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Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver

(*Note: this hotel is closed.) Clean rooms, but concerns about noise disturbances from within the hotel, and poor food quality

Pros
  • Free parking, free breakfast, free wireless Internet, free local calls, and free newspapers
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several guests complimented the staff for their friendly and helpful service
Cons
  • Many guests thought that the property appeared old and was in need of upgrades
  • Several reviewers were disturbed in their rooms by noise from neighbouring rooms
  • Several guests described their rooms as small
  • Several reviewers found the location inconvenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • A few guests complained about the poor food quality at the free breakfast
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 21, 2013
Overview
The Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver is situated south of the downtown area in a primarily residential area. This hotel would be ideal for tourists looking to explore the Vancouver area by car or public transit.  

This property is 100% smoke-free and pets are not permitted. All units include televisions, free wireless Internet, free newspapers, safes, work desks with chairs, irons and ironing boards, air conditioning, and coffeemakers. Free parking is available on site.

There are multiple dining options available at this property including the Howard Johnson Restaurant, Biltmore Pub, and Maverick's Sports Bar. The Howard Johnson Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch. The hours of operation are 7:00am - 3:00pm. A free continental breakfast is served daily from 7:30am - 10:00am.

On-site amenities include banquet and meeting spaces, a business centre, outdoor pool, and an ATM. 

There is a grocery store within a 3 minute walk of this property. Nearby attractions include the Telus World of Science (4 minute drive), B.C. Place (7 minute drive), and Rogers Arena (7 minute drive). Downtown Vancouver, Robson Street at Seymour Street (dining and entertainment district), is about a 7 minute drive from the hotel.

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is about a 25 minute drive from this hotel. The hotel is located within a 3 minute drive from the Vancouver VIA Rail and Greyhound bus stations.

Verified by a Front Desk Agent on August 5, 2012: The on-site restaurant is open from 7:00am - 3:00pm. The free breakfast is served daily from 7:30am - 10:00am.
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The Good
Many guests, among the reviews used for this analysis, described their rooms as clean.

The staff were complimented by several reviewers for their friendly and helpful service.

Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable and one reviewer said that the room rates were "cheap". Guests mentioned the ample free parking, on-site restaurant, and free wireless Internet as added value features.

While many guests found the location of this hotel inconvenient (see below for more details) some reviewers thought that the location provided convenient access to public transit. A couple of guests mentioned that there was a bus stop directly outside of the hotel.
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The Bad
Among the reviews used for this analysis, many guests described the property in general as appearing old and dated. Many reviewers also thought that the rooms were in need of renovations. Guests described "musty" smells, chipped paint, and dated fixtures. One guest described the hotel's appearance as "ancient", while another guest said that the hotel was "shabby and neglected".

Several reviewers complained about a lack of soundproofing. Guests described hearing conversations in neighbouring rooms, noisy plumbing, and loud music from the on-site bar.

The location was found to be inconvenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot by several reviewers. One guest described the neighbourhood surrounding the hotel as a "bleak part of town".

Several guests described the rooms and bathrooms as small. 

A few reviewers complained about the poor food quality and lack of selection at the free breakfast. One guest described "stale mini-bagels and watered-down juice".

Several guests indicated that they were not likely to stay at this hotel again in the future.
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Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 2.4 out of 5.0, with 47% of 30 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #95 out of 101 properties in Vancouver, based on 64 reviews.

Hotels.com gave this property an average score of 2.9 out of 5.0, from 49 guest reviews.

Verified by a Front Desk Agent on August 5, 2012: The on-site restaurant is open from 7:00am - 3:00pm. The free breakfast is served from 7:30am - 10:00am.
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.
Map Marker Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver
395 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC