Calgary is a vibrant and eclectic city in the Canadian province of Alberta.  It’s got skyscrapers, mountains, nightlife, cultural attractions, and so much more.

The city is made up of a variety of different neighbourhoods, each offering something slightly different. As a result, figuring out exactly where to stay in Calgary can be tricky.

To help you out, we’ve created this guide on the best places to stay in Calgary. We’ve included something to suit different travel styles and budgets, so you can find the best place for your needs.

Where to Stay in Calgary

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Calgary.

Best Airbnb in Calgary: Urban condo with great views

Urban condo with great views

You really can’t get more central than this cool, clean studio. There’s a sheer abundance of things to do right on your doorstep: from museums to beaches, parks, cafes, and bars. It’s super convenient and ideal if you’re on a short visit.

Best Hostel in Calgary: Wicked Hostels – Calgary

Wicked Hostels - Calgary

The Wicked Hostel has a wonderful location and a plethora of amenities. Guests can enjoy fast wifi, a filling breakfast, free laundry service, and unlimited hot drinks. In addition to this, there are comfortable beds and spotless common spaces.

Best Hotel in Calgary: Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown

Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown

This excellent hotel offers four-star luxury at the heart of the city. It has a variety of features, including laundry facilities and an on-site restaurant. This hotel is ideally located near Calgary’s top tourist attractions and a vast array of eateries and cafes are just a short walk away.

Calgary Neighborhood Guide

FIRST TIME IN CALGARY
Downtown, Calgary
FIRST TIME IN CALGARY

Downtown

Downtown is a large neighbourhood located at the heart of Calgary. It is where businesspeople and buskers rub elbows, and where you’ll find a great selection of historic landmarks and popular tourist attractions.

ON A BUDGET
Victoria Park, Calgary
ON A BUDGET

Victoria Park

Situated south of the downtown core is the historic neighbourhood of Victoria Park. One of the oldest communities in the city, this community is best known for its heritage houses and relaxed atmosphere as well as it’s eclectic shops, delicious restaurants and cosy cafes.

NIGHTLIFE
The Beltline, Calgary
NIGHTLIFE

The Beltline

You won’t find a livelier neighbourhood than Calgary’s Beltline. Set southwest of the city centre, the Beltline is the place to see and be seen. It’s home to a large selection of restaurants and cafes, as well as unique boutiques and local shops.

COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
Inglewood Calgary
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

Inglewood

Inglewood is one of Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods. It was the site of Calgary’s original downtown core and for decades was the hub of all that was happening in Calgary.

FOR FAMILIES
Bridgeland, Calgary
FOR FAMILIES

Bridgeland

Bridgeland is a beautiful neighbourhood located north of the Bow River. It sits adjacent to both the Downtown and Inglewood neighbourhoods and is well-connected throughout the city.

Calgary is an enormous and sprawling metropolis. It is the largest city in the province of Alberta and is Canada’s fourth-largest metropolitan area, after Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

It has a world-class restaurant scene, rich and diverse cultural offerings, and is one of the rowdiest sports towns in the country. With so much to see, do and eat, it’s no wonder that Calgary is one of Canada’s most popular destinations.

If you’re visiting Calgary for the first time, we recommend staying Downtown. This area is where you’ll find most of Calgary’s top attractions, restaurants, shops, and connections to the rest of the city.

Victoria Park is a historic neighborhood situated southeast of downtown Calgary. It is renowned for heritage homes, vibrant shops, and electric restaurants and bars. It’s also the best place to find accommodation if you’re traveling on a budget.

To the west is the Beltline. This lively and vibrant neighbourhood is where you’ll find Calgary’s entertainment district packed with bars, clubs and delicious restaurants.

Inglewood is one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city. Here, you’ll find independent boutiques, local coffee shops, craft beer, and charming locals.

Across the Bow River is the Bridgeland community. It’s home to the amazing Calgary Zoo and the interesting TELUS Spark, as well as a variety of other family-friendly attractions.

Still not sure where to stay in Calgary? Don’t worry, we’ve got more detailed guides on each area below!

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Calgary’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

Now, let’s take a look, in more detail, at the five best neighborhoods in Calgary. We’ve included our top accommodation and activity picks in each, so you know exactly what you’re getting.

1. Downtown – Where to Stay in Calgary for your First Visit

Downtown, Calgary
The best area to get to know the city

Downtown is a large neighbourhood located at the heart of Calgary. It’s where business people and buskers rub elbows, and where you’ll find a great selection of historic landmarks and popular attractions.

This neighbourhood is also a haven for fearless and adventurous foodies. There are a plethora of world-renowned restaurants here, offering creative and unique dishes from cuisines from around the world. So whether you’re craving a savoury steak or vivacious Vietnamese, there’s something for every taste in downtown Calgary.

Best Airbnb in Downtown: Urban condo with great views

Urban condo with great views

You can’t really get more central than this cool, clean little studio. From museums to beaches, parks, and cafes, you’ll have many of the top things to do in Calgary on your doorstep! If time’s a factor, you really couldn’t ask for something more convenient than this.

Best Hostel in Downtown: HI Calgary City Centre

HI Calgary City Centre

This newly renovated property is one of the best hostels in Calgary. It’s a quick walk from the city center and is close to great bars, restaurants, and shops. We love this hostel because it offers so many amenities, including free all-you-can-eat breakfast, individual lockers, bed lights, and more!

Best Hotel in Downtown: Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown

Homewood Suites by Hilton Calgary Downtown

This hotel has comfortable rooms, modern amenities, a rooftop terrace, and a pool. When you’re not relaxing at the hotel, there are endless bars, stores, and attractions on your doorstep.

Best Hotel in Downtown: Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown

Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown

This excellent hotel offers four-star luxury at the heart of the city. It has a variety of features, including laundry facilities and an on-site restaurant. This hotel is ideally located near Calgary’s top tourist attractions and a vast array of eateries and cafes are just a short walk away.

Things to See and Do in Downtown

  • Admire the amazing design of the Calgary Public Library.
  • Browse the exciting exhibits at the Glenbow Museum.
  • Catch a performance by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Climb to the top of The Calgary Tower and enjoy panoramic views of the city.
  • Discover The Famous Five by visiting the monument.
  • Go for a stroll down the Stephen Avenue pedestrian mall.
  • See a range of performances and exhibits at the Arts Commons.
  • Sink your teeth into premier Alberta beef at Saltlik Steakhouse.
  • Snap a picture in Olympic Plaza.
  • Take a relaxing stroll through the Devonian Gardens
  • View incredible works of art at The Art Gallery of Calgary.

2. Victoria Park – Where to Stay in Calgary on a Budget

Victoria Park, Calgary

Situated south of the downtown core is the historic neighborhood of Victoria Park. It’s best known for its heritage houses and relaxed atmosphere. It’s also full of eclectic shops, delicious restaurants, and cozy cafes.

Victoria Park also provides cheaper accommodation than Downtown, so you’ll find your budget stretches further here.

Best Airbnb in Victoria Park: Modern 2BR Condo

Modern 2BR Condo

This modern condo is ideal for families, couples, or business travelers deciding where to stay in Calgary. Top features include free parking, wifi, and a fully equipped kitchen, Guests also have access to the patio, gym, and garden terrace. The apartment is spacious, and large windows let in plenty of natural light and views over the cityscape. Its top location puts you close to Downtown, Chinatown, the river, and more!

Best Hostel in Victoria Park: Wicked Hostels – Calgary

Wicked Hostels - Calgary

The Wicked Hostel is our top recommendation for where to stay in Victoria Park because it has a wonderful location and a plethora of amenities. Guests can enjoy fast wifi, a filling breakfast, free laundry service and unlimited coffee, tea and hot cocoa. In addition to this, there are comfortable beds and spotless common spaces.

Best Hotel in Victoria Park: Hotel Arts

Hotel Arts

Hotel Arts provides stylish and convenient accommodation in Calgary. Each room comes with a Keurig coffee machine and a workstation, as well as a comfy bed and an ensuite bathroom. The hotel also provides a fitness centre, an onsite restaurant and bar, a pool, and room service. It’s right by top attractions including Calgary Memorial Park and Tower, the Art Gallery, and the Discovery Dome.

Best Apartments in Victoria Park: Simply Comfort Apartments

Simply Comfort Apartments

These fully equipped apartments provide a home-away-from-home for couples or families visiting Calgary for the first time. Each flat has a full kitchen, laundry facilities, and high-speed wifi, and are stylish and modern throughout. From here, top attractions including Stampede Park, Glenbow Museum, and the Creative Kids Museum are a short walk away.

Things to See and Do in Victoria Park

  • Dance the night away at the legendary Cowboys Dance Hall.
  • Don’t’ miss the exciting, lively, and world-renowned Calgary Stampede, which takes place every summer.
  • Feast on mouthwatering Mexican fare at Native Tongues Taqueria.
  • Root for the hometown Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • Sample one of the delicious and unique flavors available at Village Ice Cream.
  • Savour Indian dishes at the Calcutta Cricket Club.
  • Sip urbane drinks at the Proof Cocktail Lounge.
  • Wander along the stunning Elbow River or rent bikes and explore the banks on two wheels.

