This owner misrepresents his property as being in Downtown Vancouver on VRBO.com (rental # 239669), VacationRentals.com (rental #60126) and HomeAway.com (rental #244799). To be clear, this is in Downtown NEW WESTMINSTER approx. 20km+ from Vancouver.
VRBO refuses to post any comments regarding this misrepresentation, as they state it does not significantly affect the experience or stay. I disagree. When I book accommodation in one city, I don't anticipate staying in another - for me at least, it still is all about "location, location, location!". Clearly VRBO, Vacation Rentals and HomeAway.com (all owned by the same company) do not act in the consumers best interest and bookings involving these sites should be made with CAUTION.
On VRBO and HomeAway the location tab and map for this property show the location as centred around the intersection of W. King Edward Avenue and Oak Street - this is 22km away in a different city. On VacationRentals.com the community listed is the highly sought after area in downtown Vancouver called Yaletown (26km away - also in a different city). To unsuspecting tourists who are not familiar with these areas, maps of downtown New Westminster could be confused for a map of Yaletown as both are near water (though one is the Fraser River and the other is a Pacific Ocean bay). Moreover, while it is accurate the "suite's" location is near a Skytrain Station, it is NOT the King Edward station as shown on the VRBO and HomeAway maps - rather, it is near the Columbia Skytrain station approx. 45 minutes away (to get to King Edward Station would involve taking 1 train and 1 bus with a transfer). Prospective travellers should anticipate spending 75 mins to get to this location from the airport (2 trains with a transfer) or opt to spend approx. $50 for a taxi (in each direction).
Viewers who read reviews on VRBO or VacationRentals.com should also be cautioned by the multitude of glowing reviews which contradict the opinions and experiences written here on TripAdvisor. These are likely written by the owner, as amazingly, almost all the reviewers made only 1 review (of the Royal Eagle Suites), and if you read enough of them the content is eventually repeated word for word.
The owner claims the site is near the ocean. I suppose this is relatively true. Anticipate spending at least 90 minutes on transit to get to a Vancouver beach on the Pacific Ocean (approx. 30 km if you have a car… keep in mind that beaches south of Vancouver - either near or just over the US border are only 20 km away / 90 minutes by transit).
Finally, I should warn future travellers that this may not be a great site for those 55+ as advertised by the owner, as walking to nearby transit, involves climbing steep hills that are challenging for individuals with mobility concerns. For those interested in history, New Westminster was BC's first capital city, selected largely for defensive purposes as the steep, south facing hills overlooking the Fraser River provided an excellent vantage point to protect against American invasions. Consequently, there are many historic sites of interest located in the city, but be forewarned that the hills of New Westminster are frequently passed off as those of San Francisco in film and TV series (ie. in the most recent "Godzilla" movie, or the series "Alcatraz").