I'm not a big fan of budget chains, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Super 8 at Shawnessey in Calgary. Stayed 3 nights on a business trip for an event at Spruce Meadows. Great location if you're there for Spruce Meadows or shopping - tons of stores nearby. C-train is just 3 blocks away with free parking and a 30 minute train every 10 minutes to downtown.
Really friendly & helpful staff (front desk, houskeepers and breakfast staff) and a very warm welcome from Eddie on arrival. Pleasant lobby area and great pool and hot tub with water slide.
Really loved my free upgrade to a suite with giant king bed and separate sitting room. Room & public areas were spotlessly clean (I've worked in many hotels so I know where to look) and well stocked. Very comfy bed, great shower, plenty of lighting. Fridge and microwave in room were very useful. Free wifi was great.
Found the TVs a bit tricky - they take ages to start up and there's no instructions so it's hard to tell if you've even turned it on for a while. Nice new decor and furnishings, the shiny rounded walls are a bit dated, although freshly painted. Possibly overpriced at the rack rates but great if you can get a deal. Very surprised to find the front desk doesn't have a corkscrew! This was one of the most common requests I used to get when I worked in a Motel.
Enjoyed the complimentary breakfast one morning- large selection including hot items, pastries, fruit, cereal, bagels, toast and a selection of drinks. The other two mornings went to Second Cup across the street because I love their coffee and don't have one at home. Had dinner at the Plow on the other side of Macleod Trail one night- also recommended for good pub food and international beers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Super 8 Motel - Shawnessy has an exceptional reputation of excellent service and comfortable, and clean rooms, which has earned us the prestigious "Pride of Super8" award. Conveniently located on Macleod Trail in Alberta's largest and most active city, Calgary Shawnessy Super 8 Motel has many things to offer both families and the business traveler. We are close to MacLeod Trail South and Spruce Meadows. For shoppers and those seeking entertainment in the South West section of Calgary, we're in the midst of everything! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Super 8 Motel - Calgary / Shawnessy Hotel Calgary
- Super 8 Calgary
- Super Eight Calgary
- Calgary Super 8
- Calgary Super Eight