Howard Johnson Hotel Vancouver
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Feb 6, Thursday:
- Arrived in Vancouver a little after 10 am (we gained a day when we crossed the International Date Line so despite traveling 15 hours, we arrive almost at the same time we left, same day)
- It's a brisk -1C but sunny!
- Visited family and friends
- Only rained 1 day during our stay in ...
... it's way around one of the levels inside and was large enough that the parents could get in it with their children. For dinner tonight we are going all out - noodles in a bowl for 50c each. The Travelodge doesn't have spoons, only the usual stirrers they have over here, so eating them is going to be fun. We're going to leave a couple of our suitcases at the Travelodge (where we are staying tonight) and have a look around Vancouver over the next few ...
... rates of 40 or 60 cents a minute. So no long talks on the mobile as $30 doesn't go far and it is only for a month then you have to top it up.
The day has gone quickly again bought two chocolate eclairs from The MarketPlace to have with our dinner.
Too late to go done to English Bay to watch the fireworks at 10pm, stayed at the hotel and watched from our room. What a brilliant display just like the Sydney Harbour New Year ...
... were all sold out, but at $9.50 each I was glad. Instead I had a scone before overcoming the feeling of unease and asking for help to find the bus stop back downtown, good job as it was a random lamppost with a sign stuck to it. There was a man nearby talking to himself that everyone avoided, but of course he got on the bus, and of course he stood next to me. He said to nobody in particular 'the police have got nothing, mind your own business' before running off ...
... and pulled me in and suspended over a 120ft drop I had no problem at all. Finished with a 26foot rappel down from the final platform. It was fun. Rob of course had completed the whole thing with out any problems, and looked like a pro. Back to Juneau and the adrenalin high was wearing off and I felt exhausted. Rob wanted to look in a few more shops and we almost got pushed into buying me a gorgeous sapphire pendant. The tag price started off at about $4k but every time ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Howard Johnson Hotel Vancouver
I guess my title sums this hotel up! We have never stayed in a worse hotel that this one. We have extensively traveled throughout the US, Australia, and Europe, but the HOJO in Vancouver takes the cake as being the worst hotel we have ever stayed in. We had originally booked the hotel for 2 nights, but after just one night it was time to leave, so we suckered up the cost and left. Of course this left a very bad taste in our mouth about Vancouver and particularly this hotel chain. Anything was better than staying one more second in this run down dump of a hotel. I have read the management responses to this hotel on this site, I have to say I recently stayed at this hotel and it appears nothing has changed. The General Manager of this hotel Mel Espadilla, suggests that things have drastically changed in the hotel lobby; hotel rooms and the overall area of Granville Street were this hotel is located. I was surprised by the manager's comments; I would have hated to see how badly this hotel looked before these so called changes. I stayed in the hotel just a few weeks ago, a week after her comments, and I have to say that I have never stayed in such a poor excuse of a hotel. Let me begin with the parking!!! I was really disappointed with the parking situation, the parking lot could of been clearly displayed so that customers at least would no where to park.. We came to find out after many times of circling the block, we had to get to the cramped, unsafe, rundown, dirty parking lot by entering a shady alley. That was the beginning of our nightmare experience.
The hotel lobby was cramped and probably the only part of the hotel that had seen and cleaning products in the last month, the manager also made comments on how wonderful the lobby looked now after the renovation. But to be really honest who really cares what the lobby looks like anyway, you don't sleep in the lobby you sleep in the room. Let me get to the room!
The hotel room we stayed in was filthy, the smell was so disgusting in the room that we vowed to stay as much time of the hotel as possible, and quickly leave in the morning, we checked out a day earlier. Anything was better than having to put up with the stench of the room, the carpets that appear not to have been vacuumed in weeks, the incessant noise of construction and yelling and screaming. I guess the HOJO should be renamed to the HOBO, that name would be more apt to characterize this dismal, absolutely appalling hotel.
All I can say is the price for this hotel was outrageous, the rooms were poor, the staff was below average, the parking was ridiculous and the area was a breeding ground for pure scum. After our experience with Howard Johnson in Vancouver, we will never stay at any Howard Johnson again.
