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Sandman Inn Blue River
Ranked #1 of 1 Blue River B&B and Inns
Derby, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Good value for money”
Reviewed 16 October 2010

We couldn't disagree more with the previous review .Decided it was excellent value for money. Obviously further on with refurbishment. Room was large, clean and comfortable and perfectly adequate. Not overly quiet as on main highway but OK, though more aware of distant freight trains than traffic! On site restaurant was good for evening meal and breakfast. We were well received by the Krugers ( Gerritt & Martha?) and Mrs Kruger spoke enthusiastically about the plans for the Business Center etc. She also recommended we walked to Eleanor Lake about 20 mins or so away which we did. What a gem! Very beautiful with lots of community amenities including a bathing beach. We were well impressed. Great community spirit seemed in evidence. In our opinion a good stopover. No need to carry onto Clearwater or Valemont! And we certainly didn't like the look of the other establishment.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 15 August 2010

Have travelled globally for 25 years and this was one of the worst western hotels I have ever stayed in. It was overpriced, dirty, uncomfortable, lousy amenities and rude staff/management to boot. How this place can actually be in the Sandman hotel chain is beyond me - I am that that disgusted, i will NEVER stay at a Sandman Hotel in Canada!
We stayed in what was supposed to be a renovated room, what a joke, I have stayed in cleaner and better finished rooms in remote parts of Asia and Africa.
If you can;t get a room at the only other hotel in town, definately keep going and stay at Clearwater or Valemont.
WHAT A DUMP!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled on business
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KevinSandman, Regional Director at Sandman Inn Blue River, responded to this review, 21 September 2010
As Regional Director for Sandman Hotel Group we value all feedback from our guests and take guest concerns very seriously. At the time of this review we were right in the middle of our major renovations and I apologize if we did not meet this guests expectations and have emailed guest to discuss. Blue River Sandman is currently being completey renovated with new windows, roof, flooring, flat screen TV's, top of the line Satellite Internet, upgraded beds and linens, new artwork and many other renovations and upgraded ammenities. We will also be adding Business Center and Dry Room for snowmobilers as well very soon. Our new on site management couple Gerrit and Martha would be proud to welcome you to the Sandman Inn Blue River.

Yours in Hospitality... Kevin White
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Kelowna
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10 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 9 October 2009

I stayed at the Blue River Sandman in September. It is right on the highway. There is not much in Blue River except a gas station but the area is very beautiful. This is more of a motel style building but when you get in the rooms they are quite nice, and very similar to any Sandman I have been to. The staff are nice and make you feel at home. It looks to me like this is the best game in this little town.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
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Alberta
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Reviewed 21 July 2009

We stayed at this hotel because it was getting late and we wanted to get off the road. It was a Sandman so we figured it would be alright. Wrong! Our credit card was charged right away and the agent tossed our key to us. Thanks.

Walking into the room, we noticed a long orange cord connecting to the TV. We could have easily tripped on it but somehow we stayed safe. Went to use the washroom but the light didn't work. We had to put a lamp on the counter and use that for light. Again, not a good situation. There was hair in the bathtub too. The decor was painfully dated and we couldn't wait to get out of there in the morning. Luckily, we had to hit the road early.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gonzarelli
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Saskatoon, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2007

We booked this hotel somewhat arbitrarily, since it was the only chain hotel in Blue River, which we knew we would be passing through.

The outside of the hotel looked a little rough, and the reception area was rather dingy. I am used to providing my credit card for a pre-auth, but the lady at the front desk actually charged my card in advance, before we saw the room. I was a little concerned at that point.

We pulled up to our private door, and had a look at the room. We were not impressed. Everything was quite old, including the TV, wallpaper, curtains, light fixtures, and the bathroom tile.

The weatherstripping on the door was damaged or missing in a few spots, and a few winged beetles of some sort had moved in. We found one in the bed sheets, and a couple more on the walls. Obviously this happened before, since I also found the remains of a few others, smashed into the wallpaper.

The bathroom counter was permanently stained. The bathtub itself was OK, but the shower head was mounted at about four and a half feet, so even my 5'3" significant other had to bend down to wash her hair. We both got water up our noses from having to do that.

I was uncomfortable enough that I left my shoes and jacket on for the first couple of hours.

We had been driving all day, and just wanted to get some rest. After a careful inspection for more bugs, we decided to just tough it out, rather than fight for a refund. It was by far not our most comfortable stay.

My opinion... I would not recommend the Blue River Sandman Inn. There are other hotels in Blue River. One of them is probably better.

  • Liked — Location; on highway.
  • Disliked — Overall makeup of the room, not to mention the bugs.
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sandman Inn Blue River
Address: 795 Highway 5 South | PO Box 31, Blue River, British Columbia V0E 1J0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Blue River
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Blue River
Price range (per night): $103 - $154
Hotel Class:2 star — Sandman Inn Blue River 2*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between Vancouver and Edmonton, Blue River is a hot spot for heli-skiing, hiking, and fishing. Only blocks away from the town centre, our Inn features 36 newly renovated guest rooms, including rooms with kitchenettes and an on-site restaurant. Enjoy everything this town has to offer from our convenient central location. ... more   less 
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