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Things To Do In Calgary

Stay in the know, access exclusive offers, and explore Calgary from your basecamp to the arts, adventure, shopping, and culture. Stay in the know with our insider’s guide to navigating the city. Uncover unique art galleries, explore performing arts centres, pop into trendy boutiques and get a taste of local flavours with Calgary food tours.

Calgary’s boutique hotel, Hotel Arts, is surrounded by some of the best local experiences the city has to offer. Explore local and discover the perks of staying with us. Hotel Arts guests receive exclusive access and discounts to major attractions, local boutiques, and unique experiences.

Alberta Food Tours

Since 2006, Alberta Food Tours has been creating award-winning experiences for visitors to enjoy the province’s signature foods, meet local food artisans and explore Alberta. With two Canadian Signature Experience designations from Tourism Canada they are the leader in culinary tourism and offer guided group tours, self-guided food tour games on their Alberta Food Finder app and Alberta Cares Packages loaded with the best dry goods from Alberta Food Artisans.

Hotel Arts guests receive 20% off the Alberta Food Finder Gameplay App. Guests can redeem  promo code via the Hotel Arts Front Desk.

The Alberta Food Finder game is perfect for single or duo travelers. It’s a self-guided food tour in the Kensington neighborhood (best done Tuesday – Saturdays, noon to 6pm). You pay on our site, download the free app, enter your code and start solving the clues that lead you through the neighbourhood to tastings, discounts and discovery of hidden gems. It takes 2 – 4 hours.

Blush and Raven Bridal Boutique

Blush & Raven offers a one-on-one, intimate and comfortable boutique experience for the bride who values quality and authenticity. During your appointment, a private stylist will curate your own personal selection of gowns based on what you’re looking for and how you envision yourself on your wedding day. Representing fashion houses from all over the world, designing exclusively with premium fabrics known for their versatility and runway couture, our gowns embrace the unconventional edge of high fashion glamour while balancing the softness and delicacy of the bridal world.

You deserve to look your best while feeling your best on your wedding day! Hotel Arts guests are eligible to receive $100 off a new gown order from Blush and Raven!

To Redeem: present your Hotel Arts email confirmation or guest room key at the time of purchase.

Calgary Tower

The fun begins with the elevator ride, shuttling you 525 ft (160 m) up to our Observation Deck. From there, you’re greeted with an 360° view of the bustling city, vast prairies, rolling foothills and the majestic Rocky Mountains. Follow our placards for a self-guided tour of Calgary’s skyline. Along the way you will discover Calgary’s prominent landmarks. Enjoy our award-winning multimedia tour on your mobile device. It’s chock-full of informative stops and fun tidbits about the city’s history. Available in English, French, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, German and Spanish. Stop by our theatre room and enjoy Building an Icon, an informative and entertaining film about the Calgary Tower’s construction and legacy. Step onto the glass-floor balcony for a bird’s eye view of the streets below. The unique and exciting feeling of walking on thin air is one you won’t forget. Make sure to take a great selfie while you’re at it.

Experience 360° views of the bustling city, vast prairies, rolling foothills and the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Calgary Zoo

Enjoy a world wildlife experience you’ll never forget! This safety-minded outdoor only experience is sure to delight, bring wonder and connect you to nature in fun, playful and educative ways. Online timed entry tickets are required in advance! Tickets are not sold onsite. Choose your route as you follow one-directional arrows that take you through the zoo on a self-guided tour, with lots of animals to see along the way. Face coverings are recommended for ages 2+ everywhere and are required to be worn indoors (Kitamba Café, retail shops and washrooms).

Enjoy a world wildlife experience you’ll never forget! This safety-minded outdoor only experience is sure to delight, bring wonder and connect you to nature in fun, playful and educative ways.

Cold Garden Beverage Company

Cold Garden Beverage Company is a Calgary-based microbrewery. A love of craft beer and a passing comment in a university classroom planted the idea years ago and the concept has been growing ever since. The brewery has put down roots in the vibrant community of Inglewood, hoping to breathe new life into what was once the brewing district of Calgary. Cold Garden brings a casual and eclectic vibe to the community, along with a lineup of traditional and more…eccentric beers.

Hotel Arts guests can receive 15% off on-premise beverages & 15% off takeout Growler Fills and cans!

To Redeem: present your Hotel Arts room key at time of purchase.

