Calgary is a city of many hotels, but not nearly all of them have suites. But, what do we mean when we say hotel suite? Let’s treat this like an essay and define our definitions. A suite can mean several things, but it typically implies that there is more of an apartment quality to the room in terms of its amenities. And no, a hot plate just doesn’t cover it. Here’s a look at wha it takes to be a genuine suite hotel in Calgary.
Cook Your Own Food
This is probably the single biggest perk that comes with renting out a full suite to stay in while you adjourn to Calgary. Basically, it comes down Continental Breakfast vs. Full Kitchen. On the one hand, you don’t really have to do much beyond getting dressed and heading downstairs to pick up your bowl of off-brand Fruit Loops. However, if you have a full kitchen you can get yourself a bowl of cereal without even putting on your pants (the way God intended).
Another aspect is Restaurant Fatigue. This is a common syndrome with frequent travellers. After all, how many times do you need to go out to a restaurant for dinner before you start to crave just making something simple and eating it while watching TV in your underwear? Or, if you’re slightly more professional, how often would you prefer to go over some work while eating, but don’t feel like bringing a laptop and a bunch of notebooks to a Steak House?
Your Own In-Suite Laundry
There has been some confusion in the past on this, so I’m going to be very clear. OUR STANDARD ROOMS DO NOT COME WITH LAUNDRY MACHINES.
Now, for the other 20 suites in the hotel, we have 2-in-1 Washer/Dryers. They work quite well for smaller loads of laundry, especially for Delicates. It’s quite a perk, really. In the winter you have slush, snow, salt, and general wetness that will ruin the look of your pant cuffs. In summer you have the gorgeous Calgary weather, which is nice, but will give you sweat stains like nobody’s business. Being able to toss a few shirts and some pants into a little machine and have them all ready to go for the next day takes a lot of stress out of your trip.
If a suite is well-designed, there should be plenty of room for activities. We try and maximize this philosophy here at Nuvo Hotel Suites by adding Murphy beds to all of our hotel suites. This way you toss the bed up into the wall and do your Yoga/Pilates/Drinking with room to spare!
Jonathan Meier is the Online Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Nuvo Hotel Suites, a small boutique hotel in downtown Calgary, Alberta (to learn more about the Nuvo peruse the rest of the site, or check out our Facebook Page). When he’s not at his desk, he’s usually out in the mountains near his hometown of Canmore where he can be seen climbing, skiing, or doing anything at all that doesn’t involve computers.