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Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver

Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver is a 3 star hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 1361 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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A no-frills budget accommodation conveniently located in downtown Vancouver

Pros 
  • On-site indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, and fitness centre
  • Free parking and free WiFi
  • A number of guests mentioned that this hotel was reasonably priced
  • Most guests were pleased with their apartment-style suites
  • Several guests said the staff were "friendly" and "helpful"
  • Many guests found the location in downtown Vancouver ideal
Cons 
  • Suites are not equipped with air conditioners
  • Some guests felt the rooms needed refurbishment
  • A few guests mentioned their suites were unclean
  • A few guests said their towels were thin and threadbare

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Apr 13, 2012
Overview
The Tropicana Suites is located in downtown Vancouver on Robson street and is approximately 14.5km from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). This 74 guest room hotel features apartment-style 1 bedroom suites with a separate living room and sofa bed, an on-site indoor swimming pool, a sauna, and a fitness centre. All suites are equipped with full kitchenettes which allow guests to cook and store their own food and beverages. This hotel also offers an on-site laundry facility. WiFi and off street parking is included with the room rate.

Several local attractions are nearby such as the Vancouver Art Gallery (850m), the Vancouver Convention Centre (1.5km), Stanley Park (1.7km), and English Bay (1.9km). Many shops, restaurants, and entertainment are also within walking distance from the hotel.

Check in is anytime after 12:00pm while check out is 11:00am. The author contacted the hotel directly to confirm the free parking and WiFi, as well as the check in/out times.
The Good
Positive guest reviews for this hotel typically centred on the location, the value for money spent, and the friendly hotel staff. 

The majority of guests that stayed at this hotel found the downtown location ideal as it was within walking distance to shops and restaurants, and several tourist attractions were within close proximity to the accommodation which could be easily accessed by car.

Many guests felt that this hotel was a good value for money spent and some mentioned that the kitchenettes were a good option for those who wanted to prepare and store their own meals. Several guests said that the free parking was an added bonus especially as the location was in downtown Vancouver where parking can be pricey.

Most guests remarked that the hotel staff were "friendly" and "helpful" as well as attentive to guest's needs.

The Bad
Negative guest comments generally focused on the lack of an air conditioner, the state of the suites, and the towels. 

Several guests felt that the hotel was poorly ventilated and were uncomfortable in their rooms without an air conditioner.

Some guests said their suites needed to be refurbished and complained about broken and worn out furnishings in their rooms. Several guests mentioned that their suites were not cleaned adequately and this prevented them from enjoying their stay at the hotel. A few guests also complained about their towels and described them as "thin" and "threadbare." 

Peripheral complaints were that the WiFi signal was too weak.
CanadianHotelGuide.com guest reviews ranked this hotel #38 of 59 and scored it 6.7 out of 10 from 22 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews scored this hotel 7.3 out of 10 from 59 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #79 of 100 and scored it 3.5 out of 5 from 43 reviews.

The author contacted the hotel directly to confirm the free parking and WiFi as well as check in/out times.
Editor's Analysis by Tania P.
Analyzed by Tania P.
Tania is a writer and world traveler with a passion for living life to the fullest.


