Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vancouver Downtown
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Going to keep it short and sweet tonight as the keyboard has run out of battery and the tab typing is quite painful.
Sarah and i started the day with a solid workout, restarted with solid sleep in haha. After we were all showered woken in Kate's case we walked down to stanly park to hire some bikes. We hired a bike each …
Well we had an interesting early morning, at 1:30am the hotel fire alarm went off and scared the sh*t out of the three of us. Kate did a quick call to reception who said we all had to evacuate so off we went in our pajama pants and snow jackets with the rest of the hotel. Turned out someone burnt something in the kitchen so we all had …
Greeting from Vancouver
We are on our last day here and have had beautiful weather here for the duration of our three days. One of the interesting aspects is how spread out Vancouver actually is, across lots of waterways and bridges as you have North Vancouver across the bay and Kitsilano across on the other bay.
We have been on …
Today we had hosts. Helga and Bob, very kindly gave up their Sunday to come say "Hi", spend some time with us, and show us around.
They took us over to West Vancouver and up Cypress Mountain, to lookouts over the City and the surrounding area, as well as a peek at the runs on the mountain used for the Olympics earlier in the year. There …
Our last full day of vacation...
We took a walk around the City, visiting Chinatown and the Chinese Public Park. We took a wrong turning at one point and walked a very long street, packed with missions and beggars. Slightly dicey, but we made it through without any mishaps. After lunch, we done a little shopping, then re-packed the bags …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vancouver Downtown
A good choice
An excellent choice for a city centre location, as the hotel is walking distance from Canada Place and Granville Island. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped, with effective (if a little noisy) air conditioning.
The staff are efficient and helpful (though the queues at reception were a little too long at times). When we requested a late check-out, we were immediately extended to 2pm at no extra charge. Free Internet access in reception.
Would definately recommend to anyone as a safe bet in a busy city.
Good location, nice late check out, small room
Good location, right downtown Vancouver. We were able to get a good deal for this hotel through Hotwire. The staff was friendly. We got in really late at night, so they let us have a late 2pm checkout. The room was clean and well appointed but very small. The hotel seemed a little older but the room we got looked recently remodelled. Parking was extra.
The Holiday Inn downtown is possibly the best centered hotel in vancouver. it is also a great deal for your price. it is situated near the art museum of vancouver, the famous burrard avenue shops, davie street and it's alternative lifestyle, a nice stroll form the gm plaza for hockey as well a simple stroll to the english bay beaches and stanley park. around the corner is granville st where the best clubs and live music beckons from each corner. if you are travelling to whistler/blackomb mtn, this is also a great place to stay and refresh your spirits. i have been travelling to and from vancouver since 1996 and this is one of the best hotels in town. the staff is knowledgable, courteous and treats all guests like a part of their family. their expertise in local spots is a must. the staff is diverse in culture and lifestyle and has always been helpful in steering me the right direction. the restauraunt is well varied in it's food selection, and the breakfast buffet is well presented. the bar in the hotel is well staffed as well and there is not a drink they cannot make. the parking is secured and covered as well.
Home Away From Home Round 2
We have stayed at this hotel frequently for the past 15 years and consider it our "home away from home". The hotel staff is excellent with emphasis on customer service. The restaurant has great food and service with reasonable prices. Location is convenient for downtown shopping and entertainment. While the building is not new, it is well-maintained and rooms are clean, many having been recently renovated with new furniture and accessories. We would give a five-star rating to the friendly and attentive staff and to the many great stays we have had at Holiday Inn Downtown Vancouver. We have recommended this hotel to friends who also stay there frequently.
Home away from home
My business requires that I travel throughout Western Canada on a frequent basis. On a recent trip to Vancouver I had the opportunity to stay at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Upon checking in I found that the staff from the front desk through all other areas of the Hotel would go out of their way to make sure that my accomodations & stay were entirely to my satisfaction. The service received is the reason that I have headed this review a Home away from Home. You will note that I said I had the opportunity to stay at this Hotel I really should have said I had the privilege to stay there. I will not only use this Hotel for all of my future stays but will also reccomend it highly to my fellow travellers.
We arrived on Saturday eve, Memorial Day in the US. The Hotel appeared busy, so I was patient. I got the manager at the front desk. She stated the only room was a king suite on the executive floor for 199.99 can for the night. reluctantly, I took the room. She was very abrupt when I mentioned I forgot my Priority Club Number, said she would look it up, and give me credit. She never did, and stated she was a "bad multitasker". I asked her at the end of the transaction, and she said she would find the number. She never indicated where the pool/restraunt/bar/was located in the hotel. The room was tiny, stinky, and overlooked the ugliest ally way in the whole Vancouver area. It was a smoking room without ash trays. Elevators are the size of a small boot box, big enough for one traveller, with a large bag. Facilities were dirty, unkept. Pool area was filthy, and I refused to go into the pool. Fitness room was ungodly. No real amenities to speak of. I really got taken on this one, but the Hampton Inns were booked full. Terrible experience
Our family (myself, husband, 2 kids - 7 and 3, and my parents in an adjoining room) stayed here over Easter weekend. We wanted a central location and this fit the bill but the hotel is definitely an older building. The rooms are quite small and we heard lots of street noise through the night. My biggest complaint was the swimming pool. Swimming is one of the highlights of a hotel stay for us (especially the kids) and the web site left the impression that it would be great for kids. However, there is virtually no shallow end to speak of - at the bottom of the steep stairs is the buoy line. The pool quickly descends to 6 feet and then 9 feet deep. I am a strong swimmer and lifeguard and did not feel comfortable taking small children into this pool. I realize the hotel can't change the depth of their pool but it should be made clear that it is not suitable for small children or anyone who is concerned about being able to touch the bottom. On the plus side, they have a nice little kids playroom with a big climber/slide and some other toys. However, it is right next to/across from guest rooms so is only open from 1000 - 2000. Having flown in from Toronto, our bodies were operating 3 hours ahead of the locals so early mornings, there wasn't anything much for them to do. The staff were very friendly, and served us lunch in the restaurant even though it was supposed to be closed (3 pm). There is a great pizza place around the corner from the hotel with any slice for 99 cents. The location was good if you want to be downtown but with small children, I would try another hotel next time.
On our way to a Celebrity cruise my friend booked this hotel via Hotel Reservations Network. Turned out it was 33% more expensive than if we had booked directly but it was done. We got there and since there were three of us, they gave us a room with a tiny, tiny little alcove with a sofa bed that when opened, left you unable to get out of bed. We didn't say anything since it was just for two nights. When we got back for another one night stay they just gave us a regular room so there was no place for the third person. They were quite arrogant at the desk and sent up a cot that was just awful and said they would be kind enough not to charge us for the cot!!!! The hotel is, as mentioned in other reviews I've read, at the border of a lesser neighborhood. Two blocks from a bus, but nothing else too close by at all. Restaurant is overpriced and mediocre as well. Concierge was wonderful, but better prices can be had and certainly it wasn't worth what we paid.
We liked it.
We had a couple of nights here at the end of our honeymoon. The staff were really friendly and allowed us to check in at 8:30 in the morning, which we appreciated after an early arrival in the city. Good pool, which is open 24hrs. Location is close enough to downtown and if you wanted to take the bus, you wouldn't have to wait more than 5 minutes. The area is a bit seedy but seems safe enough.