Park Inn by Radisson / YYC Calgary Airport.
Parking: abundant outside parking.
Front Lobby: Easy Check-Inn. Debbie made the check-inn process a joy.
Convenience Store: soon to be replaced with a breakfast area.
Elevators: a little slow-moving, but they get you to your floor.
Room: King Studio Suite with open floor plan.
All suites include:
- 37-inch flat-screen HD cable TV
- Airport view
- Alarm clock/radio
- Coffee facilities
- Free Wi-Fi
- Hair dryer
- Individual climate control
- Ironing & ironing board
- Kitchenette with full-size refrigerator, microwave, stove, dishwasher, pots and pans, and cutlery
- Work desk with ergonomic chair
The Bed Area: Super-comfortable King-Size mattress with soft linens. It’s really quite high to get into, so if you’re short like me (5′ tall), be prepared to have to lift yourself into bed. But once you’re in there, you’ll get an amazing sleep!
One of the things I noticed is that even though the hotel is right below the airline flight-path, never once did I hear an aircraft approach.
This hotel has really good sound-proofing.
The Wash-Room Area:
Full-length mirror on wall behind the door is perfect for make-up application and/or touch-ups.
This is a big plus when compared to hotels that put the full-length mirror in the hallway where there is little to no light. Anyone who considers make-up application as “Zen” time will really appreciate the placement of the full-length mirror in this hotel room.
Sink area is really large; plenty of room for blow-dryers & personal grooming items.
Having the shelves in the corner is helpful for both the user & the hotel housekeeping staff.
Instead of leaving all the cosmetics & hair-care products on the counter, move them to the cupboards.
This allows housekeeping to clean the sink area without having to move ones personal grooming items.
The tub is quite shallow but this is great for those unable to take large steps to get into the tub or the shower.
There’s 3 full safety-bars which are helpful for getting out of the tub after a bath or shower.
The shower has excellent water pressure, so there’s no issues for anyone with long hair rinsing out their conditioner.
Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Lotion & soap are all supplied.
The Kitchen Area:
The King Suite has a full kitchen area that is exceptionally well equipped with pots, pans, cutlery, serving plates & glasses.
There’s a full size microwave, dishwasher & fridge.
This kitchen also has a built-in cooktop. You could stay an entire week and never have to have a meal outside your hotel room.
Point of note: f you’re a light sleeper who can hear the fridge running – not to worry, there’s a switch inside the fridge where you can just turn it off until wake-time. Of course, be aware of what you have in the fridge as items will not be as cold – but it’s a trade-off for light sleepers.
The Work Area:
My favourite part of this hotel room is the size & functionality of the workstation. The desk is super-long with easily accessible plug-ins.
Another feature in this well-appointed room is the “Bulletin Board” … nice touch!
Kind of old-fashioned, but comes in handy for notes you choose to leave for your traveling partner … or yourself.
For instance, you’re attending a trade show & you’ve picked up a memo for a download.
You can post it on the bulletin board and attend to that task when you’ve got time.
Bulletin Boards make it easy to remember tasks at a glance!
The Coffee Station
To their environmental credit, the Park Inn YYC Calgary Airport chooses to not use coffee pods, opting instead for the classic drip coffee pot.
And oh, I do love a ceramic cup for coffee in the morning!
The Park Inn slogan is:
“Good Stay. Good People. Good Price”
… and they really do live up to it!
On the subject of “Tipping”
When it comes to showing appreciation, I tend to distribute my “tip budget” really evenly. Everyone, including restaurant servers, get – on average – a $2 tip.
That rationale gives me the budget option to leave a $2+ tip each for hotel housekeeping & maintenance.
These are often the overlooked people, getting little more than an “atta girl” or “atta boy” for all their efforts.
Yet, they are among the hardest working of all hotel staff.
For instance, I once dropped a diamond earring which fell into the sink drain.
Maintenance had to spend a lot of time getting it out. That’s when I really began to appreciate those often un-seen “behind the scenes” hotel employees who also deserve to be tipped for their efforts.
… In summary – for a comfortable hotel stay in Calgary, I highly recommend the Park Inn by Radisson – Calgary Airport for a great stay at a great rate.