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Modern rooms in a prime location with good value and excellent staff

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing the beach, Stanley Park, and English Bay attractions
  • The staff was frequently described as helpful, friendly, and accommodating
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean
  • Several guests found their beds to be comfortable
  • Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
Cons
  • Several guests complained that the in-room air conditioners were ineffective
  • A few reviewers complained that the elevators were not in working order during their stay
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jun 29, 2014
Overview
The Best Western Plus Sands is located in the English Bay area (west-end) of downtown Vancouver. This property is less than 1-block (2-minute walk) from the beach and the Seawall trail system. This hotel is ideal for tourists looking to explore the English Bay area on foot or access downtown Vancouver within a short drive or via public transit.

This hotel is 100% smoke-free and all 120 rooms include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with pay-per-view movies and video games, an iron and an ironing board, a coffeemaker, an iPod dock, free newspapers, and a mini-fridge.

On-site parking is available for $15 per night. Pets are permitted (in designated rooms) for an additional fee of $14 per night. Pets also receive a welcome gift that includes treats, waste bags, and a toy. Pet beds are also available upon request.

The on-site restaurant, The Park at English Bay, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This hotel also offers an on-site Martini bar and room service. There's live entertainment at the hotel.

There‚Äôs a well-equipped fitness room, sauna and business centre at the hotel. Other on-site amenities include  dry cleaning service (extra fees apply), coin-operated laundry machines, and meeting and banquet space.

The Seawall (2-minute walk away) provides access to Stanley Park (1,000-acre park with hiking and biking trails) within a 7-minute walk or a 3-minute bike ride. The dining and entertainment district in Davie Village is about a 15-minute walk from this hotel.

This property is located on a public transit route and the nearest bus stop is less than a 1-minute walk away. The shopping and dining district (Granville Street at Robson Street) can be reached in 11 minutes via public transit. Downtown area attractions include the Vancouver Art Gallery, Pacific Centre Mall, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (performing arts venue), and the Vancouver Lookout (observation tower with a viewing deck 550 feet above ground).

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is 25-30 minutes away by car (all travel time estimates: Google Maps).
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The Good
Most guests, among the reviews used for this analysis, found this hotel ideally situated for exploring the English Bay area and Stanley Park on foot. Guests described walking to beach, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping destinations. A few reviewers also mentioned accessing public transit nearby.

Many reviewers described their rooms as clean and their beds as comfortable. A couple of guests thought that their rooms were well-appointed and that the rooms appeared to be recently renovated. A couple of reviewers noted pleasant views of English Bay from their guest rooms.

The staff were frequently described as friendly, helpful, accommodating, knowledgeable, and quick to provide recommendations, directions, and public transit schedules.

Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable and that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent.

A couple of guests found the free Wi-Fi to be fast and reliable.
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The Bad
While positive reviews for this hotel outnumbered negative reviews, among the reviews sourced for this analysis, there were a few common concerns found.

Several guests mentioned that the in-room air-conditioners were small and ineffective. One reviewer thought that the air-conditioners needed to be replaced, while another guest described her room as humid and uncomfortably warm.

A few guests noted that one or both of the elevators were not in working order during their stay.

A couple of reviewers thought that the menu at the on-site restaurant was over-priced and one guest described the wait staff as disinterested.

A couple of guest were disturbed in their rooms by street noise.
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Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.1 out of 5.0, with 92% of 38 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #43 out of 101 properties in Vancouver, from 250 guest reviews.

Hotels.com gave this property an average score of 4.2 out of 5.0, based on 65 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
8.1
Very Good

Rated 8.1/10 based on 433 reviews

Ranked #48 out of 95 hotels in Vancouver


3 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 13, 2013

"not impressed"

"1st they force me to signed a $250 deposit for smoking , I never smoked!!! then they charged me a eco fee! explained that they want to go green, so they charged me extra for garbage disposal, the faucets did not worked, I paid for ocean view room, received garage view, this is a total ripe off. I can say more more. this hotel is wast of time."

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8 out of 10 | James and barbara stayed June 27, 2004

"The noise from the street and surrounding area quite loud at night could do with secondary glazing otherwise very good."

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Map Marker BEST WESTERN Plus Sands Hotel
1755 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC