Calgary is cowboy country, regardless of the fact that the sleek new skyscrapers downtown are filled mostly with executives in the oil and gas industry patronizing restaurants offering tastes from around the globe. The essence of the West permeates the air, rolling off the prairies with each sunrise and sunset. It is also evident at the Calgary International Airport, located south of the downtown core, where a prearranged welcome known as the "White Hat Ceremony" presents guests with a symbolic white cowboy hat. Many hotels near the airport welcome guests with packages that include free parking along with ready smiles.
Delta Calgary Airport
Spend the night at the Delta Calgary Airport Hotel and you won’t have to worry about getting caught in traffic when trying to catch your flight. This is the only property on airport grounds and is connected to the terminal by an indoor walkway. Even better, the park and sleep package lets you spend a night at the hotel and park your car for eight nights in the Calgary Airport Parkade at no charge. Rooms range from Mezzanine Parlour rooms with Murphy beds to one-bedroom suites with your choice of an in-room jetted tub or wet bar. North 51 Steakhouse offers prime Alberta beef and seafood entrees in a club-like setting. Try the breakfast buffet at the Compass or sink into a leather chair at the YYC Lounge and enjoy a drink and a meal while watching the airport action. Work off some of the calories at the indoor pool and fitness center.
Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
The Acclaim Hotel at Calgary Airport is very much a symbol of the new Calgary. The essence of the West is evident in the dark guest room furnishings and the bits of artwork depicting prairie scenes, but added to this is a new sense of style. Have an indulgent bathtub soak and watch your favorite show on the bathroom TV. Continue watching on the 42-inch flat screen as you snuggle under a cozy duvet. In summer, visit the Stargazer Sky Deck with its roof-top hot tubs offering views of the Calgary skyline and the snowy tips of the Canadian Rockies. Dine on gourmet fare at Pacini Italian Restaurant surrounded by a boldly colored decor and lighted panels resembling stained-glass windows. Book a stay and jet package, and park your car on hotel grounds for up to 14 days at no additional charge. A complimentary shuttle takes you to the terminal, less than a mile away.
Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel
Yes, there is a steakhouse, but there also is a water park: The family-friendly Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel is home to the Oasis River Country Water Park. Featuring two sleek, 250-foot water slides splashing into the main pool, a kiddie pool, hot tubs and sauna, the 3,000-square-foot park is one of the largest indoor water parks in Calgary. Book a park and stay package and park your car at the hotel for up to seven days. Get some exercise at the water park, dine on some Alberta beef at Carver’s Steakhouse and sample some micro-brews at Henry’s Pub. Curl up under a fluffy duvet for a good night's sleep before catching the hotel shuttle to Calgary International Airport, less than four miles away.
Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Airport
The outside of the Hilton Garden Inn is simplistically deceptive. Walk inside the lobby doors and you are greeted by off-white columns, a 1950s-style chandelier hanging from an atrium-like ceiling and a cozy seating area complete with fireplace. The warm welcome extends into the guest rooms. Indulge in a one-bedroom suite and take a long, relaxing soak in your in-room jetted tub for two. Pick up a meal to go at the Pavilion Pantry or stop by the Great North American Grill for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Book a park, sleep and go package that includes one-night hotel stay, complimentary parking for up to seven days and 24-hour airport shuttle. Breakfast at the Great North American Grill or a Tim Horton’s gift card is included. If you are looking for a bit of exercise, there’s an indoor pool, hot tub and fitness room.
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