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Free amenities, but small rooms and poor food at the free breakfast

Pros
  • Free parking, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and free newspapers
  • Several reviewers found the location convenient for accessing major thoroughfares
  • Several guests described their rooms as clean
  • A few reviewers thought that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent
  • A few guests described the free Wi-Fi as fast and reliable
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Many guests thought that the carpeting and room furnishings were in need of upgrades
  • Many reviewers complained about the poor food quality at the free breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as small
  • A few guests had difficulty maintaining a comfortable water temperature in the shower
Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 13, 2012
Overview
This hotel is located in a commercial/residential area south of downtown Vancouver (which is a 15-20 minute drive away). This property is ideal for business travellers with offices in this area of Vancouver or tourists who prefer to commute to downtown Vancouver (via car or public transit). 

This hotel is 100% smoke-free and pets are permitted for an additional fee of $25 per night. This hotel has 2 floors and no elevator. All units include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a desk with ergonomic chair, an iron and ironing board, a mini-fridge, and a coffeemaker. Free on-site parking is available for cars and over-sized vehicles.

A free continental breakfast is served daily from 6:30am - 9:30am. Other on-site amenities include concierge services, vending machines, ice machines, and a visitor information kiosk.

The Metropolis at Metrotown shopping mall (largest shopping centre in British Columbia) is a 10-minute drive from this hotel. The nearest access to public transit is the SkyTrain station (Nanaimo Station, on the Expo and Millenium Lines) which is located within a 10-minute walk (or a 3-minute drive) of this hotel. The SkyTrain travels to the downtown area where guests may find the following attractions: Vancouver Art Gallery (featuring the artwork of Emily Carr), Vancouver Lookout (observation tower with viewing deck 550 feet above ground), and the Rogers Arena (NHL and concert venue).

This hotel is located on the Kingsway, a major thoroughfare in the Vancouver area, which provides access to downtown (Kingsway to West Georgia Street) in 15-20 minutes and access to the Trans-Canada Highway (Kingsway to Boundary Road) in about 14 minutes. The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a 25-minute drive away (public transit, walking, and driving time estimates: Google Maps).

Verified by a Front Desk Agent on August 7, 2012: Pets are permitted for an additional $25 per night fee. The free continental breakfast is served daily from 6:30am - 9:30am.
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The Good
Among the reviews sourced for this analysis, several guests mentioned finding the location convenient for accessing the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and the downtown area by car. A few other guests mentioned finding several fast food restaurants nearby.

Several reviewers described their rooms as clean.

A few guests thought that the room rates were reasonable and that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent. Reviewers cited the free parking and free Wi-Fi as value-added features, with several guests mentioning that the Wi-Fi service was fast and reliable.
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The Bad
Many reviewers, among the reviews used for this analysis, thought that the rooms and the hotel in general were in need of upgrades. Guests described damp and dirty carpets, chipped paint, holes in the bed comforters, mould in the showers, dust on the curtains, and stains in the mini-fridges. 

Several reviewers described their rooms as small and cramped, while a few guests mentioned that the rooms were dark and poorly lit. A couple of reviewers specifically mentioned that the provided pillows were uncomfortable.

Many guests complained that there was no elevator at this property.

The free breakfast received many complaints regarding the food quality and the small dining area. Several guests described the dining room as frequently crowded and a few reviewers also mentioned that the selection was limited. One guest described the breakfast as consisting of "bagels, cereal, and toast".

A few guests were unable to maintain a comfortable water temperature in the shower and reviewers described the water as suddenly turning hot or cold while the shower was in use.
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Show Sources
Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.6 out of 5.0, with 78% of 174 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #69 out of 101 properties in Vancouver, based on 170 guest reviews.

Hotels.com gave this property an average score of 3.6 out of 5.0, from 238 reviews.

Verified by a Front Desk Agent on August 7, 2012: Pets are permitted for an additional $25 per night fee. The free continental breakfast is served daily from 6:30am - 9:30am.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
Writing chose Tammy from the moment she could hold a pencil. The stories may have changed through the years, from creative fiction to television news reporting, but Tammy's passion for words (and fondness for pencils) continues on.
Guest Reviews
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Rated 6.9/10 based on 3653 reviews

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Map Marker Days Inn Vancouver Metro
2075 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC