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Late check out today and a lazy lunch before heading to the airport to check in for a 14 hour flight to Auckland. We have loved Canada, especially the lovely friendly people here, always up for a chat and ready to help. I have seen many young men & girls give up Their seats on buses and trains to offer them to older folks that's a dying thing, …
Arrived at Vancouver around 11 am, looking forward to a place that doesn't keep moving! Taxi to the hotel & into our nice big room with a great view over the city towards False Creek, taking an easy day with lunch out.
Firstly let me say with all the planes deciding to fall out of the sky lately Air Transat turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I guess these days having never heard of an airline before is a good thing. Anyway having touched down safely in Canada, Carla and I managed to make it without incident to the luxury accommodation which is YWCA. Actually …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsYWCA Hotel Vancouver
Very comfortable accommodation, a home away from home for the next week.
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Historical Traveler Reviews YWCA Hotel Vancouver
Fantastic budget hotel
Stayed here before and after a cruise in a private room with 2 double beds. For summer in Vancouver the price was great. The rooms were clean and bright and secure. There was a small fridge and a laundry room and kitchen were available. Fantastic location for walking around downtown and the staff were incredibly helpful.
Trip Advisor gave good advice again
I am an older woman traveling alone so I read past reviews of this hotel and decided to give it a try. First and foremost it was safe. It was also clean, centrally located, had parking below the hotel for a nominal fee, ATM in the lobby, as well as a coffee shop and coin operated internet, and the hotel was pleasantly staffed. Safety was most important as Vancouver, unfortunately, has a number of homeless derelicts and beggars. I could drive right into the underground garage with a special key and with another secure key take an elevator right to my floor. Because I was a guest at the hotel, they gave me a day pass to the nearby YMCA fitness facilities. I took advantage of the pass and went swimming in their first class facilities. I did have a shared bathroom, but never encountered anyone else using it. For the cost it was perfect for the budget traveler.
Great price and great location
we booked the ywca after i searched all around for a decent price for a downtown location. we were very much on a budget and the ywca seemed to fit the bill, plus i'd read good reviews on this website. and since we're ymca here in our hometown, we got a discount, so it was $68 a night for a room with the bath down the hall.
i was very pleased with the ywca. the room was not huge, but it was big enough and had a tv, sink, fridge, shelves, desk, chair, and closet space. there was a tv lounge down the hall, as well as a kitchen, but we weren't there long enough to use those rooms. the bathroom served the whole floor; there was one that had just a toilet and sink and the other had a toilet, sink, and shower. so i had to wait for a couple of minutes on the second day for the shower. some of the rooms on our floor had a shared bathroom (between two rooms) and maybe one or two had a private bath, so i'm not 100% sure how many rooms were sharing the bathrooms. anyway, i only had to wait for the shower that one time, never had to wait for a potty, though! a downside is that the bathrooms are accessed by a key on your enormous keyring, so you have to bring it with you. and don't leave your room without either your key or someone still inside because the door locks behind you! and if you leave your key in the bathroom, you can't get back into your room! the room and the bathrooms and the other public areas were clean and well-maintained.
the front desk staff was very helpful. they helped us with directions and taxis and how to get to the airport. (by the way, it's about $25 CAD to get to the airport from the ywca.)
i loved the location. you can easily walk to gastown or chinatown, and we actually walked back from stanley park one evening. if you're going to take a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, there's a pick-up, drop-off spot right near the ywca. the one for the "big bus" is right next door at the neighboring hotel. and the one for grayline is at the hotel on the corner.
anyway, i rate the ywca as an excellent value and well worth looking into if you are on a budget and want a nice, non-hostel atmosphere that's downtown. i would definitely stay there again (although i might spring for a private bath), and would recommend it to anyone.
Just like a hotel
We stayed in the YWCA for a week as part of our vacation in Vancouver. We had never stayed in a YWCA before and were unsure whether this would be a sort of backpackers inn (which we wanted to avoid!), or a real hotel. However, we were very pleasantly surprised to find out that the YWCA is the latter!
