arena, and Calgary Stampede.
  • How To Get There: Nearest CTrain stations are Victoria Park/Stampede (0.5 mile, 10-minute walk) and 1st Street SW (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk). Note: The downtown CTrain corridor along 7th Avenue is free (no fare required 24/7).
  • Handy To: Calgary Tower, Stephen Avenue Walk, CORE Shopping Centre, Stampede grounds.

Hotel Arts – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests of all ages are welcome and cribs are available on request.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are allowed at a flat fee of CA$30 per pet. Guests must sign a waiver for damages.
  • View: Rooms on the north offer downtown views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis. Some Luxury Suites feature bathtubs.
  • Wi-Fi: Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Parking: Valet parking for CA$30 per night Sunday-Thursday and CA$20 Friday-Saturday. Restaurant guests receive complimentary self-parking.
  • Laundry: Laundry, dry-cleaning, and ironing services available.
  • Extras: Complimentary cruiser bikes with bike locks and helmets are available (must book in advance). Calgary’s only hotel that boasts an outdoor pool. In-room safes, wet bars (in suites only), and Keurig coffee machines in all rooms.
  • When To Book: Book 2-3 months in advance for the Calgary Stampede (10 days in early July) and 1-2 months in advance for the summer, especially for long weekends.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 403-266-4611
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: hotelarts.ca

Hotel Arts – Amenities

  • Pool: Outdoor pool with poolside dining. The pool deck features fire-top tables and a patio bar. Cocktail and poolside menus available (weekday and weekend). Hotel guests can invite up to 3 visitors (CA$10 fee for each visitor using the pool). An inflatable, illuminated canvas covers the entire poolside courtyard in the winter to keep the temperature constant at +24°C (+75°F).
  • Spa: No spa. Several personal spa treatments can be arranged in the comfort of your room from the spa menu.
  • Fitness Center: Small, on-site fitness facility. Hours: 6 am to 10 pm. Hotel guests can access a larger gym, Anytime Fitness, just steps from the hotel (100m, 1-minute walk) for a fee of CA$10. Open 24 hours. Also, Hotshop Hot Yoga is just around the corner from the hotel (0.1 mile, 3-minute walk).
  • For Disabled Guests: No accessible rooms.

Hotel Arts – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Yellow Door Bistro – Great, modern food and excellent service. Popular for hearty breakfasts, 3-course express lunches, and weekend brunches. ● Raw Bar – Serves modern Vietnamese fusion cuisine. Award-winning cocktail menu. Open for dinner only. Closed on Sunday and Monday. ● Poolside Dining – Lunch and dinner (weekday and weekend) poolside menus available.
  • Bar/Lounge: All 3 restaurants (which includes outdoor patio area) feature full bars with dedicated bar seating. Multiple Happy Hours at Yellow Door Monday-Saturday.
  • Breakfast: Breakfast-included rooms come with a daily CA$20 credit to redeem against any combination of breakfast and beverage at Yellow Door Bistro. Credit must be used daily; unused credit does not carry over.
  • Room Service: 24-hour room service (only some dishes). Orders are delivered in take-out containers (plated if requested). Breakfast is served plated.

Hotel Arts – Rooms

  • Room Types: Studio King ● Pool View Suite ● Luxury Two Queen ● Luxury King ● Luxury Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel is 100% smoke-free. Designated smoking areas outside the hotel.
  • Best Room: Pool View Suite features a wet bar, sofa, dressing area, and an Italian marble bathroom and overlooks the outdoor pool. It is much larger than the Luxury rooms.
  • For Families: The Luxury Two Queen room can sleep 4.

Hotel Arts – What’s Nearby

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Xploring Calgary Bus Tour – Very interesting and informative bus tour (passenger van, 12 guests) of Canada Olympic Park, Lougheed House, Stampede Park, Fort Calgary, and downtown Calgary. Starting point: Calgary Tower (0.4 mile, 7-minute walk).
  • Calgary Downtown Intro Walking Tour – Excellent walking tour of Calgary’s downtown and its history, public art, sculptures, +15 skywalk system, and Chinatown. Starting point: Calgary Municipal Plaza (0.6 mile, 12-minute walk).
  • Stampede Art and Wild West Walking Tour – This excellent walking tour highlights Calgary Stampede’s history, the wall murals and sculptures on the Stampede grounds, chuckwagon races, and the rodeo. Starting point: Stampede Gate inside Stampede Grounds (0.6 mile, 12-minute walk).

