Moxie’s Grill & Bar Opens at Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel

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We are pleased to announce the grand opening of Moxie’s Grill & Bar at Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel!

The Kamloops’ Moxie’s concept is a small inviting interior that is the perfect setting for a neighbourhood gathering. The 5,227 square foot building opened at the end of May and encompasses a total of 140 seats inside with a beautiful 698 square foot indoor patio adding an additional 42 seats.

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Disa Ottosdottir designed this more rustic space boasting layers of different textures, including reclaimed wood boards, paneled millwork walls, old world cement tiles, rustic brick, and tufted leather upholstery.

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The island bar and open concept kitchen allows for interaction and eye contact with our Moxie’s team and our guests. The floor plan uses a combination of banquettes, free standing tables, and booths, so there is something for everyone.

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Please join us in congratulating our General Manager Jason Fulton, Regional Manager Bert Valkenborg, Regional Chefs Jason Turnbull, and Micah Treder, Chef Dave Johnston, and the entire Moxie’s Kamloops Team!

Welcome to the family!

New Year’s Resolutions… This Year We’ll Actually Keep Them!

Learning a new language, reading more, going on a diet… Do you find keeping New Year’s resolutions to be an impossible task? Well, let’s do something different this year: let’s make resolutions that make sense.

Below are a list of seven resolutions that Sandman’s Head Office is going to (try) and live by for 2015.

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1. Do One Push Up Every-Other Day

That’s it.

Really?

Really.

Think about it. The biggest obstacle about working out is laziness and difficulty. When they get combined, the inconvenience of finding a gym, of committing an hour, of changing clothes and planning showers… it works against you.

So, every other day, do a single push-up.

Here’s what will happen. You’ll get into a rhythm and set reminders for your work-out. You’ll have a tiny sense of a continuing promise to self-betterment that is almost too small to forget or avoid. One single push-up with built-in rest days! How could you not?

You’ll gain confidence and a routine for working out, or at least a recurring reminder to think about it. You’ll have the pride of awareness and the momentum of successful obligation to build off; maybe that one push-up will lead to a full set. Maybe crunches too. But maybe not!

Because as long as you do that one push-up, you’ve reminded yourself that there’s room for more and you’ve lifted the fog of apathy from your mind. And, even if you don’t work out more that day, you’ve satisfied your mental requirement for more.
french-fries-2. No Bad Fries

That’s it.

Life is too short for bad french fries. If you’re going to treat yourself, you should appreciate it. Humdrum junk-food eaten without appreciation is a waste of the purpose of food; to serve you and to be savoured. Extend that, then, to all bad junk food; either get the good stuff or get nothing.

This resolution will make you healthier and/or happier. Because you’ll either opt for better fries – sweet potato, truffle-based, garlic parmed – or fries from a place you trust. Once you cut out the generic “I guess” unthinking acceptance of mediocre junk food, you’ll be more aware of eating habits and happier for them.

Keep in mind that this bans only the mediocre, unthinking regretful food – you’re absolutely encouraged to get the good stuff, good slices of pizza, favourite Ben and Jerry’s etc. Those are the better foods in life: this is just about avoiding the wack “I guess” pretenders from your life.

Cut the mediocre from your diet, and you’ll be healthier or happier. And hey, maybe both.

movie popcorn3. Learn More About Something You Love

Do you like movies? Watch more movies. Find the movies you always wondered about and watch them. Rewatch old favourites with a critical eye. Find out what you like about Scorsese or Tarantino or any other director that’s both good, hitting that cross-section of artistic, important, and fun.

If you like movies, pick a director from here: Spike Lee, Tarantino, Hitchcock, or Scorsese. All four directors are important, talented, stylistic, and enjoyable. Seriously.

People talk about learning a new language, or reading more, or any other resolution that sounds like homework. So why not blend the two and find that cross-section of the productive and enjoyable?

You’re more likely to do something you actually want to do. You don’t get credit for saying something.

If you like music, make sure you listen to all the albums you’ve heard are amazing. If you don’t know much outside of rap, but if you haven’t heard “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” do it right now. It’ll be the most productive, enjoyable, and important 68 minutes of your new year.

What else should people read, watch, and hear for the year? Leave your to-do list in the comments and borrow someone else’s. Yay! We’re productive now!

pinochio4. Tell The Truth More

Say nice things when you feel them, quickly choose the difficult truths you’re only going to choose later anyway and say “no” to things you don’t want before you regretfully find yourself at seven masquerade brunch-parties.

Cut to the chase in 2015. You’ll be happier, and it’s what you’ve wanted to do all along. Isn’t it relieving to have somebody else tell you to?

now5. List Out All The Things You’re Procrastinating And Practice Checking Them Off

None of that vague “I want to work out more!” stuff, either. The clear, simple “what do I need to do this year/month/week” type list.

Here’s an example list for a year’s resolution that gets to the gritty and will keep you accountable.

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Cook stir-fry at least ten times.

Cook eggs at least twenty times.

Go to the gym at least ten times.

Read at least three novels.

Write at least twenty emails home this year.

(Insert yours here)

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See? Those are tangible, check-off-able things you can do every day and will add up over the year. You want to cook more? Make a modest (modest! It should seem too easy on paper, because it’ll be much harder in life) numbered list of tasks. Every time you do it, you’ll see and feel the progress of taking a step forward, and you can see the evidence of your year and progress.

It’s like a diary of success that holds you accountable!

Yeah!

clothes donations6. Toss Everything That Sucks

Simplify your life.

Throw out old clothes that you hate (actually donate them, don’t throw them away) and any other clutter that holds you back, literally or otherwise.

Make space in your life. Leave it elegant and neat and see what new, lovely chaos will come to fill it. Sort through that chaos and take what you love. Toss the rest, and repeat it again.

That’s life, and the more space you give yourself to live in it, the happier you’ll be.

success17. Remember Your Successes

Take pride in your accomplishments and they’ll come to you more easily.

Savour your failures and you’ll find them everywhere.

Resolve to have a better perspective on yourself and your improvements in the new year and watch as you step up to fulfill the promise of your attitude.

Feeling good provokes good results. It’s a rare and lovely synergy that should be savoured.


Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Tell us about them and how you plan on keeping your resolutions this year.

Happy New Year’s from all of us at Sandman Hotel Group!

Do You Steal Shampoo and Soap From Hotels?

hotel shampoo1Written by Travel Junkies

I have a confession to make. You know those little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotions and those little single use bars of soaps that you find in hotel rooms? Well, we take them. All of them! We don’t go to the extremes of raiding the maid’s cart, as others may do, but if it is in the room, we take them. Of course, bathrobes, slippers, and towels are off limits, as that is just plain stealing. But those little bottles and soaps, we will clean them out.

While some of you may think “What’s the big deal, we do the same thing,” others may be shocked at our criminal behavior. I read an article awhile ago that called the act of taking those little bottles and soaps criminal and was appalled that anyone would commit such a heinous crime. But we see things a little differently.

hotel soapSome people actually collect those little bottles and soaps, while others take them just to take them. I believe the people that take them just to take them are wannabe kleptomaniacs that don’t want the guilt of stealing more tangible items. So why would we risk hard prison time over the taking of these little bottles of shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and soaps? Because we use them! That’s right, we actually use shampoo and soap and they are the perfect size for travel and camping. So instead of having to buy those overpriced trial sized bottles in the store, or buying small empty bottles and dealing with the hassle of having to refill them and spilling the contents all over the place, we just stick with the little hotel bottles and mini bars of soaps.

Now the big moral question regarding the taking of these little hotel shampoos and soaps is if in fact it is truly stealing, or do they want you to take them? I think the answer is they want you to take them. The little bottles and bars of soap are little mini billboards that you will see each time you use them. They are usually branded with the hotels name and logo, and not that of a skin and hair care company. I believe they want you to take them and so each time you see that little bottle you can think, “Wow, I had a great time at Hotel XYZ and I should go back there.”

Travel Junkies are a family of three from Portland, Oregon who sold their house, quit their good jobs, and left Portland November 1, 2012 to travel around-the-world for two years with their daughter.

 

Reservations Made Easy With Sandman’s New Mobile App

Sandman Hotel Group is excited about making travel easier with the release of the new Sandman mobile app which will provide the best available rate found anywhere. Guaranteed!

Developed out of a desire to provide guests the fastest, easiest, and most efficient way to book a hotel room, the app allows the user to perform a variety of functions as easy as a few taps of the app. Other features include the ability to synchronize bookings between iPad, mobile devices and desktop as well as access to booking history.

Available for iOS and Android devices, our free app enhances the users’ experience for both reservations and beyond.

iphone-find-hotelUpdates and enhancements:

• The Best Available Rate that you will find anywhere. Guaranteed.
• Automatic enrollment in the StatusPlus™ Rewards Program where you can start collecting and redeeming points for future stays.
• Easy-to-use booking functions with booking confirmations and receipts stored in the app.
• Use group, promo, or corporate codes to access special rates.
• View upcoming reservations.
• Browse hotel photos, maps, and amenities.
• Browse city guides with helpful tips about your destinations

And much, much more!

“As the number of smartphones continues to increase and mobile apps play an ever-growing role in the way people conduct busi­ness, we knew the time was right for us to substantially improve our existing app,” said Salim Kassam, Vice President of Marketing for Sandman Hotel Group. “Today’s guests expect to be able to use their smartphones to do almost everything, and that’s realistic with our new app.”

To download: Visit Apple iTunes App Store or Google Play and search Sandman Hotel Group for free iPhone, iPad, and Android apps.

Click here for more information about our NEW mobile app.

Sandman’s Tribute to Fathers

Father & Son Golf

What does it mean to be a dad?

Most fathers would probably cite the same qualities — and employ much of the same language — if asked that very question. Most would say a dad provides. A dad protects. He tries to teach, often by example, if only because so many fathers still embrace the “strong, silent” stereotype, and so many dads find that showing rather than telling can frequently be a more eloquent method for imparting a lesson.

In fact, of all the familial “hoods” — motherhood, childhood, fatherhood — the latter has probably changed less, in fundamental ways, than the others over the last several generations. Motherhood is largely unrecognizable (in many positive ways) from the institution of, say, the 1950s, while childhood sometimes seems to be redefined with each new alarmist magazine cover: Our kids are too lazy! Our kids are too busy! Our kids are too coddled! Our kids are too stressed!

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But fatherhood? For the most part, today’s dads are still good-natured. Much as their fathers and their fathers’ fathers did before them, maybe a little more “enlightened,” more “sensitive,” more “attuned” than their old men, but generally working on the same basic principles: Raise good kids. Don’t spoil them. Help them stand up. And, every once in a while, let them fall down. Love them, guide them — and then, as painful as it’s going to be — let them go.

From all of us at Sandman, to Bob Gaglardi, founder of our company, and every dad out there, Happy Father’s Day.