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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 406 reviews

Ranked #87 out of 101 hotels in Vancouver

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