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Kensington Riverside Inn

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Our stay at the Inn and dinner at the Oxbow were definitely special. Our room with the fireplace was very nice and all the staff that we encountered were very helpful and professional. Heated parking when it’s -30c was an added treat.

This is a hidden Gem in the heart of the city that we are already planning our next trip to visit. I would recommenced The Kensington Riverside Inn to friends and family as a great place to stay and relax.

Not as good as I thought it would be. The front desk was friendly but tv remote wasn’t working properly, electrical outlet didn’t work and toilet didn’t flush properly. The meal and drink credit wasn’t communicated to us clearly at the beginning and we weren’t able to use it. But instead asked us to go somewhere else. Overall, not the best value compare to other 4 or 5 stars in the city.

I strongly recommend this place but with only 19 rooms you better anticipate to enjoy. Congrats to the chef and the team who run it and whi designed. Keep going. Bravo a l'équipe, beau travail, je reviendrais

Stayed for a quick visit just last night for business in Calgary. Unfortunately did not have enough time to really enjoy the hotel and all it had to offer, or the area around Kensington. Great things about the hotel were the service, from check in/check out to the coffee/juice service (and ordered breakfast) in the morning, and the comfortable, well appointed rooms (for ex I loved the shampoo products.. environmentally friendly containers and great mint products, and bed was so comfortable). A few drawbacks were the noise (loud doors closing in the evening, meeting right outside my room this am, and major construction outside... latter point not within their control whatsoever I know) and some challenges consistently connecting to the free internet (could not get on last night, this am it was super fast). Overall I really enjoyed my stay and would stay again, particularly for a relaxing stay in Calgary (as a couple or as friends).

As always, the Kensington Riverside Inn provided a comfortable and cozy retreat for a Calgary getaway. Despite construction directly west of the property, the staff provided their customary service and amenities to make the stay as relaxed as possible.

The location at river side is perfect and beautiful. Love to walk, great little shops near by. Breakfast - steel cut oats the best ever - loved not only the taste but textures! Warm Warm Kale salad very tasty too! Appreciated the warm welcome, well kept room and comfortable bedding Well trained staff, really enjoyed our stay.

Great location in Kengsington, bed was comfortable, fireplace kept the room nice and warm, coffee waiting at my door every morning, restaurant is phenomenal I had lunch there twice, staff are incredibly helpful, polite, and friendly.

This is a wonderful hotel. The room we had was very well taken care of and looked immaculate. The hotel uses some excellent spa proucts from Skoah instead of the standard bathroom fare. Robes and slippers were also provided. We had a nice, comfy king sized bed and a fire place. Very romantic! The hotel staff were all very friendly and very accomdating. Any request we had was promptly met. The hotel also offers secured underground parking for a small fee should you need it. The Oxbow restaurant which resides in the hotel is also amazing. I highly recommend you eat there. We had brunch, lunch and dinner there. Every meal was oustanding. It's not cheap but you get a good portion for the price and every dish is lovingly prepared. Our dinner items looked like works of art. Highly recommended.

This was a lovely quaint hotel. Staff go out of their way to make your stay memorable. Excellent location to many shops and restaurants. The restaurant Oxbow is great if you choose to stay in and have a quiet evening. The bed we found to be extremely comfortable. We will definitely stay here again.

1126 Memorial Drive NW Calgary AB

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Concierge services
  • 24-hour front desk

Located in Kensington within 2 miles (3 km) of Calgary Tower, Kensington Riverside Inn is within a few miles (5 km) of other popular sights such as McMahon Stadium. This 19-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. On the riverwalk, it's also near Scotiabank Saddledome and University of Calgary.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. Start each morning with full breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 10 AM.


Kensington Riverside Inn's 19 rooms are air-conditioned and provide free newspapers, free local calls, and free bottled water. Guests can expect 42-inch plasma TVs with cable channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds are dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. In-room massages are available, and other amenities include ironing boards and desks.

Property features

Kensington Riverside Inn features free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and coffee in a common area. Self parking is offered for CAD 20.00 per night. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this boutique hotel include a computer station, free newspapers, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Room options

Executive Room, 1 King Bed, Fireplace

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Luxury Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Riverview Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 438 reviews