Inn on Crowchild
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Solid Budget Choice
The Inn on Crowchild is an older hotel located in the northwest part of Calgary. It is conveniently located directly off Crowchild Trail, and is only minutes by foot from the Dalhousie C-Train station (for light rail transit). People coming to Calgary to visit the University of Calgary or SAIT will find it convenient, and people wanting to escape west to the Rockies will also like it's proximity to the west edge of the city. It also offers easy access to Stoney Trail, the ring road that circumvents the city (if you're off to Edmonton early the next morning).
The lobby and rooms are somewhat dated, but certainly not falling apart. Everything was clean and tidy, though we did notice that housekeeping often didn't get around to the room until the late afternoon. If you're just looking for a place to sleep, not a place to hang out, Crowchild Inn is fine. On-site facilities include a lounge and restaurant-bar, though the Indian restaurant in the building has closed recently. In addition to a recent stay I also had a meeting here a few years ago, and I remember being impressed by the friendliness of the catering staff.
The surrounding neighborhood has quite a few restaurants (just over the pedestrian overpass, or thirty seconds by car if you're that lazy!), as well as a gas station, supermarket, large bookstore and two Starbucks (one in Chapters, one in Safeway).
Directions: Near intersection of Crowchild Trail and 53rd Street NW.
A Few Problems but OK
After a week with our oldest daughter in Cold Lake, we returned to Calgary for a weekend visit with our youngest daughter. For the first two nights of our return, I had previously booked the Inn on Crowchild as a 'place-holder' in case we could not stay with our youngest daughter, whilst Calgary was now in the throes of the biggest event of the year - the Calgary Stampede. The Inn is a bit difficult to find, not really visible from the highway, but we took a chance and turned off on 53rd Avenue, after which we were somehow able to locate it!
It seems like it has seen better days: the mini-mall surrounding its parking lot was up for sale and did not seem to be doing a rip-roaring business and I also noticed a lot of broken glass here and there in the hotel parking lot, as if a few car windows had been broken into!
Unique Quality: Just off the lobby was a Casino/Bar area that we wandered into for our first and last look, but the overpowering smell of tobacco smoke drove us out. I guess that the no-smoking laws in our home province have diminished our tolerance levels for second-hand smoke! There was no wireless internet here and the high-speed plug-in connection did not work either. They did have a nice little 'Mantra' East Indian restaurant off the lobby where we enjoyed a breakfast. Other than that, the room was quite standard and comfortable for our nightly rate of C$135 (US$120).
Directions: At 53rd Avenue on the south side of Crowchild Trail, Calgary NorthWest
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