We stayed in a private double room with one double bed and an en-suite shower room. The TV was a good size and the room was equipped with a good size fridge too. The bathroom looked brand new and had a powerful shower over a bath, plus the usual toilet and sink. I was also expecting quite thin carpets, but the furnishings were fine. It is correct that the bed covers are flowery, but they were clean and new and added colour to the rooms! Extra blankets are also provided and guests can control the temperature and air conditioning in their own rooms, so this wasn't a problem. Rooms also had double glazing, so noise was not a problem (although it was generally quiet in the area anyway).
Outside of the rooms, the YWCA hotel also had other facilities including several laundry rooms, kitchens or kitchenettes on most floors, some TV rooms, a luggage room, some internet access, a small coffee shop and a reception area. We did not find the 11pm lock-up a problem - all we had to do was ring the bell and they buzzed us into the building.
As far as the location is concerned, it is about a 10 minute walk to the hub of Robson Street, the harbour and Gastown. Excellent restaurants are also available at nearby Yaletown. The YWCA is also very handy for the two nearby stadiums if you happen to be there for a concert or sports fixture. While the YWCA is at the opposite end of downtown from Stanley Park, there are bus stops nearby which take you all the way there (or otherwise it's about a 40 minute walk - we did both and it was fine).
The hotel supplied plenty of fresh (good quality) towels and refreshed supplies of soap etc. While the YWCA does lack a few of the luxuries other hotels provide (full length mirrors, mini-bar, room service etc), the EXCELLENT price of this hotel more than makes up for it.
We are planning to return to Vancouver and would definitely return to the YWCA again - we would also recommend it to our friends and family.
Great, but for the shared baths sometimes.
I planned to spend 2 days at YWCA Hotel, and wound up staying a third. The other reviews I had read suggested that it might be worth giving a try, even though they have a type of lockdown at 11pm, where they bolt the doors of the lounges and kitchens. I might have decided on a different hotel to stay, but the price point was attractive enough. I gave it a go, thinking that I'd leave after one day if I didn't like it.
My room was on the 10th floor, where there is virtually no signal from the wi-fi service the hotel has, but they didn't have any rooms where I could get high speed internet (the service downloads were about 100kbps). I bought wi-fi (less than $10 for 24 hours use) and sat in the public lounge on the fourth floor to get a signal, but got kicked out at 11pm when a staff member made rounds to bolt the public rooms for the night.
My room was typical, quaint, a smidge on the small side for someone used to the rooms in the United States. Yet, I grew to like the place. Yes, it's a bit weird to have to use a shower or relieve one's self in a shared room down the hall, and if you're leery about doing your duty this way, YWCA Hotel may not be in your best interest. I just put it in my mind that it's similar to being at work. The only times you feel a little miffed is when others don't clean up after themselves (towels, a used soap bar and bottles of a good brand of shampoo were left - which I took advantage of, since I had to straighten their mess). I also liked the fact that I had the option to take advantage of $4/day parking in the lot beneath the hotel. It's a great feature, where you're given yet another key to open a powered gate, drive in, and feel secure knowing that your vehicle's well-protected at night.
In all, I collected 4 keys with a paddle showing the room number. It seemed that many of those rooming here were younger, but they weren't loud at all. With the signs left around the hotel, it seems that the staff had had experience enough to warn people about the consequences of going overboard. The YWCA is also a smoke-free hotel, and warnings clearly say that those violating this rule are subject to being removed.
The kitchens are really rather large. You can throw a 20-pound turkey in the full-size freezer if you wanted, or buy a lobster and cook it on one of several electric ranges (one, a full size oven) I saw in the full kitchen on my floor. Or, run down the street and get some food to microwave, and pick up tea bags for the electric teapot they have (bring your own eating utensils; they charge a couple dollars to rent theirs). There are also kitchenettes as well.
