YWCA Hotel Vancouver
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Our final stop in Canada was the west coast city of Vancouver, completing our almost-the-Atlantic to almost-the-Pacific drive. After a relatively pain-free return of the RV, we got the bus and excitingly named, but rather dull Sky Train into town and found our hostel, which was directly opposite the BC Lions Canadian Football stadium. No games on …
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.