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Hi again. I forgot to ask if there are areas in calgary that aren't considered safe? I'm travelling solo so i thought i'd ask. I'd probably be back at the hotel by 10. In particular i'm interested if the area around the fairfield inn 239 12 Ave SW is safe or if there are any other bad areas i should avoid. (I'm female since that isn't readily apparent.)
 

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How would you be getting back to the Fairfield? From the C train on 7th Ave? That is a 5 block walk. It has been many years since I have been in that part of Calgary, but my take is:

If you are doing that, make the walk from 7th Ave to 12th Ave along 4th St SW (underpass the railway). You do not want to be in the area of 11th Ave and Center St where the homeless are (Mustard Seed and Inn from the Cold).... so you don't want to walk from 7th Ave SW to 12th Ave SW from the East, e.g. via 1st St SW underpass (the railway), especially if you can come at it from the West, i.e. 4th St SW. 4th St SW is a well traveled route so would be safest to walk along it.

Depending on night of the week, several parts of the Beltline such as 10th Ave, 11th Ave, 12th Ave can be deathly quiet by 10pm, though 12th Ave is reasonably well traveled (avoid 10th Ave). If you feel uncomfortable, just take a cab from the Fairmont Palliser or some other location in that vicinity and put up with the potential abuse from the taxi driver for such a short fare. North of the railway is safe enough. South of the railway can get pretty quiet due to lack of residential buildings in that area.
 

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Thanks, i've been debating between the fairfield inn and delta bow river or westin calgary. The issue with the fairfield inn is I can stay 4 nights for the same price as staying for 3 nights as the other 2. But maybe i need to weigh being able to get around easily at night after my tour. I'm sure i'll be hungry after a long day. I assume both the Westin and Delta are centrally located?
 

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I would suggest paying more and staying north of the railway for a better overall experience. Sometimes being penny wise and pound foolish isn't worth it.

Delta is at the fringe of downtown's NE side but within 2-3 blocks of shops and restaurants. Westin and Hyatt Regency are both in the heart of the city. Depending on time of year, Sheraton Eau Claire is a lovely option too....next to Prince's Island Park on the river AND a few good restaurants like Joey's and River Cafe on Prince's Island itself and whatever is now in Eau Claire Market itself these days. With the economic downturn, many downtown restaurants have closed.
 

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Thanks. Yes I can be too cheap! I'll do more research on those hotels. I think Delta Bow River was by a fire station so i'm not sure about there. Thanks for your detailed description of the route from the Fairfield though - that's what made me question if I would want to stay there.
 

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I doubt there's any safe place for a single female to be walking the streets of Calgary at night. The Fairfield is pretty scary spot even during the day.

Not sure how difficult it would be but I would suggest the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino...a bit away from downtown but 24 hour security outside & inside and too far for most crack heads to stumble upon. Not an expensive Uber ride.
 

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Thanks, i've decided to stay at the Westin Calgary now. I will be sure to come in before dark. I'm from Vancouver. It would be interesting to know if there is more crime in Calgary then Vancouver. Obviously, Vancouver has its problems. I was surprised to hear about the crime in Winnipeg though. I had no idea. As an aside I learned the entrance to my apartment building is being used for drug deals at night. I am in a nice part of a suburb but I think the issue is our apartment entrances aren't visible from the street. Not nice. You can't escape from the drug problems in cities wherever you go.
 

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Thanks, i've decided to stay at the Westin Calgary now. I will be sure to come in before dark. I'm from Vancouver. It would be interesting to know if there is more crime in Calgary then Vancouver. Obviously, Vancouver has its problems. I was surprised to hear about the crime in Winnipeg though. I had no idea. As an aside I learned the entrance to my apartment building is being used for drug deals at night. I am in a nice part of a suburb but I think the issue is our apartment entrances aren't visible from the street. Not nice. You can't escape from the drug problems in cities wherever you go.
Don't worry too much as a female just be diligent and use common sense. Calgary is a very safe city it is nothing like Winnipeg in terms of crime. My understanding is there is less crime in Calgary than Vancouver. I am not sure about the downtown area specifically and cannot find the report.

Westin is a fine hotel, it's not far from Eau Claire which is a very nice area and only a few blocks from the train. Always go in and out from the 4th Ave entrance (instead of 3rd ave which is a little darker and sketchier). There is usually a door man or Concierge in front of the Westin and not that many 'dark' places from the front. From the hotels you have mentioned in the thread, I would have stayed at the Sheraton Eau Claire. It's the nicest out of all of them, and since it's essential in the out complex it's probably the safest. The amenities are all there and my in laws live right beside there have no problems walking around as seniors there or even walking to over to Eau Clair after dark to pick up something from the market. If the two hotels are close in price, I think you will be happier at the Sheraton. Otherwise, Westin is the next best choice out of the hotels I have seen listed in this thread. Grey Eagle is just not that close to anything, but if you are spending a lot of time in the mountains, its pretty quick to get out from there.

Don't be afraid to enjoy what the City has to offer. You are already spending time money to fly, a few extra bucks for an uber is well worth it.
 

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I concur with Sheraton Eau Claire but Westin is perfectly fine too. Spent way too many years in that area off and on in the '80s and '90s but a perfect part of the downtown area.
 

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Yes, unfortunately it is a cost issue with the sheraton. Thanks for tip about the door to go out. I am not picky about hotels at all and usually stay at pretty cheap ones so i'm sure the Westin will be a step up.
 

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Hi again, one thing i forgot to ask is where i can get a good burger. I think i'd definitely want a burger in calgary.
 

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Hi again, one thing i forgot to ask is where i can get a good burger. I think i'd definitely want a burger in calgary.
Are you still going to Calgary? I don't know how COVID has impacted these places, most are at least doing curbside, but you may have to order on line
Regrub - just good burgers, south side of downtown, walkable. It's burger spelt backwards
Naina's kitchen - they have the BEST stuffed burgers and poutine, but they are so large to get both you might end up with food sweats, on 17 Ave, so walkable
Burger Inn- lots of different burgers, cheaper, but good burger.
Boogies - it's further out, love all of their burgers. there two locations, one is still walkable but much further.
 

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Everything in Calgary is open. Most good burgers over priced though. Get a free covid test at the drive thru...very civilized.
 

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Everything in Calgary is open. Most good burgers over priced though. Get a free covid test at the drive thru...very civilized.
Thanks for burger suggestions. Thats good to know some that are closer by. My plan was always to go next summer i just plan well in advance. I just hope airfares haven't gone up too much.
 

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IF you are looking for a Marriott property the Sheraton Eau Claire is a very nice property. Large rooms. Lots of others. I do not think that the location of the downtown Delta is that great.
 

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Yes it seems like the sheraton is the consensus but it may not be in my price range. I'm thinking of the westin calgary which is cheaper.
 

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Are there any good bakeries or cafes walking distance from the westin? I would probably get a muffin or scone to eat for breakfast.

This may seem an odd question but i'm willing to walk for a good muffin or scone. They definitely aren't all created equal, its particularly hard to find a good muffin.
 

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Are there any good bakeries or cafes walking distance from the westin? I would probably get a muffin or scone to eat for breakfast.

This may seem an odd question but i'm willing to walk for a good muffin or scone. They definitely aren't all created equal, its particularly hard to find a good muffin.
IIRC, there have some good pork buns (and other things in the chinese bakeries) in that area ... if you'e into that.
 
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