Editor's Top 7 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$57 CAD
Well-liked Westminster budget hotel near SkyTrain and river with restaurant & comfy beds
The smoke-free Met sounds like a real gem due to the value it provides and it's only 5 minutes from the hospital. There are a lot of raving fans online who are thrilled with just about everything about this hotel. It's located in a heritage building nearby to many amenities (pharmacy, Starbucks, sushi and cabs at the door), it has friendly and personable staff, clean rooms, comfortable beds and a restaurant that serves good food on site. Wi-Fi is free and parking is an extra $10 in a lot across the street. Select rooms come with a mini-fridge and microwave. What's all the fuss about? It's typically half the price of a regular hotel room. Just a note of caution: noise can be a negative factor from the on-site bar, train whistles and the nearby SkyTrain, so bring your ear plugs if you're a light sleeper.   
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many described the rooms as very clean with comfortable beds
  • Guests found this hotel affordable and good value
  • Guests found the staff pleasant and informative
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing the SkyTrain and restaurants
Cons
  • Public parking is $10 a day
  • Some guests felt inconvenienced to have to walk a ways to the parking lot
  • A few guests complained of noise disturbances from within and outside of the hotel
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Book from ~$100 CAD
Hotel with free continental breakfast and parking, just off of Hwy 1
The smoke-free Chelsea Inn is another hotel that would be a suitable choice for those needing to access the Royal Columbian hospital, only a 3-minute drive away. It's a little more expensive than the Met, but offers a free breakfast with some hot items (pancakes, sausages and hard boiled eggs), plus free parking. Guests say that it's extremely clean, the beds are very comfortable and the staff are very helpful and friendly. Rooms are tastefully decorated, according to guests, and come with mini-fridges and microwaves. Some guests have suggested getting a room at the back of the hotel to avoid street noise from Brunette Avenue.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, wired internet, continental breakfast and parking
  • Many guests felt the rooms were clean and comfortable
  • The staff were complimented by many guests
  • Some guests liked that the location offered quick access to Hwy 1
Cons
  • Many guests complained of traffic noise
  • Several guests felt that the hotel's carpets, windows and pool area could use upgrading
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Book from ~$98 CAD
Modern hotel near to restaurants in downtown Burnaby with good rates and outdoor pool
The smoke-free Kings Inn at Burnaby makes for another budget-friendly and pleasant stay, but it's a 14-minute drive away from the New Westminster hospital. According to guests, it has good-sized rooms that are clean and come with fridges. The staff receive lots of praise from reviewers who say they are very helpful. Parking, Wi-Fi and a well-liked hot breakfast is provided free and there's an Asian restaurant next door that someone described as generous and delicious. The hotel is not accessible to wheelchairs and guests have advised choosing rooms at the back of the hotel away from Kingsway, plus rooms that are not adjoining, to avoid noise transfer.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Most reviewers were pleased with the hotel's location in relation to the SkyTrain, restaurants, and shopping
  • Several guests had positive experiences with the hotel's staff
  • The free breakfast was a source of many compliments by lodgers
  • Guests are offered free vouchers for the Steve Nash Fitness Club across the street
Cons
  • Some guest complained of noise transfer during their stay
  • A few guests were disappointed with their rooms
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Book from ~$146 CAD
Clean and comfy with balconies, tropical courtyard, restaurants & lounge, indoor pool

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, wired internet and parking
  • Many guests thought the rooms were clean and comfortable
  • The staff were complimented by many guests
  • Some guests liked that the hotel was centrally located, near the SkyTrain
  • Some guests appreciated the tropical courtyard, pool area and restaurants
Cons
  • Some guests complained of noise from other guests
  • Some guests did not like the hotel's layout
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Book from ~$90 CAD
3-minute drive from the Trans-Canada Hwy, on-site restaurant, outdoor pool and hot tub

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free local calls
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Many guests were pleased with the new fitness room
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their accommodating service
  • Several reviewers found the location convenient for accessing the highway
  • A few guests found their rooms to be well equipped with amenities
  • Some guests enjoyed the pool area and the forested setting of the hotel
Cons
  • Some guests were disappointed that the hotel no longer provided a free breakfast
  • A few guests complained about noise disturbances
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Book from ~$106 CAD
Good value hotel in north Burnaby with kitchenettes, free area shuttle and dining next door

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free local shuttle
  • Many guests said their rooms were clean with comfy beds
  • Numerous guests praised the staff for being knowledgable, helpful, warm and hospitable
  • Many lodgers found the hotel to be of good value
  • Guests said the location was quiet, but close to dining choices, downtown Vancouver, the highway and PNE
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise from other guests
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Book from ~$99 CAD
Well-liked Vancouver-Mt Pleasant hotel with restaurant, free hot breakfast & free parking
This hotel is recommended for a hospital stay, and may work for some folks, although it's about about a 24-minute drive. It is well priced with freebies--a hot breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi--and also offers a good restaurant on site along with comfortable, well cleaned rooms and pleasant staff.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, local calls, all-day coffee
  • Rooms were clean and well-maintained with comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to public transit, restaurants and shops and well liked for accessing downtown Vancouver by transit or car
  • Staff were helpful, professional and friendly
  • Free breakfast was well liked for variety and quality
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good by guests
  • Good value at this hotel according to guests
Cons
  • Underground parking tight for larger vehicles and sometimes limited (but guests found street parking)
  • Rooms facing Kingsway could be a little noisy
  • The breakfast room was a little small

