We stayed at the Sandman for a quick weekend getaway, just a couple of nights. The Sandman City Center is an older hotel, but it has been well maintained and it’s in a great location. BC Place is a block away, Rogers Place is about 2 blocks, the ferries to Granville Island (and some amazing shopping and eating) are about 3 blocks. Lots of shopping and great restaurants within walking distance, too. Gastown is an easy walk, and Stanley Park is about a half hour walk. Lots of transit stops very close, and the Skytrain is about 4 blocks away. There is a National car rental outlet right in the lobby.
There are multiple room configurations. Some are quite small, but ours was a very reasonable size. It was at the end of a hallway (244), which looks to be the larger rooms. Not much for a view, you are downtown so you are surrounded by tall buildings, but we weren’t there for the view. The king bed was very comfortable and the pillows were great – they didn’t turn into pancakes in 10 minutes and provided great support all night. There was only one night stand, with a big armchair on the other side of the bed. I think I would have preferred two night stands. There is a large desk along one wall, with a standard office chair, and several drawers for storage. The one closet is on the small side, but adequate for a few jackets and some shirts. There is a standard small fridge and a coffee maker. The WIFI was free, but a bit undependable. TV was a good size and seemed to work fine. The air conditioner was very loud, even on low, and was only adequate at cooling the room. Lighting in the room is very good. There is a wall switch by the door that controls ALL the power in the room. Great idea, very green, but don’t turn off all your power if you have left toys on charge when you leave for the day. The curtains also don’t block all the light, even though you are surrounded by buildings there is quite a bit of ambient light, even at night.
Bathroom was a good size. Pedestal sink, but there was a multi-tiered stand beside it for toiletries. The hotel toiletries were nice, separate shampoo and conditioner. Water pressure was good and lighting in the bathroom was great. It looked like they tried to set the bathroom up to be accessible, with lots of handholds, but there was a tub, not a roll in shower, so I didn’t see how it would be accessible. With all the bars all over the place, there was no towel bar. The towels are all piled on the stand beside the sink, which is at the other end of the bathroom from the tub/shower, so we used the accessibility handholds as a towel bar.
Staff were friendly and efficient, as was check in and checkout. The elevators are super slow – stairs are faster if you are on a lower floor. If you want to visit the Aquarium, we were told that some of the hotels will sell you tickets in advance (same price you would pay at the Aquarium), so you can avoid at least one line up when you get there. The Sandman isn’t one of them. But you can get them at the Fairmont, I think it was about 6 or 7 blocks down West Georgia Street, in the direction of Stanley Park. The price was reasonable for the room, so we would stay here again on another trip to Vancouver.
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- Centrally located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre is walking distance to shopping, a multitude of restaurants and lounges, and sporting and entertainment venues, making it the perfect choice for your stay. ... more less
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