My recommendation is to steer clear from this hotel and this part of town, and my personal recommendation to the hotel, is to tear this disgusting hotel down and start from scratch. Not only is this hotel an embarrassment to your chain of hotels but a heath hazard. To call this hotel a BOUTIQUE HOTEL is a complete joke that would imply this hotel has an ounce of class and sophistication. Which it is not. Give me a break! Please, do yourself a favor, your money is better spent elsewhere!!!!!!
Howard Johnson Hotel Great Stay
I was really blessed at the kind of treatment and service given during my stay. GREAT JOB!! I will highly recommend this newly renovated boutique style hotel. All the rooms are newly renovated and they smell really good!LOVELY! LOVELY EXPERIENCE!!
Never made it to the Hotel
Back in August 2003 I made a reservation at this hotel and was told it was $239 for a 6 day stay there....very good price and I was also told I would have a refrigerator and microwave in my room. I later called the hotel to confirm everything a few months down the road They said I would have to pay more money if I wanted the refrigerator and microwave. I told them they should honor what I was first told...they refused to do so. I immedialtly cancelled my reservation...Never made it to the hotel.... Jake
Your first challenge on reaching this hotel is to negotiate your way past the numerous drunks, junkies and hookers on the street outside the hotel. Although the hotel is located downtown, this area is very seedy and had we known beforehand we would not have booked a hotel anywhere near this part of town.
The staff at the check in do appear to be fairly friendly and helpful.
However, the room we were allocated on arrival was a smoking room when we had requested a non-smoking room when making the booking. The room was dismal, smelled very strongly of cigarettes and overlooked waste ground where prostitutes were plying their trade. Not the view of Vancouver we had expected.
The restaurant located within the hotel offers a decent breakfast although I would not recommend it for anything else. The food served is pretty poor to say the least - there are much better restaurants a short walk from the hotel.
To be fair, the hotel is located within walking distance of all the major tourist attractions Vancouver has to offer and is relatively cheap. Although it has to be said that you have to balance this againt the sheer numbers of junkies, beggars and low-life types that seem to congregate on the streets in this area. Vancouver is a beatiful city in many respects, but this can be tarnished if your first glimpse of the city is from a room at this hotel!
The location was great as long as you didn't leave your room before dark. Walking past all of the transients and crack heads during the day was quite scary, but at night, the normal people come out and it's much less scary. I was surprised to find that I had to pay almost as much for parking as i had paid for the room. The staff was less than friendly. I would only stay here again if I got a really good deal.
Great place to stay if you need a tattoo or a hooker
Our travel agent booked us in this hotel while we were waiting to begin our Alaskan cruise. I have yet to forgive them. The first thing that we noticed as we pulled into the parking lot at the Ho-jo was tattoo parlor just down the block, a run-down derilict hotel right across the street complete with wino's sleeping on the sidewalk If a person was looking for any adult entertainment or drugs they woudnt have to walk any farther than out the front door. As we were taking our luggage to our room we were notified that my truck, which was in the Ho-jo parking lot, was being towed. No one in the hotel bothered to inform us that we had to buy a overnight parking pass. After getting my truck back and buying my parking permit the hotel attendant told us to make sure that we remove everything from the vehicle regardless of how trivial it may seem ( ball-caps,etc ) or he could garantee that the truck would be broke into. Unfortunately there was no other secure parking available. I was told by my travel agent that evrything we wanted to see in Vancover was only a short walk from the hotel, however we were'nt chancing it, we drove. The rooms were small, cramped, and smelly. the hotel staff at best were indifferent. never again.
Good for budget travel
We have stayed at this hotel a few times. The rooms are very small, old, and smelly. You will either get a view of the dumpsters and hookers or the street which is incrediby loud. This is also in a bad part of town. Not as bad as east hastings though. It is worth staying here if you get a really good deal. The maids were screaming at each other at 7am. If you are used to staying in budget hotels, you probably wont mind this hojo. One good thing is the location, most downtown attractions are within walking distance.