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“Great location and decent room”
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English Bay Hotel
Ranked #76 of 90 Hotels in Vancouver
Houston, Texas
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“Great location and decent room”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

We're a group of friend of 5 staying there during Aug 2nd weekend. The room has 3 beds and kitchen with microwave and refrigerator. We saw AC units but it's not on and we don't need because the weather was perfect. The included wifi connection was great. The location is perfect, walking distanct to almost all major parts of Vancouver and a quick jog right next Stanley Park.
Parking was horrible but it's hard to blame them for being in middle of center of city.
The staff is very friendly . Overall i recommend this hotel to budget travellers.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

Spent the night there to catch the fireworks (probably will never stay here again though)

First the good:

-The suite is large with two separate bedrooms, a kitchen and a dining area.

-You cannot beat the location which is why we stayed here. Seconds from English Bay and right outside is a strip of great little places to eat and shop.

Now the bad:

-Lots of street noise can be heard inside the streets so you won't get a peaceful nights rest.

-Rooms are dirty - ours had dried pee stains on the toilet, mold in the showers and the hotel in general smells

-Apathy from front desk - examples:

(1) due to a booking error on their end they couldn't find our reservations and were about to tell us we were [--] - [--] out of Luck - until I got angrier with them. Then they finally were willing to look harder and magically find our reservation. Otherwise, we'd probably have been sent home.

(2) No air conditioning in suites. I asked if there was air conditioning in the suite and the response from the front desk was - no joking - "go open a window."

(3) Parking tunnel (for lack of a better term) is so narrow and tight to get your car into. Also they only have a handful of spots so during a busier time they might send you away to another lot. Be aware of this when staying for Celebration of Light in July, etc.

Summary:

Good place to stay if you are just wanting a place close to the beach but that's about it. However, due to the street noise chances you get a peaceful sleep are next to none. We were woken up at 4a.m. and at 6a.m. by street cleaners. That is only after being able to go to bed at 1:30a.m. after the drunk screaming idiots finally left (mind you it was fireworks time). Also, stay here if you pretty much are o.k. with being told short of "[--] you" by the front desk if you need something. Finally, if you don't mind stench and human body stains this might be a good place for you. If I have to stay near English Bay again I'll spend a bit more and do the Best Western as at least they have standards.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

we spent 8 nights. the rooms were like an apartment still wiyh a full fridge & stove. location excellent near everything store and allkinds or restaurants & bars. the hop on hop off bus stop was across the street Stanley Park was a five minute walk away. if you like waking a 20 minute walk you arrive at the Aquatic Center you walk down and catch a ferry to Grandville Island another fantastic place all around English Bay
but that is for another review .but hotel is not a fancy plsce but if you just need a place to sleep and sight see this is great. parking is under ground down a steep ramp

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Zaragoza, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2013

Perfect ubication, people sooooo kind and useful, good price if you compare with any other. And the room is big and clean. Wifi everywhere and coffee for free.
I can not ask for anything else. I can't say anything bad

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

Having spent 7 nights in 3 short stints I can attest to the very helpful and friendly staff, the rooms we had were clean and comfortable, the beds very comfortable and clean, plenty of storage which we didn't need, adequate self catering kitchen, fridge/ freezer,bathroom facilities very good, good coffee and coffee machine in rooms, good view on the street side( ear plugs sort the evening noise). Laundry available. Not a lot of space in the rooms but you don't really need too much when staying in such a gorgeous place as English Bay. great supermarket 2 blocks away and superb choice of restaurants on the doorstep, right on the bus route The staff were kind enough to store luggage for us for a week while on a cruise and again overnight when we spent a night in Victoria. That sort of consideration is a huge help when you are travelling.
If you are looking for budget self catering accommodation in a great location, this is the place.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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St Brelade, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2013

First the bad parts, parking can be difficult especially if you drive a 'larger' car as the carpark is quite small and the ramp you drive down to access it is narrow also the decor of the hotel is certainly in dire need of modernisation.
Now the good parts the staff on reception are helpful and friendly and the room we had was a very good size with a complete kitchen in it and the whole place including the inside of the fridge was spotless clean. Also the location is spot-on right at the hub of English Bay and the cost of the accommodaion is another plus.
Our room overlooked Denman Street and sure there was some noise but no worse than any other hotel i've stayed in that's next to a busy street.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

I've been to Vancouver dozens of times, and walked past the English Bay Hotel, thinking it was a "by the hour" property. Well, I was wrong, and compared to prices I've paid at larger hotels a block away, it was a really great deal. The parking was "interesting" - you have to go in the back alley and down a steep ramp into a securely locked parking garage - it was a challenge in my larger SUV, but we got parked and all was well. Our room was very clean with a fully functional kitchen, including full-size fridge and stove! The location was perfect, and we were lucky enough to have a view of English Bay. There are a myriad of restaurants and pubs within easy walking distance. I have stayed in much pricier hotels in the area, and will choose English Bay Hotel again for sure. The front counter staff were very helpful, pleasant & efficient, as was the cleaning lady. I think they are all member of the same family.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: English Bay Hotel
Address: 1150 Denman St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2M9, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > West End
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #76 of 90 Hotels in Vancouver
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Hotel Class:2 star — English Bay Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 52
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