About

Your urban oasis in the heart of downtown.

Lounge Poolside at Hotel Arts and evoke the feeling of sun drenched locales and good times. Sip the flavours of summer in a glass and feel like you’ve been transported to South Beach North. Surrounded by dazzling art and decor, soak up summer in a laid-back, vibrant poolside setting.

Enjoy daycation surrounded by upscale designer décor or an evening around our fire-side tables.

Hotel Arts’ award-winning culinary team will be serving up poolside bites and sips. Join us poolside for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a petite nibble paired with summer cocktails.

Keep the summer vibe going year-round when Poolside by Hotel Arts puts on our “hat” for the winter months. An inflatable shelter will convert the space into one of the most unique and attractive patios year-round.

Hotel guests have full access to the pool. Non-hotel guests are welcome to experience Poolside by Hotel Arts on a first- come first-serve basis. A pool usage fee will apply for non-hotel patron who use the pool.

Hotel Arts and Hotel Arts Kensington Guests

Hotel guests have priority use of the pool, receive complimentary pool access and may reserve day-of poolside seating through the front desk.

Non-hotel guest Access

Wondering how to gain access to this exclusive hot spot? Non-hotel guests are welcome on a first-come first-serve basis, where you can enjoy a daycation at this downtown oasis.

The Pool Usage Fee is $10/person (Mon-Thurs) and $20/person (Fri-Sun + during Stampede) and based on availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Poolside Rules
Poolside by Hotel Arts is available during the Summer Season (June-September) weather and special event permitting.

Do’s

Do soak up the sun and enjoy the summer vibe at the Arts
Do sip cold drinks responsibly
Do nibble on delectable treats from our menu
Do enjoy yourself poolside…how often can you do this in the heart of Downtown Calgary?!
Do remember to apply sunscreen…we’d like to welcome you back soon (and pain free)
Do remember that thongs and speedos are a privilege, not a right.  Fabric is intended to cover those special places.  A little mystery is always welcome in terms of poolside attire.
Do put on clothes to walk through the public areas of Hotel Arts…the South Beach North reference isn’t really a literal thing.
Do be respectful of your fellow patio patrons and our artisans who are pleased to serve you. The Golden Rule really applies in this case.

Don’ts

Don’t do anything that begins with the phrase “Hey everyone, watch this!”
Don’t stare (wear your shades)
Unless you’re equipped with gills, don’t breathe underwater.
Don’t dive or jump into the pool…it’s too shallow and we appreciate you in your current healthy form.
Don’t run on the pooldeck…chill out and relax.  Erase “I’m in a rush” from your vocabulary.
Don’t bring glassware poolside…if it breaks, the party is over for all of us as we’ll need to empty the deck and vacuum up all those micro bits.  You don’t want people pointing fingers at you for ruining everyone’s fun, right?
Don’t enter the pool with open wounds, or if you’ve been ill with thing contagious and/or hazardous. We feel bad for you and hope you heal up quickly but please don’t share your ailments with others.

A little mystery is always welcome poolside. Do remember that thongs and speedos are a privilege, not a right.  Fabric is intended to cover those special areas.

We ask that you do put on clothes to walk through the public areas of Hotel Arts…the South Beach North reference isn’t really a literal thing.

Driving to Hotel Arts for your poolside experience?  There is ample parking in our underground parking garage located off 13th Avenue SW or in our surface lot on 12th Avenue.  Standard parking charges apply.  There is also street parking in the surroundings.  Riding your bike to Hotel Arts? There are numerous bike stands located at Hotel Arts and our adjoining office/retail complex on 1st Street SW.

Need a place to change before embracing the rays poolside? Washrooms are available at the hotel for making that quick outfit change, please ask the Poolside host for directions.  Please wear shoes/sandals and suitable attire in our public areas.

Hotel guests at Hotel Arts and Hotel Arts Kensington receive priority access to Poolside. Access for non-hotel guests is on a first-come first-serve basis. A wait list is available in person Raw Bar and patrons are welcome to wait at Raw Bar or Yellow Door Bistro.

Chlorinated water can lighten hair colour so please take special care with your hair. Wetting your hair with clear water before entering a pool may result in your hair absorbing less chlorinated water than dry hair.  Following a swim, experienced stylists recommend using a clarifying shampoo and conditioner designed to remove chlorine from your hair.  Our friends and neighbours at Hedkandi Hair Salon might have some suggestions for you to manage the colour of your fabulous locks (hedkandisalon.com).  If you’re concerned about your hair colour but don’t have a plan to protect it, we recommend you enjoy the pool but don’t dip your head underwater.  Ultimately, please enjoy the pool at your own risk.

Poolside by Hotel Arts is a great backdrop for the perfect selfie and we encourage our guests to post their favourite pics and share with friends.  When taking photos/videos, please be mindful of your neighbours who might not wish to be included in your shots. Asking permission instead of pleading forgiveness is a great way to foster a nice neighbourly vibe…and you might make a friendship too.  Please respect the wishes of your neighbour if they decline to be included…enjoy the scene instead of creating one.

Do you like the energy you experienced during your visit to Poolside by Hotel Arts?  Join our great team of artisans by exploring new work opportunities here: https://www.hotelarts.ca/careers/

Hours

Hotel Guest Hours:

  • 7:00 am – dusk: Swimming
  • 7:00 am – 10:00 am: Dine Poolside and enjoy Yellow Door Bistro’s à la carte breakfast menu
  • 11:00 am – dusk: Dip & Dine Poolside with all-day eats by Hotel Arts

 

Poolside Dining Hours

  • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Daytime Menu
  • 3:00 pm – dusk: Evening Menu

2.5 hour dining limit. Poolside usage fee is waived for those dining and not using pool/amenities.

Pool Access

Gain access to Calgary’s urban oasis with a pool usage fee with includes complimentary towels and a coveted seat Poolside at Hotel Arts. A 2.5 hour dining time limit is applicable.

Pool Usage Fee:

Monday – Thursday: $10/person
Friday – Sunday: $20/person
Stampede (July 5-14): $20/person

For those who wish to dine poolside, but do not use the pool, the pool usage fee will be waived.

Hotel guests can book a table with complimentary access for up to four people poolside (per hotel room).

For example if your hotel reservation has one person staying in the room, then you have complimentary pool access for up to three additional people. If your hotel reservation has two people staying in the room, then you have complimentary pool access for up to two additional people.

Pool Rules

For public patrons (excluding Hotel guests) a 2.5 hour dining time limit is applicable.
Dress Code
Rules
Where to change

Reservations

Hotel Guests at Hotel Arts and Hotel Arts Kensington can make a poolside reservation via the Front Desk based on availability.

Non-hotel guests are welcome to experience Poolside by Hotel Arts on a first-come first-serve basis, subject to availability. A wait list is available in person at Hotel Arts and patrons are welcome to wait at Raw Bar or Yellow Door Bistro.

Located in the Heart of Downtown Calgary

Hotel Arts is where you want to be; a short walk from the Saddledome, Studio Bell (National Music Centre), TELUS Convention Centre and other downtown attractions. From cool eateries to boutique shopping and bustling nightlife, the entire creatively charged city is at your disposal.

Frequent Guest Rewards

  • Complimentary upgrades
  • Complimentary restaurant offers
  • Complimentary Skoah products