Howard Johnson Hotel Vancouver
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Today I was heading back to Vancouver. My flight wasn't till about 2 in the arvo though. After a good sleep in, I headed to the airport about midday. Today pretty much turned into a non event sight seeing wise, the flight didn’t get into Vancouver till about half past six.
I was expecting another lengthy delay like the first time …
After a good night sleep I once again hit the pavement and headed towards Canada Place. I headed this way to get my bearings right for my upcoming cruise, as the cruise ship terminal was located here. Two ships were in port today, a Holland America Cruise ship and a Princess Cruise ship, they looked pretty impressive. The ship that I would be …
Today it was over for San Francisco and on to Vancouver. As I had mentioned before things that I thought I had booked were not necessarily so. I had a voucher for a transfer to the airport this morning, but when I rang the company yesterday to confirm my pick up I learned that I had not actually been booked. From this point of I made sure that I …
Traveling is definitely like the Muller adverts. For every good experience there is a bad, for every bad experience a good. For every bad American fast food type meal we have eaten there is has been another great one just around the corner, for every campground with a 'bear issue' there is another one that is practically certified bear free and for …
We got up early, rented a car and drove to Vancouver, BC. It's a beautiful 2.5 hour drive. Going through customs took a bit of time, but we make it through with no cavity searches, so that was good.
Ann and I were both hesitant about the Howard Johnson hotel we had booked for Vancouver. We drove to the address and found a restaurant / bar …
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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.
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 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.
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.