Le Germain Hotel in Calgary, Canada

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Updated: March 1, 2020

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Review of Le Germain Hotel in Calgary, Canada.

Le Germain Hotel – Contemporary and swanky hotel with an amazing on-site restaurant.

Le Germain is one of Calgary’s most luxurious boutique hotels with spacious and modern rooms, a full-service spa, and a classy lobby lounge where you can sip a cocktail and watch the hustle and bustle of the ever-busy Ninth Avenue. Superb central downtown location, across the street from the Calgary Tower and steps to Stephen Avenue Walk for shopping, restaurants, pubs, and the arts and entertainment district, including the Glenbow Museum. Charcut Roast House on the ground level serves extraordinary Alberta Beef steaks in a rustic and chic atmosphere. The hotel even offers a complimentary car to its guests for use in downtown Calgary.

Le Germain Hotel – Location

  • Address: 899 Centre Street SW, Calgary, AB T2G 1B8.
  • Area: Central downtown location. Steps to Stephen Avenue Walk and across the street from the Calgary Tower. Two blocks to the CTrain (light rail) station.
  • How To Get There: Nearest CTrain station is Centre Street (downtown, 7th Avenue, 0.2 mile, 4-minute walk). Note: The downtown CTrain corridor along 7th Avenue is free (no fare required 24/7).
  • Handy To: Calgary Tower, Stephen Avenue Walk, Prince’s Island Park, CORE Shopping Centre.

Le Germain Hotel – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests of all ages are welcome and cribs are available on request. Special children’s menu in the in-house restaurant.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are allowed and dog beds are provided. CA$30 per room. Restrictions: Pets cannot be left unattended in rooms.
  • View: All rooms offer city views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis. All rooms have showers. Only The Prestige room and The Apartment Suite have bathtubs.
  • Wi-Fi: Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Parking: Valet parking for CA$42 per day Sunday-Thursday and CA$30 per day Friday and Saturday. Universal and Tesla chargers available.
  • Extras: Complimentary hot and cold breakfast buffet daily. Complimentary use of chauffeur-driven Lexus car in the downtown area based on availability. Nespresso machines in all rooms.
  • When To Book: Book 3-4 months in advance, especially for the Calgary Stampede (10 days in early July).
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 877-362-8990
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: legermainhotels.com

Le Germain Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: Full-service RNR Wellness Spa offers a wide selection of treatments and massages.
  • Fitness Center: Open 24/7. Large and bright with 2 separate workout areas, lots of windows, and excellent downtown skyline views.
  • For Disabled Guests: Accessible room with roll-in shower.

Le Germain Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Charcut Roast House – Warm atmosphere and very popular for its urban rustic menu with charbroiled and rotisserie meats. Top notch service. Designated bar seating. Open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and dinner only on weekends.
  • Bar/Lounge: Lounge Central 899 – Sophisticated but relaxed vibe. Located in the lobby and overlooks the busy 9th Avenue. Champagne, cocktails, and light snacks.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary hot and cold continental breakfast daily.
  • Room Service: Room service only in the evenings.

Le Germain Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: The Classic (1 King/1 Queen/2 Queens) ● The Signature (King) ● The Privilege (King) ● The Prestige (King) ● The Apartment Suite (King)
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: The Apartment Suite has a separate living and dining room, kitchenette, and huge bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower area with rain shower.
  • For Families: The Signature room can be joined to a Classic (Queen) room.

Le Germain Hotel – 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 (25m, 1-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 (0.3 mile, 6-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 (0.7 mile, 16-minute walk).

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Two Penny – Modern Chinese and North American food. Ginger Beef is delicious. Lots of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Ten Foot Henry – Next to Two Penny. 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. 7-minute walk (0.3 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. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Native Tongues Taqueria – Rustic cantina known for its excellent Mexican food, family-style tacos, cocktails, and mezcal and tequila tastings. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Red’s Diner – Casual, homey diner with friendly service, open for breakfast and lunch. Famous for their Eggs Benedict. 15-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. 18-minute walk (0.9 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. 20-minute walk (1 mile).
  • The Coup – Ethical vegetarian restaurant focusing on organic, local, and made-from-scratch foods and drinks. Small outdoor patio. 6-minute drive (1.5 miles).

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. 3-minute walk (0.1 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. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • 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. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Tea House – Cool cocktail bar and restaurant, downstairs from the Two Penny Restaurant. A fun atmosphere that features themed nights, ping pong, and stand-up comedy night. 7-minute walk (0.3 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. 13-minute walk (0.6 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. Just steps from the hotel. 2-minute walk (0.1 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. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Steeling Home – A treasure trove of unique gifts, souvenirs, and knick-knacks on 17th Avenue. 7-minute drive (1.5 miles).

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. 1-minute walk (25m).
  • 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. 8-minute walk (0.4 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. 9-minute walk (0.5 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. 20-minute walk (1 mile).

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. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Safeway – Large supermarket with deli, bakery, and on-site Starbucks. 18-minute walk (1 mile).

Le Germain Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel has a sleek, modern design.

The boutique hotel sports a modern design and is directly across the street from Calgary Tower.

The lobby has two entrances.

The lobby has two entrance doors, the main entrance off Centre Street and another smaller entrance on the west side of building.

King Rooms are modern and spacious.

King Rooms are modern and well-appointed. Windows have blackout blinds in addition to the wooden venetians.

Bathrooms come with extra-large showers.

Bathrooms have extra-large washbasins and rainfall showers.

Complimentary buffet breakfast is served every morning.

The hotel’s Breakfast Room serves complimentary hot and cold selections including lattes and americanos.

Charcut Roast House serves amazing steaks.

Charcut Roast House’s Alberta beef steaks are so incredibly tender that they are not served with steak knives.

Lounge Central 899 has full-length windows.

Lounge Central 899 is bright and airy with a huge wall of windows.

The gym is split into two fitness rooms.

The fitness room features two separate areas – one on the north side and the other on the south. Large and bright, with lots of windows, it offers terrific downtown skyline views.

The on-site spa is full-service.

The hotel has a full-service spa on-site. The reception sports a pleasing contemporary décor.

View from the hotel corner.

Looking north up Centre Street, one can see several tall downtown buildings.

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.

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.

Ten Foot Henry has a family-style menu.

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

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.

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.

Deville Coffee serves really good coffee.

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

Last Best Brewing & Distilling serves its own craft beer.

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

Stephen Avenue Walk 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.

Steeling Home sells unique gifts and souvenirs.

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

Safeway supermarket has a deli, bakery, and Starbucks.

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

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