3. The Beltline – Best Area to Stay in Calgary for Nightlife

The Beltline, Calgary
source: Qyd (Wikicommons)

You won’t find a livelier neighbourhood than Calgary’s Beltline. Set southwest of the city centre, the Beltline is the place to see and be seen. It’s home to a large selection of restaurants and cafes, as well as unique boutiques and local shops. It gets pretty noisy if you are visiting Calgary on the weekend – if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

The Beltline is also home to Calgary’s infamous 17th Avenue – or the Red Mile. The heart of the city’s entertainment district, 17th Avenue is home to a vast array of lively bars, bustling pubs and boisterous nightclubs where you can dance from dusk until dawn.

Best Airbnb in Beltline: Amazing High-Rise Apt

Amazing High-Rise Apt

If heights don’t bother you, then you’ll love this 25th floor apartment in Beltline! The condo boasts awesome sunset views, and lets you see as far as the river and mountains. It’s super modern yet cozy throughout, with enough space to sleep up to four guests. The building is ideally situated a short walk from 17th Street, where you’ll find bars, restaurants, and nightlife.

Best Hotel in The Beltline: NUVO Hotel Suites

NUVO Hotel Suites

The Nuvo Hotel Suites is your best bet for budget-friendly accommodations in The Beltline. It has large and modern rooms with air conditioning and kitchenettes. Guests can also enjoy free wifi, a golf course and laundry services. Ideally located in Calgary, this hotel is a quick stroll from top tourist attractions and bars.

Best Hotel in The Beltline: Best Western Plus Suites

Best Western Plus Suites

Large rooms, wonderful views, and an unbeatable location – it’s no wonder we love this Calgary hotel! Set at the center of the city, this hotel is close to shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes. It boasts a variety of features, including a Jacuzzi, a sauna, and free wifi.

Best Hotel in Beltline: Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

A classic, the Holiday Inn Express provides a comfortable and convenient place to stay in Calgary. It offers free wifi, free parking, and each room has its own bathroom. Breakfast is included in the room price, so you can fuel up before a day of exploring (or after a night of drinking).

Things to See and Do in The Beltline

  • Choose from a wide range of Canadian craft beers at National on 17th.
  • Dress to impress at Bespoke, an upscale lounge in the Beltline.
  • Drink, dance, and party all night long at Twisted Element.
  • Enjoy a night of good food and great drinks at Last Best Brewing & Distilling.
  • Grab drinks at the Ship and Anchor.
  • Indulge in a mouthwatering burger or outrageous milkshake at Regrub.
  • Kickstart your day with a delicious breakfast at Monki.
  • Sip creative and urbane cocktails at The Milk Tiger Lounge.
  • Sneak a peek at the intriguing Chinook Arc installation.
  • Spend a fun night at the Commonwealth Bar & Stage.

4. Inglewood – Coolest Place to Stay in Calgary

Inglewood - Coolest Place to Stay in Calgary
source: Bill Longstaff (Flickr)

Inglewood is one of Calgary’s oldest neighborhoods. It was the site of Calgary’s original downtown core and for decades was the hub of all that was happening in Calgary.

But don’t come to Inglewood expecting the neighborhood to be old and outdated. In fact, Inglewood is one of the coolest neighborhoods in all of Canada. It is one of the most culturally diverse areas of Calgary and is where you’ll find everything from bikers bars to antique stores.

Whether you’re a culture vulture, a fabulous foodie, a fashionista, or an art aficionado, you’ll love it here.

Best Airbnb in Inglewood: Fully Private Suite

Fully Private Suite

This tastefully decorated basement suite is ideally placed in central Inglewood. It’s walking distance to 9th Ave where you’ll find interesting boutiques, and close to the Bird, Wildlands, and Fish parks. You’ll have a kitchen, laundry facilities, and free wifi. Despite being in the basement, the suite is bright and airy throughout, with plenty of space for you and a partner to relax in.

Best Private Room in Inglewood: Inner City Sanctuary

Inner City Sanctuary

You’ll feel right at home staying in this beautiful guest house. You’ll get the privacy of your own space as well as access to the rest of the property. It’s a beautiful space to get some work done in and is one of the best places to stay in Calgary for digital nomads. The house is stylish and full of character, and sits in the heart of Inglewood close to quirky coffee shops and boutiques.

