Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
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They updated their rooms, adn they are really a great deal. We walked everywhere and had a great time. I would stay again for aure!
We stayed for one weekend at the beginning of April.
The public areas of the hotel are clean and tidy.
For a studio, we had fairly large room with two double beds, a sofabed and kitchennette. The room and bathroom were clean. The carpet looked well used and probably time for replacement.
we loved the swimming pool and the exercise room. Both were airy and lots of natural light. The breakfast room was busy but cosy with fireplace, and well decorated. We enjoyed the very simple fare with natural fruits, yogurt, cereals, as well as two hot items.
The rates are a slightly pricey, but with weekend rates available, not so bad.
We enjoyed staying there and definitely would go back.
One of Vancouver's more interesting places to stay
This is definitely a place to see and be seen. Chatting with two of the housekeeping dudes while riding the elevator down to the parking garage, I found that they were both really working actors making a few bucks between productions -- a lot of American television is filmed on location in Vancouver. That's one of the problems with this property. Half the staff are so dedicated that they would loan you an eyeball if you asked, and the other half would rather chat in small groups at the end of the hall, rather than scrub and clean. Don't wear white gloves on this property because if you want to find dirt, you will. And while all of the public areas seemed immaculate, some guest floors need attention. In my room (801) the couch was stained and worn, and the bedspread was faded and dirty -- shocking given what the rates are here. I'm sure if anyone in housekeeping had been paying attention, or even cared, both would have been replaced. Near the bay windows, there were even holes in the ceiling. But every room on my floor seemed filled every night, so someone in the sales office is obviously doing a good job.
The underground parking garage is an architectual wonder -- a caverous, multi-level affair shared with a neighboring hotel that a small country would fit inside. And it's *double gated.* If you travel down to the lowest level -- and you will if you come in late enough -- you will pass through two different gates at which you must use your room key-card for further access.
All in all, this is a very interesting property in an interesting neighborhood, and its infrastructure and clientele defy traditional definitions.
We stayed here for 3 nights during Spring Break 2005 and found it to be an okay hotel. Our room had 2 queen beds and an efficiency kitchen which was really handy. The room was clean but the hotel needs to either replace or restretch their carpets because it was bulging in a couple of areas. Breakfast was included in the room rate but it was always so crowded in the breakfast room that we never ate there. There is a nice pool/jaccuzi area and a great laundry room with 3 washers and 4 dryers! The location was toward the edge of downtown and there were some transients on the corner but we were never bothered or approached. On our last day there the City of Vancouver started a street improvement project right outside of the hotel so it did get a little noisy. After reading some of the other reviews that said the parking lot was scary, we found that not to be true. Yes, it is gated but it is well lit and there was almost always other hotel guests coming or going when we were in the parking area.
Fantastic stay at the Residence Inn Vancouver
Not sure where the unsatisfied reviewer was staying, but it wasn't the same place we were in. Maybe we lucked out because it was low season, but this Marriott lived up to all the others we've stayed in around the world. We paid $139/night for a suite - that can't be beat anywhere. Fully outfitted kitchen which was much appreciated after travelling around and eating out for over a month. Best of all, free high speed internet in the room! The concierge Trevor was most helpful in suggesting things to do and how to get around. The far too early complimentary breakfast (6:30-8:30) wasn't spectacular - sleep in and make your own. Close to bars, restaurants and shops. A fair walk to the ferry, but in the summer it would be a pleasant stroll. Roughly a $25 cab ride to the airport, but they are also on the shuttle route. We would definitely stay here again.
Yuk. What a terrible experience. The bathroom had mildew, the carpet was not very clean, food under the bed that was not ours, dirty dishes, stained sheets, etc.
I stay at Marriott's all the time, and this was by far our worst experience of any. We left the hotel after only one night, even though our original plan was to stay longer. I would never stay there again.
Decent location but hardly worth $200 (USD) per night after all taxes, etc. Room was fine; decently sized, beds good, baths spacious but certainly not luxurious, staff very accomodating (particularly Trevor at the concierge podium), but not in the tourist part of town. Robson St is 5 long blocks away, although there is a small "village" feel on Davie St within close walking distance. The (additional pay) parking garage is convenient, although somewhat scary. MANY people begging throughout the city.
This is a great location as others have said. You can walk to Bin Tapas restaurant--the food and service is fantastic!! The staff at the hotel was very friendly, although the concierge got a bit overwhelmed at times and we had to wait a long time to ask a question. Same for the front desk--they just seemed short handed. When our computer link in the room didn't work they sent a computer repair guy and he was very helpful. The rooms are clean and spacious. The only negative is the parking lot, if you're driving. I wouldn't recommend it for a woman alone. It feels like you're going down into a dungeon, with several iron gates along the way. Made us wonder about potential crime and why the cars had to be so protected. To get to the elevator to get back upstairs is truly scary at night.
I have stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn several times. The location of the hotel is great. It is in the heart of downtown Vancouver, close to shopping, night clubs, and popular restaurants. However, I recently made a reservation online from the Marriott's direct site. I was forced to cancel the reservation due to a change of plans. You are able to make cancellations via the Marriott's website. I followed the directions as the site directed and even received a cancellation confirmation email from the website. I deleted the email about three weeks after canceling. About two weeks later I received a charge on my credit card from the hotel. They are obviously charging me for the cancellation after somehow assuming I was just a no show. I am very upset and am now forced to dispute the charge through my credit card company. The Marriott needs to work out the bugs in their website!
Residence Inn good value
I have stayed at the Residence Inn three times in the past 4 years.
Obviously, I like it! Easy walking distance to the water taxis to Granville Island (wonderful public market daytime, theatre and restaurants for evening), a bit farther for sightseeing towards Gastown, shopping areas, etc. we walked everywhere, though. It is off Davie St. which offered a multicultural and alternative lifestyle flavor. Many eateries at reasonable prices. The hotel itself is suite style, includes a stocked kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, even a dishwasher(!). We had 2 queen sized beds and a sofabed, and comfortable sitting area. A generous continental breakfast buffet is included- make your own waffles, scrambled eggs, ruits, pastries and bagels, juices, fresh fruit. Eat early of be in the midst of crowds of families. Weekday early evenings a hearty snack is provided, though I wouldn't interrupt sightseeing for it. Rates have steadily gone up the past years. I paid about $150 US including all taxes August, 2003.
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