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Budget hotel with friendly service, but some guests felt unsafe in the neighbouring area

Pros
  • Free breakfast (for select room rates) and free wireless Internet
  • Many guests complimented the staff for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several reviewers described their rooms as clean
  • A few guests complimented the food quality at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • Many guests indicated that they felt unsafe in the neighbourhood immediately surrounding the hotel
  • Several reviewers thought that the bathrooms could use upgrades
  • A few guests described their rooms as small
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 9, 2012
Overview
The Budget Inn Patricia Hotel is located east of downtown Vancouver and promotes itself as a "no-frills" property for travellers on a budget.

This property is 100% smoke-free and all 92 rooms include televisions, free wireless Internet, private bathrooms, windows that open, black-out curtains, and irons and ironing boards (upon request). Select rooms also include mini-fridges and views of the Vancouver skyline or the mountains. Parking is available on site for $6 per night and pets are not permitted.

The on-site restaurant, Pat's Pub and Brewhouse, features pub fare and micro-brew beer. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner and is open daily from 11:00am - 12:00am. Select room packages also include a free continental breakfast which is served daily from 7:00am - 9:00am.

Other amenities include an ATM, baggage storage, microwave (in the lobby), coin-operated laundry machines, and a billiards table.

The Rogers Arena (home of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and concert venue) and BC Place Stadium (home of the CFL's B.C. Lions) are about a 6 minute drive from this hotel or about 13 minutes away via public transit (nearest bus stop is a 3 minute walk from this hotel). The Vancouver Art Gallery (downtown Vancouver) is about 8 minutes away by car, while the Vancouver Lookout (observation deck 550 feet above ground with panoramic views of Vancouver and Stanley Park) is about a 3 minute drive away or 7 minutes via public transit.

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is about 30 mintues away by car, while the Vancouver VIA Rail and Greyhound bus stations are about a 4 minute drive from this hotel (public transit, walking, and driving time estimates: Google Maps).

Verified by a Front Desk Agent on August 4, 2012: The free breakfast is served from 7:00am - 9:00am. Pets are not permitted and parking is available on site for $6 per night. 
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The Good
The most common compliment found for this hotel, among the reviews used for this analysis, was that the staff were friendly and helpful. 

Guests described the front desk agents as accommodating and welcoming. Some reviewers found the staff to be knowledgeable about the area and public transit schedules, while a couple of guests who arrived early appreciated that the staff stored their luggage until check-in time.

Several guests described their rooms as clean and one reviewer specifically mentioned that the windows were large.

Several reviewers also thought that the room rates were reasonable, with one guest saying that the room prices were "inexpensive".

While there were many concerns about the location of the hotel (see below for more details), a few guests did find the location to be convenient for accessing downtown Vancouver attractions on foot or via public transit. A couple of reviewers described walking to the downtown area in about 20 minutes or travelling by bus (5-10 minutes). 

The on-site restaurant received a few compliments for high quality food and for the beer that is micro-brewed on site. A couple of guests also praised the coffee and food quality at the free breakfast.
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The Bad
Among the reviews sourced for this analysis, many guests expressed concerns about their safety due to the location of this hotel. 

The neighbourhood immediately surrounding the hotel was described by reviewers as unsafe and guests described seeing homeless people and prostitutes loitering near the hotel. A couple of guests also noticed a safe injection site a few blocks away. One reviewer described the area as "scary", while another reviewer said that "the area around this hotel was like something out of a zombie movie, very depressing but most of all quite shocking". A few guests suggested that the location of this hotel was not appropriate for families. 

While many guests described feeling unsafe in the area near this hotel, several guests also noted that they were not bothered or harassed by anyone loitering near the property. One guest, travelling with his wife, said "we were never approached by anyone...came to see [the people loitering] as harmless".

Several guests described the bathrooms as small and in need of upgrades. A couple of guests thought that the bathroom fixtures appeared old and one reviewer described "exposed pipes and cracked paint".

A few guests also found their rooms to be small and a few reviewers stated that they were not likely to return to this hotel again in the future.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.1 out of 5.0, with 63% of 35 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #72 out of 101 properties in Vancouver, based on 153 guest reviews.

Hotels.com gave this property an average score of 3.1 out of 5.0, from 84 reviews.

