Tuesday, March 22, 2016


By Eva Fydrych

Hotel Arts
Hip & Vibrant Boutique Accommodation

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine (Click to enlarge)

Did you know that Calgary is quickly becoming Canada's new trendy destination? This vibrant city, located in the province of Alberta, features excellent shopping and dining scene, countless art galleries, inspiring architecture and interior design, super friendly locals, and contagious energy. 


As we discovered during our trip last year, Calgary has a lot to offer when it comes to fashion and design. Local boutiques such as Concept Shop, run by a passionate and charismatic designer Lauren Bagliore, Adorn Boutique or LEO offer unique designs and unforgettable shopping experience. The CORE, Calgary's only urban retail destination, is one of the most impressive department stores in Canada. Its modern design and innovative indoor/outdoor concept is a great example of how modern architecture can create a better urban experience. To find out more about shopping in Calgary, click here.


Hotel Arts and Kensington Riverside Inn feature luxury accommodation and chic contemporary design. Both properties belong to the same hotel group and are located in very attractive parts of the city (downtown Calgary and Kensington Village). It is hard to decide which hotel is better as both of them have exceptional customer service, home-away-from-home atmosphere, and something unique to offer.

Hotel lobby (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Corridor (Photo courtesy of Hotel Arts)

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Futuristic design of the Raw Bar (Photo courtesy of Hotel Arts)


Located in downtown Calgary, Hotel Arts provides 185 designer rooms & suites that are perfect for both short and long stays. The hotel has a cool vibe and unique urban design with a modern edge.

"New features include complimentary Internet access, frequent guest extras program, peppermint skoah amenity products and environmentally friendly coffee pods." - Hotel Arts

The hotel has extensive event space and meeting rooms as well as an office/retail complex with a diverse array of businesses like Starbucks, Hedkandi Hair Salon and HotShop Yoga. Convenient location and luxury facilities such as outdoor swimming pool and first-class restaurants will satisfy even the most demanding guests staying at Hotel Arts.

Giant Horse Lamp designed by Moooi / Yellow Door Bistro (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


During the last couple of years, Calgary has emerged as a must-visit culinary destination. Restaurants such as Rouge, Workshop Kitchen + Culture, Bocce, Yellow Door Bistro, and River Café offer superb cuisine in trendy surroundings. The defining element of Calgary's dining scene is using fresh, high-quality ingredients and stellar customer service. Highly recommended!

"Hotel Arts features two award-winning restaurants, Raw Bar (Top 10 Best Restaurants via Avenue Magazine), and the Yellow Door Bistro (Where Magazine Best New Restaurant 2013 & Where Magazine Best Brunch 2015)." - Hotel Arts

Delicious pancakes at Yellow Door Bistro (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Trendy menu / Yellow Door Bistro (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


Travelling doesn't have to mean ditching your fitness routine. Hotel Arts provides excellent gym facilities (available daily from 6am to 11pm), outdoor swimming pool (opening again in May 2016), seasonal yoga classes, and complimentary bike program for all in-house guests. Can it get any better?

"Aquamarine is the colour of leisure. Our Italian Bisazza glass-tile pool is surrounded by a licensed patio adorned with original art and décor that evokes an air of South Beach. Take a swim and forget the day." - Hotel Arts

Swimming pool (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


  • Spacious suite with separate sitting, dining, and dressing area
  • Warm welcome on our arrival
  • Excellent customer service
  • Downtown location
  • Trendy contemporary design
  • Unique art pieces displayed throughout the hotel
  • Award-winning restaurants: Raw Bar and Yellow Door Bistro
  • Complimentary onsite Fitness Centre (open daily from 6am–11pm)
  • Poolside Yoga classes 
  • In-room spa treatments available from RnR Wellness Spa
  • Complimentary Bike Program for in-house guests
  • Outdoor swimming pool

Welcome to My Room!

Luxury Suite (Photo courtesy of Hotel Arts)

Bright design elements (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Comfortable bed / Luxury Suite (Photo courtesy of Hotel Arts)

What a great welcome! (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


Calgary is a cosmopolitan city in Alberta, centred around four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and Wateron-Glacier International Peace Park.

During the last couple of years, Calgary has emerged as a must-visit culinary destination. The city has a lot of fashionable venues, excellent shopping and art scene, friendly locals, and contagious energy.

It is also Canada's sunniest major city with an approximate average of 2,405 hours of sunshine per year. Read more here.


The Plus 15 or +15 Skywalk network in Calgary is the world's most extensive public pedestrian walkway system, with a total length of 18 kilometres and 62 bridges. It links buildings throughout the Downtown and provides alternative routes for pedestrians to numerous destinations.

The public access through private buildings enables pedestrians to travel in weather-protected walkways, approximately 15 feet above the street level. The first +15 Skywalk opened to the public in 1970. The system was conceived and designed by architect Harold Hanen.
Source: calgary.ca & Wikipedia

Fashion books at the Costume Room / Heritage Park Historical Village


Below you can find our selection of things to do and places to see while visiting Calgary (tried & tested by Fashion Studio Magazine):

  1. DowntownThe Core (160 stores, including the flagship Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen)
  2. 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District: Over 400 unique shops and services to explore! Our recommendation: Ette and Leo Boutique
  3. InglewoodConcept ShopAdorn Boutique, espyKent of Inglewood
  4. Kensington Village: Over 250 unique shops, restaurants and services
  5. OtherChinook Centre (Calgary’s largest shopping, dining and entertainment destination)

Manolo Blahnik pumps at Holt Renfrew (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


A 5-minute walk from the Calgary Tower, this modern boutique hotel is 15 minutes from the Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary's gathering place for premier events).

You can read more about the hotel's surroundings here.

Photo courtesy of Google Maps (Click to enlarge)

119 12th Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta 
Canada T2R 0GB

Phone:+1 403-266-4611

*Special thank you to Tourism Calgary and Hotel Arts for hosting Fashion Studio Magazine in July 2015.

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