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Pet-friendly south Calgary hotel near Deerfoot Trail with indoor pool, dining & kitchenettes

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls
  • Rooms were stylish and clean with comfortable beds
  • Location was handy to Deerfoot Trail, big box shopping and walking trails
  • Staff were polite and friendly according to guests
  • Guests had good meals on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent by guests
Cons
  • Guests found some of the rooms small and cramped
  • Some guests complained of small maintenance issues
  • Some guests said the AC units did not cool well
  • Business centre use costs $5 for 20 minutes or $10 per hour
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 5, 2016
Overview
This hotel is located in a big-box shopping area in south Calgary, a 3-minute drive from Deerfoot Trail and 16 minutes from the city centre.

The smoke-free hotel offers 201 rooms over 4 floors. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a 32” LCD TV, a coffeemaker, a desk with ergonomic chair, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control.

Rooms are furnished with 2 queen beds, bunk beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a separate bedroom, 2 TVs, a living room, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a mini-kitchen (mini-fridge, microwave, sink), a kitchenette (stove top), a dining table, a double jacuzzi and a washer/dryer (on request). Accessible rooms are available.

Free parking is available on site. Pets are welcome for $10 each per night.

Moxie's Grill & Bar offers lunch and dinner daily. Denny's is open 24 hours each day and Shark Club Bar & Grill serves lunch and dinner daily.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a 24-hour business centre, an elevator, a 24-hour front desk and meeting rooms.

One of the most popular attractions in south Calgary is Heritage Park Historical Village, about a 14-minute drive away. This hotel is about an 8-minute drive from 2 of Calgary's largest malls, Southcentre Mall and the Chinook Centre. Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a 19-minute drive without traffic. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on Aug 3, 2016: in-room jacuzzi is for 2 persons, business centre use costs $5 for 20 minutes or $10 per hour
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The Good
This hotel provided a comfortable stay for many guests.

Guests were often pleased with the rooms. They were clean and stylish and had comfy beds. Guests also liked having extras like a mini-fridge and microwave in some rooms.

Guests liked the location. It was in walking distance to Ikea and Walmart, had close access to Deerfoot Trail and was an easy drive to Heritage Park Historical Village. One guest reviewer enjoyed beautiful walking trails near by.

Guests liked the staff. They were described as courteous and friendly.

The Denny’s on site was enjoyed by guests for its modern décor and guests were pleased to have a choice of restaurants on site. Guests who ate on site, seemed to have enjoyed their meals.

Guests also found the hotel reasonably priced.

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The Bad
Sometimes the hotel failed to meet guest's normal expectations.

Some guests complained of small rooms.

Guest rooms did not seem to be properly checked for simple maintenance problems before being rented out and recent guests reported the following problems: a door bolt did not work as it was misaligned, the bathroom door would not latch or lock but actually swung open offering no privacy, there were loose fixtures in the bathroom, the bedroom door did not latch not allowing the expected privacy, and a guest in a loft room complained of a necessary ceiling fan which made a grinding noise all night while the air conditioner did not regulate the room’s temperature to sufficiently cool it. 

Staff seemed poorly trained at times. A guest had to argue with the front desk that the breakfast special included 2 free breakfasts and not 1 only, when it was clearly written on the hotel’s website, dirty dishes were left for days in the hallway by the ice machine and housekeeping failed to show up even to provide clean towels and toilet paper to a guest.

Other similar hotel related complaints were: the elevators were left not functioning and the key cards frequently did not work.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #66 out of 110 hotels, based on 181 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 8.5 out of 10, based on 172 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.1 out of 5, based on 347 reviews.


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
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39 / out of 81
hotels in Calgary

Rated 8.1/10 based on 1110 reviews

Ranked #39 out of 81 hotels in Calgary

1110
Location
Map Marker Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary South
8001 - 11th Street SE, Calgary, AB