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1126 Memorial Dr NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 3E3 Canada
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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 continental breakfast as well as complimentary bottled water & high-speed wireless internet in the guest room.
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Property amenities
Car park
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycles available
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Concierge
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Dry cleaning
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Desk
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Bathrobes
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
Bottled water
Iron
Laptop safe
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Radio
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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City view
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River View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Dutch
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Lynn McLau wrote a review Nov. 2022
Kingsville, Canada39 contributions34 helpful votes
We stayed at the Hotel Arts Kensington, where our niece had booked her wedding ceremony and reception. The entire day was beautiful and the staff who were welcoming guests and following her arrangements were a big part of it. The bed was one of the most comfortable we have ever had as travelers. Although there is no fridge or ice cubes, arrangements can be made through the front desk. The parking garage was easily accessible without issue and the area of the hotel is quite lovely. Coffee shops and other venues are within blocks. Breakfast is available each day, which we appreciated and the meal we enjoyed for the wedding was exceptional. It's a lovely boutique hotel.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Greg H wrote a review Oct. 2022
Adelaide, South Australia46 contributions38 helpful votes
We stayed here for one night on our way across the country. It's a delightful boutique hotel, with a very nice bar and what is said to be an excellent restaurant. Our room was large and comfortable with an outside patio area and the staff were extremely welcoming (unlike at the other Arts Hotel in downtown, where we went in error. When we tried to check in, unaware of the fact that we were at the wrong hotel, we were made to feel like common thieves, and the English manager who was summoned was one of the rudest people we have encountered anywhere. They finally worked out that we did in fact have a booking but at the other location). The Hotel Arts Kensington is located in a very snappy area full of bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants. We dined with a local at the excellent Hayden Block in the next street.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: Don't go to the downtown one!
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Marty911 wrote a review Oct. 2022
Palm Desert, California1051 contributions338 helpful votes
They had a nice wine. The appetizers were delicious and the entrees were also well prepared. The server was friendly and helpful. The restaurant was careful with food allergies. Parking is tough as the area is very built up with little parking available.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Travelers005 wrote a review Sep. 2022
NY89 contributions74 helpful votes
The receptionist was helpful and upgraded us to a room with a view of Calgary. The room itself was spacious, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom had a soaking tub. Everything was decorated in a very upscale, sophisticated manner. Breakfast was help yourself/continental but had a wide variety of foods, juices, pastries, eggs, yogurt, granola, etc. Easy walk around the corner to a wine bar with good food and wine. Parking was under the hotel, connected to their elevator, and had the big luggage carts you see in hotels to move luggage up to your room. Only 19 rooms. Price was reasonable. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Traveler wrote a review Aug. 2022
Washington DC45 contributions48 helpful votes
The hotel is new and clean, the room was spacious, with a comfortable bed, great shower, and beautiful view of downtown Calgary. The staff was very accommodating, parking was free underground, and breakfast is included. The hotel is across the street from the Bow River and a great running/walking path. And, the location is fantastic. Kensington is a cute neighborhood with 5-6 blocks of restaurants and stores, including a games cafe and a supermarket, and a stop for the local subway/train. We would stay here again if we ever come back to Calgary!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Brent C wrote a review Jun. 2022
3 contributions3 helpful votes
Wonderful staff and a particular call out to Sarah!! She truly understands customer service and worked through many of my families special requests. Travelling as a family for two months causes some special circumstances and she went the extra mile on each request. Great representative for a wonderful hotel. Clean, nice breakfast included and an excellent Oxbow restaurant experience. The chef had some special creations worth checking out.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jude S wrote a review May 2022
1 contribution2 helpful votes
The complimentary breakfast is nothing like the picture!!! I chose this hotel because of the breakfast. No hot quiche or potatoes as depicted - in fact nothing hot. They had a small fridge with yogurt, small jars containing 2 cubes of cheese and 2 small pieces of sausage. A couple very sweet pastry choices that were obviously mass produced somewhere. Bread to be toasted. Oranges and apples. That was about it!!
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Date of stay: April 2022
Room Tip: Don't let the breakfast photo deceive you!! Reality is far different.
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Response from Colin Middleton, Owner at Hotel Arts Kensington
Responded May 19, 2022
Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your recent stay with us. I am very sorry to read that our breakfast did not meet your expectations. Our complimentary continental breakfast is offered daily from 7AM - 10AM in our lounge and consists of juices, yogurt parfaits, overnight oats, meat & cheese as well as breads, baked goods and fruit. Our onsite restaurant Oxbow is currently serving brunch on Sundays from 10AM - 2PM where guests may enjoy their a la carte menu served in the dining room or on our soon to be open sunny patio.
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Donna H wrote a review Apr. 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Fantastic hotel in the bustling area of Kensington. Top quality room with exceptional service, staff are highly attentive and make the visit wonderfully personal. Highly recommended, best hotel I’ve stayed in in the Calgary area.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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horatiojml wrote a review Apr. 2022
Toronto45 contributions144 helpful votes
Biz trip. Had stayed at a new downtown hotel (the wk beige for 1n). Didn’t like the location. Was recommended this hotel mainly for its location in the easy walking Kensington area. Great hip safe nhood. I think I may have gone into every bar, resto and store during my stay. The free parking was a huge plus too. The aforementioned downtown hotel charged me $30/n for parking. Continental Breakf was nicely done tho not expansive. More than engh for majority of travellers. Sadly the Oxbow resto has limited hrs so wasn’t able to dine there. On 1 night my friend and I came at 850pm and kitchen was close and staff cleaning up. Front desk were helpful with my queries and requests. Requested Humidifier(s) didn’t work (gave up on the 2nd). Rm was dry (YYC air) and hot so I had the windows open most of the time. I’m back in a few months and have rebooked here. That shld tell you my conclusion.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Danielle wrote a review Feb. 2022
Alberta, Canada39 contributions27 helpful votes
Friendly and welcoming staff who were helpful. Parking was complimentary and safe. The room was comfortable and well appointed with a fireplace, a huge soaker tub (bathtub was my favourite part!) and rain shower. The Skoah toiletries were perfect. At first I was a bit worried about the noise of traffic from nearby memorial drive but it didn’t disturb me once. The location for walking around Kensington and over to Eau Claire was perfect. Lots of places to eat and shop nearby. My only suggestion would be adding some “soft pillows” to the bed as they were all pretty firm. Enjoyed our stay and would return.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$186 - US$222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
kensington riverside hotel calgary
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
19
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Arts Kensington
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Arts Kensington?
Nearby attractions include Kensington (0.05 km), Trapped (0.08 km), and Hexagon Board Game Cafe (0.1 km).
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 blackout curtains.
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 is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Arts Kensington?
Conveniently located restaurants include Vero Bistro Moderne, Hayden Block, and Niko's.
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 travellers enjoy visiting Heritage Park Historical Village (7.7 km), Fort Calgary (3.1 km), and Lougheed House (1.4 km).
Does Hotel Arts Kensington have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.