03 December 2012

Sheraton Cavalier... Waterpark + Jetlag = AWESOME

Oh how I agonised about finding a Hotel for our arrival into Canada. It’s so different travelling with a baby – than doing it on your own. So after months of trawling the internet, looking for great rates and great reviews – I settled on the Sheraton Cavalier.

First impressions were off to a rocky start – after putting notes into my reservation, emailing to double check and then confirming at check-in – we arrived at the Cavalier at 1am and there was no cot in the room for Poppy. GRRRR….

She was beyond tired – 38 hours of travel will do that to a little person. So to get the room, and discover there is no cot when it was really the only thing you were concerned about – was infuriating.

But from there on – I could only say good things about them. The bed was one of the comfiest I’ve ever slept on, the bathroom large and functional and the waterpark – YES, WATERPARK! – was the perfect antidote to child and husband jetlag.

We also got a great deal with the “Pay your BirthYear” promo, you pay the first night as per normal and the following nights at your birthyear. Essentially we were staying in a 5 star Hotel for $82+tax per night.  A bargain!

With this saving - it meant that I could upgrade us to the Concierge Floor – which in turn, meant that we got free breakfast, all day snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, evening beers and canapes – and the all time homesick bonus – free WIFI to Skype home!

Although we weren’t as strict as we could have been – if you were really going to tighten the purse strings – you could pretty much feed yourself with free food, drinks and WIFI for your entire stay and save yourself any extra cost.

Just something to think about the next time you plan family travel…

Location was excellent – we were within a stone’s throw of major highways, the Airport, shopping centres and only a quick trip downtown.

The food we had at the Hotel – although free – was still quite good. Breakfast was a good mix of hot, cold and fresh items and with a Starbucks Coffee Machine, bowls of fruit and fresh baked cookies available all day.

Evening canap├ęs were a great selection of fresh vegetables and dips (perfect for Poppy’s dinner), hot savoury items: Garlic Prawn Skewers, Chicken Wings, Dumplings, and mini Taco’s – all in all, if you were determined – you could easily make it your dinner and not a snack…

Thank you Daddy, this place is awesome!

The Cavalier was so good - we have already decided that when friends and family visit us here, we will make it mandatory that they stay there for at least one night so we can take advantage of the water park… selfish I know, but we seriously enjoyed our time here – and if you can get a good rate – all the better!

Sheraton Cavalier
2620 32nd Avenue NE, Calgary

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