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Downtown Vancouver hotel with outdoor pool, restaurant and suites with full kitchen

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free in-room coffee
  • Several reviewers described the staff as friendly and helpful
  • Several guests described pleasant views from their guest rooms
  • Several reviewers found the in-suite kitchens well-equipped
  • Great location close to Davie St restaurants, shopping, seawall and other attractions
Cons
  • Many guests were disturbed by poorly functioning elevators
  • Many complained about poor housekeeping
  • A few reported noise disturbances from guests and the bar downstairs
  • Parking is $18.75 plus tax
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated May 20, 2015
Overview
This hotel is in Vancouver's West End neighbourhood, about a 7-minute walk from Sunset Beach overlooking English Bay. This hotel is suited for travellers looking to explore the English Bay area and downtown Vancouver attractions.

This hotel is 100% smoke free and pets are permitted for an additional charge of $20 per night. The hotel offers 198 rooms and suites. All units include free Wi-Fi, individual climate control, a coffeemaker with free coffee, an iron and ironing board, and a TV with pay-per-view movies. In addition to these standard features, suites also include a full kitchen (fridge, freezer, microwave, stove, oven, sink, cookware and dinnerware), a washer and dryer, and a private balcony.

The on-site restaurant, Moxie's Grill and Bar, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast service begins at 6:30 am every day. Room service is also available. Other on-site amenities include a fitness centre, a steam room, a heated outdoor pool, pHresh Spa (extra fees apply), a 24-hour business centre, banquet facilities and meeting rooms, concierge services, and dry cleaning (extra fees apply). On-site secured parking is available for an additional fee of $18.75 per night.

Stanley Park (1,000-acre park with hiking and biking trails) is 6 minutes away by car, but may also be accessed on foot via the Seawall trail system (nearest access is an 8-minute walk away). A small passenger ferry to Granville Island (public market and performing arts venues) is 6 minutes away on foot.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is about 5 minutes away by car (or a 15-minute walk), while the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (performing arts venue) is a 7-minute drive from this hotel. The Vancouver Convention Centre is a 10-minute drive from this property.

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a 25- to 30-minute drive away, while the Vancouver VIA Rail and Greyhound bus stations are 9 minutes away by car. (Walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on May 20, 2015: Wi-Fi is free, pets cost $20 per night, and parking is $18.75 plus tax per night.
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The Good
In the reviews read for this analysis, most guests seemed to be satisfied with their stays and gave positive feedback.

Guests typically found the location very convenient for accessing public transit, downtown attractions, shopping venues, and many great ethnic restaurant choices on foot. Some reviewers also mentioned walking to the Rogers Arena for hockey games and also found groceries and a Shoppers Drug Mart conveniently located across the street.

Some guests enjoyed pleasant views of the city from their guest rooms, found the in-suite kitchens well-equipped with the necessary appliances and were pleased to have separated bedrooms in some of the rooms. Several reviewers described their rooms as clean, however this opinion was not shared by all guests (see below for more details).

Many guests liked the staff and found them helpful and friendly. Some guests found the hotel a decent value and planned to return.
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The Bad
This hotel did get some negative feedback from its guests in the recent reviews read for this editorial.

While some guests found their rooms to be clean (as mentioned above) several reviewers described cleanliness inconsistencies, with a lack of attention to detail and what seemed like indifference on the part of the housekeeping staff. Guests occasionally complained about appliances not working such as a TV, a remote control and a clothes dryer.

Several guests were disturbed in their rooms by traffic noise and some reviewers said that they were disrupted by sounds from neighbouring rooms. A late-night club on the main level was a source of loud noise with drunk patrons into the wee hours of the morning.

A few reviewers complained that the elevators were slow and that they were often waiting long periods of time for the elevators to arrive. Occasionally a guest would get stuck between floors in the elevator.

A few guests described their beds as uncomfortable and a couple of reviewers thought that their guest rooms and bathrooms were small.
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Show Sources
Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4 out of 5, with 91% of 1,180 guests recommending the property. 

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #66 out of 96 properties in Vancouver, based on 595 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 7.5 out of 10, from 429 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.
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1160 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC