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St Clair Hotel & Hostel

6.9 | Fair
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Central downtown location, rooms with shared bathrooms, some guest concerns

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring downtown attractions on foot
  • Several reviewers complimented the staff for their friendly service
Cons
  • No on-site restaurant and no on-site parking
  • Many guests found the rooms and bathrooms small
  • Several reviewers were disappointed that there was no full kitchen on site
  • Several guests complained about noise from traffic and neighbouring rooms
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 18, 2014
Overview
This property is located in downtown Vancouver and is within walking distance of many downtown attractions. Offering few on-site amenities and shared rooms and bathrooms, this property is well suited for guests looking for budget-friendly accommodations in the downtown area.

This property offers both private rooms, with two, three or four beds, and same-gender dorm rooms with bunk beds. All rooms are smoke free and include free Wi-Fi, a sink, towels and linens. All rooms have shared bathrooms. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are not available and rooms are accessible by stairs only.

Street parking is available in front of the hotel and is free from 10 pm to 9 am, while the nearest parking garage is a 3-minute walk away. Pets are not permitted.

Other on-site amenities include guest computers, a laundry facility, a living room with a TV, luggage storage, and a shared kitchenette with a microwave, fridge and kettle. This hotel does not have an on-site restaurant.

The Park Pacific Centre Shopping Mall , B.C. Place, Rogers Arena, Canada Place on the waterfront, the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vogue Theatre, the Vancouver Art Gallery and shopping and dining on Robson Street are all within a 10-minute walk. 

Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium are both about 10 minutes away by car, while the University of British Columbia is a 15-minute drive away. Skiing at Grouse Mountain is about 20 minutes away by car, while the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is about a 20- to 30-minute drive away, depending on traffic. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on March 10, 2014: Wheelchair accessibility and pet policy.
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The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, many reviewers found the property centrally located in downtown Vancouver, with many attractions within walking distance.

The staff were complimented for their friendly and welcoming service by several guests, while several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable.

A few guests described their rooms as clean and appreciated the in-room sinks, but, some other guests expressed concerns about the condition of their rooms (see below for more details).
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The Bad
There were several common concerns found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial.

Many guests found the guest rooms and shared bathrooms too small, while several reviewers said that the rooms and bathrooms did not meet their cleanliness expectations. These reviewers described unpleasant smells in the bathroom, mould in the showers and bed linens that did not seem clean.

Several guests complained about noise disturbances from traffic and neighbouring rooms.

Several reviewers were disappointed that this property did not have a full kitchen facility for guests, while a couple of guests said that the common areas were dated.

While several reviewers said that the room rates were reasonable, a couple of guests thought that this property did not offer good value for the money they spent.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel & hostel #20 out of 38 specialty lodging properties in Vancouver, with an average score of 3 out of 5, from 50 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 7.2 out of 10, based on 39 guest reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 10, 2014 to verify some information.
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
6.9
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80 / out of 98
hotels in Vancouver

Rated 6.9/10 based on 257 reviews

Ranked #80 out of 98 hotels in Vancouver

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Map Marker St Clair Hotel & Hostel
577 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC