I walked into Sandman Hotel at Calgary City Centre with my eyes wild open. After all, I did read all the reviews written here. It definitely didn't help that my room ended up right next to the elevators although by closing the bathroom door, it wasn't that noisy. But this isn't a big hotel. It appears that four rooms out 16 per floor, is next to the elevators! The hotel is located next to the Calgary Transit which is good but even up in the 11th floor, I can heard train loud and clear. When I was at the Hyatt last year, it was next to the Calgary Transit on the fourth floor and didn't heard a thing. The shower had uneven heat. That basically means from time to time, it goes from hot to cold even if you don't touch the control. Sometimes, during the initial phase, yellow water will come out. I am not sure what that was but I let the water run for a while before I get under it. The bathroom counter was way too small for any traveler. I was bit bemused to discovered that housekeeping left a half used shampoo bottle for me. Of course, I am not sure what room but you can also hear the water running when someone is taking a shower above you. The bed wasn't very comfortable. I was there for the Calgary Expo so I came home exhausted each evening so I slept well no matter what. The internet was super spotty. At times, it ran well...at other times, it was worthless. And I mean utterly worthless!! Can't even bring up my Internet Explorer!! The room didn't have any in-room safe. I suppose I could count my blessing that I wasn't only next to the elevator but the ice machine as well. That would have been bad.
On the positive side, it had a nice small refrigerator and AC-heat unit that proves to be handy in creating a white noise effect. It is close to the Calgary Transit, it does have a 24 hours McDonald's and Subway really close by. For a Calgary Expo fans, all this is a good thing. Housekeeping (outside of that shampoo bottle) wasn't too bad although they lean more toward the cheap side. My room at least, was relatively clean. They do have a good business center where you can print off things from the computer, the pool looked nice and their work out gym also looked very well equipped. Of course, I was too tired for pool and gym after the Expo. Desk Staff proves to be helpful and they were considerate and professional.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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