by Courtney Elko
Located just three blocks from Prince’s Island Park, this Westin hotel was completely renovated in 2016 and has a bright and airy feel to it. Situated in the heart of downtown Calgary, families can easily walk to restaurants, shops and the CTrain public transit system. The kids will love the indoor, rooftop pool, while the adults will love to grab a cocktail at the Liquid Lounge in the lobby. The onsite restaurants serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and there are healthy kids’ menu options, too. Greeted with a coloring book and crayons, kids will love staying at The Westin Calgary.
Our Editor Loves
- Coloring books and crayons upon arrival
- Prince's Island Park nearby
- Indoor rooftop pool
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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There are 525 guestrooms and suites, and cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request. Mini-fridges and microwaves are also available upon request. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available to hotel members and it is free to become a member.
The guestrooms feature one king or two double beds and pretty city, park or river views. Outlets can be found by the beds for charging devices. The bathroom features a standup shower.
The spacious suites feature one king or two double beds and a sleeper sofa in a sitting area. Tubs can be found in the bathroom.
I had to alter the reservation of my stay at the hotel. I needed to prepay in order to bill my client rather than pay at the hotel. So I made a booking and prepaid through hotels.com and called the hotel to cancel my other reservation.
A young woman answered the phone and was instantly rude to me. I told her I did not want to talk to some call center overseas but to talk to someone at the hotel directly. She told me their front desk does not take calls. Ridiculous! So I asked to talk to the manager and was put through to Sanjit. He was also initially condescending to me. He cancelled the one reservation without any issue. When we discussed the concern with the operator he kept asking what I expected. I expect that any hotel has enough staff that understand the concept of customer service, This westin certainly needs coaching from the top down because it is sorely lacking.
Nice clean hotel in the heart of downtown for our training course. Easily walking distance to the downtown restaurant row.
Our room looked recently renovated and there is a Keg and Starbucks in the building for convenience.
A nice weekend stay
Indoor Rooftop Pool
The indoor pool is located on the rooftop of the hotel and offers awesome city and mountain views from the glass enclosure. Kids will love to use the pool toys that are available to play and splash in the pool. The heated pool is open 24 hours Sunday through Thursday. It is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Chairs surround the pool and pool towels are available. The pool ranges from about 3 to 5 feet in depth. The fitness center is connected to the pool area.
Families can find breakfast, lunch and dinner options onsite at The Westin. The Westin's Eat Well Menu for Kids is available at all of the restaurants as well. Items like oatmeal, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, tuna salad, grilled chicken and vegetable platters are available.
Open for breakfast and lunch, Essence is a casual dining spot that offers local and seasonal menu items. Essence is open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays and until noon on Saturday and Sunday.
This lobby bar and lounge is open from 4 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Cocktails and light bites are available.
The Keg Steakhouse and Bar
Open for lunch and dinner, The Keg opens at 11 a.m. Things like steak, salad, chicken, seafood and ribs are available on the menu. The kids' menu features mini burgers and kids' sirloin.
Located in the lobby, this full-service Starbucks opens at 6 a.m. and there is outside seating to enjoy on a warm summer day.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Children are welcomed with a coloring book, crayons and their own plastic water bottle upon arrival.
Self and valet parking are available for an additional charge.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available to hotel members, and it is free to become a member.
Families are welcome to bring along their four-legged family members when staying here. Pet amenities include a dog bed, food and water bowls as well as a floor mat.
Located on the rooftop on either side of the indoor pool, the fitness center offers cardio and weight machines. A dry sauna is also available. Gym towels and lockers are provided.
The Art of Smart Timing
The summer months are The Westin Calgary's busy season, especially in mid-July when the two-week Calgary Stampede event is taking place in the city. Warm summer weather runs from about May through September and the cold and snowy Canadian winter can run from about October through April.
The Calgary International Airport is about 20 minutes away from the hotel.
The Westin is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, which is easily walkable. There is a CTrain station, a light rail transit system in Calgary, situated two blocks away from the hotel.
For Mom and Dad
The adults will love to enjoy a nightcap cocktail at the Liquid Lounge in the lobby.