About this listing
Bright, clean, welcoming basement suite close to downtown Calgary! Brand new queen bed! Located just North of the Calgary Zoo, you'll be sure to enjoy your stay in the well appointed suite. Easy access to transportation routes as well as major attractions!
Welcome to Calgary, gateway to the Rockies! You will be very comfortable is this nicely appointed, family-friendly basement suite located in the inner-city community of Renfrew (borders on the community of Bridgeland). The community is an established area well over 50 years old with beautiful tree lined streets and views of the downtown & Deerfoot valley.
Easy access to major roads (Deerfoot Trail, 16 Avenue, Memorial Drive), as well as a short 5-10 minute WALK to the Calgary Zoo, Telus Spark Science Center, Zoo LRT station, restaurants, parks & coffee shops.
Come enjoy the private one-bedroom basement suite in our home with separate entrance, kitchen, full bath, living room and large windows. The suite has one queen bed and a comfortable pullout double sofabed in the living room. If you are a family of more than 4 and would like to stay, please feel free to ask. There is enough room to have you bring your own single air mattress and set it up in the living room for a fifth person. There is also a professional grade Tornado Foosball table in the living room for your use. The unit has hot water in-floor heating throughout to enhance your comfort. All floors are tile or parquet. Parking is on-street in front of our house.
Microwave, toaster oven, cooking utensils, pots & pans, Keurig coffee maker and kettle are all in the kitchen for your convenience. Basic coffee/tea supplies provided as well as spare blankets, towels and a bathroom scale (in case you want to weigh your luggage). Access to laundry facilities, iron & ironing board can be made available upon request.
THERE IS NO TV IN THE SUITE!!! Also I do not provide food/meals for guests outside of the coffee/tea/instant oatmeal I leave in the kitchen.
As a guest you need to provide you own personal toiletries (razors, curling iron, etc). There is handsoap, shampoo/conditioner, facial tissue & toilet paper in the bathroom, dishsoap, paper towels & tea towels in the kitchen for your use during your stay.
Home owners with children reside here with our dog (the dog is not given access to the rental suite). If you have a pet that you are travelling with please inform us to get approval PRIOR to booking, we try our best to be 'pet-friendly'. All animals must be house-broken and obedient. It would also be GREATLY appreciated if you kept your pets off the furniture & beds. We live across the street from a large off-leash dog park as well which makes it extremely convenient to walk your dog daily. Pets will not be allowed in our yard however.
Below are approximate distances from some major venues in Calgary:
Airport - 17 kilometres (approx taxi fee from airport to our house: $40)
Calgary Zoo - 2 kilometres
Telus Spark Science Center - 2 kilometres
Heritage Park Historical Village - 17 kilometres
Fort Calgary - 4 kilometres
Calgary Tower - 4 kilometres
Saddledome - 4 kilometres
Calgary Stampede Grounds - 4 kilometres
Canada Olympic Park - 19 kilometres
University Of Calgary - 11 kilometres
Mount Royal University - 12 kilometres
Spruce Meadows - 33 kilometres
Telus Convention Center - 4 kilometres
Greyhound Bus Terminal - 7 kilometers (approx $15 taxi fee from our house)
Please remember to leave the suite as you found it! Host will wash all the suite laundry after you depart (towels, bedding), I just ask you DO NOT leave me a sink full of dirty dishes! Because a number of guests have started leaving me dishes to clean (or reclean), I have started to charge a $10 cleaning fee as well.
General Rate .... $75-90/night, $100/night Christmas/New Years and increased rates during the Calgary Stampede. Please refer to calendar for exact dates/pricing. Amount of $525 is required as a damage deposit on all stays. This will be returned, via AirBnB website, at check out provided there are no damages to the suite.
Check out is 12pm (noon), Check-in 4pm-10pm. Sometimes depending on whether or not the night previous to your stay is booked I can allow for an earlier check-in, but I do not typically accept bookings where guests will arrive after 10pm.
Flexible cancellation policy. Please review on AirBnB's webpage about the policy to fully understand the terms & conditions prior to booking.
Security deposit of $525 is held on all stays via AirBnB's policies. This amount is not negotiable. Please read through the AirBnB FAQ's in regards to what a security deposit is & why hosts charge it to understand if you are unclear.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Cannot accept cats due to allergies.
We speak French!.
Resident dog at property as well but she is not given access to the suite.
Guests have access to the suite via a separate entrance with key or electronic code. Also laundry access if requested (washer/dryer).
Guests are not given access to the yard other than the throw their garbage/recycling out.
Interaction with Guests
Typically either my husband of I meet the guests upon arrival & have a chat about the suite as well as provide information about locking up etc. Other than that guests are free to come & go as they please. If a guest has any questions or concerns they are welcome to either come ring the doorbell to talk to us, phone or preferably send an email/text message. We're a busy family & aren't always around so an email/text is typically the best way to get in touch.
Renfrew is a well established neighborhood located NE of the city's downtown core. We are a 10 min walk to either the Telus Spark Science Center and the Calgary Zoo, two of Calgary's biggest attractions. The city's train system (called the LRT) is located at the Zoo entrance and can take you too all quadrants of the city (fees apply for purchasing tickets).
The park which is located across the street from our house used to be part of the Zoo as well way back in the 1950s & 1960s! Today, it is called Tom Campbell's Hill Natural Park. With FANTASTIC views of the city year round & prime views of New Years, Canada Day as well as Stampede fireworks, it is a great place to go for a walk. Just be prepared for lots of dogs because it is also a busy off-leash park.
Our community is slowly being revitalized with lots of new residential construction. Go down the hill to the community of Bridgeland/Riverside for a coffee or breakfast as well. See the map on my listing for locations of recommended sights/attractions/food/beverage establishments.
The city's train system, the LRT, has a stop located at the Calgary Zoo which is approximately a 15 min walk from our house. You just need to walk south across Tom Campbell Hill park then down the hill to the zoo entrance.
The closest bus stop to our house is approximately 10-15 min to the north just off of Child Ave & Park Cres NE. There are a number of other bus stops to the west of our house down the hill in the community of Bridgeland (Center Ave & 12 St NE both have many bus stop locations).
If you are driving, very easy & quick access to major roads such as 16 Ave (Highway 2), Deerfoot Trail (Highway 1), Memorial Drive and Edmonton Trail. As in quick, approximately a 2-5 min drive to any of these roads.
Other Things to Note
We are a busy, active family and it can get noisy in our house so guests need to be aware of this before booking so that they don't set unreasonable expectations of total silence during their stay. That being said, we try to make every effort to keep the noise level down (ie running in the house) between 8am-8pm. Just keep this in mind before you book!
Leave the unit as you found it, remember that someone else will be using the suite after you leave!
Check-in is between 4-10pm, Check-out is noon (12pm). Let me know your arrival please!
Any damages will be assessed a reasonable fee which will be deducted from your security deposit. Please also wash all of your dishes prior to leaving, do not leave me a sink full of dirty dishes.
Absolutely no smoking, drugs, partying or rowdiness allowed. This is a family oriented household so please respect this.
Access is not given to the yard for any reason. If you have a dog you are travelling with please make sure you bring a leash for walking & bags for picking up after them. We live across the street from an off leash park so taking your pet out for exercise is very convenient and they'll appreciate it as well!
There is NO TV in the suite.
Please refrain from cooking foods with strong or lingering odours that take weeks or months to dissipate.
No candles for fire insurance reasons!
Living room with foosball table. The couch converts into a double sofabed. All bedding provided during your stay.
Ellie's apartment was excellent. The kitchen and bathroom are well-equipped. The pictures and description are accurate and Ellie is an excellent host, with quick responses to inquiries. I enjoyed my stay, and the location is very good, with a lovely park nearby. I hope to stay with Ellie again down the road.
Communicating with Ellie was a breeze, she answered questions very quickly. The apartment was beautiful, clean and spacious. Perfectly set up for a family to rent. There was even a box of toys for the kids to play with.
Location was amazing, easy to get to for first time Calgary drivers and is super close to the zoo and the science centre.
Our stay with Ellie was Airbnb perfection. We arrived a bit later than expected but Ellie was there to meet us and tell us about the suite. She even gave us wonderful recommendations on where to go for dinner while in Calgary. The suite was perfect and had a separate entrance so we could come and go as we pleased. There was a bit of noise from the main house in the morning starting about 6:30 AM, but nothing excessive. We really enjoyed staying with Ellie and would do so again in a heartbeat.
This was out first time using airbnb and we loved staying here. Close to the train, close to downtown and the photos on the advert didn't do the suite justice.
Ellie was very welcoming and friendly. The suite was beautiful, roomy, clean, and very welcoming (my father was thankful for the basement suite during the hot weather). Check in was a breeze. The neighbourhood is my own, and I can't recommend it more; shops, restaurants, and transit all within walking distance. It was nice being able to rendezvous with my dad at the dog park for an easy visit. Thanks so much!
The basement suite with kitchen has everything we needed. Ellie was kind to provide info on the city and what to do there. There was a sofa bed that we could pull out and some pillows and comforters we could use in the living room closet.
About the Host, Ellie
Born and raised in Calgary Alberta!
We enjoy visiting the Rocky Mountains and Drumheller regions as well as spending time with our family.
We welcome guests from around the world, it is a great way to meet people! We have been blessed with the quality of every guest we have hosted so far and look forward to continue hosting for many more years to come!
The dog in the picture is our former Director Of Goodwill (D.O.G.) Walker. He has since passed on and taking the reins is Rosie, but she's still in training!