Stephen Avenue, Calgary Downtown. Photo courtesy Travel Alberta.
This summer, downtown Calgary is the place to be. A lot of Calgary’s best events and festivals are taking place in and around downtown, and many of the city’s hot new restaurants have opened downtown, too. Making stay-cation plans and staying downtown is a fun an easy way to access everything going on—you’re within walking or C-Train transit distance of a lot of activities, restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues.
Just some of the events taking place downtown and around this summer include: Calgary Folk Fest, Calgary Stampede, and Sled Island Music Festival. Exciting new restaurant and bar openings including Beltliner, Pigeonhole, National on 10th’s rooftop patio, and Pr%f. On a hot summer night, walking around the downtown core and Beltline area to explore is a wonderful activity that can lead to patios, live music, and some of the best food and drink discoveries—you’ll see why Calgary is becoming a dining destination city. Downtown Calgary is also keeping things lively in the core with free pop-up picnics, live music, street vendors, and food trucks throughout the week during their Soundtown Calgary event.
The Fairmont Palliser Hotel, at 101 years old, is Calgary’s oldest luxury hotel—it was built for guests travelling through Calgary on their journey aboard the glamorous Canadian Pacific Railway. They’ve been practicing western hospitality for a long time! Today that show of genuine western hospitality continues in their services and amenities, making a stay at the Fairmont Palliser perfect for visitors to Calgary and local stay-cationers alike. The friendly concierges can answer any questions you may have and are more than happy to provide personalized recommendations for things to see and do and places to eat, drink, and shop at in the area—they’re in the know!
Gold Floor suite at the Fairmont Palliser
Staying on the Gold Floor is a wonderful way to step up your stay-cation experience. The luxury rooms on floors 7 and 8, as well as the penthouse lounge, were re-opened in 2011 and in May 2015, guestrooms on floors 3, 4, and 5 were re-opened, making for a total of 407 renovated guestrooms. Staying on the Gold Floor provides you with access to a private concierge and check-in desk, custom coffee or tea delivery in the morning, lounge access with appetizers, drinks, coffee, espresso, tea, flavoured water, and treats throughout the day, a nightly happy hour, and a full hot breakfast buffet in the morning. The breakfast isn’t your typical bagel-and-cereal bar; you can select from offerings of baked goods, mini charcuterie plates, granola with a variety of toppings including chia seeds and coconut, and a variety of hot dishes including eggs benedict, vegetables, sausages, and brioche French toast. All these amenities make it so you can have a very comfortable time without ever having to go to far from your room. But if you are really committed to staying in your room, Fairmont Palliser also offers In-Room Dining 24/7 with an exceptional variety of items from their Rimrock and Oak Room restaurants. In true Fairmont fashion, the kitchen staff are very accommodating—want breakfast at 11 pm? They’re happy to accommodate late night snack cravings (waffles, anyone?).
The Gold Floor lounge at the Fairmont Palliser with complimentary food and drink amenities.
The comfortable rooms at the Fairmont Palliser include comfortable amenities including robes, an espresso machine, and silky Rose 31 bath products—suites include a spacious sitting area and desk, with a TV in the sitting area and bedroom.
No matter what time of year you stay, personalized greetings and goodies will await you in your room. Special requests can be made if you’re celebrating a special occasion or event, and to celebrate Calgary Stampede the Fairmont Palliser has some extra-special treats in store. You might just arrive to something like this cute candy greeting—a true show of western hospitality!
A personalized western chocolate and candy greeting at Fairmont Palliser.
A customized greeting of western chocolates and candies, champagne, and of course a handy copy of Where Calgary magazine!
Celebrate Stampede in Style
Fairmont Palliser is ideally situated downtown for you to enjoy all the Calgary Stampede action—it’s a short 15-minute walk to Stampede Park or two-minute walk to the C-Train LRT which will take you directly to Victoria Park and Earlton stations (both are directly connected to Stampede Park). Taking the same walk or train will take you to Cowboys Dance Hall and Scotiabank Saddledome for some of the hottest country music concerts—Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Alan Jackson are all performing during Stampede. It’s also within walking distance of Stampede hotspots Wildhorse Saloon and Flames Central for dancing, drinking, and live music, and a laid-back smoked meat and barbecue restaurant—The Palomino.
For an extra special Calgary Stampede experience, the Fairmont Palliser is offering a luxury Calgary Stampede Package with all-in-one-fun including accommodations and Stampede admission ticket. For the ultimate experience of western hospitality luxury, their F-scape to Calgary packages offers personalized experiences at some of Calgary’s best historic and western attractions.
Enjoy your stay-cation!