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Hotel Arts Kensington

1126 Memorial Dr NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 3E3 Canada
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#5 of 116 hotels in Calgary
2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Hotel Arts Kensington (previously Kensington Riverside Inn) is a welcoming boutique Hotel located steps from Downtown Calgary along the banks of the picturesque Bow River in Kensington Village. This 19-room hotel features inviting accommodations for the discerning traveler, as well as our newest addition, Oxbow, serving unique and seasonal cuisine, letting you appreciate dining as it was meant to be, honestly uncomplicated. Your experience will include complimentary bottled water, daily newspaper delivery, as well as complimentary high-speed wireless internet in the guest room.
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Property amenities
Parking garage
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycles available
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
Baggage storage
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Bottled water
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Non-smoking rooms
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Residential Neighborhood
River View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Dutch
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SWAPPY wrote a review Sep 8
Winnipeg, Canada33 contributions6 helpful votes
Beautiful hotel located right in Downtown. The rooms were clean, the shower is excellent. Nice touch is the unlimited bottles of sparkling water provided. Best part of the hotel is the location, so many options for dining and shopping. The hotel restaurant is great as well, and very reasonably priced. The staff is friendly and helpful. Parking excellent in the underground garage.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Response from Colin Middleton, Owner at Hotel Arts Kensington
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for sharing your Hotel Arts experience with other travelers. I am so glad you enjoyed exploring our little neighborhood; there are so many great restaurants, cafes and shopping options surrounding the hotel and it really is a pleasure being part of a community with so many amazing local businesses - we are really happy to be able to share this experience with our guests. Wishing you safe travels and hope we can host you again soon! Kind regards, Colin Middleton Rooms Operations Manager
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Barry B wrote a review Aug 2020
Calgary, Canada15 contributions2 helpful votes
As we live in the Calgary area we were familiar with the Kensington area and all it has to offer. What we didn't realize was there was this little gem to hang our hat for the night. If you like boutique hotels, this checks a lot of boxes. The staff is personable and professional...and very helpful. Although we didn't try the restaurant, it is very well done and combined with the lobby lounge and patio, it makes for an excellent atmosphere. The rooms are all on the second floor and it is easily accessible via stairwell or an elevator that goes to the parkade as well. The rooms are divine. The washrooms are modern and the decor is chic. The bedroom area has one of the most comfortable hotel beds we've ever slept on. Overall these are first class rooms. We will be making this location a regular staycation destination...although one night is not enough. Well done to the staff.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Colin Middleton, Other at Hotel Arts Kensington
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing your experience with other travelers! It is always such a pleasure to receive feedback such as yours and I am so happy that you not only enjoyed your stay, but also discovered a new destination in the neighborhood. I will be certain to share your feedback with the rest of the team. I am so glad to have been given the opportunity to host you at our boutique hotel and hope we can welcome you back again soon! Colin Middleton Rooms Operations Manager
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Frank v wrote a review Aug 2020
Calgary, Canada30 contributions2 helpful votes
Located off the busy Kensington district, a very fine boutique hotel. Large, well appointed room. Bikes (2) are available ( did not use them). Quiet and Clean facility adhering to current public health protocols. Breakfast was disappointing but could be due to Health rules. Checkin and checkout went fast. It was unclear where to park our vehicle during registration - a suggestion for improvement?
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Colin Middleton, Owner at Hotel Arts Kensington
Responded Aug 11, 2020
Thank you for your kind feedback regarding your recent stay with us! Current AHS regulations unfortunately make it impossible for us to offer our brunch buffets as we envision them, however we have introduced a phenomenal tabletop brunch offering in it's place on the weekends - to be enjoyed on our sunny patio or in our cozy restaurant. During the week we are offering select room service items and our wonderful "Fresh Start" breakfast, for those on the go, to help you get ready and get your day started right. We do have a loading zone in front of the hotel that guests may park in during registration, or they are welcome to park in our secure underground parking before checkin - I apologize if this information was not presented clearly before you arrived at the hotel. I will review our pre-stay letters to ensure this information is readily available for our future guests. Happy travels, I hope we can welcome you back again soon. Yours in hospitality, Colin Middleton Rooms Operations Manager
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allanbowers wrote a review Feb 2020
Calgary, Canada293 contributions132 helpful votes
This hotel is located on Memorial Drive in the Kensington area of Calgary. It is walking distance of many eating and drinking options. It is close to the Sunnyside C-train station. The rooms are big and have almost everything you need (the one big miss is a fridge). Free wifi in the rooms.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: ask for a room at the front of the hotel for views of the Bow River.
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Love2Eatz wrote a review Feb 2020
Calgary, Canada42 contributions12 helpful votes
Just spent a get-away night with my wife here away from kids at home and it was amazing! Service was impeccable and everyone super friendly. Rooms were great in every way and very comfortable beds! Restaurant dinner was delicious. Mostly the atmosphere and environment of the place was so warm comforting and trendy. Would stay again tonight if we could!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from ColinM3119, Manager at Hotel Arts Kensington
Responded Feb 10, 2020
Hi Love2Eatz, Thank you so much for your kind review! I can truly appreciate how important these one night getaways can be and am so glad to read you enjoyed your night with us! I look forward to welcoming you back the next time you need a little staycation. Warmest regards, Colin Middleton Rooms Operations Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Arts Kensington
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Arts Kensington?
Nearby attractions include Kensington (0.03 miles), Trapped (0.05 miles), and Hexagon Board Game Cafe (0.07 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Arts Kensington?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Arts Kensington?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Arts Kensington?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Arts Kensington?
Yes, a parking garage and paid public parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Arts Kensington?
Conveniently located restaurants include Vero Bistro Moderne, Hayden Block, and Niko's.
Is Hotel Arts Kensington located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Calgary.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Arts Kensington?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Arts Kensington?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Arts Kensington?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Heritage Park Historical Village (4.8 miles), Lougheed House (0.9 miles), and Fort Calgary (1.9 miles).
Does Hotel Arts Kensington have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.