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Ten Foot Henry – Around the corner from the hotel. Vegetable-anchored menu focused on family-style dining (also has a tiny adjoining toast bar, Little Henry, if you are short on time). Scrumptious avocado toast. 2-minute walk (100m).
  • Two Penny – Next to Ten Foot Henry. Modern Chinese and North American food. Ginger Beef is delicious. Lots of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. 2-minute walk (100m).
  • Native Tongues Taqueria – Rustic and upscale cantina known for its excellent Mexican food, family-style tacos, cocktails, and mezcal and tequila tastings. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Vintage Chophouse & Tavern – Upscale, dark wood bar with adjoining dining room. Live local bands play (pop/rock and R&B) every Friday and Saturday evenings 10pm-1am. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Red’s Diner – Casual, homey diner with friendly service, open for breakfast and lunch. Famous for their Eggs Benedict. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Una Pizza & Wine – Trendy and lively spot serving delicious and creative thin-crust pizzas. Often busy during peak dinner hours; while waiting for a table, check out the romantic and cozy Frenchie Wine Bar located at the back of the restaurant. There is a dog-friendly outdoor patio as well. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
  • Bonterra Trattoria – Casual Italian fare in a Tuscan-style décor. Beet salad is outstanding and so is the beautiful outdoor patio. 17-minute walk (0.8 mile).
  • Posto Pizzeria & Bar – Next to Bonterra Trattoria. Cozy and casual in a rustic atmosphere with a wine bar. Open-flamed pizza oven and some inspired pizzas. Small outdoor patio. 17-minute walk (0.8 mile).
  • The Coup – Ethical vegetarian restaurant focusing on organic, local, and made-from-scratch foods and drinks. Small outdoor patio. 21-minute drive (1 mile).

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Deville Coffee – Just off Stephen Avenue Walk. If you need a break from the crowds, check out this little oasis, especially the coffeeshop’s second level. Amazing coffee, maybe the best in the city. Locals adore this little place. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Village Ice Cream – Delicious homemade ice cream. A local favorite, so expect long lines during peak summertime hours. Tucked away at the end of 10th Avenue SE. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Leopold’s Tavern – Around the corner from Hotel Arts. Small, friendly, and extremely popular neighborhood pub with excellent pub-fare. 1-minute walk (100m).
  • St. James Corner – Also around the corner from the hotel. Two-level Irish pub with large TVs and different sitting areas. Antique décor. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Last Best Brewing & Distilling – This contemporary brew pub offers its own brand of in-house beer and delicious pub-fare. Happy hour every day 2-6pm. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Trolley 5 – Two-level brewery where you can watch the brewing process from any seat. Outdoor patio spills onto the sidewalk and the hustle and bustle of 17th Avenue. 17-minute walk (0.8 mile).

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Stephen Avenue Walk – Pedestrian mall that’s an energetic mix of retail, historical, and cultural destinations – all located on 8 Avenue SW, between 4 Street SW and 1 Street SE.7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • CORE Shopping Centre – 140+ stores spanning several city blocks, including the flagship stores of Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, Simons, and The Bay. Home to the Devonian Gardens. Weekends: Free parking for the first 3 hours (starting at mall opening) and a CA$2 flat rate applies thereafter. Weekdays: Free parking after 3 pm. Valet parking is complimentary, however parking fare (for stall) will still apply. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • The Cookbook Co. Cooks – Kitchen gadgets your thing? Check out this little shop. Includes wine store and bakery downstairs. Cooking classes available. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Steeling Home – A treasure trove of unique gifts, souvenirs, and knick-knacks on 17th Avenue. 22-minute walk (1 mile).

