Poolside at Hotel Arts

IMG_0015Think you have to go to South Beach to enjoy a poolside mojito with piped-in DJ sounds of summer? Don’t book that flight to Miami just yet. Here in Calgary, Hotel Arts is the destination for bikini-clad bevvie-sipping hotties looking to cool off.IMG_0004Now that most post-flood cleanup scenes like this are in the past and the crowds from Stampede have corralled elsewhere…IMG_0019… the pool at Hotel Arts is one of the verrry attractive reasons to party in Calgary. One of the first boutique hotels to hit Cowtown, it did an Ace Hotel-worthy conversion of the Holiday Inn in 2005. Look beyond the exposed skin and you’ll notice a camera crew shooting video and still shots.IMG_0018It’s part an Tourism Calgary campaign currently running nationwide:  We’re Open! The subtext being that the water is in the pool, not on the streets anymore. Welcome tourists! Photos by Chris Bolin - Tourism Calagry - We are Open CampaignOf course Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is the star of the campaign. This photo, taken by Chris Bolin (who was enjoying the sunshine after covering the floods for the Globe and Mail) was snapped right after I interviewed the mayor on the hottest, sweatiest day of the year so far… 37 degrees Celsius. Watch the finished video here. Meanwhile, as the sun bakes into our backs, I feel like I can speak for the both of us here:  we’d rather be in the pool with the We’re Open guy.ClearSmall xx 2

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