During a trip to Calgary, Alberta – I had the chance to stay for the second time at this cute boutique hotel right in the downtown core. Hotel Arts is a comfortable and modern hotel within walking distance of all the amazing sights, shopping and restaurant if you are planning a visit to Calgary.
My suite (above) was so spacious and equipped with a wet bar that I regret not throwing a huge party while I was there 😉 It would be pretty perfect for a bachelorette party actually.
My room at Hotel Arts overlooked the courtyard and year-round heated pool. With 185 suites and very reasonable nightly rates, I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and family looking for an affordable and stylish option in Calgary.
After settling into my room, I wandered down to Yellow Door Bistro for dinner with my friend Glen, who happened to be visiting from Vancouver for work. We ordered a smorgasbord of things to make sure we tasted everything – and it was delicious, blowing away all our expectations for a ‘hotel restaurant’. Usually they’re really terrible or in this case, really good.
The Dungeness Crab Salad (top left, $16) came with big chunky pieces of cold, fresh crab along with grapefruit segments, butter lettuce and thinly sliced apple. This was a surprise favourite, I would definitely order this again.
Twice Cooked Fries (top right, $9) could have been a little crispier for me, being twice cooked – but I still really enjoyed them with the dipping sauce and Parmesan cheese on top.
The Braised Beef Meatball ‘Bourguignon’ (bottom left, $12) was very moist and flavourful, surrounded with pearl onions and a party of wild mushrooms with celeriac puree.
Caramelized Sea Scallops (bottom right, $14) is a must-order with cauliflower tapenade and raisin caper puree, they come perfectly seared.
We got a tour of the $38,000 wine dispenser and cellar! Such an interesting piece of machinery, that will definitely help reduce waste and costs for the restaurant.
I was also really impressed with the mix of modern and vintage decor at Yellow Door Bistro. The shutters on the wall (above) are all reclaimed from Brussels. There are also lots of lounge areas with comfortable couches and sleek banquettes in pops of black and yellow. Make sure you greet the huge faux horse lamp on your way in.
For our mains, we shared the Ricotta Gnocchi (top left, $21) were fluffy morsels of creamy potato pasta with a hearty oxtail ragu mixed with wild mushrooms. Beef Tenderloin (bottom, $32) is six ounces of local beef cooked to perfection with a sous vide method and served with mashed potatoes and vegetables with red wine jus.
Check out Hotel Arts next time you’re in Calgary. I recommend a relaxing dinner at Yellow Door Bistro when you arrive and then simply rolling up to your room for the night – you can’t be the convenience! Perfect for a romantic getaway or bachelorette party idea, especially if you book a suite.
Hotel Arts Calgary
119 – 12th Avenue SW
Disclosure: My visit was subsidized by Tourism Alberta but the opinions expressed in this post remain my own.