I grabbed a room at the Days Inn downtown at the last minute as I had a meeting at a clients office in the next block. I had checked people in for my company at the Days Inn during the 1980's and 1990s as it was the most reasonable cost hotel in the downtown core. It still is.
It's old. There is no hiding it. That's not by default a bad thing. It can be charming and mmemorable. They have done a great job to try to keep it retro-ed and updated. But there is only so much you can do. My room was small. Most seem to surround the elevator doors and the noise that comes with middle aged, middle management folks cut loose in the city on an expense account to go to a conference a couple of blocks away at the Trade and Convention Centre can be an issue.
I was in room 303(?) with the bright light outside the window illuminating the front street sign outside my window. Other than being woken up as the post dinner meeting crowd tumbling out of the elevator 3 metres from my door at 11 pm, I woke up repeatedly thinking it was a sunny day in Vancouver as the outside lamp burned holes around the curtains all night. Breakfast cost $20.
I checked out in the AM with a $200 bill (inc breakfast, off season Oct 4 2010). I think that's a deal for the Vancouver downtown core. But I prefer a short Skytrain ride to the burbs and a nicer hotel with big rooms and modern facilities for less than half the price.
If staying downtown is your preference and you are not looking for an epic hotel experience and you are looking to save a few bucks by finding a cheap downtown hotel, the Days Inn is OK. I'm not fussy in hotels. I travel over 200 days a year. Hotels are for me are pure utility. Sleep, food, clean, internet, quiet... at a decent price. Forget the spa and aroma therapy and bed turndown service (I like to lie in bed in my tighty whities watching TV usually when the nice lady knocks on the door to turn down the bed. It's not a pleasant visual. Don't dwell on it).
For $3.75 and a 20 minute Skytrain ride, you'll save a hundred bucks a night and have a great sleep (see my review on La Quinta in Richmond).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Affordable comfort steps away from Vancouver's stunning Waterfront, the Olympic Torch, Vancouver Convention Centre, Cruise Ship Terminal, American Consulate, Gastown, Railtown, Chinatown, shopping and restaurants. Canada Line (train that connects the airport to downtown)is 3 blocks away. Stanley Park, one of the top urban parks in the world is not far. Free WiFi in all the property and a spacious Business Center on the second floor. Non Smoking Hotel. Keurig coffee/tea in rooms as well as umbrellas, irons and ironing boards. The Chelsea Restaurant opens for breakfast from 7:00 am to 10:30 am and The Butcher & Bullock Pub, from the Donnelly Group, opens from 11 am to 2 am. Come enjoy warm hospitality in a clean, cozy room and explore everything our spectacular City has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Days Inn Vancouver Downtown Hotel Vancouver
- Vancouver Days Inn