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Clean but dated Kamloops budget hotel with restaurant, free parking and kitchen suites

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls
  • Many guests really liked the pleasant staff of this hotel
  • Guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Central location near downtown core, restaurants, entertainment and hospital
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good by guests in online surveys
Cons
  • No elevator in main 3-storey building (but there is one in the all-suite building)
  • A few guests found small rooms and tiny bathrooms
  • A couple guests found hard pillows or beds
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Dec 3, 2015
Overview
This hotel provides a budget stay in a basic room, or junior suite with a full kitchen, close to downtown venues, restaurants and the hospital.

This non-smoking hotel has 65 guest rooms on 3 floors, each offering free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a flat screen TV with digital cable, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds or 1 queen bed.  Room extras include a microwave, and a full kitchen. Accessible suites are available in the suite building.

Free parking is available on site. Pets are welcomed for a fee of $10 per pet, per night.

On-site dining is available at Denny's which is open 24 hours. Room service is provided from 7 am to 11 pm. Other nearby dining options include The Noble Pig, Frick and Frack Taphouse and Dorian Greek House, all within an 8-minute walk of the hotel. 

Hotel amenities include a business centre, a coin-laundry and a meeting room. There is no elevator to the second or third floors in the main section of the hotel, but there is an elevator in the suite building.

The Sandman Inn Kamloops is a 3-minute drive from Royal Inland Hospital. Thompson Rivers University is a 6-minute drive away and Tournament Capital Centre and Hillside Stadium are reachable in 6 minutes' drive. Shopping can be found at the nearby Columbia Place Shopping Centre is a 5-minute drive from the hotel. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)


Confirmed with the front desk on December 2, 2015: all rooms have flat screens with digital cable and mini-fridges, about 95% of the rooms have microwaves, there are still 2 smoking rooms, the suite building offers accessible accommodations, but the main hotel has stairs to the lobby as well as no elevator, no pay-per-view movies
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The Good
Guests who were looking for a quick budget stay, typically enjoyed their stays at this hotel. The hotel is older and offers clean, but dated rooms with very personable staff who provide a pleasant atmosphere. 

The Internet is decent, the value is good, the TVs are flat and the beds are comfy. All rooms have some type of kitchen facility, from a mini-fridge in all rooms, a microwave in most, to a full kitchen in many of the rooms.

Guests came to the hotel to sleep and it delivered well on that end with clean and comfortable beds in a quiet location. Denny's was on site and provided a meal, take-out, dine-in, tea and room service, all very pleasing and convenient to the hotel guests.

The location was close to downtown, entertainment venues, many good restaurants in walking distance, and close to the hospital for guests visiting there.

All in all, it was a good and affordable place for a short stay.
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The Bad
Guests who complained and provided lower than average scores were in the minority, judging from the reviews that were posted online. 

Although the facility is basic and older, it has seen renovations and upgrades, but it was just too dated and unappealing for some guests, who then became focused on what the hotel lacked: no fitness room, no free breakfast, no hot tub and no elevator (with 3 storeys) in the main section of the hotel.

Occasionally guests complained of stale smoke or musty smells, noisy or ineffective AC units, and small rooms with awkwardly configured and tiny bathrooms. A couple guests said their beds and pillows were hard.

There were some complaints that appeared only one time in the reviews. One disappointed guest recently wrote that her room had no sheer curtains (that would have provided some privacy but still allow the daylight in), but only blackout ones that made the room too dark when closed. 

One guest said he could hear noise from the nearby road and another said the area was sketchy.

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Show Sources
Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #35 out of 55 Kamloops hotels from 36 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.5 out of 10 from 24 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.5 out of 5 with a 88% recommendation rate from 73 reviews.


Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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Map Marker Sandman Inn Kamloops
550 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC