Travel Blogs from Vancouver
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 …
... and I was off again - WITH A JOB! YEAH! The electricity went out while I was there so they couldn't scan my ID documents for the background check and asked me to come back in 2hrs when the power was expected to be back on. No worries, I met up with Benny, we had some lunch to celebrate and then wandered the mall - easy to do since it's so enormous. There were so many people walking around dressed up for Halloween. I'd seen a lot of stores had signs up saying "trick or ...
... safer and Tom and I bought a hat to blend in a little better. The seats were great and we all really enjoyed watching the game despite not knowing much about the rules although there didn't appear to be any. It seems that anything goes and the game is fast and flows well due to the lack of stoppages. We made it home after another train ride and were all well and truly Canucked. The day certainly panned out well and we are looking forward to seeing Grouse Mountain ...
... we had Civic Day (a bank holiday) so my cousin and I went to Fort Langley to explore and a little shopping. We also went to the Fort Langley Museum where there was an exhibit all about the history of medical ...
... Robson Street to explore. Blue skies came out while I was sleeping! I walked a few blocks, bought some bottled water, picked up a burrito from Steamrollers. They steam all of their food so it's healthier than if it were cooked in oils. I didn't stop at the gilato place across the street yet but you can bet I will be soon!!
Now I'm watching "Canadian Idol"! It's 9 pm and still pretty light out. Tomorrow I catch the trolley first thing and take a trip around the ...
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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.
A good choice for space and location
I spent a week at this hotel whilst touring Canada in September.
The location is excellent and the hotel is also very secure as the lifts cannot be used without a room key.
This hotel will not win any awards for design, but the suites were clean, spacious, and comfortable. I've stayed in many apart-hotels and the kitchen was by far the best equipped out of all the apart-hotels I've stayed in. However, in terms of in-room facilities, I would suggest that management consider providing DVD players in the suites.
I don't have a great deal to say about the service, as this hotel is really for people who want space in the city and are happy to take care of themselves once checked-in.
If you're arriving in Vancouver in the morning, be warned, it is unlikely that you will be able to check-in before 2pm. And if you have to spend a few hours in Vancouver make sure you take your umbrella and a map with you - for me getting lost in the rain after a long flight whilst waiting for my room was no fun.
Perfect property for us.
My husband and I were traveling with my two sisters and had just completed an Alaska Holiday.
We arrived in Vancouver via cruise line, rented a car and found our way very easily to the Carmana
Plaza. We were too early to check-in but they allowed us to check luggage until we could get into the room, after 2pm (that was the time I was told.)
When we came back after 330pm I was told that check-in was not until 400pm and our room was not ready yet. After some discussion they were able to change our accommodations to a different floor. The lobby of the hotel has a musty odor and I was afraid what we would find in our room. When
we opened the door, I was thrilled! We had a simply beautiful 2 bedroom suite (that is what I had reserved) with full kitchen, living room and dining area, plus two baths. There was even a balcony which we could sit on. The dining facilities allowed us to order in take-out savings us more money. It was a great place with VERY secure parking.
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.