Verified by a Front Desk Agent on August 4, 2012: The free breakfast is served daily from 7:00am - 9:00am. Pets are not permitted and parking is available on site for $6 per night.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
6.2
Fair

Rated 6.2/10 based on 349 reviews

Ranked #86 out of 95 hotels in Vancouver


5 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed January 01, 2014

"not worth the money"

"The bed provided is so small that its merely enough for a single person and its not for twin sharing"

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7 out of 10 | Konstantinos stayed September 29, 2013

"Good value for money but in bad location"

"Overall this hotel is exactly what it's name says. However, impressions improve once you get there and this has to do with full provision of the service it promises and a very friendly and helping staff which I liked best. The only potential problem for some people is the bad location, but taxis can sort out the inconvenience given that it is very close to the main touristic and business spots of the city."

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7 out of 10 | John stayed August 21, 2013

"Bad location, great hotel"

"If you're uncomfortable being in a bad part of town, this isn't the hotel for you. The people who worked there were wonderful, and the room was small but clean. It was like going back in time to the 1940's. The hotel is located along a main bus route, so getting around is easy. We will definitely stay here again."

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed May 25, 2013


9 out of 10 | Gayle stayed May 20, 2013

"Another Peaceful Night"

"This hotel is great for event night in Vancouver! Close to EVERYTHING, exceptional hotel service, and very quiet!"

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10 out of 10 | Gayle stayed March 28, 2013

"Diamond in the rough (hood)"

"Patricia was easy to locate and parking was close to the door. Hotel staff made check-in a easy affair and within minutes we were off to our event. Which desk man gave us a map with the walking directions and highlighted sites to see along the way (narrowest building, famous gardens, etc.) Hotel/Room is basic, although, very clean. I liked that the windows opened..... The weather was nice :). No coffee/tea service in room, but was always available in lobby area - which was very comfortable if one chose to take advantage (comfortable chairs in one area to watch the street, large table set up if you wanted to study/work). There is an elevator available or you can use the stairs. Doors to street are locked. you just have to show desk clerk your key from outside the door and you will be buzzed in. Neighbourhood....... Bit dodgy - but colourful at the same time. I would compare it to "the street outside the 5 star resort in the third world country of your choice" , but only for a few blocks (quite secure though..... security and police presence was noticed but just as a precaution) We walked to hotel from Rogers arena and were memorized by the older buildings and neon signs...... So I guess the activity on the street was not that distracting. Bonus was that there were many independently owned grocery marts open at all hours. Hotel was very quiet (halls, etc). Don't recall any horrific street noise either during the night, nor in the morning. Check out was painless. I would stay here again."

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7 out of 10 | Morgan stayed September 01, 2011

"clean cheap rooms"

"Clean cheap rooms in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Vancouver."

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4 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed August 28, 2006


6 out of 10 | Korey stayed July 29, 2006

"Very tough, acive neighborhood regarding drugs & prostitution. My daughter and I arrived in the evening and literally drove around the hotel 3 times before the guardian angels ran off a gang of women who were hostile-even swearing at my daughter as we attempted to park the car in the hotel lot. It was hard to see such despair on such a massive scale. If I had the money, I would've cut my losses and found another spot to stay. But, once inside, the staff were simply terrific, adding a sense of relief and normalcy to the rugged scene. The room was basic, (they upscaled us to 2 singles) but clean, quiet and comfortable-car was fine overnight depite a bit of concern."

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7 out of 10 | Frank stayed June 24, 2006

"this clean, friendly place is a bargain though in a poor neighborhood"

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6 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 17, 2005


out of 10 | Clifford stayed April 30, 2004

"We did not stay at the Patricia Hotel nor did we attempt to stop due to the fact that the location was in the middle of the red light and heroin district of the city. The street fronting the hotel was littered with stumbling bums and tweeking addicts. It was an embarassment for myself and guests. We were lucky to find a hostel outside of town. I am forced to take the loss and use this as a lesson since hotel x and world choice travel are not willing to provide any form of refund or compensation. AND I SUGGEST TO EVERYONE TO NOT USE HOTEL X AND WORLD CHOICE TRAVEL."

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Map Marker Budget Inn Patricia Hotel
403 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC