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“great location, relatively inexpensive, but lousy internet” 3 of 5 stars
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Ramada Calgary Downtown
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   708 8th Avenue South West, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1H2, Canada   |  
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“great location, relatively inexpensive, but lousy internet”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

For a hotel located in downtown Calgary, the Ramada is relatively inexpensive compared to its neighbors. The lobby was drab and gloomy, but the room I stayed in was large and spacious. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was not cramped at all. The staff at the front desk were all very warm and helpful, answering all my questions with my smile. One thing I would like to complain about is the internet! The hotel does provide free wifi, both in the rooms and the lobby, but the internet connection was slow and erratic, especially during the daytime and early evening. This is a big fail since most travelers these days need an internet connection.

On the plus side, the hotel is only a block away from the train station, and 10 minutes' walk from the downtown core where a lot of shops and restaurants are located. There are also some small eateries and restaurants near the hotel where you can grab a bite.

This hotel would be a good and inexpensive base from which you can explore Calgary, but if fast and reliable internet connection is your priority, then you'd better find somewhere else.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel_Manager_YYC, Manager at Ramada Calgary Downtown, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Cutie888,
Thank you for your recent stay. We are pleased to hear you found the accommodations spacious, the property value priced and convenient to shops, restaurants and the C-train. We apologize you experienced slowed Internet while you were out guest. We appreciate the importance of Internet and assure you signals are monitored regularly and issues quickly resolved whenever possible. Thank you for your comments and for choosing the Ramada.

Best regards,
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The rooms are large enough and the bed was great, but the hallway and lobby are nothing like fresh looking.
The worst part, they were charging our card three times, we had to remove all the money from that card for a period of time. Of course, nobody from the hotel management could come up with an explanation.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel_Manager_YYC, Manager at Ramada Calgary Downtown, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Dear Flori M,
Thank you for taking a moment to leave us your feedback. We receive great reviews on our beds and are very glad you also found yours comfortable, and the guest room a good size. We apologize for any incorrect admin entry which rendered your credit card unusable. While we are able to correct an error instantly, processing time for banking institutions will vary and we are sorry for an undue delay to you. We appreciate you choosing the Ramada in your travels.

Best regards,
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

My friend and I recently spent a night at the ramada downtown Calgary.
Positives -
- The beds were amazing! Extremely comfortable.
- The hotel is in a great location, easy walking distance to the train station.
- The room was clean and comfortable.

Negatives -
- The hotel lobby is in desperate need of a facelift. Very dated and dark.
- The dining area is even more so need of a facelift. We ate here twice, the food was reasonable considering the price. The staff in the restaurant looked sloppy and dated. They themselves could do with a makeover.
- The girl who checked us in looked half asleep and stunk of cigarette smoke. When asking for directions she was very unsure.

Overall the rooms are great, the location is great and the price is reasonable. Would return.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel_Manager_YYC, Manager at Ramada Calgary Downtown, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Dear Chels999,

Thank you for choosing the Ramada on your recent visit to Calgary. We are delighted you found the beds comfortable, the room clean and the property convenient for your needs. We regret there were some negatives but sincerely appreciate your comments and have shared them with our staff and managers. Also very happy you found the accommodations value priced and that we can expect to have you back as our guests. Thanks so much for taking a moment to share your feedback.

Best regards,
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Got to stay in the Ramada on business in November and the sheets just did not smell fresh at all. The hotel rooms are very tired and could do with a big revamp. In fact the entire hotel could do with a face lift. The breakfast bar looked like a picture from the 80's. The lobby was small and dark - not very welcoming at all. It was ok because work booked me into this place, I would never book myself in this hotel ever.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel_Manager_YYC, Manager at Ramada Calgary Downtown, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Dear Helenseaborne,

We thank you for your observations, only we are sorry to learn the Ramada Hotel did not live up to your expectation. The Ramada Hotel is not one of the newer downtown properties, however with its new beds and guest room furnishings (2012), central location to business &recreation, and competitive pricepoint, it is a desired hotel for many.

Larger renovations for the property are under review and comments like yours are always helpful and shared with the hotel owner and his management team.

Thank you for choosing the Ramada while in Calgary.
Best regards,
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Address: 708 8th Avenue South West, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1H2, Canada
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Location: Canada > Alberta > Calgary
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #64 of 100 Hotels in Calgary
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Hotel Class:3 star — Ramada Calgary Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 200
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