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Older downtown Vancouver hotel near transit with restaurant, wine bar and free Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free local calls, and free long-distance calls (North American phone numbers)
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring downtown on foot
  • The staff were frequently described as friendly and helpful
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • Several guests enjoyed meals at the restaurants on site
Cons
  • Parking is $14 plus tax per night
  • A few reviewers complained about weak water pressure in the bathrooms
  • Some guests complained of noise transfer from inside and outside of the hotel
  • Some guests found a musty odour at the hotel
  • Some guests had difficulty adjusting the in-room temperature
  • A few guests complained about a slow and old elevator
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 9, 2015
Overview
This hotel is located in the dining and entertainment district of downtown Vancouver, across the street from the Orpheum Theatre (performing arts venue). This hotel draws travellers seeking a lower room price in the heart of downtown Vancouver, close to public transit, restaurants and the performing arts.

This hotel offers 67 rooms and each includes a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, free local and long-distance calls (within North America), a laptop-sized safe, climate control, a work desk and chair, an iron and ironing board, a coffee and tea maker, individual climate control, and a mini-bar. This property is 100% smoke-free. Dogs under 75 lbs are permitted for an additional fee of $15 plus tax per night, which includes dog treats. On-site parking is available for an additional fee of $14 plus tax, per night.

There are multiple on-site dining options at this property, including UVA Wine Bar which serves breakfast, lighter fare throughout the day, and alcoholic beverages in the evening. Other restaurants include Cibo Trattoria (Italian cuisine) and Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery. Viti Wine and Lager (liquor and beer store) is also on site. 

Other on-site amenities include a business centre with faxing and photocopying equipment (extra fees may apply), courier services (extra fees may apply), meeting rooms and event space, and dry cleaning (extra fee applies).

The Vancouver Art Gallery is an 8-minute walk from this hotel, while the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (performing arts venue) is a 9-minute walk away. The boutique shopping area in Yaletown is an 8-minute walk from this hotel. B.C. Place Stadium (home of the CFL's B.C. Lions) and Rogers Arena (home of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and a concert venue) are both about an 11-minute walk away. The Vancouver Lookout (observation tower with a viewing deck 550 feet above ground) is about 10 minutes away on foot, while the Vancouver Harbourfront, which includes the Vancouver Convention Centre, cruise ship terminal, and access to the Seawall trail system, is a 16-minute walk away.

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is 25-30 minutes away by car. (Walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

The hotel staff confirmed that parking is $14 plus tax per night on March 9, 2015.
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The Good
The majority of guests who left reviews (in the reviews read for this report) seemed to like this hotel for its location, price point and the friendliness of the staff.

This is a very affordable hotel for downtown Vancouver and many guests planned to return. Guests said the location was near to transit, restaurants and shopping. It also provided affordable parking for downtown.

Many reviewers described their rooms as clean and well-appointed with modern furnishings and one guest said the decor as beautiful. A couple of reviewers described their beds as comfortable.

The staff were frequently praised. Guests used words like helpful, professional, informative, welcoming and accommodating to describe the well-liked staff of this hotel.

Several guests praised the food at the on-site restaurants.

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The Bad
This being a remodeled older building, it received a fair amount of negative feedback.

Although rooms were considered to be well cleaned by staff, there were some weak points to the rooms. Showers with low shower heads with poor pressure was mentioned by more than one guest. The small size of some of the rooms was problematic for some. Several others had difficulty with musty odours in the rooms, and still others complained of noise from neighbouring rooms, traffic and heaters. Wi-Fi dropped often for some guests. Finally the elevator was slow and old, according to some reviewers.



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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.5 out of 5.0, with 78% of 219 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #48 out of 101 properties in Vancouver, from 300 reviews.

Hotels.com gave this property an average score of 3.9 out of 5, from 340 guest reviews.
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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hotels in Vancouver

Rated 7.3/10 based on 6990 reviews

Ranked #68 out of 98 hotels in Vancouver

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900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC