The hotel is located between Gastown and the shopping district, near to China Town as well as to the Harbour. So, the location is quite good, except for the fact that there are a lot of homeless people and drug addicts around the hotel. In general the area around the hotel is not exactly "nice".
Our rooms on the sixth and fourth floor looked all the same: they were very small, with two queen size beds, one arm chair (squeezed between one bed and the wall), a window that wasn't really one because it was only one feet away from an exterior wall and therefore pasted up, so that you didn't have to look at the wall. The beds were clean. The bathroom was tiny but clean and had lots of white, clean towels of good quality. The carpet was just filthy and blotchy and we didn't dare to walk on the carpet without shoes. The first room we got (Nr. 601) reeked of urine, so we went back to the reception and asked for a different room. The receptionist was very friendly, apologized for the inconvenience and gave us immediately a different room (No. 403).
Room no. 403 looked exactly like the first room but didn't smell as bad. Unfortunately this time the bathroom had the smell of urine (we think this is because of the floor tiles, since they are difficult to clean). The rooms are simply tiny and darkish and because of the strange smell we were just happy to leave after a two night stay.
The breakfast room is located in the basement without windows. There are two open sitting areas, with blank tables. Breakfast included bagels, muffins, toast, a variety of packed jams and peanut butter, cornflakes, milk, apples, three different juices, coffee, tea and pancakes. Again: we just had a quick coffee and were happy to leave the depressing atmosphere of the darkish room.
The front office was very friendly and check-in as well as check-out was quick and easy.
The hotel offers "valet parking" for 25 CAD/night. For this price you can enter and leave the parkade as often as you like. Since we didn't want to pay 50 $ for two nights we simply parked our rental car in the "easy park" parking garage just across the street for 4.5 CAD/night. But unfortunately the night rate applies only from 6.00pm to 6.00am. So you have to get up quite early in the morning and to purchase a new ticket. But from Saturday to Sunday we could purchase one ticket that was valid until Monday morning (for only 9.00 $). You can enter and leave this parkade as often as you want to.
Next to the front desk there is one computer with internet access - use is free!
The hotel has only one elevator, so especially in the morning during breakfast and check-out time using the elevator can take a long time - but of course you can always use the stairs.
Next time in Vancouver we would definitely spend more money on the hotel or simply do a better research. The dark rooms with the unpleasant or rather disgusting smell was just unacceptable. I think there are some renovated rooms, but the hotel should - by all means - exchange at least the dirty carpets in the old rooms.
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