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Well-liked Westminster budget hotel near SkyTrain and river with restaurant & comfy beds

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
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 22, 2015
Overview
This hotel occupies a heritage building in downtown New Westminster, a 2-minute walk from the waterfront. With nearby SkyTrain access, it's ideal for guests wanting to explore the Vancouver, or surrounding area on a budget.

This property is smoke free and all rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a 32" flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a desk, an iron and ironing board, air conditioning and ceiling fans. Select rooms also include a mini-fridge, a microwave and views of the water. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Each floor features its own lobby.

The hotel does not have on site parking, but there is a public parking lot a block away on Front Street, which costs $10 per day. Pets are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $10 per pet, per night. 

The on-site Met Bar and Grill serves lunch and dinner and features 8 HD TVs, a heated patio, a pool table and live entertainment. The hotel offers a 15% discount on meals at the Met Bar. There are also restaurants within a 1-minute walk.

Other on-site amenities include free coffee and free newspapers in the second-floor reception area, ice/vending machines and a liquor store. The front desk is open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday and closed overnight from 11:30 pm to 7:30 am the rest of the week. The hotel has 24-hour in-house security on site each day of the week.

Guests can access downtown Vancouver in 35 minutes with only a 2-minute walk to the Columbia SkyTrain station. The River Market (restaurants and farmers' market) is a 14-minute walk away. Douglas College is 13 minutes away on foot.

The Patullo Bridge, which gives access to Surrey, is a 6-minute drive away, while access to the Trans-Canada Highway is a 21-minute drive away. Metropolis at Metrotown, the largest shopping centre in B.C., is 23 minutes away by car, while the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is about a 27-minute drive away. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on August 22, 2015: pet fees are $10 per night, there is no business centre, fitness centre or guest laundry on site, the parking lot is on Front Street, a few minutes walk away
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The Good
Guests typically liked this property and found it very reasonably priced and comfortable. Many were repeat customers and many stayed for several nights at a time.

Many guests said that the rooms were very clean and spacious with comfortable beds. Some liked the high ceilings with large windows, views of the Fraser River, extras like mini-fridge and microwave, and were pleased with the air conditioning. One recent guest said his room was newly remodeled and another was very pleased to have high quality toiletries provided in the bathroom.

Guests liked the front desk agents and used words like friendly, pleasant, outstanding and informative to describe them. One guest reviewer wrote, "We were across town in no time at all with lots of info from the down stairs gentlemen who checked us in. He was very helpful and twice as nice as most people are."

According to guests, the location was excellent for accessing the SkyTrain for easy travel to Vancouver destinations. Other remarked on how many nearby restaurants literally surrounded the hotel. 

Some called it a gem and several conveyed that they felt they had found something of good value. Some guests said they never used their car while they were there, as everything was either in walking distance or easily accessed with the SkyTrain.
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The Bad
Guests mentioned a couple of weak areas of the hotel.

Guests who had rooms near to the SkyTrain station said that it could be noisy at times for those who are sensitive to noise, although it does not run during the late night and some guests were not bothered at all. One guest complained of hearing a neighbour's TV and another complained of music from the on-site bar.

Some guests mentioned that the parking arrangements were somewhat inconvenient, especially in bad weather as there is no on-site parking and the public parking facility is "a few blocks away". Some guests were able to find overnight street parking that was closer, and some suggested dropping luggage off first and then parking.
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Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.9 out of 5, with 91% of 456 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #2 out of 3 properties in New Westminster, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 124 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Map Marker Met Hotel New Westminster
411 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC