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Hotel Ambassador
Ranked #78 of 89 Hotels in Vancouver
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
“Fantastic for the price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

I stayed here 3 nights a week for 3 months and cannot say how impressed i was. OK, so it's not a top class hotel, but for $40 out of season and $60 at peak in a downtown central location it is a steal. The rooms were basic but always clean and the staff were very friendly. I wouldn't say it was a family hotel (though one of the other reviewers said they brought their family and it was good) but for a young couple or someone traveling alone, I think this is probably the best place to stay in Vancouver. I never heard much noise from the bar downstairs and frequented it quite often. Their jalapeno beef dip is gorgeous washed down with a cold guinness. I went out for walks down Granville St to Canada Place or across the bridge to Granville Island in the evening. Neither was too far but the bus service stops outside the door, or there is the skytrain just round the corner on Davie if you want to venture further afield. It could be quite easy to find fault with this hotel if you are used to staying at the Fairmont or the Hilton (I've stayed at those hotels too), but for a basic backpacker style hotel this can't be beaten.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

I just wanted a cheap single room for one night. I paid 84 CDN which didn't seem cheap, but probably was good value for downtown Vancouver.
It was a clean basic room with a comfortable bed, TV, fridge, basin, and wi-fi. Bathroom and WC are down the corridor - quite a long walk from some rooms. The bathrooms are clean and newly refurbished but there are only 2 showers and 4 WCs for the whole floor.
Location is excellent. Lots of restaurants nearby. Bus stops right outside, Skytrain a few blocks away.
If you just want basic accommodation, this place does the job, but it's not a luxury experience so don't complain that there is no elevator, no air-con and no en-suite facilities.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

I really liked this place. It was fun...prices normally around $89 per night plus tax...if you go to booking.com you can often get a rate of $59. For downtown Vancouver that is an outstanding rate. The only thing that is a non refundable rate. I asked them to change the dates and they did that for me at no extra charge..but that is not quaranteed The place reminded me of an upscale youth hostel. Rooms are modest and you share a series of bathrooms with other guests. There are plenty of them and there are toilets by themselves and the shower area is a small bathroom with toilet and sink and kept very clean..no hair laying around in the shower. My room was nice..no air conditioning but a fan and a sink and small refrigerator. There is also a larger general area to prepare food with stoves, refrigerator and eating utinsiles. Parking can suck as the slots are small and if you have an intermediate car or larger it may not fit..trucks can forget it. BE CAREFUL of parking on the street. If you do not pay attention you think that you can park for free after the meters expire. Meters run from 9am to 10 pm and if there is a red stop sign with a slash running through it that means your car will be towed after 10 pm. If no sign you can leave it for free over night.
Another big plus is that it is half a block from Starbucks or immediately across the street another coffee house right on the corner with good wi-fi open till midnight..great people watching and great baristas there as well.. Major popular night clubs only two blocks away that if you are 20 or 30 you will love. lines running outside to get in.

Room Tip: only down side is no air conditioning so when you leave your window open it can be moderately noisy
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

We had a double room which was perfectly adequate, but by no means plush. This hotel is basic and seems to fall somewhere between hotel and hostel. When looking at Vancouver prices it's actually good value for money imho. We had a decent TV, fridge and sink in our room and used the shared bathrooms down the corridor for shower/toilet. There was also a communal kitchen for us to use with microwave and hobs. The second floor had a large sofa and TV and was a good place to relax outside of your room. The staff were helpful enough although we didn't use them very much. Location is pretty good for local bars and you're just 5-10 mins from Robson Street and other shopping/eating areas.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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london
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

I booked a couple of nights at the hotel ambassador and I was really disappointed. The staff on reception were really helpful and friendly, however my room really smelt, and everything felt a bit grimey and old. It was very hot in vancouver whilst i was there, so i was glad there was a fan in the room. however this only worked when the light was on- so not ideal for hot nights! Sleeping with the window open was a no go due to street noise and noisy restaurant/bar kitchen fans next door (also adding to the stinky greasy feel and smell of the room). The bathrooms are shared and they were very clean and pretty spotless. Towels in the room changed daily. Had it been cheaper I would have accepted the fact you get what you pay for, but it was too expensive for what it was - a smelly room, no lift for luggage, no fan/air con, shared bathroom and street noise. I relocated to the samesun hostel after the 2 nights i'd booked and at half the price i had a room with air con, free brekkie, good bathrooms, and a clean and quiet room!
Perhaps other rooms at hotel ambassador were better, but from the experience I had I wont be staying here again.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Jena, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

I stayed in this hotel twice (2012 and 2013) for two nights each with my child. It is a great location, you don't need a car (little paid parking space behind the building (not guarded -$17 per day)) because you can just walk/bus anywhere you like. We came from Vancouver Island and stayed in Vancouver to have some fun. There is a large playground/grassy area just across Davie Street. Lots of small grocery shops around to get yourself some food and the Hotel has a Kitchen with Stove, Fridge (in your room) and a kettle and microwave. The staff is super friendly and the rooms are clean. The bathroom is shared, but its clean and if you leave it as you want it to be when you enter, then there is no problem,
I think it is more than a hostel but less than a hotel. Great price, great location and what do you want more!

Room Tip: Ask for a quieter room (as the outside fans are quite loud). There is a good wireless connection if...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Baltimore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

I went to Vancouver for a meeting at the Vancouver Convention Center in early June. I needed to spend minimal funds. Fortunately I located Hotel Ambassador. It is located a few blocks from the stations for the train to the airport. Also it is at the intersection of Granville and Davie Streets. There are several restaurants and clubs on both those streets. It is about a mile from the convention center so I walked the distance in about half an hour.

The hotel has two stories. There is no elevator. I needed to carry baggage up and down the stairs. I used the safe deposit box in my room. There is no telephone in the room. There is no air conditioning. The bed was comfortable. There was a sink in my room. I was readily able to use the free WiFi in my room. I shared the bathrooms at the end of the hall. Housekeeping provided soap, but not shampoo or conditioner. Housekeeping changed towels and collected trash daily; however, my bed was unmade throughout my stay. Coffee was free in the kitchen from 9 to 11 am daily.

Since I departed at 11 pm, I wanted to occupy my room until 8 pm. I had to pay for an additional day to stay in my room until 8 pm.

Room Tip: People on the street may be noisy around the nearby clubs and restaurants. Rooms off the street may...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Hotel Ambassador

Property: Hotel Ambassador
Address: 1212 Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z1M4, Canada (Formerly Hotel Granville Grand)
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #78 of 89 Hotels in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Ambassador 2*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With an excellent,convenient location on the central nerve of the scene, this stylish boutique hotel offers clean, comfortable accommodation at great rates. The Granville Grand Hotel, Vancouver's newest boutique hotel. Offering European-style accommodations at budget prices, and located in the heart of the Vancouver's downtown entertainment district, the Granville Grand Hotel is the perfect choice for travelers looking for a quality stay at a budget price. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Granville Grand Hotel

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