In the lobby, there is also a coffee bar, but I didn't try it. My television was only 13" diag, but there were many channels of cable. The room's also equipped with phone ($1 per local call), AM/FM clock radio, a sink and mini fridge. A small work table with chair and full size bed round out my room. The air conditioning could bring the room to a very cool temperature, so it was adequate. It smelled fine, and the cleaning staff did a good job making up the room each day.
Bottom line: Would I consider returning if I had a choice? Yes, no question I would return. The benefits outweigh the inconveniences, IMHO. Like having to dress when you need to go in the middle of the night. One tip to leave you with: Make sure to shower before bed instead of in the morning, when most people do. Otherwise, you might be waiting for a while.
Its the people that make a holiday special
What a lovely hotel, the staff are so friendly and the place is well kitted out to the needs of a family with laundry and kitchens if necessary. And all this for less than 100 euro a night for all of us! The coffee bar in the foyer serves beautiful coffees, hot chocolates croissants etc. It's operated by a charmer called Habib who spoiled our children rotten during our stay there! If the hotel's full, just stop by for a coffee!
Great Value and Location
We (middle aged couple and college age daughter) stayed two nights here the last week in July. I had reserved several months before; good thing -- they were sold out both nights. We saved some $$$ by opting for a shared hall bath. Ironically, even with the place full, we seemed to be the only people using that bath (we also found that our bath key opened the hall bath on other floors too). Place was very clean and well run with friendly front desk staff. Good security -- your room key is needed to run the elevator. A very international clientele when we stayed and very diverse ages too. Just steps away from Robson street downtown and convenient to the train and bus station. Highly recommended.
Pleasant Stay - clean, good condition hotel
I am really detail-oriented so I'm going to give both a review and a lengthy description. I stayed at the YWCA for a week in April 2005. It was a pleasant stay. I would definately stay here again. There were other business professionals staying here as well as some young people. The hotel is quiet and not the rowdy, less cleanly type that I've seen at hostels and such. I was in a room on the 9th floor with my large window facing the street. I had a semi-private room with a shared shower/toilet. I had a double size bed, large mini-frig., one phone, desk/chair, nightstand, small TV (9") with remote, my own sink in the room, and closet space. The shared bath/toilet is with one other unit, and it locks when I am in there for individual privacy. I felt that my bathroom didn't smell very good. I think it's b/c of the person next door. Anyhow, there is a good vent but you may need to bring in some potpouri. Also, the shower stall is rather narrow so if you need a lot of room to move around then it may be a slightly tight fit in there. If you stay here, be sure to pick a room facing the street, as the other rooms will have windows looking straight into other buildings. The view is not amazing and certainly not romantic. You will be facing BC Stadium across the street, a smokestack and the Georgia Ave viaduct.
Well, I have stayed at the Y in Seattle and must say that this stay was much more pleasant. The furnishings are simple - no fancy woods or laminates, however the condition of the furniture was fine. My bed was not too firm or too soft. The sheets were okay. The towels were a bit thin. However the toilet paper is not very soft and the room does not have tissue. The room had wall-to-wall carpet. The curtains and bedspread patterns were tacky but did the job. I actually really enjoyed my room and felt comfortable hanging out there. The room doesn't have a lot of extra space though and just provides enough for walking through. It's a bit tight if you are a tall or big person.
The building is rather new, with a very nice foyer/lobby. There's a nice coffee/breakfast nook there to get bagels, pastries, tea, coffee etc. I checked out the kitchen and the TV lounge areas - several of them are dispersed on different floors. They are regularly cleaned and they are comfortable to use. The Y also has laundry rooms with ironing boards. Irons and hair dryers are available at the front desk. There are 2 internet kiosks in the lobby $1CDN for 15 minutes (no printing) or you can go 2-3 blocks around the corner to an internet cafe.
