Budget Inn Patricia Hotel
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- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Budget Inn Patricia Hotel Vancouver
Budget isin't always bad...
Despite some previous reviews we spent 2 nights at the Patricia hotel. Despite being in a neighbourhood that wasn't always nice to look at I have to say that the Patricia hotel is a wonderful place. We looked at several room types and decided on one of their more "expensive" rooms a queen deluxe, which was quite a bit nicer than their budget rooms and still a wonderful deal at a third of the price of most other accomodation in Vancouver.
We saved a fair bit of money that we were able to spend on attractions and what not. Speak to the desk staff and they will tell you what they told me - that the neighbourhood has many places for people to receive help: clinics, missions, places for people to receive medical attention, shelter, showers food etc. So if you dont like staying in a neighbourhood where needy people can receive help, then spend the extra $ and stay somewhere else.
Honestly alot of the locals were not so pretty to look at, but they were hamless and not once was I perstered for change like I was on Granville st. downtown.
My final coments are that this is a budget hotel and that is exactly what it is, there is no pool and the rooms are smaller etc, so if you feel the desire to spend $1000 US on a suit jacket, maybe you should/can afford to spend the extra $$$ and stay in a fancier hotel. As for the helpful staff of the Patricia - "See you again next year"
Stay as far away from this place as possible
I have been to Motel 6 once and that seemed a paradise to this! I slept with my $1000.00 US suit jacket over the pillow! I would sleep in my car before I would ever consider this again!!!!!! Trust me, BEWARE! If you still dont believe ask to see the room first!
The Worst Location Ever
This hotel is located in arguably the worst neighborhood of all Canada. Check it out on the internet if you dont believe me but I had to find out the hard way, thinking I was getting a decent deal on a budget hotel. There are literally hundreds of homeless, drunks, druggies and prostitutes in this "war zone" of decay and depravation. I had to cancel my remaining 3 (of the original 4) nights because of safety concerns, particularly to my rental car. The hotel claims the parking lot is secure with video surveillance but I only noticed two cameras and who knows if they actually worked. The cameras didnt appear to have much range as it they were only pointed onto the first row of cars. I am familiar with these types of cameras and the range isnt that good if it's pointed straight down.The parking lot also houses a bar that presumably has the types of people described above as customers. The folks at the hotel can refute anything I state here but without a doubt, I will never ever be a guest at their hotel again. I also paid a fee for access to the internet in their lobby and the computer station had no internet access the following day. I ended up finding another hotel closer to the center of town and needless to say, I felt a lot safer than at the Patricia Hotel. I have been to hotels all over Europe and never had such as bad an experience as I did with this location. If you decide you still want to stay here, dont bother parking your car in their "free, secure parking lot." Be warned!!
Very nice hotel, great location, in a safe drug neighborhood
Very nice hotel in a safe drug neighborhood (a statement that could only be made in Vancouver?). Rooms very clean, with lots of character. Lobby is great, lots of character, nice to read in. Staff friendly, helpful. The location is ideal if you plan on visiting several areas of Vancouver; better location than the expensive downtown hotels. And on the edge of China-town, you get amazing odors of bbq meat and other great food.
The hotel should be more open in their literature and website about the fact they're in a heroin and prostitution neighborhood. I agree with other reviewers who said they felt completely safe; we did too at all time of night. So don't let that stop you; but you have to be ok with syringes on the ground and lots of malformed opiate bodies walking around. Interesting sights out your window at night of buying and selling.
Overall great hotel for the budget traveller .
Do NOT believe the hype or manager rebuttals...
Saw this property online through a travel booking website and figured that judging from the pictures, the hotel's website, and description, it might be a steal for New Years accomodations. WRONG.... Yes, it is very economically advantageous rate-wise if you're not concerned with security of belongings, surrounding environment, or quality of lodging.
I had never seen the notorious area known as East Hasting St up to that point, but I promise that I never care to see it again. Upon arriving, my friend and I were treated to the sight of about 25-30 junkies congregating right across the street from the Budget Inn. That is no exaggeration either, but we still figured to give it a chance for maybe the hotel itself was highly secure with a safe, underground parking garage to boot. WRONG again... the hotel seemed more like a motel for the drifter or a place to take a quick shower for a truck driver. The front desk representative reminded me of wardens I had seen in movies about prison. The demeanor and appearance suggested that the surrounding neighborhood had either spawned the gentlemen or had taken effect on his style of engagement. We got our room keys and they were just that, KEYS. Keys with big key chains at the end of them that stated the room number. I thought keys had gone out in 1992 or so and been replaced by cards you slide. Then there was the issue of parking. The parking lot was next to the building on an above ground lot that was surrounded by a fence. (Note: The 25-30 junkies were within striking distance of the lot.) That was all the security the lot had was a fence and that didn't make me feel that my car was going to be very secure, belongings inside or not. Lastly, there was the room itself. Horrid... the cover on top of the bed might as well have been given free to the salvation army or donated to the junkies across the street. It had a stench, undescribable, and it wasn't cigarettes. Just a stench... We made the decision to inform the front desk warden, er clerk, that we would be seeking alternative accomodations and ended up spending a bit more money, but for the kind of hotel that you come to expect when making reservations. I don't necessarily fault the Budget Inn's staff....just whoever owns it. It doesn't belong in the ranks of the elite 2 star properties or on the internet pages of expedia, hotwire, or orbitz.