5 Other Hotels Close to Royal Columbian Hospital

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Book from ~$109 CAD
Older Coquitlam motel on Hwy 7 with indoor pool & well-liked restaurant but mixed reviews
Location
The Ramada is located a 5-minute drive from the hospital, on the Lougheed Highway (Hwy 7), near to North Road and the Trans-Canada Highway.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Guests can pick up the C9 bus at North Road (8-minute walk from the hotel) and arrive within a minutes' walk of the hospital in about 15 minutes.
Money-saving
A medical rate is available by booking directly with the hotel.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls
  • Guests liked the location, near to SkyTrain, the mall, restaurants and the highway
  • Some guests enjoyed the pool and found it clean
  • Guests very much liked the restaurant on site
  • Some found the hotel reasonably priced
Cons
  • No elevator to the second floor
  • Guests often complained of poor housekeeping
  • Many said the hotel was dated and in need of upgrades
  • Guests found Wi-Fi only worked in the lobby, but not in the rooms
  • Guests often complained of not getting the rooms or amenities they had booked
  • Bed bugs were cited by reviewers in 2013, 2014 and 2015
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Book from ~$142 CAD
Popular Coquitlam hotel near SkyTrain with outdoor pool, restaurant and free massage
Location
On North Road near to the Lougheed Highway, the Executive Plaza is a 5-minute drive straight down North Road southbound to the hospital.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The fastest public transit route takes 10 minutes to the hospital. Also traveling southbound on North Road, guests can catch the C9 bus about a 3-minute walk from the hotel. This bus stops within a minute's walk of the hospital.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, area shuttle, 15-min massage
  • Many guests found clean and comfortable rooms
  • The location was convenient to the highway, the SkyTrain, restaurants and shopping
  • Guests typically considered the hotel to provide good value
  • Many enjoyed the breakfast on site (not free)
Cons
  • Parking is $8.50 per day
  • Occasionally guests complained of noise transfer from other guests and the Foggy Dew pub which is attached
  • The staff received mixed reviews overall from guests
  • Several guests complained that the pool, sauna and hot tub did not open until 10 am
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Book from ~$59 CAD
Cheap Burnaby hotel with clean rooms, nearby dining, free breakfast and free parking
Location
The Happy Day Inn is a motel-style property on a commercial street about an 8-minute drive from the hospital.
Getting Around: Public Transit
For a total travel time of approximately 26 minutes, guests can catch the #106 bus outside the hotel (a 2-minute walk) and transfer to the #155 at Sixth Ave. (1-minute walk), which takes them to the hospital (1-minute walk from last stop).
Money-saving
A specific hospital rate is not offered through this hotel, but they are willing to negotiate on the price to get you the best deal.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers said that the room rates were reasonable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several guests thought that the in-room kitchenettes were well equipped
  • A few reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown Vancouver by car or public transit
Cons
  • Many guests were disappointed by the selection at the free breakfast
  • A couple of reviewers thought that the neighbourhood immediately surrounding the hotel did not appear safe
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$186 CAD
Popular New Westminster hotel on the Fraser River boardwalk with great views and balconies
Location
Situated on the Fraser River Boardwalk, adjacent to the River Market (farmer-style market with restaurants), the Inn at the Quay is a 7-minute drive from the hospital.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The route that requires the least amount of walking (3 minutes overall) involves a transfer. The initial bus (C8) is caught right at the Inn. The transfer is made at E Sixth Avenue (involves a 1-minute walk) to the #155 bus, which travels to within a minutes' walk from the doors of the hospital.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • Many reviewers were happy with the pleasant views of the river from their room
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing downtown destinations on foot
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good overall by reviewers
Cons
  • Underground parking is $13 per 24 hours, including tax
  • A few guests thought the rooms were a little dated
  • Some complained of hearing neighbours or trains
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Guests praised beautiful rooms, free breakfast and exceptional staff and service
Location
On a beautiful tree-lined residential street near Deer Lake Park, this bed and breakfast is a 13-minute drive from the hospital.
Getting Around: Public Transit
A 6-minute walk from the hotel on Canada Way is the bus stop for route #123, connecting to #155 at E Sixth Ave., which drops guests about a 1-minute walk from the hospital. Total travel time is approximately 43 minutes.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free full breakfast and free on-site parking
  • Many guests felt the service was exceptional and that the staff went above and beyond
  • The breakfast was favourable and many guests felt the selection and quality was great
  • Many guests were impressed with the general state of the rooms and descibed them as well-kept and clean
  • According to many reviewers, the hotel was conveniently located to restaurants, shops and attractions
Cons
  • One guest had an isolated noise complaint

Tips For Staying Near Royal Columbian Hospital

Location
Located in New Westmnister, on the Northern shores of the Fraser River, the Royal Columbian Hospital is the busiest hospital run by the Fraser Health Authority. It provides trauma and cardiac care, and operates a 24-hour emergency room. 
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Getting Around
The Trans-Canada Highway 1 is a 5-minute drive from the hospital and downtown New Westminster is 6 minutes away by car. Nearby, Burnaby is a 20-minute drive while Coquitlam is a 15-minute drive away. The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a 30-minute drive from the hospital.

The Sapperton Skytrain Station is a 5-minute walk from the hospital and operated by British Columbia Regional Transit Company. Buses throughout the area are also run by TransLink and most of the below hotels are accessible by bus. Single fares within the single zone are $2.50, but go up when travelling through fare zones. For fare zones and route information, visit their website.
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Parking
Metered parking lots are available in lots surrounding the hospital and take coins only. Rates vary depending on the length of stay, but are free for vehicles prominently displaying their BC Council certified handicapped pass.
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Dining
The cafeteria is located in the basement of the Health Care Centre and is open from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm Monday to Friday. There is also a Tim Hortons coffee shop in the lobby open to 11:30 pm daily.
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Money-saving
The Best Western Coquitlam and Met Hotels offer a medical rate for guests visiting Royal Columbian Hospital. A letter of appointment may be required and rooms are based on availability.To receive the rate, guests must book directly with the hotel.
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Other Tips
The hospital is in the construction stages of a massive renovation slated to be finished by 2014.
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