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“best place for travellers on a budget” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Buchan Hotel
Ranked #37 of 89 Hotels in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“best place for travellers on a budget”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

I stayed here with my best mate when we were visiting his family in vancouver for a whole month
it was the most comfortable hospitable and friendly hotel i have stayed in for ages

very helpful staff and a 5 minute walk from robson avenue and the rest of the city

i can recommend it if you are a first time visitor to canada as a base camp to travel from

Room Tip: our 1st room was in the basement which i found very peaceful and quiet 2nd room was on the 1st flo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Assad D
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Campbell River, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

I booked at the Buchan because EVERY hotel in Vancouver was full. It was a marathon weekend and no one had any vacancies. I was able to book the family room and was a little unsure about what to expect. But the price was right and they had room for us.

We were allowed to check -in hours early. Our room was a great size, corner suite, with our own bathroom. It had great private views of the neighborhood. It was really hot out and I was happy to see we were supplied with 2 fans in the room for our comfort. The room was also very clean.

Yes the building is old. You are either going to find it charming or outdated. I enjoyed the charm :)
It is in a great location. Quiet neighbouhood, yet within walking distance to so many fantastic Vancouver sights.

Iif you are on a budget I would not hesitate to stay here. Our room was clean and comfortable. The staff was great checking in and out. And helpful in assisting us. There is no elevator so maybe lugging heavy bags upstairs is a problem for some? We were travelling light and it really wasnt an issue walking up to the room.

I will stay here again. You cannot beat the location and price.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

This is like stepping into an accomodation in the 19 hundreds. Hang on to the history of the area !!! This is a very valuable heritage building and should be treasured for its ability to preserve the past and still be relavent. It's good to see that not all 'old buildings' have been sacrificed to the 'upscale' fantasy that new is necessary.
Bravo !!!
Keep it clean & keep it open !!!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Thecottagebandb
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Buchanhotel, General Manager at Buchan Hotel, responded to this review, 31 October 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. You'll be happy to know that The Buchan is getting a big facelift this winter. We're refurnishing the rooms, and just this minute I've been upstairs to the third floor where we've been painting. I'm really excited to show things off when they're done.
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

In all the years that we've stayed in Vancouver's West End, we never noticed this hotel. When we finally stayed there, we found the staff was very helpful and the room, while small and basic, was very clean. Our room had a (small) private bathroom, but not all rooms do. Also, the hotel has limited parking available and there is very little other parking in the West End.

Room Tip: There is no elevator, so if you have heavy luggage, you should ask for a ground floor room.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Buchanhotel, Manager at Buchan Hotel, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Thank you so much for your kind words, I run up and down those stairs everyday and some days I agree, an elevator would be great!
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Lyon, France
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22 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

+ Location: close to downtown and very close to Stanley Park
+ Staff friendly
+ Can store for free our luggage once checked out
+ Shared bathroom remained cleaned

- Low WIFI signal in some rooms
- Room a bit smelly
- No lift / elevator

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sdt_lyon
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Buchanhotel, General Manager at Buchan Hotel, responded to this review, 24 September 2013
Thank you so much for your review. I'm hoping to have some people in this winter to look at the placement of our Wi Fi relays. We did a major upgrade of our service last year, and it improved dramatically, however we have some odd pockets in the building where the reception can be poor.

We're doing some renovations to the hotel this year, replacing some older carpets and furnishings so I'm hoping the nearly 100 year old Buchan will be a bit fresher the next time you come.
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Bengaluru, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

This hotel is a budget hotel located close to Downtown and famous Stanley park.I can say this is perhaps the best location to stay as new visitor to Vancouver.Though located in central area, the place is calm and surroundings are serene.Most important places are walk able or has excellent public transport and bus stop is located close by..Rather than buying hop in hop off tour for $40 it is better to buy a day pass for $9 and go from anywhere to anywhere in city.weather is fine during summers and city is pollution free.The beauty of the place is enhanced by the closeness of mountains and Bay of pacific ocean giving exotic views.The port adds to charm as one can see many ships, boats and cruises sailing.The city has several beautiful bridges connecting the outskirts.The city is worth visiting for its tradition as well as scenic beauty.
coming back to hotel, it look traditional and rooms are not modern. Double room with queen bed and attached bathroom costed us $140 plus taxes which appear high for the amenities.There was no room telephone or air conditioner( we were told most of the time AC is not required as weather is fine).The hotel do not have breakfast facilities.The reception is good and friendly. we feel the higher charges are because of excellent and convenient location.
Stanley park is one that one should not miss visiting. It is full of life with diverse vegetation good maintenance and plenty of events and attractions too.
Dr vasanthkumar

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank vasanthkumar7
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Buchanhotel, General Manager at Buchan Hotel, responded to this review, 24 September 2013
I agree with you, I love Stanley Park. I've spent nearly 25 years exploring it almost every weekend, and I don't think I've seen half of it!
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Orpington, Kent
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

I stayed at The Buchan 10 years ago and returned again recently for a 3 night stay at the start of our trip and again for a 1 night stay at the end.

The hotel is very old and it does show. It could do with an update. However it is clean and comfortable. I purely picked the hotel for its location which is minutes from Stanley Park, English Bay and Downtown. With all this on the doorstep and plenty of places to eat on Denman Street close by it is in a fantastic location to explore Vancouver.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Buchanhotel, General Manager at Buchan Hotel, responded to this review, 16 September 2013
Thank you so much for your review!

One of our projects for this winter is updating all of our rooms. In addition to the halls and common areas getting painted, we will be updating all of the furnishings in our rooms. I hope if you come back you'll be pleasantly surprised with the changes we've made.
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Property: Buchan Hotel
Address: 1906 Haro St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1H7, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > West End
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 89 Hotels in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Buchan Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Buchan Hotel is an economically priced 3 story walk up hotel ideal for travelers seeking clean, quiet, and comfortable accomodation. The Buchan hotel is located in a residential area of Vancouver's downtown West End, one block from Stanley Park, and three blocks from English Bay Beach. The Buchan hotel is 100% non smoking to ensure your comfort. ... more   less 
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