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“Nice place to stay in Grande Prairie”

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Sandman Hotel Grande Prairie
Ranked #18 of 24 Hotels in Grande Prairie
Huntsville, AL
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7 reviews
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“Nice place to stay in Grande Prairie”
Reviewed February 27, 2009

It did not have the frills of the other place I stayed in GP, i.e., pool, super large conference rooms, etc.. But then again, I did not need those. My only complaint would be that the wireless internet was slow at times. But if it got too slow, I would just go down to the business center and use the wired connection there. Very good location as it is about as downtown as downtown gets in GP. There is a Denny's connected to the hotel (but independently run) that was nice for when I wanted to grab a bite to eat and did not want to brave the cold. Like all hotels in GP, a little pricey, but I got a good deal via one of the one line booking sites.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, England
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Reviewed August 31, 2007

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.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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13 Thank SouthOxon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2007

While being transferred to GP, we had to wait for our furniture to arrive. So we booked a stay at the Sandman in Grande Prairie.

We had an executive Queen room, which was spacious, with a kitchenette, sitting / living room and seperate bedroom.

The room was clean and very nice. The only drawback was it was located directly above the laundry room. The heat generated downstairs by the commercial washers and dryers was intense to say the least. The temperature in our room was almost 35C by midafternoon.

The air conditioner had died prior to our arrival, so the front desk switched us to a different room.

All in all, it was a good stay. The room was reasonably priced, clean, well furnished and the room layout was very appealing.

It was not a perfect trip, but the staff corrected every bump in the road once it was brought to their attention.

Corporate rates are available, don't forget to ask the Front Desk Manager as she can give better deals than the clerks.

  • Liked — Clean, spacious rooms.
  • Disliked — Not enough parking spots.
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank hardrokk
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Edmonton, AB Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2007

An average hotel, little older. This city is booming, there may be newer, nicer places.

  • Stayed June 2006, traveled as a couple
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Thank Call_us_Canucks
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Northern Alberta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2006

Upon checking in, the front desk staff said we were booked for the next weekend. This was their error. Fortunately they had a spare room and upgraded us.

When we got to the room is reeked of smoke. A call downstairs told us that we had orginally booked a smoking room. Again, their mistake. They offered to have housekeeping ozone the room.

We left for dinner and the room was better smelling on our return.

That night it was very noisy outside when the next door bar left out. A bit of an interupted sleep.

I would have to say that the staff screwed up our booking but made every effort to correct it. While things weren't 100%, I would give them another try as they were so accomodating. Their customer service made the difference.

  • Stayed February 2006, traveled on business
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6 Thank NorthernAlbertaChuck
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2005

I had a king room, which gets called a jr suite, on the top (4th) floor. It had a fridge and microwave. The bathtub is a bit small, but that was my only concern there. The room is papered in brown; there's a mirrored closet as you first enter.

On the main floor, there's a pool and whirlpool, with a smallish fitness centre - but adequate for me - open until 10pm. I used the computer in the free business centre daily.

The Denny's restaurant attached had standard prices but disappointing service (it only had a few customers but several inattentive servers; you'd think your section was closed). Onsite, there's also a lounge with smoking. There's also an earls restaurant in the parking lot and a Wendy's across the street. I'd definitely return to this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2005, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 1, 2004

I have had the good fortune of staying at the Sandman Hotel twice in the last year.My most recent stay was in mid November 2004.The hotel is right downtown and must surely be the newest hotel in town. It is very new which is always my preference. They have a brand new Denny's restaurant attached which has reasonably priced tasty meals.

The rooms are well appointed, clean, neat and well maintained. The staff is very friendly and I even used the free business centre. I can't recommend it highly enough. It is the best place to stay in Grande Prairie.

  • Stayed January 2005, traveled on business
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Property: Sandman Hotel Grande Prairie
Address: 9805 100 St, Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 6X3, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Grande Prairie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #18 of 24 Hotels in Grande Prairie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandman Hotel Grande Prairie 3*
Number of rooms: 137
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in Downtown Grande Prairie, this Sandman location offers the ideal combination of comfort, convenience and ease. Within walking distance of City Hall, government buildings and Revolution Place, guests can experience all the sights and sounds that this peaceful town has to offer. With everything from an on-site Denny's, Shark Club Sports Bar & Grill and Bar One Urban Lounge, you can rest and relax with great dining options or take advantage of our indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness facilities. Also providing essentials like a business centre and high-speed Internet access, you can rest assured that every last detail is taken care of. Whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, Sandman Hotel Grande Prairie has it all. ... more   less 
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