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Calgary airport hotel 10 min to YYC with free shuttle, free parking and indoor pool

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Guests said the rooms were clean and comfortable
  • Guests typically thought the hotel was priced right
  • Staff were friendly and courteous according to reviewers
  • Guests liked the location and found it handy to the airport and the highway
  • Many liked the beds at this hotel
  • Moxies restaurant a hit with lots of guests
Cons
  • A few guests noted some maintenance issues
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Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jun 8, 2015
Overview
Located about a 10-minute drive to Calgary International Airport (YYC), with a free 24-hour airport shuttle, this hotel is geared to guests who want to access the nearby airport. 

All rooms are smoke-free and offer climate control, free Wi-Fi, a 32" flat screen cable TV with pay-per-view movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a work desk with ergonomic chair, a hair dryer and an iron and an ironing board. All rooms are furnished with 2 double beds or 1 king bed.  Suites may offer a separate bedroom and living area, a sofabed, and a mini-kitchen (microwave, mini-fridge, a wet bar and dishes). This hotel offers accessible rooms.

Free parking is available on site and the hotel offers a 24-hour free airport shuttle service. Pets are welcome for a cost of $10/day. Free coffee and fruit is available for guests in the lobby.

Moxie's Restaurant is on site and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers room service to guests. On-site amenities include an indoor heated pool, a hot tub, a gym, a 24-hour business centre and an elevator.

The downtown area, which is home to the Calgary Tower, the Glenbow Museum and the Stampede Corral, is a 15-minute drive away. The Calgary Zoo is about an 11-minute drive away (driving time estimates: Google Maps).

Confirmed with front desk on June 8, 2015: pet fee is $10, parking is free and there is an elevator on site.
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The Good
Guests that liked this hotel were pleased with several aspects, including its location near the airport, the price point for the rooms, friendly staff and a good chain restaurant on site.

Guests felt this hotel's proximity to the airport was a definite plus, especially with the free airport shuttle, and some felt it was well located to downtown as well. 

They found the rooms clean and comfortable and the price was right according to some. 

Staff were friendly, helpful and courteous to guests.

Guests typically though Moxies was excellent and were pleased that it was on site.
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The Bad
While many of the reviews read for this report were favourable, a few guests complained about areas where the hotel needed upkeep.

Some guests noted that the decor at this hotel was aging, and suggested that updates were in order. Guests mentioned AC units that were ineffective, the pool area, rust around the hot tub and loose tiles in the bathroom and stained carpets.



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Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 3.9 out of 5, based on 271 reviews with 88% recommending the hotel.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #61 out of 102 Calgary hotels.
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews
7.5
Good

Rated 7.5/10 based on 197 reviews

Ranked #51 out of 80 hotels in Calgary

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2 out of 10 | Brenda stayed September 14, 2011

"Lacking in customer service and reasonable amenities."

"Check in at 5:15 pm was very slow. Not advised of Moxie room service AND there was not information in the room (I specifically checked). When I returned from Moxies with my take-out order, my keys did not work. The check-out sheet tucked into the room door way was only partially in the room. This is a security issue as anyone walking by could have determined that I was likely alone in the room and they also had access to my home address. When I raised these concerns with the front desk at check out, the female (who was not actually checking me out) starting arguing with me that there was Moxie's information in my room). I did not appreciate starting my work day with a debate or disagreement with the front clerk."

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10 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed March 28, 2011

"Accommodations and staff were excellent. We had an overnight stay in Calgary while flying home to Ontario from Maui. Very tired and the staff were extremely accommodating. I actually booked online from Maui. The only concern I had was with the shuttle service. I understand the Sandman hotel has an agreement with WestJet. If you are waiting in line for the shuttle and WestJet employees have already called in, they get preferencial service. Which I agree, they deserve, however, with only one van to accommodate all travelers, it can be a long wait. Especially on long flights. Having said all that, the cab fare to your hotel is very reasonable (we took a cab instead of waiting) The complimentary gift card for breakfast offered by Moxies was a great way to complete a good night's rest at Sandman. Thank you and warm regards. Wayne & Cindy Anderson"

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9 out of 10 | David stayed July 02, 2006

"Convenient location to the airport is a strong attraction as our early morning flight demanded close proimity. We did not have time for shopping or travel downtown. Thanks, DJ -"

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4 out of 10 | Jennifer stayed January 24, 2006

"We booked a long time before this stay and a week before staying we stated again (for the second time) that we wanted a smoking room. We were assured that it was no problem as we gave very good notice. Hence to say, when we showed up at 12:30 a.m.(a late flight), we were told that all they had was non smoking and that it was too bad. I DON'T like being put on the spot, just because it was late at night and I had no time to find another hotel. I'm NOT impressed!!!!"

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9 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed June 17, 2004

"We had just come off a very lovely vacation in Banff and Jasper and had been driving all day. We were ready for an quiet evening meal and bedtime in prep for an early get-up to fly back to Austin. While Moxie's had good food, the atmosphere was definitely for the under 35 crowd-- too loud and jazzy for us. The first clue was the go-go boots, tight black minis and tight T's of the hostesses. When we checked in there was not enough staff . One woman was fielding calls and trying to check us in at the same time. Needless to say the phone call took precidence"

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Map Marker Sandman Hotel & Suites, Calgary Airport
25 Hopewell Way North East, Calgary, AB