This could have been a very nice hotel except for one or two glaring details. The hotel is in a very nice location - very close to Stanley Park and the surrounding residential area. Parking is limited to a couple of outside spaces in the back alley. Your room key does not unlock the back door so one has to travel to the front of the building to get back inside. No bell staff or elevators will make you rethink your decision to pack a large suitcase as the rooms are accessible only by one of the two staircases.
Large, wide marble hallways guide you to the room but then the first surprise awaits. A nice bed, small but acceptable flat-screen TV and nice décor are totally ruined by the most filthy, worn-out carpet I have ever encountered. It seems such a shame that everything else in the room seems new when the carpeting completely destroys the effort put into renovating the rest of the space. If I could have lugged a steam cleaner up the stairs, it would have been worth the potential muscle strain I would have endured.
Our room was small but not un-expected for an inner-city location. The views are of the building across the alley. This brings me to the second surprise. In an obvious design flaw, the air-conditioner sits behind the window curtains. One then has to make a choice. Cool the room with the curtains open, allowing others to see inside your room and have the lights from the outside illuminate the space or enjoy your privacy in a room that is too warm.
If there are any other criticisms of the hotel it would be of the low-quality pillows. Otherwise, clean bathrooms and an efficient and helpful staff make for a good budget stay.
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