One thing I wish the hotel offered was concierge service. I must say I didn't get much help when it came to touristy type questions. If you get desperate and no one can help you at the Y, go next door to the Georgian Court Hotel and ask them. They know more about getting around. Also, the Y doesn't have the same staff at the front desk every night. I think every evening I saw different people working there. All the staff were friendly though. They are really nice people.
I actually had to turn the heat on one evening. It's loud but it works.
As with all hotels in the city, you are going to hear some traffic - I heard police sirens, cars moving and didn't like it. I can say that it was more so during the weekend that I heard any traffic. It's not too bad though. Vancouverites don't seem to lay on the horn very much and they are much more layed back than us here in Boston.
The location is good. I was able to walk to Stanley Park (20min), Coal Harbor (15min), Chinatown (10min), Yaletown (10min), English Bay(25min), Gastown(10min), etc. I'm a big walker and Vancouver is a great city to walk. Just about every direction there is a nice view, so it's worth it to explore.
I found it to be very safe there. The doors lock at 11pm. You need an access key to operate the elevator. Across the street is the BC Stadium. Nearby are other hotels, the post office and the Vancouver Library. Also, very close is the Georgia Ave viaduct. A skytrain station is nearby and if you need to catch the bus - the most popular ones go by Granville St, Burrard and Cambie, which are just a few blocks away. There aren't scores of retail stores and restaurants on Beatty St. like Granville, Robson or Burrard, so it's not too rowdy. It's nice not to get all that foot traffic.
Parking is cheap compared to Boston. It's only $8CDN a night.
I did not get to take advantage of the Fitness Center, several blocks away. However, I did walk by it on my way to Coal Harbour and let me tell you, it looked really nice. It definately looked like one of the newest fitness centers in the city. It's in a brand new building and about a 10-15min walk from the Y.
I highly recommend this hotel to people looking for budget lodging in a clean, safe, modern building. It's nothing fancy - no tub, fluffy towels or bathrobes, no crown moulding or fancy wall paper but it's clean, efficient, inexpensive and reasonable. I highly recommend it!!
This is without doubt the best hotel bargain in North America. For budget accomodation it is a first class hotel at one third the price of the majors. Safe, clean and with a super staff on the front end I'd recommend this place above all others. Bit tough to get reservations but well worth it if you're lucky.
GREAT find for the budget traveler!
The Vancouver YWCA Hotel is a modern high rise on the eastern edge of Robson Street, the shopping and people-watching heart of downtown Vancouver. Many men may not realize that they can stay there, but you can. In fact, I am male myself. I stayed there on the recommendation of a friend who said it was a better alternative to the YMCA in Vancouver, where you can also stay for cheap. The YWCA exceeding my expectations for a room that's only $51 CAD a night in winter months ($38 USD at this posting). The room was nicely and brightly decorated, my room was on the 10th floor and looked over Beatty Street toward BC Place and GM Place, so I actually had a view of some city lights and skylight and had less than a 5-minute walk to the hockey game i went to that night.
The window opened, which is a big plus to me since I am usually warm, and furthermore the rooms have A/C as well. The rooms also all have their own sinks and cable TV, which is also really great for a hotel with shared showers and toilets. The shared bathroom I had was spotless. Another huge plus for me was that the doors to rooms close quietly. They have a delay before they latch. Slamming doors is one of my biggest complaints about hotels (including the overpriced and loud Sandman right next door to the YWCA!), so it was a real pleasure to find that the YWCA has quiet doors. The people who stayed there were also quiet even though it was a Saturday night, Valentine's Day and a hockey night on top of that. There were no noisy ice machines or creaky floors either! The elevators move quickly, the building is very secure and the staff were so friendly. The only reason I gave it 4 dots instead of 5 was that the bed I had was somewhat bouncy (I prefer firm beds) but it wasn't unacceptable, and there was a stain from a leaky pipe on the ceiling of my room. I will definitely stay here again and would recommend it highly as a budget hotel.