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Sandman Motel Down-Under
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Libby
Reviewed July 21, 2011

I stayed at the Sandman-Down Under in July. I was originally booked for several nights but checked out after one. Although the room was clean, that is about all it was. The room was quite cramped, with no room to hang clothes because of where management decided to place a small fridge. (Mine was not working and had to be swapped out.) Everything about the Sandman was bare bones. They had a very small bar of the cheapest soap in the bathroom, but nothing else. The towels were thin enough that you could still read a newspaper through them. I was quite unhappy with the entire ambience of the place - BUT FOUND A BETTER OPTION.
Coming into Libby, I saw a sign for a bed and breakfast called The Huckleberry House. I discovered it was a scant two blocks away from the Sandman - and that they had availability. My three night stay there was absolutely splendid. The 1910 home had been completely refurbished and updated. My room was spacious and lacked no amenities. The innkeepers, Keith and Ellen Johnston, seemed to be welcome throwbacks to a more refined and elegant era. All of this goodness, plus a sumptuous breakfast was available for a mere $23 more per night than I paid at the Sandman! The Huckleberry House is THE place to stay if your travels are taking you to beautiful Libby, Montana.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 4, 2011

Sandman Down Under is, as advertised, a pretty clean place. However, while cleanliness is good, there are other factors that contribute to satisfaction of customers. The Sandman seems to have taken a low-budget approach to just about everything. The like to advertise that the rooms are recently re-modeled. That may be true, but the re-modeling work was less than top-notch. The trim outside all of the doors is plain wood planks with no paint and a sloppy fit and finish. When inside the room, a gap of about 1/16 inch is very visible around most of the door. The furnishings of the room are spartan, with very lightweight sheets, blankets and bedspreads, and the pillows are perhaps 3 inches thick, at best. Not much of a pillow. No duvets or removable comforters to be found here. You might want to hope that the previous guest was a clean and healthy person, because the only thing between you and the bare mattress is one thin sheet. As another review noted, the only amenity offered is a bar of soap in the bathroom, so don't forget shampoo and shaving gear.
The office personnel were friendly enough, but the complimentary continental breakfast, which was served in the 10' by 8' office, was a bit cramped, to say the least.
With the small selection of motels in Libby, the Sandman may indeed be the best choice, but at $58 / night, it actually seem overpriced for what it was.

Room Tip: Ask for an end room, w/only 1 common wall.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2010

Stayed the night at sandman while on a motorcycle trip. High marks in all the categories important to me - fair price ($60), friendly service, very clean room, good working fast wifi. King size comfortable bed, AC, fridge, shower, cable TV, etc. Only points I can give them low marks for are bathroom accessories is limited to a bar of soap, and breakfast is limited to a few cold things served in the tiny room where the checkin counter is. Otherwise very happy, would stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sandman Motel Down-Under

Address: 919 Mineral Ave, Libby, MT 59923-1913
Location: United States > Montana > Libby
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
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Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Libby
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Sandman Motel Down Under. We strive to give our customers the best hospitality experience during their stay in beautiful Libby, Montana. We offer free wifi, breakfast, flat screen TVs in all rooms, new plush top beds and impeccably clean rooms. ... more   less 

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