Guest Reviews
6.7
Fair

#83 out of 95
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 6.7 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 47
Guest Recommended: Yes
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Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver is #83 out of 95 hotels in Vancouver ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Jong jae from Seoul, KR rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 2 out of 10 on February 28, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"I and my wife stayed this terrible hotel during the Vancouver Olympics(one month). There are bugs in the bed. My wife had bitten by the bugs several times. Smell is bed and every kitchen stuff is extremely dirty. We never used anything in the kitchen for one month. The photo is pretty look good but in the real world this is terrible hotel. Actually, this is not a hotel. This is an inn."
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Sei hee from Seoul, KR rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 4 out of 10 on February 10, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
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Hotel review by guest is Positive
Louisa from Gameti, NT CA rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 6 out of 10 on September 03, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Eric from North Las Vegas, NV US rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 9 out of 10 on September 05, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Lisa from Kingston, WA US rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 7 out of 10 on August 20, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Vancouver hotels are pretty expensive so compared to other hotels, the price was good. This hotel definitely needs some work and updating - the hallways and the pool in the basement are a little creepy and our room had missing light fixtures and needed ceiling and door repairs but the room was very clean and comfortable. We had a room with seperate living room with a great view, bedroom and kitchen. My daughter and I felt very safe in the neighborhood and the location was perfect. The staff was very friendly and helpful. If would rather spend your money on good food and activities than on your hotel room, then this is a good place to stay."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Kathy from Cochranton, PA US rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 9 out of 10 on August 20, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"This was a real treat. Clean, roomy and near all the action. We loved the swimming pool too. I will stay here the next time and definately recommend it to all my friends."
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Herman from Blairstown, NJ US rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 4 out of 10 on August 17, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Rooms decor sparse. Hallway carpets have never been cleaned -disgusting! Views great. Staff not knowledgeable about local restaurants. We found Hon's - Chinese - a few doors away - to be excellent, but not fancy. Also, Roscoe's, a block down the street, to be excellent."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Derek from Woodinville, WA US rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 9 out of 10 on August 13, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The front desk "girl" was very helpful and kowledgeable about the area!!! Gave us GREAT suggestions!!! Hotel was very centrally located!"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Sarasota, FL US rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 9 out of 10 on July 15, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Wilson from Saint-leonard, QC KH rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 8 out of 10 on July 08, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Second time stay at the location. Basic but good. The kitchen could have been better stocked. Bathroom size is a bit awkward but manageable. The pool and such is not the greatest though, but why go there when Vancouver is present."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Teresa from Tillsonburg, ON CA rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 8 out of 10 on June 27, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"This was the best walking location in the area, just a short distance to all sights in the area. Management and staff were very accommodating and would cetainly stay there again. Funiture could stand updating, we called it "shappy shiek" , however the beds were very comfortable and that's what really counts."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Vanderhoof, BC CA rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 8 out of 10 on May 28, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Older style hotel; but suite was spacious and clean. Better value for money than most places in Vancouver. Excellent proximity to shopping in Robson St."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Wendy from Nanaimo, BC CA rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 7 out of 10 on September 28, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Victoria, BC US rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 6 out of 10 on September 28, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Amanda from Camberley, EN GB rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 7 out of 10 on August 23, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The customer service and location were the best aspects of this hotel. The staff were really helpful and friendly. The hotel looked in serious need of a good "lick of paint" and facelift. The windows were dirty, the lifts had seen better days - it looked rather uncared for. Having requested a quiet room, our room was extremely noisy, which was a problem as, with the windows closed, the room was far too hot, as there was no air conditioning. We therefore had to keep the windows open and put up with the tremendous noise. The bed however was extremely comfortable, and the kitchenette area proved really useful. I would recommend your hotel, but would warn people of the noise and general unkemptness."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Woodinville, WA US rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 8 out of 10 on August 14, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Williams Lake, CA rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 8 out of 10 on June 04, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"It served my purpose. For a budget travller I must say it is worth it."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Emre from Antalya, TR rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 8 out of 10 on October 02, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"A revamp (especially colours of carpets and walls and better lighting) could make the hotel look much better value for money."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
James from Roseville, CA US rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 8 out of 10 on September 20, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Not Ritz, but neither is the cost. Do not stay if you want a perfect room and service. However for those on a budget who want to be in the heart of the action of Robson St. and be near everything, it will be hard to beat. I only stayed one night, but I wish I could have stayed longer. The Tropicana is better suited for an extended stay. It is a one bedroom suite (not a studio) with a kitchenet, which is perfect for a budget stay given the several small to medium markets and take out restaurants within a few blocks. Easy walk to Stanley Park or English Bay. If you are a strong walker like me, Granville Island or the Gas Light District are a few hours round trip including picture taking and window shopping. On a main busline, lots of taxis and shuttle buses. As for restaurants, name you flavor and it is with in a few blocks. Need a drugstore/drygood, an intenet cafe, money exchange or just about anything else it will be close. Since it is on Robson there will be street noise until late. The higher the floor, the lesser the noise and the better the view. Forgive them the look of the carpets and enjoy it as a base to fan out across all of downtown Vancouver."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Espel, NL rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 8 out of 10 on September 11, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Takamatsu, JP rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 8 out of 10 on July 03, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The location is located very conveniently and the customer service is quite friendly."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Scott from Seattle, WA US rated Tropicana Suite Hotel Vancouver 8 out of 10 on February 08, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"I like the Tropicana Inn because I've always been able to get a space there, even on the busiest summer weekends. It's in a good location and the price is pretty reasonable for what you get."


Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Concierge
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Sauna
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Photocopier
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Private Toilet
  • Pool Indoor
  • Free Parking

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