I chose hotels that would be suitable for someone staying for medical reasons based upon price, amenities on-site or nearby, proximity to the hospital, and quality of staff. 

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Editor's Top 10 Picks

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Book from ~$146 CAD
Popular Vancouver-Fairview hotel offers good value, good views, indoor pool and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi Fi
  • The staff of this hotel were considered to be excellent by many reviewers
  • Guests agreed that the rooms were clean, modern and comfortable
  • This hotel's location provided convenient access to downtown, restaurants, services and attractions, said guests
  • Several enjoyed the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Some guests enjoyed pleasant views from their rooms
  • Many said this hotel provided good value, and they would return
Cons
  • A few guests complained about noisy AC units
  • Wi-Fi was inconsistent for a few guests
  • A couple of guests complained that the shower heads were too low
  • Parking is $18 per night with tax
The smoke-free and pet-free Holiday Inn is a good choice if you need to be near to the hospital. It's only a 3-minute walk and it has a lot of positive reviews online by approving guests, who say that the staff here are warm, professional and very helpful. Guests have enjoyed the modern and clean rooms with mini-fridges, comfy beds, the views of False Creek and Granville Island and the location which has easy access to the SkyTrain (Canada Line metro railway), bus stops, and Cambie Street if you're driving. Reviewers of this hotel were very pleased about the many good eateries nearby to the hotel as well. It has an on-site restaurant which reviewers said was excellent with reasonable prices (although some thought it was expensive) and a generous buffet breakfast (not free). The hotel also provides an indoor pool and fitness room. Most said the rooms were quiet, but I did see a couple of complaints about noisy and old A/C units. Wi-Fi and local calls are free, but parking is an extra $18. Numerous guests said they planned to return, recommended it to others and appreciated the hotel's good value. 
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Book from ~$121 CAD
Comfortable downtown Vancouver hotel with free Wi-Fi, scenic views, suites and balconies
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free local calls
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing area attractions by car and via public transit
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several guests described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • A few reviewers thought that this hotel offered good value for the money they spent
Cons
  • Several reviewers were disturbed in their rooms by traffic nosie
  • Several guests described the elevator as slow
  • Parking costs $15 per day
The Park Inn is only a 3-minute walk from the Vancouver General Hospital and is frequently used by those attending the hospital for surgery and those visiting family members. It's clean and refurbished, the rooms are well-appointed with microwaves and mini-fridges and every room has a balcony. Some rooms have views of Granville Island and downtown Vancouver, so be sure to ask, or you might end up facing the parking lot. Parking is $15 extra but Wi-Fi is free. It has an on-site restaurant, but I haven't heard too much praise in that regard, and an on-site bar with live music, and I have not seen any complaints about noise from the bar in my online research. Some have complained about traffic noise and slamming doors in the hotel though. It's smoke-free and local calls are free for guests. Pets are welcome. Reviews are mixed about most things here and I imagine it may have a lot to do with what people ending up paying for their room and the perception of value received at the hotel, some thinking it's a decent hotel with good value and others thinking it's overpriced for what it has. 
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Book from ~$135 CAD
Good value downtown Vancouver hotel with air-conditioned, updated rooms & rooftop terrace
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, updated and comfortable according to guests
  • Staff were knowledgeable and helpful said guests
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants and shops and short drive to attractions
  • White Spot restaurant was well liked for quality and price
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good by guests overall
  • Good value at this hotel, according to guests
Cons
  • Underground parking is $20 per night
  • Noise from other rooms could be heard through doors
  • Some guests found their rooms a little small
If you're not opposed to driving or cabbing the 8 minutes to the hospital, this hotel may be a good option. This hotel offers some pretty good rates, but weekend prices in the summer months might put it out of range. The White Spot restaurant is on site with good food at a reasonable cost and the hotel offers secure underground parking for $20 per night. Very good free Wi-Fi adds value along with a rooftop terrace providing a place to relax with nice city views. Recent guests enjoyed nice clean and updated rooms with laminate floors, comfy beds and mini-fridges. Staff are attentive and willing to accommodate with earlier check-in and later check-out.
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Book from ~$101 CAD
Comfortable Vancouver-Mt Pleasant hotel with free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast and free parking
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, local calls, all-day coffee
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well-maintained
  • Guests liked the location for accessing public transit, restaurants and shopping in walking distance
  • The free breakfast was well-liked by the guest reviewers
  • Many reviewers indicated that they were likely to stay at this hotel again in the future
  • Many considered the hotel to provide good value
Cons
  • Some guests found the decor a little tired
  • Some guests said the parking lot was a little small and awkward for larger vehicles

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Book from ~$165 CAD
All-suite property with full kitchens, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean, spacious, and well-appointed
  • Several guests found the in-suite kitchens to be a value-added feature
  • Several reviewers described the staff as friendly and helpful
  • Several guests found the location convenient for accessing restaurants and shopping destinations on foot
Cons
  • Guest complaints seemed to be isolated incidents (see "The Bad" for more details)

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Book from ~$182 CAD
Central location, clean rooms, friendly service, and rooftop hot tub
Pros
  • Free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free drop-off shuttle service, free bicycle rentals, and free bottled water
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many guests indicated that they were likely to stay at this hotel again in the future
  • Several reviewers mentioned that the rooftop hot tub area provided pleasant views of the city
Cons
  • Several guests complained that the dining room for the free breakfast was frequently crowded

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Book from ~$141 CAD
Central location, in-suite kitchens, clean rooms, and comfortable beds
Pros
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and their beds as comfortable
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions
  • Many guests found the in-suite kitchens to be an added convenience
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • A couple of guests thought that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent
Cons
  • A few reviewers described the parking facility as small and cramped
  • A few guests thought that the in-room furnishings were dated
  • A few guests described the in-suite air conditioners as loud and disruptive

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Book from ~$146 CAD
Highly praised and elegant downtown Vancouver hotel with restaurant and free area shuttle
Pros
  • Free drop-off shuttle service to downtown destinations, free Wi-Fi, free bicycle rentals, and free turn-down service
  • Many guests complimented the staff for their friendly and attentive service
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Several reviewers described their beds as comfortable
  • A few guests praised the good food at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • A few guests complained about the parking fees ($19 per 24 hours)

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Book from ~$107 CAD
Popular downtown Vancouver boutique hotel with modern amenities, cafe and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, calls within North America, bicycle rentals, passes to fitness centre
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers praised the retro decor throughout the property
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their thoughtful and friendly service
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • Several reviewers enjoyed the on-site garden courtyard
  • Guests liked the secure underground parking at the hotel
Cons
  • A couple of guests were disturbed in their rooms by traffic noise
  • On-site parking is available for $20 plus tax per night

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Book from ~$232 CAD
Highly praised downtown Vancouver hotel with outdoor pool and suites with kitchen & balcony
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free local calls, free bicycle rentals
  • Several reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their attentive service
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • Several guests described the bathrooms as spacious
Cons
  • Valet parking is $25 per night

7 Other Hotels Close to Vancouver General Hospital

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Book from ~$232 CAD
Waterfront location on famous Granville Island with clean (but small) rooms
Pros
  • Free wired Internet access, and free newspapers
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring Granville Island on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and accommodating service
  • Many reviewers praised the good food quality at the on-site restuarant
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Several guests complimented the pleasant waterfront views from their rooms
Cons
  • Several reviewers described their rooms as small or cramped
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were expensive
  • A few reviewers were disturbed in their rooms by noise from neighbouring guest rooms
Getting Around
This hotel is located on Granville Island and is a 7-minute drive or taxi ride from the hospital. By public transit, the hospital can be reached in about 18 minutes. However, the route is not direct and involves around 14 minutes of walking time. The area surrounding the hotel contains a marina, art gallery and several restaurants, including The Keg, within a 5-minute walk of the hotel. 

Downtown Vancouver is a 10-minute drive or taxi ride from the hotel. The nearest bus stop from the hotel with a route that runs to downtown is a 9-minute walk away, and the bus ride will take around 9 minutes.
Parking
Parking at this hotel costs $16.26 per 24-hour period, including taxes.
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Book from ~$233 CAD
Highly praised Vancouver-Yaletown boutique hotel with trendy decor and hi-tech amenities
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, welcome beverage, iPad, local calls, long distance calls, luxury car service to downtown, mountain bike rentals, shoe shine, pet stays
  • Guests felt the location was perfect for accessing Yaletown restaurants, the SkyTrain, the waterfront and Gastown
  • Staff was considered impeccable by many guests
  • Guests typically loved the rooms and found them to be clean and comfortable
  • Several guests enjoyed dining on site
Cons
  • A few guests described their rooms as small
  • Valet parking is $39 per night (including tax)
Getting Around
This hotel is a 6-minute drive or taxi ride from the hospital. It can also be reached by SkyTrain, as the Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is located across the street from the hotel. 