Best Holiday Home in Inglewood: Modern Home Close to Everything

Modern Home Close to Everything

Sleeping up to seven people, this holiday home is ideal for groups deciding where to stay in Calgary. It’s modern throughout, with five bedrooms, two living rooms, and a fully equipped kitchen. It’s close to Downtown and provides easy access to Inglewood’s top places to visit. Given its location and size, we reckon this place is awesome value for money!

Best Bed & Breakfast in Inglewood: Novel Bed and Breakfast

Novel Bed and Breakfast

Enjoy a relaxing and comfortable vacation in Calgary by making your base at this delightful B&B. It offers four cosy rooms each outfitted with modern amenities. Guests can also enjoy free wifi, luggage storage and a library. It is ideally located for exploring Inglewood, the city and surrounding countryside.

Things to See and Do in Inglewood

  • Down a pint at the Cold Garden Beverage Company.
  • Enjoy local cuisine and stylish drinks at The Nash.
  • Explore the lush and expansive Inglewood Wildlands and visit the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.
  • Grab a late-night snack at the Blackfoot Truck Stop.
  • Indulge at Bite – Grocer & Eatery.
  • Kickstart your day at Delightful Café.
  • Listen to live music at the Ironwood Stage & Grill.
  • Sample from a great selection of creative brews at High Line Brewing.
  • See brilliant exhibits at the Esker Foundation.
  • Sip a cappuccino or cocktail at Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar.
  • Unleash your inner animal at Gorilla Whale.

5. Bridgeland – Best Neighborhood in Calgary for Families

Bridgeland, Calgary

Bridgeland is a beautiful neighbourhood located north of the Bow River. It sits adjacent to both the Downtown and is well-connected to the rest of the city.

This neighbourhood is also home to two of Calgary’s top family-friendly attractions, the Calgary Zoo and TELUS Spark. Because of these two fantastic attractions – and a handful of others – Bridgeland is our pick for where to stay in Calgary for families.

Best Airbnb in Bridgeland: Downtown condo with a homey vibe

Downtown condo with a homey vibe

Hardwood floors, cozy decor, and enough space for family activities make this one of the best Airbnbs in Calgary. The apartment has space for six guests and features open-plan living.

Best Condo in Bridgeland: Beautiful Modern Loft

Beautiful Modern Loft

With space for up to five guests, this industrial-style loft is perfect for groups or families. It’s close to the highway and has free parking, ideal if you’re on a road trip around Calgary. The loft is simple but stylish and is fully furnished with everything you’ll need throughout your stay. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the quietest place to be, but is still walking distance to cafes, shops, and boutiques.

Best Hotel in Bridgeland: Best Western Airport Inn

The convenient location of this hotel makes it an ideal base if you’re traveling with family. It’s right by the airport and a short drive away from central Calgary, so you can reduce travel time and get on with your vacation. The hotel offers traditional rooms and a pool, and free breakfast makes morning starts that much easier.

Best Apartment in Bridgeland: Gorgeous 2BR Apartment

Gorgeous 2BR Apartment

This apartment is perfect for families deciding where to stay in Calgary. It’s close to Stampede Park and the Olympic Plaza, and is a short drive from Downtown. The flat is stylish and modern, and is equipped with a full kitchen, wifi, a flat-screen TV, and laundry facilities.

Things to See and Do in Bridgeland

  • Dine on a delicious and filling breakfast at OEB Breakfast Co.
  • Eat an incredible bowl of ramen at Shiki Menya Ramen.
  • Feast on local dishes at the Blue Star Diner.
  • Grab a slice of savory and saucy pizza at LCV Pizza Bar.
  • Have your mind blown at the groundbreaking TELUS Spark science and discovery center.
  • Pack a picnic and enjoy an afternoon in Tom Campbell’s Hill Natural Park.
  • Rent bikes and explore the Bow River pathway.
  • See your favorite animals, reptiles, apes, and aquatic creatures at the incredible Calgary Zoo.
  • Snack and sample your way around the Riverside Farmers’ Market.
  • Try one of the best burgers in Calgary at Burger 320.

FAQ about Finding a Place to Stay in Calgary

Here’s what people usually ask us about the areas of Calgary and where to stay.

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Calgary

Calgary is a city that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a great sports town, has a world-class restaurant scene, and offers a variety of lively bars and vivacious clubs. No matter your age, budget, or interests, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Calgary!

If you’re still not sure where to stay, you can’t go wrong with Wicked Hostels – Calgary. It’s our favorite hostel in the city because of its central location, a variety of amenities, and its free breakfast.

Another excellent option is the Hilton Garden Inn. Situated Downtown, it boasts an excellent location, stylish rooms, and awesome amenities.

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