Cowboys Casino

Eat. Drink Play! Home to the legendary Cowboys Dancehall, Melrose Bar & Grill and our very own Centre Bar & Eatery, Cowboys Casino offers a safe,entertaining and memorable expereince for all visitors. Located in the thriving community of Victoria Park and steps away from the world famous Calgary Stampede, Cowboys Casino provides free heated underground parking and easy access to nearby city bus and train transportation. Cowboys Casino has got you covered for all of your gaming excitement. The casino has over 370 slot machines, 30 table games, digital gaming pit, a 24 hour poker room and a private table and slot high limit lounge at your service. Cowboy Casino offers exciting Learn to Play events perfect for all levels of experience. Learn to plays are a great way to break up the work week, celebrate a friend or family members special occasion or to get the co-workers together for a team building activity. Whether you are looking to relax and take a few hours away for yourself or wanting to turn up the heat on a Friday or Saturday night, Cowboys Casino has something for everyone!

Cowboys Casino is your adult entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Calgary.

In-Room Spa at Hotel Arts

No need to leave the comfort of your guest suite. Indulge in the luxury of an In-Room Spa service. Pamper yourself or bond with a loved one and make it a stay to remember. Choose from a range of relaxing and therapeutic spa services performed by highly trained therapists. Professional timely service, sanitized for your safety. Private and convenient. Registered receipts available.

Located in your guest room or on the 2nd floor at Hotel Arts.

Call or text 403.992.4772 for current guest promotions.

OutLash Beauty Boutique

From eyelash extension applications, perfect brows, customized facials, precision hair removal techniques to professionally administered cosmetic injectables, and beautifully applied makeup applications, OutLash Beauty Boutique‘s goal is to ensure that your experience is like nothing you’ve had before.

Hotel Arts guests will receive 20% off full lash sets, brow wax or brow rehab, and all facials and luxury skin treatments.

To Redeem: show your Hotel Arts guest room key card at the time of purchase.

Pedal Pub Calgary

Hop on our 15-seater party bike and explore the vibrant streets of Calgary on a 2-hour tour through the lively downtown and charming Inglewood routes! Sing along to your favorite tunes while sipping cold ones from your pre-purchased cooler. Each tour includes two 30-minute stops at Calgary’s top local pubs or breweries! Don’t miss out – book your unforgettable Pedal Pub adventure on our website today! (Must be 18+ to join the fun.)

Hotel Arts guests can receive the following:

10% off tours booked Sunday – Thursday with the promo code HA10. 

Must be redeemed online.

Rumble Boxing

Our studio offers a range of workouts from punching it out on the heavy bag to personalized fitness programs. From first-timers to experts, everyone is welcome. Whatever you do, expect to sweat and end the workout feeling badass and ready to Rumble. You’ll work out your legs, core and upper body and torch up to 700 calories per class. Boxing is a full body movement and if you’re willing to put in the sweat equity, you’ll leave with a toned and defined physique. It’s not only a badass, fun workout it benefits your mental health too. Leaving it all on the bag takes out life’s stresses! Our roster of instructors are experts in fitness with a fierce drive to work hard and sweat harder. They bring that intensity to every session and encourage the Rumble community to work hard, dig deep and most importantly have fun.

Hotel Arts guests can receive the following:

For Single or Duo travelers: 15% off our 10-class card for Heavy Bag Classes and a 100$ Personal Training Gift Certificate.

For groups 6 and above: $550 for a Private Class, up to 33 people ($15/person). Discounted wraps for $15 

To Redeem: please present room key at time of purchase.

Shelter Cocktail Bar

Shelter is an intimate and upscale cocktail bar. Combining elements from high end hotel bars across the USA and original industrial grunge styles from Berlin and Eastern Europe, SHELTER is a juxtaposition of opulent and casual. Our atmosphere is often described by guests as cozy, intimate, and unlike another space. With a moody, low-lit backdrop, the location houses several standout design pieces, including an artfully decorated wall of gas masks, and a beautifully crafted light fixture featuring over 5,000 individual bulbs serving as an undulating canopy of light over the main lounge.

Introducing Shelter Lab: our happy hour experience, available during the first hour of opening. Discover discounted cocktails crafted by our innovative team, showcasing their latest experiments. Plus, elevate your experience with our unique card deck, designed to surprise and challenge both the guests and the bartender. On Sundays, Shelter Lab is available all evening (from 7 pm onwards). Join us for an unforgettable journey every evening!

