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It's only our third day in Canada but what a whirlwind it has been already. We arrived in Vancouver on Wednesday afternoon. The skyscrapers, 7 degree temperature and 4.30pm sunset were a bit of a shock but we all loved the city from the get go. Right from the taxi ride into the city (in an old American black Lincoln), we felt welcome. We watched …
Today we took the red trolley around Vancouver and through Stanley Park. Vancouver is a truely beautiful place and has a stunning bay surrounded by ice cap mountains.
The aquarium is located in Stanley Park so we took in the live Beluga Whale show and some amazing exhibits.
We walked back along the waterfront and perused the shops, eateries and colourful people who live here.
Today we went up to the base of Grouse Mountain (or as one tourist was pronounced it Gross Mountain - sad to admit she was an Australian) to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. Amazing views and to walk on the bridge was like walking drunk, not that Janet and I would know what that was like!
We also met Smokey Bear …
Today we commenced our interviews which have gone very well we also did a couple of info sessions. It was a pretty full on day and we think the the girls we did the info sessions for are keen to be interviewed as well so we will plan that for later in the week.
Monday was our day to aclimatize and Vancouver is alot like Melbourne but without the awesome coffee. We did discover directly across the road, a fantastic market/shop called Urban Fare. http://urbanfare.com/
We also maybe stumbled across GAP, Banana Republic, Roots, and plenty of amazing restaurants. Not that we spent any money...... much!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Carmana Plaza Vancouver
my family and i, a total of 5 people stayed at the carmana on 2 occasions in aug/sept. first stay was only for 1 night and the second stay was for 4 nights. we took a 2 bedroom apartment and it was huge! security was really tight as u can only access the floor u r staying at with the key. the kitchen was very well equipped with utensiles, cutlery and even a dishwasher and oven. the bedrooms were reasonably sized but the apartment had 2 toilets which was great. there as also a proper dining area and the balcony had a great view of robson street at night. the sofa in the hall could also be converted into a double sofa bed. excellent location also. great for those travelling in groups of more than 3 ppl as the price of the 2 bedroom suite is much cheaper than if u were to book 2 rooms in a normal hotel. plus it comes with the kitchen!
Fantastic Value and Location
I've been to carmana plaza twice now and both times it's been fantastic. I've usually travelled in a group of four, and getting the 2 bedroom with sofa bed is great value. They offer secure parking which is also very cheap, considering carmana is located in the city centre. You have to be a tad careful about the parking though, as i've hired suv's (yukon and navigator) both times and they only just fit under its height restrictions.
Overall, this is a fantastic hotel offering a great option for those travelling in a group who want to have a feel of home from home.
I spent a week at this hotel whilst touring Canada in September.
My husband and I were traveling with my two sisters and had just completed an Alaska Holiday.
Just behind Robson St with shops and a supermarket nearby, this is one place with a great location. The suite was cosy and clean, plus we had a nice view of the mountains up in the north. I would recommend it for both business travellers and families!
Well Located Clean Hotel
This hotel was well located, only minutes from Robson Street. The room was more like an apartment with a kitchen, small eating area, lounge, bedroom and bathroom. It was very clean and coffee making facilities were available. We were impressed with the excellent views from the rooms large windows, which was the reason we didnt make a fuss that we had been given a room with two single beds instead of a queen. Overall this was a nice hotel.
What an excellent, albeit accidental, stroke of luck! Booked a "2 Bedroom Suite" off the internet, not really knowing what to expect. What we got was a 2 bedroom apartment with a balcony, excellent view, good security (the elevators will take you only to your floor, and only if you have a key), close to Robson street with a very pleasant staff. There were 6 of us total (all adults) and we all agreed we would stay there again, next time "on purpose".
Overpriced hotel with rude customer service
When my parents came to visit vancouver is when I had my first and last experience with Carmana Plaza. This is by far one of the worse hotel I've visitted. Frontdesk staff were extremely rude and inefficient. It is very overpriced for a hotel that not many have ever heard of, management and other staffs were saw smoking and spitting on the ground in the back of the hotel.
Excellent Choice for Vancouver Hotel
Carmana Plaza is truly a big suprise for us! An excellent "all-suite" hotel with reasonable price. We booked a one bedroom suite through Expedia. We've got a suite on high floor (18th floor) and it's facing the English Bay. The suite is very roomy and the view is great! Just 2 minutes walking distance to Robson Street. Really enjoyed our stay there and glad we had made the right decision.
Your own condo in downtown Vancouver!
We had never heard of this place and neither had anyone we knew from Vancouver. We ended up staying here for 10 days and loved it. We had a fully furnished 1 bedroom condo with a balcony, sliding glass windows, and a view for less than a good hotel. Daily "cleanup" maid service is offered, as well as a small business centre near the concierge, but other than that it feels like your own condo. Excellent location right near Robson street but a tall tower so you are high enough up to drown out the street noise. I totally recommend this to anyone who wants to feel a bit more at home in Vancouver.