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Sandman Inn Blue River
Ranked #1 of 1 Blue River B&B and Inns
UK
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142 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“We only stayed to break up the journey...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2011

.....but should we have contiued our drive into the night?

We were charged a fee on our credit card incase or breakages - but we were told it would vanish by the time we got home (so I will see when I get my bill). We were charged this pre authorisation fee at a couple of the hotels that were in the middle of nowhere but not in the city hotels?!

It did feel like something from a film when we first pulled up, like 'the wrong turn' or 'the hills have eyes' but we had paid and were tired so we stayed. If we hadn't we wouldn't.

We went in the dinner, only to kill the last hour before we could sleep. Wouldn't recommend.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sandman_Blue_River, Manager at Sandman Inn Blue River, responded to this review, 2 November 2011
Thank you very much for your very favorable reveiw. I am very pleased that we were able to meet your needs.
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Penticton, Canada
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2011

The Blue River Sandman is a clean comfortable recently renovated motel, with an excellent on-site restaurant (Tony's Grill). We enjoyed our stay there. One thing to be aware of - although wifi internet is part of the package, it is satellite based and VERY intermitent. It was so slow that we were not able to get on at all during an overnight stay. This is the ONLY negative about this lodging, and it is not really the fault of the hotel. Staff are wonderful and most accommodating.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sandman_Blue_River, Manager at Sandman Inn Blue River, responded to this review, 26 December 2012
Thank you very much for your kind words and your review. You will be very pleased to hear that we have upgraded the internet service here at the hotel and it is SOOOO much better now.
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Burnaby, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2011

I was merrily on my way, moving to Vancouver (from Edmonton) with all my possessions on the 26 ft U-haul truck (which was also pulling a trailer with a car on it) and a rear tire blew just 10 km out of Blue River at 10PM on a Friday night. It was a very stressful experience, not because I was being eaten alive by mosquitoes while trying to get my car off the trailer in the dark… but because my wife was driving in another vehicle pulling another trailer and she was missing, and there was NO cell service for the next 150Km!! After a trying for a good 1.5 hours I managed to get the high-centred car off the trailer and then headed off to find my wife who was hopefully just up ahead waiting for me… After 2 hours searching motels and gas stations for 100Km I assumed the worst, and that she was also assuming the worst of my situation. At midnight I discovered the helpful managers of the Sandman Inn in Blue River and was luckily able to secure their last room. Stephen was extremely helpful with suggestions regarding my situation and had the brainwave to check with the RCMP. At around 2 AM my wife was located and all was well with her. My room at the Sandman was newly renovated and spotless and I couldn’t believe all the amenities for the cost effective price I paid. It unfortunately took u-haul around 18 hours to repair their truck and the managers took many many coordination calls from u-haul and patiently attempted to find me in the restaurant and out in the parking lot. They went far beyond the call of duty to assist with the situation.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Sandman_Blue_River, Manager at Sandman Inn Blue River, responded to this review, 26 December 2012
Thank you very much for your review. I am very happy that my wife and myself were able to assist you and help you with Uhaul. We try very hard to meet or exceed our customers expectations and it is great to hear when we have succeeded.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2011

This Sandman is not like Langley's Sandman but, not bad. not bad at all.
The rooms have been refurbished including the washrooms.
The hallways are very dated but clean. Same with the lobby.
The parking is not too bad.
There is an attached restaurant off the lobby. It's pretty good.
The staff is very nice. Very friendly.
There is no cell service in Blue River. None. Not even a peep of 1/2 a bar on the cell.
I will probably stay there again due to it being clean and also having very nice staff.

Room Tip: There is NO cell service. As long as you know that in advance. I didn't. But that's okay.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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Sandman_Blue_River, Manager at Sandman Inn Blue River, responded to this review, 26 December 2012
Thank you very much for your review. You will be very happy to learn that Telus has set up a cell tower in Blue River. It does require a 4G or beter phone but it does mean we now have cell service available.
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Edmonton
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70 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2011

We (2 couples) stayed here while en route from Edmonton to Vancouver and found the rooms to be clean and recently renovated. The beds were comfortable, the bathroom was in good repair & clean, and the "kitchenette" was very new.

The hallways, common areas, and exterior show wear and one can tell that it's an older building that has probably had more than one facelift.

The price was reasonable, although since we paid extra because we had 4 adults in the room, we would have appreciated the room having enough towels, coffee, etc. for 4 adults.

The wi-fi was horribly slow, which was really unfortunate, since we specifically chose this hotel on our route because of the lack of internet access in other hotels (we require it for work). Although not a fault of the hotel, there is no cellular voice OR data coverage in Blue River.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank YEGcg
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Sandman_Blue_River, Manager at Sandman Inn Blue River, responded to this review, 26 December 2012
Thank you very much for your review. I would like to let you know that the satalite internet company we deal with has upgraded thier service and we know have 5 GB up and download speeds available to us. It is still satalite so that is shared but it is mich better than it was when you stayed here.
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Additional Information about Sandman Inn Blue River

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): ₹ 4,880 - ₹ 7,513
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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