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GEC Granville Suites

8.0 | Very Good | #52 out of 97 hotels in Vancouver

Good value downtown Vancouver hotel with air-conditioned, updated rooms & rooftop terrace

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, updated and comfortable according to guests
  • Staff were knowledgeable and helpful said guests
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants and shops and short drive to attractions
  • White Spot restaurant was well liked for quality and price
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good by guests overall
  • Good value at this hotel, according to guests
  • Underground parking is $20 per night
  • Noise from other rooms could be heard through doors
  • Some guests found their rooms a little small
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Editor's Review
Updated Aug 2, 2016
This hotel offers a restaurant and parking on site and is right downtown, close to the Granville Island bridge. Guests can reach Granville Island in 19 minutes and Yaletown restaurants and boutiques in 6 minutes on foot. 

The smoke-free and pet-free hotel offers 143 rooms over 12 floors. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk, a safe, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, laminate floors and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a tea kettle, a microwave, iPod dock, bathrobes, and slippers.

Underground parking is available for $20 per night.

White Spot Restaurant and Lounge, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on site.

Hotel amenities include a rooftop terrace with views, a hot tub, a sauna, a fitness centre, a ping pong table, a business centre, dry cleaning, a guest laundry, ice/vending machines, luggage storage, safety deposit box, ATM, elevator, a 24-hour front desk, free newspapers, and meeting rooms.

The Granville Street dining and entertainment district is a 6-minute walk from the hotel. The Vancouver Lookout (observation deck 550 feet above ground) is a 20-minute walk from this hotel, while the Rogers Arena and B.C. Place Stadium are both about 23 minutes away on foot. Stanley Park (large public park with biking and walking trails) is a 7-minute drive or 30-minute walk away. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a 20-minute drive without traffic. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on August 2, 2016: the hotel doesn’t provide free loaner bikes any longer, all rooms have flat screen TVs, laminate floors, a mini-fridge and small safe (may not fit all laptops), but there are safety deposit boxes at the front desk and a guest laundry on site

The Good
Guests reported pleasant stays at this hotel.

Guests liked the rooms. They were well cleaned and well-equipped, with mini-fridges and in-room safes and some with microwaves and tea kettles. Guests also enjoyed having laminate floors, attractive décor, comfy beds and updated bathrooms. Guests found good views from their rooms.

The location was convenient and quiet. Guests found public transit, shops, a convenience store, drugstore and restaurants in walking distance. Some found it an easy walk to the sea wall and harbour area.

On-site dining was well liked. Guests mentioned the reasonable prices and good burgers, salads and flat breads of White Spot Restaurant, (a BC favourite). One guest felt the food and service were comparable to the expensive harbour restaurants and another had received 15% off the restaurant as a hotel guest.

Guests usually liked the staff. They were described as pleasant and helpful with information, in holding luggage for guests and allowing an early check-in and late check-out.

The hotel was good value. Guests found this hotel very reasonably priced for downtown Vancouver, and some found it a good place to overnight before a cruise. Guests often said they would return.

The Bad
Recent guests of this hotel seemed very satisfied overall, but there was a little negative feedback and some nitpicks found in recent online reviews.

One guest wished for an included breakfast, as dining out for breakfast nearby was expensive. (Another reviewer recommended Breka Bakery for breakfast.)

Some guests found their rooms a little small and wished the windows could have opened.

Noise disturbances were mentioned from: the main street in front of the hotel, the ice machine, a noisy AC unit, and guests in the hallways or through the doorways of interconnecting rooms.

Occasionally guests felt the downtown area was a little depressed, with homeless people.

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Sources ranked this hotel #62 out of 96 properties in Vancouver, from 59 reviews. gave this property an average score of 8.2 out of 10, based on 1405 guest reviews.

Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
8.0 / out of 10
"Very Good"
Ranked by Guests
52 / out of 97
hotels in Vancouver

The average guest rating for GEC Granville Suites is 8.0 out of 10 based on 1151 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks GEC Granville Suites at #52 out of 97 hotels in Vancouver.

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718 Drake Street, Vancouver, BC