Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown, Canada

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Updated: May 5, 2021
By Santorini Dave

• Location: 711 4th Street SE, next to the Central Library.
• Hotel website: hilton.com
• Hotel phone: 587-352-5500
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Review of Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown, Canada.

This all-suite hotel, conveniently located in downtown, features spacious and well-furnished accommodations with full kitchens as well as an inviting indoor pool and hot tub.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown – Convenient, comfortable, and casual all-suite downtown hotel.

Homewood Suites is a boutique all-suite hotel in Calgary’s revitalized East Village. This historic area is currently undergoing a huge transformation where hip eateries, several live music venues, and attractions like Studio Bell, National Musical Centre and the new Central Library are all packed together. The hotel is a short walk to downtown and the many restaurants, bars, and boutiques along Stephen Avenue Walk, including the CORE Shopping Centre. The suites are spacious, modern, clean, and comfortable, and include full kitchens, complimentary breakfast, and grocery service.

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown – Location

  • Area: Corner of 7th Avenue SE & 4th Street SE in East Village. Across the street from City Hall and close to the CTrain station, Studio Bell (150m), and RiverWalk (500m) along the Bow and Elbow rivers.
  • Address: 711 4th Street SE.
  • Nearest CTrain: City Hall (250m).
  • How to Get There: Catch the CTrain to City Hall (250m). Note: The downtown CTrain corridor along 7th Avenue is free (no fare required 24/7) and leashed dogs can travel on the CTrain for free.
  • Handy to: Calgary Tower, Stephen Avenue Walk, RiverWalk, Prince’s Island Park, CORE Shopping Centre.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests of all ages are welcome and cribs are available on request. Limited children’s menu (3 options) in the restaurant.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are allowed for a non-refundable CA$75 deposit. Only 1 dog per room weighing up to a maximum of 25 lbs.
  • View: City views from all rooms.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
  • Laundry: Coin-operated laundry.
  • Parking: Valet parking CA$38 per day.
  • Extras: Rooftop terrace with 2 barbeques. Business center. Full-size kitchens including dishwasher (but no oven) in all rooms. Complimentary hot breakfast. Complimentary appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks during the evening socials, Monday through Thursday. Complimentary grocery shopping service (fill out your grocery list for delivery to your room by 6pm).
  • When to Book: Book 4-5 months in advance, especially for the Calgary Stampede.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 587-352-5500
  • Email: Send a message online at help.hilton.com.
  • Website: hilton.com

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown – Amenities

  • Pool: Indoor pool and hot tub.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: Open 24/7.
  • For Disabled Guests: ADA-compliant hotel with accessible rooms and bathrooms.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Garden Grille – Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Casual restaurant with limited children’s options.
  • Bar/Lounge: The restaurant has a full bar.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary hot breakfast daily 9.30am-11.30am. All rooms have fully-equipped kitchens.
  • Room Service: Room service from 5pm-midnight.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown – Rooms

  • Room Types: 1 King Studio Suite • 1 King Studio Suite with View • 2 Queen Studio Suite • 2 Queen Studio Suite Mobility/Hearing Accessible with Tub • List of all Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: The Queen Suites are more spacious and the King Suites with View offer better views. All suites come with fully-equipped kitchens.
  • For Families: The Queen Suites can sleep 6 and come with full kitchens.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown – What’s Nearby

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • 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 (300m).
  • 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 (1 km).
  • 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 (1 km).

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • King Eddy – Originally built in 1905, this restaurant and bar has been painstakingly restored to its original glory. Part of Studio Bell, it features the Rolling Stones Mobile Recording Studio and live music every night. (150m).
  • Charbar – Upscale restaurant focused around its Argentine wood-fired grill and located in the magnificently-restored historic Simmons building. (400m).

Best Nearby Cafés

  • Phil & Sebastian – Also located in the Simmons building. They are proudly coffee-obsessed and brew fresh coffee right in front of the customers. (400m).
  • Sidewalk Citizen Bakery – Serves an excellent range of organic sourdough bread, pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Located in the Simmons building. (400m).

Best Nearby Bar

  • James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant – Authentic Irish pub in a historic building on Stephen Avenue Walk. This place hops non-stop, especially on weekend evenings. (800m).

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. (600m).
  • 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. (1 km).

Nearby Attractions

  • 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. (150m).
  • 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. (1 km).
  • 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. (1.5 km).
  • 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. (2 km).

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • East Calgary General Store – Small store selling all the basics. (250m).
  • 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. (1 km).
  • Safeway – Large supermarket with deli, bakery, and on-site Starbucks. (2.5 km).

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown – The Hotel

The hotel is in a very modern building.

The hotel’s exterior is very modern and inviting. It’s in the same building as the Hilton Garden Inn.

The lobby has plenty of seating.

The lobby offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

The outdoor patio is small.

The outdoor patio is small but welcoming.

The Business Center is by the lobby.

The business center is just off the lobby.

Double Queen Suites are homey.

The Double Queen Suites are modern and homey and can sleep 6.

They come with living rooms.

They have separate, spacious living rooms with sofa beds.

The suites also have well-equipped kitchenettes.

Small dining areas and well-equipped kitchens are also included.

This suite overlooks the Central Library.

This Suite faces the south and overlooks the Central Library (white building).

The King Studio Suite is spacious.

The King Studio Suite is also very spacious.

It has a living room.

It has a separate living room with a sofa bed…

It comes with a kitchenette.

…and a fully-equipped kitchen.

The large bathrooms have shower areas.

The bathrooms are large and feature separate shower areas.

The modern bar is very airy and bright.

The modern restaurant-bar has an appealing décor. It’s an airy space with a huge wall of windows.

There are 2 BBQs on the rooftop.

The rooftop has 2 BBQs, plenty of seating, and amazing views.

The hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub.

The indoor pool and hot tub are inviting.

There is a nice playground nearby.

At the end of 7th Ave SE (heading east) is a great little playground with rubber surfacing.

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.

King Eddy is a restaurant, bar, and live music venue.

King Eddy, a restaurant and bar that plays live music, was carefully restored to its century-old glory and is part of Studio Bell now.

Charbar serves Argentinian, Spanish, and Italian dishes.

Charbar is known for its Argentine wood-fired meat dishes. It’s located in the historic Simmons building.

Phil & Sebastian Coffee shop is just 3 blocks away.

Phil & Sebastian coffeeshop is in the same building. They roast their own coffee beans on-site and you can watch the process while sipping your java.

Sidewalk Citizen Bakery serves good light meals.

Sidewalk Citizen Bakery is also in the Simmons building and serves great light meals.

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.

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.

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 Saddledome arena is in the Calgary Stampede grounds.

The Saddledome arena hosts many concerts and conferences and is home to the Calgary Flames. It is located on the Calgary Stampede grounds.

Calgary Tower offers amazing views.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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