Poolside dining and the art of summer by Calgary’s Hotel Arts

showing off the new pool at Hotel Arts in Calgary

Cool thing No. 59 on this blog

Summer is short in Calgary. That’s perhaps why, the Hotel Arts’ pool, in the city’s Beltline district south of downtown, has become a mecca for those craving sun and a dip in the water when we do get a hot summer’s day. While the pool has always been fun, it’s now received a chic makeover which includes a cover designed to make it useable fall to spring as well as summer.

While guests get first priority, locals can pay a fee to also enjoy the recently renovated space and everyone is invited to enjoy dining at the new Poolside by Hotel Arts.

a view of the pool and furniture at Poolside by Hotel Arts in Calgary

Hotel Arts is calling Poolside a “design centric urban beach.” They say it sets the stage for laid-back vibes with luxury furnishings surrounded by modern décor and lush greenery. 

The menu has also received an overhaul

Daytime bites include Grilled Shishito Peppers, Ahi Tuna Tacos, and Pork Belly & Scallop Sliders. Small sharing plates are the emphasis for evening dining and they include Pineapple & Chili Chicken Wings, Pomegranate Roasted Carrots, and Fried Caulilini. If you are over small plates, like I am, you’ll be happy to know there’s also large plates like Korean Beef Short Ribs, Fogo Island Fish & Chips and a Thai Curry Noodle Bowl. 

Always famous for their cocktail program, the new offerings will satisfy thirsty patrons with creations like The Zia (El Tequileño Platino, Cointreau, Domaine De Cantone, Lemon, Absinthe) or Big Trouble in Little Tokyo (Toki, Cointreau Lime Juice, Falernum, Bitters). Wines like the Sofia Sparkling Rose Mini Can or the St. Supéry, Sauvignon Blanc will refresh and local brews from Common Crown, Legend 7 Brewing, Blindman Brewing and Caravel will slide down easy.

Hours for dipping and dining are as follows: 

Hotel Guests

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 

Non-Guests

11:00 AM – Dusk: Dip and Dine 

And now, if you are in Calgary, you know the answer to that age-old question, Which way to the beach?

Note: this post was not sponsored but all photos were provided by the Hotel Arts.

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