Nearby Attractions

  • Calgary Tower – Observation tower offering fantastic 360-degree views of the city. For the brave, there is an area with a glass floor looking straight down. Also a restaurant/lounge which offers a full rotating view of the city as it revolves once every 45 minutes during lunchtime and every hour during dinner service. Tip: Your elevation fare is complimentary when you order an entrée from the restaurant. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Devonian Gardens – The top level of CORE shopping center is home to Devonian Gardens, a large and popular indoor botanical garden with a children’s play area. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Studio Bell, National Music Centre – Museum of instruments and memorabilia with interactive exhibits for all ages. Test how good your singing really is in the sound booth, play various instruments, and tour the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Tons of cool artifacts. Some fun exhibits for the kids in the Bodyphonic gallery, especially where the room is the instrument and you see sound move as you use your hands and feet to control the tone. The kids love this one. 15-minute walk (0.7 mile).
  • Prince’s Island Park – Beautiful and popular island park with picnic spots and several gardens, and also where several festivals are held, including Canada Day celebrations and Calgary Folk Festival. The only way to get to the island is via one of the many pedestrian bridges. The bike and pedestrian Peace Bridge nearby is an architectural marvel. 24-minute walk (1.2 miles).

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Sunterra Market Keynote – Grocery store with gourmet cafeteria-style self-serve, including a coffee bar, large salad bar, and a variety of ready-made meals. 3rd-floor restaurant, MARKETBar, is a full-service bar/restaurant offering a rooftop patio with city views. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Safeway – Large supermarket with deli, bakery, and on-site Starbucks. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).

Hotel Arts – The Hotel

The hotel has a very stylish exterior.

This stylish boutique hotel is located on 12th Ave SW.

The lobby is very beautiful.

The lobby is beautiful with lots of comfortable seats.

The hotel has 2 entrances.

The hotel has a second entrance on 1st Street SW that also connects to the lobby via this hallway.

Yellow Door Bistro's weekend brunches are popular.

Yellow Door Bistro is open daily from 6.30 am and is very popular for its weekend brunch.

Raw Bar serves Vietmodern cuisine.

Raw Bar has sleek interiors and serves “Vietmodern” cuisine.

Studio Kings are compact rooms.

Studio Kings are compact in size and don’t have balconies.

The sink is outside the bathroom.

The shower/toilet is in a glass-enclosed room and the sink is outside.

Luxury 2 Queen Rooms have balconies.

The Luxury 2 Queen Rooms with Balcony offer either city or pool views.

They have modern bathrooms.

Bathrooms are modern and spacious.

Luxury 1 King Rooms with Balcony also feature city/pool views and a dark decor.

Bathrooms have a dark decor.

The bathrooms also have dark walls.

Luxury Suites have full wet bars.

Luxury Suites with Balcony are spacious with lounge areas and full-sized wet bars.

Bathrooms are very plush.

The bathrooms are plush and feature marble and bathtubs.

The pool is small and attractive.

The outdoor pool is surrounded by inviting outdoor seating.

The gym is small.

There is a small but functional fitness room.

The beautiful Central Memorial Park is nearby.

One block west of Hotel Arts is the beautiful Central Memorial Park.

Haultain Park nearby has a children's playground.

A children’s playground can be found southwest of the hotel in Haultain Park.

Trendy 17th Avenue is a happening place.

Trendy 17th Avenue is known for hip restaurants, unique shops, popular coffee houses, and vibrant nightlife and is just 3 blocks south of the hotel.

Calgary Tower offers amazing views.

Calgary Tower offers fantastic 360-degree views of the city.

Stephen Avenue is a large pedestrian mall on 8th Avenue SW.

8 Avenue SW, stretching between 4 Street SW and 1 Street SE is a major pedestrian mall known as Stephen Avenue Walk.

Deville Coffee serves really good coffee.

Deville Coffee call themselves coffee crafters and baked goods dreamers. This branch is steps from Stephen Avenue Walk.

Devonian Gardens are located in the CORE Shopping Centre.

CORE Shopping Centre is huge and features Devonian Gardens as well as free parking.

Devonian Gardens is located in the CORE Shopping Centre.

Devonian Gardens is a huge indoor botanical garden with ponds, waterfall, and children’s play area. Located in the CORE Shopping Centre.

Harley Hotchkiss Gardens are an urban oasis.

