Being an apartment-style Boutique Hotel, we’re always on the lookout for ways to enhance the services we offer to our guests. Not having a gym in the building (most hotel gyms are way overrated anyways), one of the ways we go the extra mile is to look for discounts and special offers we can pass on to our guests for gyms located nearby in Calgary’s downtown core.
The problem is that a lot of the gyms down here are really, really overpriced, kinda small, and have very poor parking. However, there are a few gems that shine out from the expensive muck.
Heaven’s Fitness| $20 Drop-In
Heaven’s Fitness is the only Boutique Gym in Calgary. I’m not sure what the difference between a Boutique Gym and a standard gym is, but they do run a ton of super-popular yoga classes.
If you’re into Yoga and good trainers, then this is the gym for you. They have some very popular Yoga courses, get there early, and the trainers are very highly rated.
This gym is a fair bit smaller than the others, and it is slightly pricier here than almost anywhere else downtown.
Anytime Fitness| $48/Month – $10.50 Drop-In
Relatively new in downtown Calgary, they show a lot of promise.
While this is more of a Cross-Fitter’s gym than a Bodybuilder’s gym (cave? lair? pit?), it has plenty of space and equipment to go around. While it lacks a swimming pool, it does have free 2-hour parking. There are also options for a free 7-day pass available on their website, and the low drop-in rate is one of the best in the city.
It does lacks some of the larger facilities like a running track, or a pool. But, if you’re just looking to lift some weights or do some cardio this is a great place to visit.
YMCA Eau Claire| $59.11/Month – $13/Drop-In
This large building located on the northern edge of Calgary’s downtown core has the distinctive style of all Calgary buildings from the 70’s. Which is to say, it looks like a Soviet Gulag. Don’t let the exterior fool you, though.
The facilites inside are great. Two swimming pools, a sauna, a running track, a squash court, and a fully decked out gym are just some of the features they offer. The friendly staff and availability of special programs and studios are the icing on this work out cake.
The only real downside to the Eau Claire YMCA is the parking. Being in downtown Calgary, parking is always a thorny issue. Parking around the building can run you an extra $20 per visit if you park in the wrong area. The best solution is to use the parking at the Calgary Curling Club. It’s cheap and it’s close.
Jonathan Meier is the Online Marketing Coordinator for Nuvo Hotel Suites, a small boutique hotel in downtown Calgary, Alberta (to learn more about 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.