Don't Stay Here!
This hotel is in the heart of the ghetto. I was told by 3 different people, within 10 minutes of checking in, not to leave ANYTHING in my car. I was totally misled by their website into thinking this hotel was going to be a great place to stay on my vacation. I knew I was getting a bargain but didn't know how shabby this place was really going to be. The bed was no more than plywood with padding, the pillows were pancake thin, the walls are paper thin, the "door" to the bathroom(which is barely bigger than the toilet itself) was a very thin accordian-style plastic curtain with no latch or knob. AND BEST OF ALL...there was no mention of having to look over a trashy slum before you see the fabulous "city view" from your hotel room. I wouldn't recommend staying here and enourage the people who work here to be more honest with consumers when they call on the phone for details about the hotel.
we ended up cancelling our reservation and stayed at a gorgeous, 4-star hotel in downtown Vancouver for $30 LESS than what we payed for our 1 night at the Patricia. Book online last minute and you will get a REAL deal.
Your description of our beds being "no more than plywood with padding" and "the pillows were pancake thin" is absurd. All Canada select, star rated hotels have to meet the same guidelines for maintenance and cleanliness including the quality of beds. Additional stars represent additional amenities and facilities that are available.
As for our "paper thin" walls, the hotel was built in 1914 out of brick and cement and there is nothing paper thin about this place.
I am sorry you were offended by the double layered accordion door on your bathroom (used in some of our rooms to save space) However desk staff would have been more than happy to find you a room more to your liking.
The Budget Inn Patricia Hotel is located in Vancouver's oldest neighborhood of Strathcona on the edge of the downtown core, two blocks from historic Chinatown and four blocks from the shops, restaurants and clubs of historic Gastown. Both are popular city attractions.
Finally I would appreciate verification of this wonderful 4-star hotel you stayed at, which you stated was $30.00 less than the Budget Inn Patricia. Our March rates range from $39.00-$59.00 Canadian, you are implying that you enjoyed 4-star accommodations for between $9.00-$29.00 Canadian per night. Not bad considering 4-star accommodations start at no less than $100.00 per night ($129.00-$159.00 to be more accurate).
The Budget Inn Patricia Hotel offers clean, comfortable and affordable accommodations to hundreds of budget minded travelers each year, and it is a shame that some might miss out on a good deal based on misleading comments.
You get what you pay for.
Yes this hotel may be cheap, but it's a textbook case of getting what you pay for. It's located in the worst neighborhood in the city. Junkies, prostitutes, and panhandlers await you outside. Not an area you want to stay in on vacation. The rooms are very small and have all the ambience of a flophouse. No climate control. Bathrooms are about the size of an airline restroom. Our view was an abandoned rusting car next door. Pay a little more and stay downtown.
The Patricia Hotel was built in 1914 and through continuous renovations and upgrades proudly displays a 2 star Canada Select rating. The star rating is based on criteria that include room size, number of facilities, amenities available, and are only awarded to properties with the highest levels of cleanliness and maintenance.
The size of our rooms reflect the standard of the time in which the hotel was built. Although smaller than those of newer hotels, renovations to increase their size would force rate increases to the point where we would be unable to offer reasonable rates to the budget minded traveler.
Staff at the hotel are proud to provide modest accommodations that are safe, clean, comfortable, affordable and conveniently located near most major tourist attractions.
The 24 hour desk staff ensure that only registered guests have access to the hotel, therefore comments implying that social elements have freedom within the building are completely untrue and are assumptions based on misperceptions of the area.
Thanks to the extra efforts of the VPD (Vancouver Police Department) and the addition of a private security patrol paid for by the local business improvement association, Strathcona has taken major strides forward in recent years, and enjoys one of the cities best records for personal safety based on VPD statistics.
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A Nice Hotel in a Not-Nice Neighbourhood
There are two key things to understand about the Patricia: 1) Great hotel. 2) Declining neighbourhood.
The hotel is a super deal, cheap, clean, secure, and we had a beautiful ocean view from our room. We had a "budget room" which supposedly has less of a view than the standard rooms, but the view was great anyway. The budget rooms are small but clean and everything works. I would definitely stay here again.
That said, I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, simply because of where it is. The area is on the edge of Chinatown, which is nice, and near downtown, which is convenient. However, drug addiction and prostitution are common in the street outside. Now the thing to realize here is that these are businesses, and if you're neither buying nor selling, then these business people have nothing to do with you. We had no trouble of any kind during our stay. No one hassled us on the street, and other than a couple of friendly offers to buy a rock, no one even spoke to us.
We walked in and out of the area at all times of day and night with no trouble, this is a neighbourhood given to "victimless crime", not to violence. If you have a compassionate heart, staying here might make you sad ... the young ones and the old ones will break your heart. But we found it safe, interesting, inexpensive and convenient to all we had to do in the city.
For reference, I'm a 30-year-old woman ... I walked freely by myself around the area with no problems ... and we're both from a northern Canadian community, we're not from the suburbs but we aren't ghetto kids either. Overall I gave the hotel an "average" rating but that's balancing the excellent points of the hotel with the qualifying factor of the neighbourhood, which isn't for everyone.