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Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver

Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver is a 3 star hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 395 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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(*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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This Hotel is Near...
BC Children's Hospital (2.7 km)
BC Place (2.3 km)
Canada Place (3.4 km)
Capilano Suspension Bridge (9.3 km)
Coquitlam Centre (21.5 km)
Gastown Vancouver (2.5 km)
Granville Island (2.7 km)
Grouse Mountain (13.5 km)
Kitsilano Beach (4.5 km)
Orpheum Theater (2.9 km)
Pacific Coliseum (4.9 km)
Port of Vancouver (2.7 km)
Queen Elizabeth Park (2.3 km)
Queen Elizabeth Theatre (2.5 km)
Rogers Arena (2.2 km)
Royal Columbian Hospital (15.2 km)
Simon Fraser University (12.4 km)
St. Paul's Hospital (3.2 km)
Stanley Park (4.2 km)
Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal (28.2 km)
UBC Hospital (10.8 km)
Vancouver Aquarium (5.1 km)
Vancouver Art Gallery (3.1 km)
Vancouver Casino (1.9 km)
Vancouver Convention Centre (3.4 km)
Vancouver Cruise Terminal (3.4 km)
Vancouver General Hospital (1.9 km)

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Guest Reviews

5.1
Mediocre

#89 out of 92
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 5.1 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 206
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver is #89 out of 92 hotels in Vancouver ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Chino, CA US rated Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver 9 out of 10 on August 22, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Friendly and welcoming staff."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Genady from North York, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver 9 out of 10 on July 13, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Kelowna, BC CA rated Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver 3 out of 10 on May 10, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Barry from Redmond, WA US rated Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver 6 out of 10 on January 13, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Pluses and Minuses"
"Everything has pluses and minuses The plus was free breakfast and parking. The minuses were the hotel had not had a makeover for quite some time so was not as up to date as others"
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Bellflower, CA US rated Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver 1 out of 10 on July 25, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"room was too small, toilet was too small, customer service not very good. defenitely not a good place to stay. the only plus is the location."
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Hotel review by guest is Negative
Karrie from Dawlish, EN GB rated Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver 3 out of 10 on April 13, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"On the internet the hotel looked like a nice place to stay. It stated that there would be a shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel and there wasn't. It cost me $30 CAD to get there. The menu inside the hotel was poor and the food was not great. I would certainly not recommend this hotel to anyone and not stay here again!!"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Truckee, CA US rated Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver 9 out of 10 on February 25, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"My room had peeling paint,looked worn and there was dust in the bathtub. The first morning the lock jammed and I was locked IN my room. On the other side, the staff there are, without excepetion, outstanding. They were friendly without intrusion and met and exceeded all my needs. Good continental breakfast, free local papers. My second day the room was spotless. Perhaps it just had not been used awhile. For my needs, the location was supurb. They could benefit from WiFi access in the rooms. I will use it again."
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Panama, PA rated Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver 4 out of 10 on September 08, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Okay, to be honest with you it doesn't look as beautiful as in the picture, and if you're carrying a lot of luggage then forget it-elevators are old and they don't even have someone to help you with your bags. I booked for 9 nights and didn't even stay for 1 - I ran to downtown to look for another place to stay. The neighbourhood is pretty grim, lots of hindu and asian restaurants and shops that looked just so precarious. By the way, I left because of its location, and weird smells (like old food, perhaps?)"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Calvary, AB US rated Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver 8 out of 10 on July 27, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Paul from Portland, OR US rated Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver 9 out of 10 on February 21, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"I have recommended this hotel to others. it was very convenient to the two things I wanted to do most, walk downtown and walk to GM Place. This is the fourth time I have stayed there, and plan to again on my next trip to Vancouver."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Brentwood, BC CA rated Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver 9 out of 10 on February 18, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

Hotel Address: 395 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Overview & Amenities


Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Vancouver

Amenities
  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Security Guard
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • In Room Movies
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Pub
  • Free Parking

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Nearby Cities
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West Vancouver (11.3 km)
New Westminster (16.3 km)

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