Bright, clean, welcoming basement suite close to downtown Calgary! 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 b/c it is also a relatively 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.
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).
Any damages will be assessed a reasonable fee which will be deducted from your security deposit. Please also wash all your dishes prior to leaving, do not leave 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 traveling 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 odors that take weeks or months to dissipate.
No candles for fire insurance reasons!
Ellie was great! We were allowed to check in a little earlier and she had a nice set up for us when we got there. It's a nice suite and much better than staying in a hotel.
Ellie and her family made us feel very welcome. We could come and go as we pleased, and the suite was even better than we'd expected. The location is amazing, especially for a family. Being so close to downtown as well as major highways and public transit, as well as playgrounds.
Ellie stayed in contact by text message, which was very helpful, and she even provided coupons for various activities in the area.
It was great to just buy our own groceries and have our meals at home or pack meals and snacks to go. Not huge restaurant expenses. The kitchen is well equipped, and has everything you could need. My only suggestion would be a blender, as I couldn't find one, so I didn't buy ingredients for smoothies. I had no issues making anything else I needed or wanted to make.
Ellie specifies in her profile that they're a busy family so there are sounds of life in the house. They are not overly loud for a family, and very aware and considerate and definitely respectful of their guests. We could hear activity a bit at certain points throughout the day, but nothing I would complain about, by any stretch. I mentioned that they shouldn't hold back on our account, so I hope they were able to be comfortable in their own home while we were there. Since their kids are young, the noises aren't late at night, so that's good too.
My boys enjoyed the foosball table, and the books and toys Ellie and her family have shared for guests to use while in the suite. The boys also liked the children's dishes available in the suite. They could pick their own colours! :)
We are very happy with the experience we had, and my youngest didn't want to leave at all.
Ellie was a wonderful host. She made the transaction easy and stress-free. The neighborhood is quiet and in a perfect location. Right by the zoo and spark center. Couldn't ask for anything better. Everything was clean and I felt very at home.
Communication and check in were easy. The combo lock on the door is a great idea. The apartment is clean and spacious. Parking is easy. There isn't much within walking distance - maybe 10-15 minutes away but a great location if you have a rental car. I would recommend this place for families. The neighborhood felt safe.
I agree with other reviewers that the bed/mattress could be replaced, we found the couch to be more comfortable.
The location is very easy to find and is situated near Telus Spark and also near the downtown core. Personally, Ellie is extremely accommodating and friendly. The suite is cozy and all the amenities you'll find in a standard hotel room is there. I also liked how there was a variety of coffee and teas. As well as, oatmeal and milk. I felt very comfortable during my stay and Ellie has some coupons for popular tourist attractions. I wish I was in Calgary solely to have fun so I could of spent more days and utilized the coupons. Highly recommended!
Ellie's home was absolutely lovely! We were completely independent and had the exclusive use of a completely outfitted basement apartment. We enjoyed seeing the city skyline from the nearby park. Thanks for a great stay 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!