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Thursday 26th September Up at 2:45am and on the Con-X-ion bus for Brissy airport, Coffee (could this be our last decent cup of coffee for 2 1/2 weeks?) and 7:00am departure. Arrive at Sydney and then onto Air Canada for 14.5 hours. Arrive at Vancouver at 7:00 am Thursday 26th September (is this how Dr. who feels.) Meet at airport by James and Tash …
... t able to get a seat near the front so were stuck on an aisle seat right at the back. It's a real squeeze trying to fit an adult and a large infant plus all the clutter onto one seat. However I couldn't fault the staff who made sure they were friendly and complementary to both of us! Made a big difference somebody saying I was doing a good job! Isaac slept for a total of 20mins so I was quite zombified and ...
... at the moment because it is Canada Day on Tuesday and this is a long weekend. Half the streets are closed and there are great street parties, buskers, food stalls and goods for sale. There is an electric vibe and everyone is so welcoming and friendly - it's awesome. Back for an early night tonight - have to try and catch up on 7 days of minimum sleep! Tomorrow we are off to Grouse Mountain - should be ...
... backdrop of English Bay. All the cast were excellent, in particular the leading ladies; Feste sang beautifully, Toby Belch and Aguecheek amused us and Malvolio was wonderfully pompous. Of course I loved the line "if this were performed on stage it would be dismissed as improbable fiction", as it reminded me of the Ayckbourn play I performed in last April. A first class production that would not be out of ...
... for sure although its very pricey! Tomorrow a new found friend is hopefully going to give me a bit of a tour over east van and hopefully Stanley park, as long as the weather stays good im looking forward to it! I can't fault the people round here at the mo they are all really nice easy going and made me feel really welcome! Good ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Moda Hotel Vancouver
Económico y con clase
Este lugar fue un magnífico hallazgo en el centro de Vancouver - a solo un par de cuadras desde las tiendas en Robson o la zona ribereña. Todo era nuevo - recién estrenado- limpio y bien diseñado. Parece como si fuese un hotel de cuatro estrellas con el precio de un dos estrellas. El personal de la recepción era encantador, nos dejó almacenar nuestra cantidad épica de maletas detrás de mostrador hasta que nos registramos. El último día al salir oímos algunos quejándose de un ruido de las obras, pero nuestra habitación estuvo perfectamente tranquila.
J'ai adoré l'hôtel Moda
C'était un hôtel merveilleux situé dans le centre-ville de Vancouver. Je recommanderais cet hôtel très certainement. La seule recommandation que j'aie pour ceux qui ont une basse tolérance aux bruits excessifs c'est de demander une chambre au moins au 3e étage car le pub Duff est en dessous de l'hôtel au 1er étage. Sinon, cet hôtel est merveilleux et à quelques minutes à pied de tout ce que Vancouver a à offrir.
Il Moda Hotel mi è piaciuto molto
È un albergo bellissimo in centro a Vancouver. Lo consiglio sicuramente a tutti. L'unica raccomandazione per coloro che hanno problemi col rumore è di farvi dare una camera almeno al terzo piano perché il Duff Pub è proprio sotto il secondo piano dell'albergo. Altrimenti questo albergo è meraviglioso e tutto quello che cìè d'interessante a Vancouver è raggiungibile a piedi.
Loved Moda Hotel
This was a wonderful hotel in Downtown Vancouver. I would recommend it to others, most definitely. The only recommendation I have for those with low tolerance to excessive noise is to ask for a room on at least the 3rd floor, sine the Duff Pub is right below the hotels second floor. Otherwise this hotel is wonderful and within walking distance to all Vancouver has to offer.
Adoré el Moda Hotel
Éste fue un hotel maravilloso en el centro de Vancouver. Sin ninguna duda lo recomendaré a otros. Para aquellos con baja tolerancia al ruido excesivo la única sugerencia que tengo es que pidan una habitación en el tercer piso o más arriba, ya que el Duff Pub está en el segundo piso. Por otro lado este hotel es maravilloso y queda a corta distancia a pie de todo lo que Vancouver puede ofrecer.
Liebte das Moda Hotel
Dies war ein wundervolles Hotel im Zentrum von Vancouver. Ich kann es auf jeden Fall wärmstens weiterempfehlen. Lärmempfindlichen Gästen würde ich den Ratschlag geben, um ein Zimmer auf mindestens der 3. Etage zu bitten, da der Duff Pub direkt unter dem 2. Stock des Hotels liegt. Abgesehen davon ist dieses Hotel wundervoll und zu Fuß sehr nah an allem, was Vancouver so zu bieten hat.
I wasn't sold.
I stayed at the Hotel Moda in early July and was a bit disappointed. The hotel attracted me with its modern, minimalist decor. When I checked in, the front desk person was distracted and a bit zany. They were not clear with directions as to where to park, so my husband ended up circling the block for fifteen minutes trying to find the garage.
When we got off the elevator on the third floor we were struck by a musty, humid smell in the hallway. This persisted throughout our stay, so perhaps the AC was broken or never installed.
Our room was gorgeous. Small, but with great decor. Our view definitely left something to be desired, as we had a prime lookout over a construction site. The bed itself was very firm. I found it uncomfortable to sit on, but slept like a baby.
If we return to Vancouver in the future I will seek out another hotel. Although this place was good to look at, it was lacking in some major areas.
Moda works well...
This hotel renovation was recently completed and is perfect for young 20-40 people that are in Vancouver to have a good time... and for fun business people as well. The location is steps from the Granville and Robson Streets, great location for nightlife. The price seems affordable for now at $113 a night for a queen room, $139 king.
The place is a very well renovated older hotel. The lobby is relaxing. The rooms are cute with newly refirbished hardwood floors (a throw rug could improve them). Deep windows provide a place to sit and look outside. Free internet access. Umbrellas are available at the front desk. The staff was very accomodating and polite.
The rooms are very clean. The addition of artwork on the walls, curtains and seals on the windows, and sound-proof doors is needed. We stayed on the third floor, overlooking Smithe Street. We were warned about the noise (single pane windows without seals + traffic and construction = lots of noise during the day) but it's not too bad at night, actually fun to hear people go home after a fun night out. The front desk suggests rooms at the back of the hotel for a quieter stay but there you have to listen to the humming of large HVAC units (I chose to listen to the street). There is a nightclub adjacent to the lobby that plays house music until 3AM, so if you are looking for a quiet stay in downtown Vancouver, this is not the place.
The charming elevator is old but functions well...the stairs are actually two-way access so that is another option. Parking next door is $10 per day.
Professional staff, good security in a crazy-fun neighborhood at a decent price. I would definitely stay there again although I am bringing earplugs and an eye mask if I need to sleep late.
Booking a surprise weekend for my boyfriend in Vancouver, I was saddened to see that all the trendy, well located, stylish hotels were well over $300 a night. Although I enjoyed the lobby and Elixir at Opus, I was not prepared to fork out that much for, in the end, a bed and shower.
I stumbled upon Moda after reading something about the reopening on the Frommers site, and decided to give the recently refurbished and rebranded hotel a try (until April 2007 this had been known as the Dufferin, and I'm told was quite a questionable rooming type house). I asked a friend living in Vancouver about it, and she said it looked alright from the outside, but previously was a pretty scummy place. She had her doubts on it's reputation.
The location is amazing, steps from the Skytrain and Robson Street, and a 30 minute bus ride from the airport. The price seems affordable for now at $99-120 a night for a queen room, but I would not be surprised if they start to hike it up after a while.
The lobby was well decorated, as were the rooms. The place retains it's heritage as an older hotel, but has been repackaged well. At the time of our stay, internet access was free. We were among the first to stay on the newly opened 3rd floor, and I had to request a hairblower and a few other sundries from the front desk, and was always given what I needed, and received apologies about the inconvience. Even the much needed umbrella for Vancouver strolling was available at the front desk, if you had forgotten yours.
The rooms were very clean, even if some would describe them as stark, I appreciated the minimal decorating. As earlier stated, we stayed on the third floor, overlooking Seymour Street. We were warned it would be slightly loud there (single paned windows and heavy traffic makes for normal ambient street noise during the day, but it's not overly irritating as it dies down at night) but I loved to sit in the window seat and gaze at the people below. The front desk suggests rooms at the back of the hotel for a quieter stay.
I would describe myself as an extremely happy camper, even if there were a few issues to be worked out, hopefully growing pains. There is an ancient elevator...which you MUST use to get up to the floors, because the stairwell is exit/one way only. There was some bickering in one of the rooms which lead to the police being called, but I think it was just a girl who had been drinking too much and got loud. I'm sure the Fairmont might even have the same domestic disputes! We did not use parking (who needs to with Vancouver's amazing transit?) but I do know there is a charge for it which seemed a bit steep. Finally, on our first day there, we showered during prime morning time and found that the water had trouble keeping up...making for a very brief, very brisk rinse down. Yikes! I am hoping that it is just a hot water tank issue.
I would most definitely stay there again. Professional staff, good security and prime location at a decent price. I would definitely stay there again.
Great Location Great Price
Went for a weekend trip to Vancouver and opted to try the Moda Hotel despite less than stellar reviews (tho those were based on the old Dufferin Hotel) and Im very happy we did.
LOCATION: Perfect downtown shopping/entertaining location. One block from Robson and Granville and walking distane to Gastown. Neighborhood was safe and clean and not as sketchy as other reviews made it out to be. We felt totally safe walking around at night. It is on a bus line and a fairly busy street (Seymour) and the windows do let in alot of the street noises, but if youre not a light sleeper its not that bad.
HOTEL: Very modern decor in an older building. The elevator/lift was slow for a 4 story building, but got you where you wanted to go. Rooms were clean and everything was very new. Rooms had deadbolts on the doors, and the only way up to guestroom floors was by the elevator next to the front desk, so security/safety wasnt an issue.
We had 4 people and was able to book a room with a queen size bed and full bath with an adjoining room with a full size bed and half bath. Price was a bargain compared to what we wouldve paid at any other hotel in downtown, for a single room with double beds.
They provide parking in the building next door for $10 a day which was convenient.
Overall I say the Moda was a great hotel. Id definetly stay there again.