Planning a vacation in Canada? Consider eight of our AAA inspectors' favorite hotels when you're deciding where to stay.
Hotel Le Germain Calgary
AAA Inspector 450: The rooms are really cool, but it's not too often I find a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast included at a luxury hotel!
This sleek, downtown hotel offers ultramodern guest rooms with large desks, luxurious bedding and comfortable sitting areas. Spacious bathrooms have large shower stalls featuring huge rainfall shower heads and handheld wands. The suites also have an additional soaker tub.
AAA Inspector 450: My favorite color is blue, so it's no wonder the blue-themed lobby appeals to me, but playing with "Roxy" my voice-activated host is the most fun!
This upscale hotel has beautiful, bright décor. The comfortable rooms also boast a lovely design, plus many high-tech features like smart TVs and your own in-room, voice-activated concierge. Not only that, there are touch-screen phones, iPod-dock radios and an energy management system which will even detect your body temperature and adjust accordingly. Room styles range from great entry level rooms to wonderful loft suites.
AAA Inspector 33: Whenever I pull up to the front door, I feel as if I stepped back in time and think about all the famous people who have visited this iconic hotel.
On picturesque landscaped grounds, this striking historic hotel offers upscale accommodations and world-class charm. Some rooms boast exquisite water views. Some rooms in the historic section have furnished balconies overlooking the grounds. Rooms in the second building offer a bit of extra floor space, with either a king or two queen beds plus a wet bar with mini-fridge and microwave oven. The golf course is a major attraction, but the kids will have fun at the two pools, one of which has a twisting three story water slide. The hotel shuttle will ferry guests to the nearby beach in summer.
AAA Inspector 93: The historic nature of this beautiful hotel as well as the recreational opportunities like golf makes this a favorite.
Built in 1929, this beautiful château-and-cottage complex is nestled on a well-manicured hillside overlooking the scenic Annapolis Basin and busy Digby Harbor. There are family activities on-site. The Resort has a storied history, has very well-maintained period decor, and many famous patrons have stayed at the property, from former Canadian Prime Ministers to Babe Ruth. The on-site restaurant has a popular weekend brunch.
AAA Inspector 16: The opulent lobby with its soaring ceilings and fine crown molding gives me a sense of grandness as I sip my English tea!
Part of the charm of this majestic beauty is that no two rooms are the same. Long winding corridors and rooms of varied size and shape give this hotel a distinctive character. If walls could talk, they would have some fine tales to tell about this historic landmark. Royalty, rock stars and an abundance of celebrities have all spent time here. The local tour bus even makes a stop out front to share some of the gossip. Even if you cannot stay, it is worth a visit to the impressive lobby for a traditional English afternoon tea.
AAA Inspector 593: Fashionable, sexy and cosmopolitan come to mind when I stay here. The abstract, hip design and posh public spaces make me feel like a high roller.
This full-service hotel offers a variety of room types, ranging from compact floor plans to expansive suites. All offer the signature modern style and plush bedding that you'd expect from the W brand. In some rooms the glass-walled shower is in full view of the bedroom, but there's a plush curtain to close if you prefer not to put on a show.
AAA Inspector 594: With such a great downtown location I'd have a difficult time deciding whether to leave my elegant room or visit the nearby attractions.
This 1927 beauty has an ornate, richly decorated lobby with stunning architectural features. Recently updated rooms have a sophisticated and elegant design. For more space ask about the larger suites. Ask for a guest room which still has the original crystal ceiling light fixtures. Some of the north-facing rooms have a great view of Victoria Park across the street. The central location is excellent making it an easy walk to both the Casino Regina and Cornwall Centre shopping mall.