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Calgary’s Westley hotel is located in the heart of downtown, close to restaurants and the city’s top attractions. From the front entrance to the bathroom tiles, this hotel screams design. Vintage insipid decor with modern touches and contemporary art, occasionally abstracted by an oversized plant, is seen in every detail from door trims to fresh flowers resting in the lobby.
The Westley* belongs to the family of independent hotels from the Hilton’s Tapestry Collection which allows this medium-size boutique spot to go an extra mile where needed and us all to earn some extra Hilton points.
Everything at The Westley* is very intentional, functional, and refreshingly spacious. The rooms are a prime example of that. Deluxe King Room (just a few dollars above base single) is just a bit under 400 square feet of well-managed space. The window lets in a healthy amount of sun, the sheets are 300 thread count soft and the sitting/office area has enough space for all and any luggage two people might carry for a week-long trip.
The bathroom vanity is framed by a large rounded mirror, reflecting subtly pink tiles from the walk-in shower in the light, chrome finishes seen in every minor detail. This bathroom is worth the stay all on its own.
On the ground floor is Fonda Fora, a contemporary Mexican restaurant. The space bleeds into the hotel lobby bar but has a separate street entrance and a patio. It is a well-known local spot serving Mexican dishes influenced by California’s Cuisine showcasing light, seasonal ingredients through vegetable-forward dishes. Fonda Fora is a concept created by Thank You Hospitality but executed daily by a Merida-born chef (Yucatan) Rafael Castillo whose passion for food comes from observing his mother and grandmother cook and refined through adult experiences in North America.
The Westley Calgary Downtown*
Rooms start at $215, prices change seasonally.
Address: 630 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0J9
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