Can't remember if we did Expedia or Hotwire to get our deal at The Burrard for a major convention this week, but I booked it based on online reviews and price. Never a disappointment..
Rate: $93/night + $20/night for parking
Cleanliness: top notch. Everything was spotless. And I mean NOTHING I could say. No little hairs on the bright white sheets. Bright, shiny all-white bathroom. New carpet. New, new, new. In an old building.
Location: Within walking distance of the Vancouver Convention Center. It took me 15 min each way, and it was a pleasant walk. Won't bother with a car if I have another convention to attend there.
Service: Some of them were nice, some were just normal. Nothing spesh and nothing to complain about.
One downer: The elevator was closed, so I had to carry everything up and down the stairs. FWIW, they were fixing the elevator when I checked out.
The hotel was booked to capacity, according to the website, and the parking garage was full on a regular basis, but I never noticed any other guests except in coming and going. Never heard a peep from anyone else.
Our room's bathroom vent/fan was a real throwback. It was just a crank-out window. You can hear everything going on in the alley behind the hotel, which isn't much. I saw two guys smoking pot out there when I climbed on the toilet to see what all the giggling was about one night. Well, I thought, one can't blame them for smoking their pot when a regular sized Johnny Walker will run you $56 in Canada!!!! And I thought Utah was horrible. I stand corrected.
The design is young and fresh. I know they are going for retro, but come on people. It was Ikea with some turquoise and yellow paint like my 1948 kitchen tile. You won't find any pink bathrooms in this building. One bit of an overdo were the tasteless "postcards" of the Burrard. Sorry. I'm not sending my grammy a postcard with a photo of a half nude barely legal. girl, lounging on a motel room bed with a zoolander looking skinny dude in the background trying to look like a Mad Men version of a Brazilian pimp.
Anyway. It's true, they give you a cute assortment of freebies with the Burrard logo. They even had chapstick! Even the bathroom towels had a Burrard tag, which I haven't seen since my aunt's Holiday Inn wedding reception back in the '80s. Yes, I'm that old.
So you can believe me when I tell you that aside from some of the frippery and that annoying parking charge, I'll forego those marbled wonders further down the street so I can stay at this charming, clean, refreshing little gem
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With its signature garden courtyard and retro West Coast style, the Burrard is situated in one of downtown Vancouver’s best locations – just minutes from Granville Street, Davie Street, Robson Street, Yaletown, Granville Island and the city’s breathtaking 22-kilometre seawall. Having recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, the Burrard’s rooms have been completely redesigned with premium furnishings, sparkling new bathrooms and an impressive list of in-room amenities including 42” HD flatscreens, free wireless, free North American calling, in-suite espresso machines, bar fridges and more. Guests of the hotel are also welcome to complimentary hotel amenities including free bike rentals, a fully equipped business station and passes to Steve Nash Fitness Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Burrard Hotel Vancouver
- Burrard Hotel Vancouver
- Burrard Motor Inn