Looking for a little shopping Staycation in Alberta? The Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Calgary may just have the offer for you. They have a special where you can receive a $50 gift card to Cross Iron Mills mall just north of Calgary in the hamlet of Balzac. Or for the same price you can choose a Zoo package with 2 adult and 2 child tickets. The Calgary Zoo recently re-opened with modified entry and viewing These packages are ones where you do spend more on the room over the regular rates but they do afford you the package gift at a discount. Here is a comparison of the rates on a Sunday night in late June:
versus the regular rates:
As you can see you’ll are basically paying $33 to get a $50 shop card for Cross Iron Mills. You do receive a $50 shop card for each night you book. So if you stay two nights you’ll get two $50 cards. Two adult and two child tickets at the zoo are $59.80 not taking into account any discounts that can be found so that provides a bit more savings over the Cross Iron offer but either way both provide some savings. As these offers are based in the room rate you’ll earn Marriott Bonvoy points on the whole $139 or whatever rate you end up paying. I do wonder how the hotel will set up Zoo tickets as they have to be purchased before hand now – perhaps they may have the agents purchase the tickets online for the guests when they check in.
If you have never stayed at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel before it has a pretty amazing water park with multiple water slides that kids love. Both of my kids attended numerous birthday parties at it years ago and always had a blast. Bad news is, according to their website the water park is closed right now for obvious reasons. However with Alberta now entering stage 2 of its re-opening process as of today (June 12) leisure swimming pools are able to re-open which I believe is also the case for hotel pools. I would call the hotel first to double check so you don’t arrive and have disappointed kids (or adults 😁)
This offer is available for stays until October 16, 2020 and you can see thanks to COVID the rates they have are actually lower than the rate advertised of $175 per night or higher.