A few months ago, I had the pleasure of going to Calgary to attend the Prince of Travel Miles & Pints event. While in the city, I needed a place to stay, and happened to have a handy-dandy Free Night Award to burn, courtesy of my Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card.
I chose the Delta Calgary Downtown for its central location, lounge access, and because I feel this particular brand tends to have newer furniture and amenities.
Delta Calgary Downtown – Booking
Booking was easy and completed through the Marriott app. While cash prices hovered around the $250 (CAD) mark, I opted to use a Free Night Award worth 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, which saved me a tidy sum of cash. I felt this provided decent value, as the anual fee of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card is $120 (CAD), or about half the room rate in this case.
Fortunately for me, my request cleared a week ahead of check-in, and I was granted an upgrade to a Junior Suite. It’s always nice when this happens, as you can forget about trying your luck with “suite-talking“.
Calgary, much like Alberta as a whole, has a plethora of Marriott-branded hotels, so it’s important to make sure you know which one you’re looking for when booking on the app. I almost selected lodgings far to the south of the city before realizing my mistake and choosing a hotel in the proper locale.
Delta Calgary Downtown – Location
Because I was going to be hanging out in the core of Calgary, I decided to choose a hotel which would be either a quick walk or Uber from any social venues. Located right next to Chinatown, and a 15-minute walk from many bars and restaurants, the Delta Calgary Downtown seemed like a natural choice.
As the name might suggest, the Delta Calgary Downtown is situated right in the heart of the city. You won’t be far…