This Sandman hotel in downtown Calgary has a similar interior design to the Sandman in downtown Vancouver. The only difference is that the Vancouver sister hotel appeared so much better managed , its furniture were in better condition and it is much cleaner than the Sandman Calgary City Centre. This Calgary hotel looked somewhat tired and neglected in parts.
After checking in, we were given a room which reeked of cigarette smoke even though we had requested a non-smoking room. We believe that the City of Calgary even have a by-law that prohibits smoking in public places. The room was changed when we complained.
The second room did not smell of cigarettes or smoke but it looked somewhat tired, and it was obvious the furniture had seen better days. The air-conditioner appeared old and it was noisy (although it was cool enough when switched on) . The bathroom needed redecoration.
Internet connection did not seem too fast but as it was free of charge, this was still appreciated.
The hotel has a bar/restaurant downstairs which served reasonably adequate food. The cooking was not outstanding but at least, the waitress service was reasonably friendly.
The good points about this hotel are, some of the rooms in the higher floors gives you a good view of the city. As it is conveniently located in the downtown area of Calgary, it is within a few steps to the nearest tram stop. So getting around the city from the hotel is easy.
It is hoped that Sandman Hotels would invest some money and effort in updating this hotel as it has potential to be a good hotel. At the time of our stay, the decor looked somewhat neglected in certain areas, which was a bit of a shame.
Perhaps the hotel management will read this and check whether their hotel staff have tried their best to uphold the City of Calgary no-smoking by-law in their hotel more diligently.
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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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