Need a break from shopping? Check out the outdoor green space of Harley Hotchkiss Gardens with benches nestled amongst downtown office towers. Located just across the 7th Ave (CTrain line) from CORE Shopping Centre.

The hotel is very close to the Saddledome arena.

Hotel Arts is one of the closest hotels to the Saddledome arena which hosts many concerts and conferences and is home to the Calgary Flames. It is located on the Calgary Stampede grounds.

The hotel offer complimentary use of its bikes.

Take your complimentary bike for a spin. Bike lanes in Calgary are growing in popularity.

There are a lot of public art installations in the city.

Public art installations such as this can be found across downtown.

Studio Bell is the home of the National Music Centre.

Studio Bell, National Music Centre showcases musical instruments and has several fun interactive exhibits.

It has several interactive musical exhibits for children.

Some rooms act as musical instruments and kids, especially, have lots of fun using their hands and legs to play music.

Leopold's Tavern is very popular.

Just steps from the hotel, Leopold’s Tavern is very popular.

Ten Foot Henry has a family-style menu.

Next door, Ten Foot Henry serves family-style dishes with a focus on vegetables.

Two Penny has an Asian and North American menu.

Two Penny serves inspired Asian and North American dishes and has a good selection of wines and local craft beers. Beside Ten Foot Henry.

St. James Corner Irish pub is close by.

St. James Corner is an authentic Irish pub around the corner from the hotel. Just after Two Penny.

The Coup is a great vegetarian restaurant.

The Coup is a great vegetarian place that uses only local, organic ingredients.

Native Tongues is an exciting Mexican restaurant.

Native Tongues is an award-winning taqueria in Victoria Park serving wholesome Mexican fare with tequila and mezcal.

Vintage Chophouse & Tavern is an excellent steakhouse.

Vintage Chophouse & Tavern is one of the best steakhouses in Calgary and has received multiple awards.

Una Pizza & Wine is known for its thin crust pizzas.

Una Pizza & Wine serves great thin crust pizzas. Romantic Frenchie Wine Bar is at the back of the restaurant.

Bonterra offers excellent Italian fare.

The fantastic Bonterra Italian Trattoria offers indoor casual dining, outdoor Tuscan terrace, and a private Wine Room.

Posto serves great pizzas.

Next door, Posto offers inspired pizzas and cocktail/wine tastings. It has a small outdoor patio as well.

Red's Diner is a classic all-day diner.

Come for all-day breakfast, signature salads, classic burgers, and especially Eggs Benedict at Red’s Diner.

Village Ice Cream is famous for its homemade ice cream.

Popular homemade ice cream place Village Ice Cream can be found at the end of 10th Avenue SE.

Last Best Brewing & Distilling serves its own craft beer.

Last Best Brewing & Distilling serves excellent in-house craft beer and pub-fare.

Trolley 5 is another great craft brewery.

The 2-level Trolley 5 brewery serves its own craft beer and has an outdoor patio as well.

Steeling Home sells unique gifts and souvenirs.

For souvenirs, memorabilia, gifts, and surprises, look no further than Steeling Home.

The Cookbook Co. Cooks sells ingredients, gadgets, and cookbooks.

For exotic ingredients, unique cooking utensils, and cookbooks, come to The Cookbook Co. Cooks. Wine store and bakery on-site.

Safeway supermarket has a deli, bakery, and Starbucks.

Safeway supermarket is popular because it also has an on-site deli, bakery, and Starbucks.

RiverWalk is a picturesque place to walk to ride a bike.

RiverWalk is an attractive 4 km (2.5 miles) urban pathway along the banks of the Bow and Elbow Rivers. It’s a beautiful spot for a stroll or to ride a pedal/electric bike.

The Peace Bridge is an iconic pedestrian bridge.

If you would rather see the Peace Bridge instead, continue walking west past the pedestrian bridge for about 12 minutes.

Prince's Island Park is a beautiful and very popular park in downtown Calgary.

Prince’s Island Park is a beautiful and very popular park in downtown Calgary.

Crescent Heights offers great views of Calgary.

Climb the stairs to Crescent Heights for an incredible view of the Calgary downtown skyline.

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