Sandman is a decent hotel, well located in downtown, right on C-Train line. Some simple improvements would raise my rating from Average to Very Good. As a Calgary resident, I stayed here for 3 nights when I had to evacuate due to June/2013 flooding, so feel very fortunate I was able to secure a room (booking through Expedia was a breeze).
Pluses: good value as Calgary often has stratospheric room rates that would make Manhattan or London blush. Very friendly, attentive staff. Room was decent size, clean, comfortable bed/linens. Moxie's restaurant has good, comfort food for all meals. Location can't be beat for access to downtown and C-Train. Underground Parking was cheap $5/day (Calgary also has sky high parking rates elsewhere on par with Manhattan).
Minuses: on 6th floor, on 7th Ave side where the C-train runs, the noise of the train was very noticeable and would keep a light sleeper up til midnight, then again at 6am. Suggested Fix: double or triple paned windows. Another suggested fix: hire 2 door people in lobby. Every time I left or returned to hotel, there were indigent people panhandling right at the entrance (as in holding the door for you). While I feel very badly for indigent people and help where I can (donations of money and clothes to Calgary Drop-In Centre), it's illegal in Calgary to panhandle and many tourists seemed intimidated when trying to get into hotel. A door person at both main doors into lobby would help with this issue.
With thicker windows and addition of door people, the Sandman would be "Very Good".
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- Centrally located in Calgary's business district, and a short distance from Calgary's retail and entertainment district, Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre is the ideal place to stay whether you are travelling for business or for pleasure. ... more less
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