Group – Shelter offers group cocktail classes for parties of eight or more, the classes start at $85/per person and include three delicious cocktails, cocktail and spirit theory, understanding what glassware to use and when, pro muddling, stirring, and shaking techniques, the nitty-gritty of bar tools and how to use them, how to use egg whites to make a perfect sour, and a cocktail competition showdown with prizes as well as a question and answer period. Classes can be arranged by emailing

Studio Bell

Studio Bell home of the National Music Centre (NMC) is more than a museum. Explore five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada, celebrate music icons at multiple Canadian Halls of Fame, rock out with interactive instrument installations, and sing along in our sound booths. With your admission ticket, you’ll get to see a collection of rare instruments, artifacts, sound equipment and Canadian music memorabilia combined with a 300 seat performance space creates a music experience unlike any other. This isn’t just history, sound pour out of each exhibition space.

Sweet Relief Pastries

Sweet Relief is a specialty bakery located in Calgary with a modern take on Canadian baking. We focus on creating absolutely delicious cakes, cookies and bars using the best ingredients and making them taste as good as they look. We think of our customers as family and work to sweeten up the day of anyone who pops by the bakery.

Hotel Arts guests receive 10% off storefront purchases, not including cakes or pre-orders.

To redeem: Show your Hotel arts guest room Key Card upon in store purchase.

Telus Spark Science Centre

TELUS Spark is a space for people of all ages and abilities to let go and embrace the desire to explore and get closer to science, technology, engineering, art and math. TELUS Spark is Calgary’s Science Centre. Exhibits and programs ignite a sense of wonder and excitement. TELUS Spark is a registered charity, and every dollar you donate empowers a child, a student, a parent, or a new Canadian to discover a world inspired by curiosity. Charitable Business Number 118781079 RR 0001 Facility rentals, Team Builders, Corporate functions, Adult and Child programming and more! Memberships too! Contact us today for more info! Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Last entry is 90 minutes prior to close.’

TELUS Spark Science Centre – Hotel Arts Guest Offer

Hotel Arts guests can receive 20% off their TELUS Spark Science Centre experience.

To Redeem: please acquire promo code from Front Desk. Promo code can be used online only. Restrictions apply.

The Sunday Shop

The Sunday Shop is a tropical oasis located in Victoria Park, Calgary. While they specialize in tropical house plants and unique plant accessories, they also stock a variety of locally made home goods, self care products and art.

At Sunday Shop there is something for everyone, whether you are a plant expert or a blossoming green thumb, they love helping people find the perfect items to suit their needs. Their goal is to bring the neighbourhood a safe, inviting and inclusive space for all to enjoy.

Just steps away from Hotel Arts, The Sunday Shop invites our hotel guests to receive 10% off purchases.

To Redeem: show your hotel arts room key at time of purchase.

The Paddle Station

The Paddle Station is a hassle free kayak and raft rental company situated strategically at 2 locations along the Bow River (Shouldice Park, and St Patricks Island, near the zoo). Looking for a fun group activity or date idea? We’ve got you covered. Book at Paddle Station website, on-site and choose which station you would like to start and end at. Enjoy the summer, you river is waiting! Please see our website for more info about locations and costs.​

Hotel Arts guests can receive 10% off their Paddle Station experience.

To Redeem: please acquire promo code from Front Desk. Promo code can be used online, in person, or over the phone.

Two River Distillery

Founded in 2018 by Mark Freeland, Two Rivers Distillery was conceived with the philosophy of using the best possible local ingredients to produce ultra-premium spirits. Our hands-on approach and focus on excellence has paid off with numerous awarded products and an array of unique and creative spirits. Our Cockscomb London Dry Gin is the highest awarded gin produced in Alberta and has earned a Double Gold Medal at the SIP Awards in California, Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, a silver medal at the London World Spirits Competition (UK), 5 medals in Canada. Our primary focus is Gin and Whisky, but we also offer vodkas, absinthe, liqueurs, rum and ready-to-drink options. Our Jalapeno and Dill Pickle Vodka’s have not only been incorporated creatively into some of our cocktails, but also earned us “Calgary’s Best Caesar” in 2022. Our venue on 42 Ave in Calgary is one-of-a-kind where one can truly get an intimate look into the spirit creating world, right from “Grain to Glass”. Whether it be for an event, tour, tasting or simply to sit and enjoy some cocktails, we will offer an experience that won’t disappoint!

Hotel Arts guests can receive the following:

For Single or Duo travelers: 10% discount off a bottle to go or your bill. Buy one get one free ‘Tour and Tasting’ with Founder Mark Freeland.

For groups 6 and above: 10% discount off a bottle to go or your bill. 50% off bookings of 6 or more for a private ‘Tour and Tasting’ with founder Mark Freeland.

To Redeem: please show room key prior to purchase.

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