F1 Grand Prix races into Montreal

Formula One Grand PrixHailed as the biggest sporting event in the country, the annual Formula One Grand Prix fuels Montreal’s historic streets with excitement for weeks on end. And it’s finally here! Have fun this weekend Montreal.

Sandman Gets Style Savvy and Environmentally Conscious with Vancouver Eco-Fashion Week

Yves Saint Laurent once said “Fashions fade, style is eternal,” poignantly highlighting how fast, capricious and lavish the world of fashion is. From season to season, accessories to jackets, what people wear is a huge business across the globe and yet, so little attention is paid to how it actually affects the globe.

That’s why Sandman Hotels is proud to sponsor a strong group of rapidly expanding eco-minded style icons who know the difference between fashion that cuts down rain forests and fashion that is ecologically cutting edge. Founded by Myriam Laroche, Vancouver Eco-Fashion Week focuses on highlighting the world’s style leaders who source their textiles from environmentally and humanely responsible sources in addition to vintage and used clothing retailers who ensure that perfectly usable garments don’t end up in landfills.

The event will feature informative ‘smart talks’ on topics ranging from consumer behaviour and awareness to industry trends and recycling. It will also showcase the best of the eco-fashion runway with exciting fashions shows and parties.

Now in its 5th year running, the event has done a lot to ensure that the 3rd most environmentally damaging industry is on its way to a better place, and we couldn’t be more proud to support their cause –because, as Canadians, we know what it’s like to have a passion for your environment and the people who make it great.

To find out more about Vancouver Eco Fashion Week, click: http://ecofashion-week.com/

To see Vancouver Eco Fashion Rates for Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre click: http://ht.ly/eAg7R

To see Vancouver Eco Fashion Rates for Sandman Suites – Davie Street, click: http://ht.ly/eAgjN

Sandman Gives Thanks to the Fans!

Say the word Turkey and almost instinctively your brain will conjure up images of a giant Thanksgiving feast. From the perfectly cooked bird to mountains of potatoes and that oh-so-delicious pumpkin pie, there’s no denying that food and the October holiday go together.  Yet, though the banquet is arguably the most popular part of the Thanksgiving festivities, it’s always important to remember that the tradition of saying ‘thanks’ is just as important too.

So in honour of the true foundations of ‘Thanks’giving, we would like to thank all our friends and fans who have helped make Sandman Hotels, Inns & Suites and Sandman Signature Hotels & Resorts a great success this year. From those who’ve stayed at any of our locations across Canada and the UK to those who took the time to post thoughtful entries in our ‘Share Your Sandman Story Photo Contest’, were saying thanks for your support!

We received 57 entries from twitter and facebook all of which gave us a glimpse into your world as a Sandman guest and we we’re more than delighted with the results. From family portraits to stunning scenery, you shared it all. Curious about all the entries? Check out our photo gallery below for some great snapshots.

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In keeping with the theme, we’d also like to hear what you’re thankful for this year. Share your ideas and you could win 2 gift certificates to Denny’s which, fittingly, is featuring a holiday feast of its own.

So from Victoria to Edmonton, Regina to Longueuil and beyond, Sandman Hotels would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Gobble gobble!

Canada Celebrates Rivers Day: A True Canadian Success Story

 

It may not be a holiday with presents, chocolates or flowers and you certainly won’t find a card for it in the stationary aisle. Yet, it is one of the most important days of the year because it’s about our future.

Children release trout into a river with founder, Mark Angelo, for World Rivers Day

Founded by a BC man’s lifelong passion to preserve and protect the world’s rivers, BC Rivers Day & World Rivers Day are among the most impactful events of the many holidays celebrated annually.

The day is a testament to the history of rivers and it highlights the impact that these natural tributaries have on their surrounding communities and ecosystems. It also raises awareness about the need to educate communities about river preservation because these waterways are the lifeline to a delicate and diverse array of animals, fish and plants – not to mention humans.

The story behind the day is important too, especially to Canadian history because it involves a BC-born environmental pioneer who had a simple love for his water. This man is Mark Angelo, and it was his initiative that got the event noticed. His persistence eventually turned Rivers Day from a local event to a provincial one, and thereafter a national and international event.

Mark Angelo

Based on a proposal that Angelo submitted decades ago, the day officially became recognized by the BC provincial government in 1980 – to be celebrated annually on the last Sunday of every September.

From there, Angelo continued his mission by asking 100 B.C. municipalities to hold specific Rivers Day events. Then in 2004, thanks in part to efforts by the United Nations (who declared 2005 – 2015 the ‘UN Water for Life Decade’), Rivers Day went international.

Fast forward to 2012 and Rivers Day is now celebrated at most major rivers around the world. From participants picking up litter from the Thames River in England and a shoreline cleanup in the Ganges River in India, all the way to Russia, where a group will be out on the rivers identifying illegal dump sites. In Poland and West Africa educational programs will be launched about the value of rivers, and in Canada, the event will make a big splash around the Country, with celebrations and educational seminars in many cities where our hotels are located.

It’s a pretty amazing amount of activity…all started by one BC man with a simple mission and a whole lot of tenacity – the makings of a true Canadian hero.

 

For a list of BC Rivers Day events click: www.orcbc.ca/pro_bcriversday.htm

 

To see Sandman Hotels, Inns & Suites in participating Rivers Day locations, click: http://www.sandmanhotels.ca/

 

 

How to Book without a Book – A Guide to Our New & Improved Sandman Mobile App

Efficient. This word describes every successful technological breakthrough over the past decade. From websites to iPhones to apps, everyone wants tools that complete a multitude of tasks with less time, less effort and more ease. A simple set of goals, yes, but to achieve them requires hundreds of man hours and the keen attention to detail – the type of detail that ensures every last button, function or screen tap is the most effective it can be.

With those ideals in mind, our team behind the new and improved Sandman Mobile App set their sights on making our mobile app (version 2) the most efficient it could be. Using feedback from guests, in addition to months of compiled research, we honed in on all of our already successful features and made them even better. More importantly however, we made sure that our app was more accessible. That’s why it is now available for the Android and iPad too. This move guarantees you can book your Sandman stay wherever you want, whenever you want.

What features can you expect to find in our new app? Well for starters, it’s simple, visually stunning and easy to use.  It has the best rates in addition to a booking engine that completes your entire reservation process without the need to make a single phone call.

Want to know more about your Sandman hotel location? Yup, it has extensive HD photo galleries and fact sheets also.

Lost? Need to find the nearest Sandman location? Yup, it’s got a GPS & interactive map as well.

But efficiency isn’t the only attribute we wanted this app to represent. We wanted to ensure it upheld the spirit of Sandman Hotels which is about quality customer care and hospitality. From our beginnings as a roadside motel in BC’s Interior to Canada’s largest independently-owned hospitality company, we’ve made our mark with reliability, service and a humble grassroots know-how that always puts the customer first.

That’s why we made sure that our app rewarded its users, because above all, we want to ensure your loyalty is acknowledged. Those who download the app and register their profile earn 100 bonus StatusPlus points which can be put towards future stays. In addition, the app lets you access our best promotions and deals whenever you log in.

Think of it as exceptional customer service with speed and style. It’s a triple threat that we guarantee you’ll love.

Have you used our mobile app before? Let us know why you love it and we’ll feature your story on facebook and twitter!

The Sandman iPad and iPhone Apps are available for free at the iTunes store, and the brand new Android version and the enhanced BlackBerry version are available for free download on the Android and BlackBerry websites as well.

To Download:

  • Visit Apple iTunes App Store and search Sandman Hotel Group for our FREE iPhone & iPad app
  • Visit BlackBerry App World and search Sandman Hotel Group for our FREE BlackBerry app
  • Visit Android Google Play and search Sandman Hotel Group for our FREE Android app