I needed a room for one night in Vancouver and booked a single room at the Barclay Hotel before reading the TripAdvisor reviews. Obviously the experiences of other reviewers vary, depending on what room you got, so I can't say my experience was typical but I felt lucky. Pre-booked for a single room @$50/night; I was upgraded on check-in for a suite. I loved the charm and old-fashioned feel of the Barclay, and the updated, very plush room I stayed in. Great bed, great reno with very modern bathroom and soothing neutral room colours. So I wasn't aware that other rooms might be much smaller or less modern; I was happy. Until 1 am, when, sound asleep, I got two insistent knocks on the door. Too short to use the peephole, I opened the door and I don't know who was more surprised, me or what appeared to be a transvestite hooker! "Oh they gave me the wrong room number - how embarrassing!" she said as she walked very noisily down the marble tiled hallway in her stiletto heels. Management reaction? "It happens from time to time." Maybe that's how they keep the prices so low? Anyway, in retrospect, a memorable laugh out loud story to share. Will repeat what others say - no elevator, many steps. Management very helpful and offered to take all my luggage to my room, but I asked them to store most of it. Apparently, stored luggage is more secure than the hallways! I'd stay here again - close to public transit, great variety of ethnic restaurants, convenience shops. If you want the chain box stores like GAP, just head right instead of left out the entrance. I really loved the proximity to Stanley Park and English Bay Beach where I walked for hours in quiet solitude, seeing turtles, geese, ducks, and two great blue herons. Great deal for such a location, and surely beats an airport hotel if you don't have a really early am flight to catch!
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