Grande Prairie shows many of the problems associated with excessive economic growth. One of these is a shortage of hotel rooms allows hotels to charge exorbitant rates, with a night in the Grande Prairie
Holiday Inn costing almost twice as much as a night at the Edmonton Westin. This problem may be accentuated by the near-monopoly in hotels enjoyed by the local Pomeroy Group, which owns & operates local hotels both in its own name and using many well-known franchises, including Holiday Inn.
The Sandman Hotel is one of the few hotels in town not owned by the Pomeroy Group, and perhaps coincidentally offers rates substantially lower than equivalent Pomeroy Group hotels. Avoid the rack rates; Corporate and ‘Over 55’ rates are particularly good.
The hotel itself is a large, modern building on the edge of the town centre, backing onto a railway line. Guests at the rear of the hotel had better be railway enthusiasts as they will be woken by the train that makes its way noisily across town in the early hours of the morning. Many Alberta towns (Canmore, for example) have local laws that prohibit trains using their horns in the early hours, but in Grande Prairie such restrictions are apparently only for cissies.
Rooms in the hotel are entirely adequate, with the exception of the air conditioning units, which are unable to cope even on moderately warm days.
The hotel’s ‘Deny’s’ restaurant exhibits another of the problems afflicting Grade Prairie. There is a chronic labour shortage in town (even petrol pumps flash up messages offering users a job), and employers have great difficulty both recruiting and retaining staff, yet alone suitable staff. Because of these problems this is the only ‘Deny’s’ restaurant in North America that is not open twenty-four hours a day, and the service is terrible, as it is in most shops & restaurants in Grande Prairie.
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