Calgary is surrounded by stunning landscape, with the wild Canadian prairie land on one side and the rising slopes of the Rocky Mountains on the other. The city itself is an attractive mix of vibrant commercial districts with skyscrapers and traditional leafy suburbs, and both oil and tourism drives the booming economy. Calgary is a city in touch with the stunning land around it, and is known for its modern cowboy culture, which has breathed life into traditional beef herding skills that are ideally suited to the massive grasslands outside the city. In fact many people consider Calgary to be the modern day Dallas, with its oil and beef herds, and the likeness is fitting in many ways as the brash cowboy spirit lives on, and there are plenty of Country and Western bars and taverns. However Calgary is also a city of diversity, with cafes, fine dining restaurants, theatres and opera houses, so there is plenty of things to see and do for all kinds of visitors.
The Rocky Mountains attract a number of skiers and snowboarders to Calgary, and the winters here are very cold with perfect snowy conditions, (the 1988 Olympic Winter Games were held here), and also hikers enjoy the Banff National Park, famous for its beautiful alpine meadows and stunning deep gorges. Summers are balmy and warm, and there are plenty of pleasant, sunny days to enjoy.
The Blackfoot Inn
This hotel has reasonable priced rooms and is just a short walk from the popular entertainment centre the Stampede Park and Casino, and also the Chinook Shopping Mall and McCowan’s Golf Dome. The hotel has two good restaurants, the Greers Restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) and also The Terrace Dining Room, which specializes in local beef, fresh seafood and pasta. The hotel also has two bars, The Lobby Lounge with nightly live music and The Other Side Sports Bar, which has various bar games, a big-screen television and a jukebox. The Blackfoot Inn also has meeting rooms and Internet access, an outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa services.
The Hotel Arts
This lovely hotel is located deep in the heart of Calgary‘s arts and culture district and is near many museums, theatres and arts centres. The Stephan Avenue entertainment district is also just a short distance away, and the hotel is only 20 minutes drive from Calgary International Airport. The interior of the hotel is decorated in a contemporary arts theme, with collections of modern pieces displayed throughout the hotel, which are complimented by the art deco style furnishings. The Hotel Arts has a pool, patio area and excellent restaurant and bar, which serves food all day.
The International Hotel
This hotel is in downtown area of Calgary, and is within walking distance of main attractions such as the Eau Claire Market, Prince’s Island and Calgary Tower. There are also plenty of shops, theatres and restaurants in this area, and just a few minutes drive away is Calgary Zoo, the performing arts centre ‘Pengrowth Saddledome’, and also the Olympic Park. The hotel has a fully equipped gym, indoor pool, all day cafe and a complimentary shuttle service to the key downtown areas every weekday morning. Standard rooms include televisions, mini fridge, telephones and high speed Internet access.
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