The area around the hotel is a mix of retail and office buildings, and there is a restaurant at the base of the hotel and a Starbucks across the street.

This hotel is located in a central neighbourhood of Vancouver and the heart of downtown can be reached within a 7-minute drive or 13-minute walk. It can also be accessed by the nearby Yaletown-Roundhouse SkyTrain and the ride takes around 2 minutes.
Parking
This hotel only offers underground valet parking at the rate of $35 per night.
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Book from ~$112 CAD
Clean and spacious suites with kitchens, washers and dryers, and free breakfast
Pros
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and spacious
  • Many reviewers found the location ideal for accessing Granville Island by ferry
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many guests found the in-suite kitchens to be an added convenience
  • Several reviewers described their rooms as quiet
Cons
  • Several guests had difficulty maintaining a comfortable temperature in their suites
  • Several reviewers thought that the in-suite mini-blinds were in need of repair
  • A few reviewers thought that the Wi-Fi fees ($4.99 per day) were expensive
Getting Around
This hotel is an 8-minute drive or taxi ride from the hospital. It can be reached by public transit, however, the route involving the least walking (about 13 minutes of walking) requires changing buses downtown and takes around 30 minutes. 

The area surrounding the hotel contains office buildings, residential buildings and several retail shops, including a café and deli and a market within a 5-minute walk of the hotel.

Downtown Vancouver can be reached within a 7-minute drive or taxi ride, or by public transit. There is a bus stop within 8 minutes of the hotel on foot, and the ride into downtown takes approximately 4 minutes. 
Parking
Parking at this hotel costs $18.90 per day including taxes.
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Book from ~$105 CAD
Friendly, clean and centrally located, but complaints about parking fees
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free evening wine receptions
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several reviewers described their rooms as clean
  • Several guests said that they were likely to return to this hotel again in the future
Cons
  • Several reviewers thought that the parking fees were expensive ($27.10 per night)
  • Several guests found the Wi-Fi to be unreliable
  • Several reviewers thought that the hotel was in need of decor upgrades
  • A few guests were disturbed in their rooms by traffic noise
Getting Around
This hotel is an 8-minute drive or taxi ride from the hospital. Public transit to the hospital is available through a few different routes and will take about 20 to 30 minutes including walking time.

This hotel is located beside the Quality Hotel - Inn at False Creek and is surrounded by office buildings and condos.

The hotel is located in a central neighbourhood of Vancouver. The very centre of downtown can be reached within 9 minutes by bus or a 5-minute drive or taxi ride.
Parking
Parking at this hotel costs $27.10 per night for self-parking and $31.17 per night for valet parking, including taxes.
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Central location, comfortable beds, friendly service, but dated furnishings
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free off-site fitness centre passes
  • Many guests described their beds as comfortable
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • The staff were frequently described as friendly and efficient
  • Several guests described their rooms as clean
  • Several reviewers thought that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent
  • Seasonal outdoor pool
Cons
  • Several guests thought that the in-room furnishings appeared to be dated and run-down
  • Several reviewers complained that the on-site breakfast was expensive
  • A few guests complained that this hotel did not offer an airport shuttle service
Getting Around
This hotel is a 8-minute taxi ride or drive from the hospital. The hotel can also be reached by public transit in 19 minutes including walking time (16 minutes).

The area surrounding the hotel contains another hotel and several condo and office buildings. 

The centre of downtown Vancouver can be reached within a 5-minute drive or taxi ride or within a 9-minute bus ride.
Parking
Parking at this hotel is $22.87 per day, including taxes.
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Book from ~$74 CAD
Good value downtown Vancouver hotel with well-liked staff, kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Many guests enjoyed the friendly and helpful staff of this hotel
  • Many guests liked the location of the hotel, near Granville St., close to transit and downtown restaurants and shops
Cons
  • Parking costs $20 per day with limited availability
  • Some guests said their rooms were small
  • Some guests found the rooms that faced Granville St. noisy
Getting Around
This hotel is an approximate 6-minute drive or taxi ride from the hospital. It can be reached by bus routes and SkyTrain from the hospital and the travel time is approximately 17 to 28 minutes, depending on the route, and includes the walking time to the appropriate station or stop. The area around the hotel contains restaurants and retail shops.

This hotel is located in the Yaletown neighbourhood and is quite central. The centre of downtown can be reached within a 4-minute drive or taxi ride or within 6 minutes by bus or 10 minutes on foot.
Parking
Parking at this hotel costs $19 per day, including taxes. Please note that the front desk staff indicated that parking spaces are limited due to capacity issues.
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Book from ~$86 CAD
Good value downtown Vancouver-Yaletown hotel near nightclub with well-equipped rooms 
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well-maintained
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing shopping and restaurants on foot
  • A few guests thought that their rooms were well-appointed
Cons
  • Parking is $22.87 per night extra (including taxes)
  • Several reviewers were disturbed in their rooms by loud music from a neighbouring nightclub
  • A few reviewers described their rooms as small
  • Some guests said the hotel was old
Getting Around
This hotel is an approximate 6-minute drive or taxi ride from the hospital. It can be reached from the hospital within 16 to 22 minutes by bus or SkyTrain, including walking time from the nearest bus stop or station. 

The hotel is located in a central part of the Yaletown neighbourhood and there are many restaurants and cafés within a 5-minute walk of the hotel.

The very centre of downtown Vancouver can be accessed by public transit within a 6-minute bus ride, or by car or taxi within approximately 4 minutes.
Parking
Parking at this hotel costs $19.06 per day, including taxes.

Tips For Staying Near Vancouver General Hospital

Location
Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) is located on West 12th Avenue between the main streets of Oak Street and Cambie Street in central Vancouver, within the Fairview neighbourhood. The hospital shares a city block with many other medical facilities, including the Cardiovascular Imaging Research Core Lab and a branch of the University of British Colombia housing the Faculty of Medicine. The main entrance for the hospital is located at the corner of 12th Avenue and Laurel Street.

The main city streets that surround the hospital area contain a mix of residential, retail and office buildings.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
The hospital is within walking distance of bus routes and SkyTrain (light rapid transit) routes in Vancouver.

Several bus routes run along the main streets surrounding the hospital area, on West Broadway, Oak Street and Cambie Street. The closest bus stop from the main entrance of the hospital is at the corner of West 12th Avenue and Oak Street, which is a 3-minute walk away. The closest SkyTrain station is the Broadway-City Hall Station, which is an 11-minute walk away. This SkyTrain station can be accessed by the nearest bus route within 9 minutes. 

Full schedules can be found on the website, which includes a tool for finding bus routes and SkyTrain routes. Regular one-way cash fare for the bus and SkyTrain is $2.75 and full fare details can also be found on the website.
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Getting Around
There are several cab companies that service central and downtown Vancouver. Rates will vary depending on the distance and cab company, however, they will range from approximately $5 to $14 for a one-way ride to or from the hospital to the closest hotels.
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Parking
The main parking lot for the hospital is located at the corner of West 12th Avenue and Laurel Street. Rates for this lot are $3.25 per half hour, $19.75 for 24 hours or $68.75 per week. Full parking rate details, including the facilities surrounding the hospital, can be found on the Vancouver Coastal Health website. 
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Dining
There is one cafeteria and one coffee shop at VGH and a food court located in The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre. 

At VGH, Sassafras is a cafeteria located on the second floor of the Jim Pattison Pavillion, which is open daily and has an outdoor patio. Café Ami is located at the entrance of the Jim Pattison Pavillion and serves coffee, espresso, sandwiches and pastries. 

The food court located in The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre contains several cafeterias that serve small meals, including sandwiches and salads, and is open Monday to Friday. There is also a Starbucks, which is open seven days a week, located across from the food court. 

Patients at the hospital may choose from a menu for their breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. Guests visiting patients in the hospital are allowed to bring in outside food and drink, however, it is encouraged to ask the patient's care provider whether or not the particular food fits within their nutritional needs at the time. 
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Shopping
There is a gift shop located in the hospital, on the first floor of the Jim Pattison Pavillion. The gift shop sells small gifts, toiletries, magazines, phone cards, flowers and stationary and is open daily except for holidays. 

City Square Mall is a 6-minute walk from the hospital and contains a Safeway grocery store, liquor store, food court and retail shops. The full store directory can be found on the mall's website.
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