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Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre
Ranked #80 of 109 Hotels in Calgary
Hampshire
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70 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Good for a stop-over”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We stayed at the Sandman for a night, following arrival in Calgary, prior to driving through the Rockies. The hotel is very well situated to explore downtown Calgary (when I say 'explore', I actually mean 'walk through') and had reasonably priced parking. The room was fine: clean and a good size. The air-con unit was quite dated and had a clunky mechanism for operating (with buttons that were akin to those on a television set from 1983). In terms of facilities, you could tell that there was a pool in the building from the overwhelming smell of chlorine in the reception area; we didn't use it so I can't comment on its functionality. The hotel restaurant suited our jet-lagged selves well and had a fair array of food on offer. Overall, this was a good place to stop off and gather oneself before moving on...not much more than that.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

After a booking mess up at another downtown hotel we wound up here and were quite happy with the results.

Pros: The rooms are clean and well maintained. Nice gym and pool (pool deck needs some minor repairs though). Staff were all friendly and accommodating. Quiet A/C units, and super cheap parking on weekends.

Cons: Took 7hrs to get someone to fix the A/C. No big deal on a cool day. The big disappointment was the food and beverage services. The service at the restaurant and bar was at best indifferent, and often non-existant. We once sat at the bar for over ten minutes without spotting a staff member. Another time it took ages to get a menu while staff chatted together at the end of the counter. Moxie's is normally great for customer service. However this one puts a damper on an otherwise positive hotel experience.

My advice is to stay at this hotel with its excellent staff, and eat out elsewhere. There's plenty of good food nearby.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Biloela, Australia
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

We came to Calgary for the Stampede and the Sandman more than met our needs. It was close to public transport, Stampede Park and underground parking. Customer service was great. It is an older hotel and even though rooms were a little small it was clean and comfortable. We requested a quieter room and given one on the 14th floor well above the noise of traffic and trains. Not a place I would stay for an extended holiday but good for the purpose.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

Very central hotel right on the tram line and a really short walk to Stephens avenue and the core shopping centre. Hotel was spacious and clean and staff were very friendly! Parking was a bargain at $5 per night. We didn't eat in the restaurant but it looked nice. I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Calgary
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Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed there for 2 nights with a Studiosus Group. Very noisy and bad rooms. Air condition made such e noise we could hardly sleep. Personal totally unflexible and disorganized. We would never recommen this hotel, not even for one night.There are better options in Calgary for sure.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

Stayed as part of a Rocky Mountaineer package. Poor location. Not really in the city centre. Did not feel safe to walk in this area at night. Lots of construction work going on around. Bog standard city hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Stayed here for two nights and that was more than enough. The location is excellent which is why we selected it. The train is right there and you can walk to lots of restaurants and boutiques and the downtown area.
Noisy! When the room next to us used the shower it was crazy loud, and we could also here them talking through the walls at 3:00 a.m. Beds are not so comfy.
Sandman is an old building and could use some updating for sure. Love the old wooden doors though.
Wifi is free although they were having some issues when we were there.
An OK stay for a night or two tops.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre
Address: 888 7 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 3J3, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Calgary
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #80 of 109 Hotels in Calgary
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre 3*
Number of rooms: 300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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