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Month: April 2017

Hotel review: Sandman Hotel & Suites Winnipeg Airport

While passing through the Manitoba capital and needing one night accommodation close to the airport I opted for the Sandman Hotel & Suites Winnipeg Airport and it delivered an upscale stay at a budget price.

The complimentary airport shuttle ride was appreciated arriving in late. Look for the airport’s information desk where the phones bank is located to call for a shuttle bus pick-up. After the promised 15 minute wait the shuttle arrived and drove me the short distance to the Sandman with the same staffer who chauffeured me from the airport appearing behind the counter to check me in.

Room #464 is a Corporate King Suite at the end of the hallway and features a separate bedroom and living area with a small kitchen. The bedroom features a comfortable king bed flanked by a pair of nightstands, a cabinet with 42 ” big screen TV, and small closet but little else as there really isn’t much room for any more furniture.



The bathroom was a pleasant surprise with a vessel sink on a stone marble-like vanity and a tub/shower combination however the light switch on the outside of the time took a few times to get used to.

If there was one complaint about the bathroom it’s that the water pressure was low in the shower but beyond that the room was more than large enough for a single traveler with a small suitcase and carry-on. The small kitchenette went unused but I could see it coming in handy for longer stays with the mini-fridge, microwave and small table for two.

Having a big king bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living areas plus a big screen TV in each room would  make for flexible arrangements for guests staying with a family so the room gets good grades for user-friendly features.

For a three-star hotel, the Sandman Hotel & Suites Winnipeg Airport does have some upscale on-site amenities including an indoor pool and hot tub and extensive fitness facility.

Pool hours are 6 AM until 11PM but it’s unsupervised without a lifeguard on duty.


There are some areas of concern including security guards stationed both in the lobby and on the fourth floor making me wonder whether the rowdy crowd frequents this hotel enough to require a very visible security deterrent.

Just off the lobby is a snack shop with soda, chips and snacks but while convenient the items come at a hefty price so would recommend a stop at a nearby convenience store for those items instead.

While breakfast isn’t included in the nightly room rate there is a Denny’s restaurant just down the corridor from the main lobby and their service and morning meal were both excellent. Also attached to the Sandman is Chop Winnipeg Airport, which bills itself as a  modern steakhouse serving beef, prime rib and seafood. I tried the Chop Burger and while a filling meal the price is a little high and the burger a little messy so would probably try something different from the menu next visit.

The Winnipeg Airport the Sandman is a comparable price to other hotels in the area but with a few on-site creature comforts so works out to be an overall better value.


Airlines speed up the lost luggage recovery process

While checking bags isn’t something I’ve done for years having trained myself to travel light with just a carry-on only, I understand there are times when it may be necessary to check luggage for a variety or reasons. Inevitably however some checked bags are lost or delayed so I was curious to hear about some of the new high-tech steps airlines are taking to help reunite lost or delayed bags with their owners.

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