Hotel Elan: Boutique Hotel in Calgary

Diana Chan November 19, 2015 Calgary, Hotel Review, travel


M and I were in Calgary for 2 days during our week long road trip driving across BC into Calgary.


We stayed at Hotel Elan, a boutique hotel located just off stylish 17th Ave Retail and Entertainment District. We chose this place as it was the top ranking hotel on Trip Advisor. It’s also a great location since some of the best restaurants in town is within walking distance.

They have gated underground parking on site for $18 per night for guests. Still a lot cheaper and safer than parking on the street. They also have a Car2Go zone in there too.


Hotel Elan is the only boutique hotel in Calgary to offer combined accommodation and private in-suite meeting spaces designed specifically for business travellers.

We were in their Vista King Bed Suite. Walking in you will see like a mini kitchen without the major appliances.


Keurig coffee machines are free to use. There are K cups of coffee and tea.


It’s nothing fancy, but its nice to have the basics like the sink, microwave, mini fridge, cups, plates and utensils.


Each suite includes a bedroom, bathroom and living room with meeting space for four to six, complete with a private outdoor balcony.


It’s nice to just sit out in the balcony and observe people walking by.


In the room, you also get:

  • Complimentary calling to 75 countries worldwide
  • Complimentary dedicated Wifi

Free wifi is the norm now. I couldn’t imagine going on a trip and not having access to wifi. The complimentary calling worldwide is pretty awesome, but sadly I had no one to call.


There’s USB chargers built into the wall unit, so you can plug in your cord for your smartphone devices. The beds were comfy and I liked how there were 2 types of pillows – form and soft.

The only issue I found was that the AC/Heater device in the room did make a fair bit of noise in the evening that we ended up unplugging it.


The TV’s have Telus Optic HD TV, but for some reason I couldn’t find Food Network. We ended up watching a lot of Border Security on National Geographic channel. It’s a pretty addictive show.


In the bathroom, there are heated floors,  showers with thermostatic temperature control valves, and heated toilet seats. M loved the heated toilet seats! Everything was very clean and we didn’t have any issues.


The shower is very modern looking and probably my favourite shower that we have encountered on our road trip.

I like their choice of L’Occitane bathroom amenities. SO much better than what other hotels have.


Business Centre


They have a mini business centre with iMacs if you need to do any work here.

Complimentary Happy Hour


Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, they offer complimentary appetizers and a well deserved refreshment after your busy day.


I grabbed a few bites and a beer. They also have wine too. I really couldn’t say no to free beer.

Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast Buffet


They offer complimentary breakfast on weekday mornings from 7:00am to 10:00am and weekends from 8:00am to 11:00am. A nice touch and it was great to be able grab a quick bite before exploring more of Calgary.


They have juice, cereal, yogurt, and fresh fruits.


Oatmeal, tea and coffee.


I grabbed some fruits, meat and scrambled eggs with a cup of coffee. It’s nothing fancy,


Overall, our stay was good, but you can tell some services are geared toward travelling business men and women. I didn’t mind since I liked the extra table space in our room to go on my computer and do work in the evening. The staff were welcoming, great location and clean. I would come back again.

1122 16 Ave SW, Calgary, AB


About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.

1 Comment

  1. cyclewrite February 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    What did you think of Calgary?

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