Great value for everyone, a few glitches
We stayed for a week at the YWCA Vancouver in a room with shared bath. Overall, a great value, and we recommend this property to anyone (with or without kids) looking for a simple but comfortable budget accommodation.
The great: price, location, the view from the 12th floor, availability of kitchen and laundry machines (they will change your money and sell you detergent), staff that's mostly helpful and always friendly, cleanliness, availability of accommodations in all price ranges. Also, guests can use the YMCA gym for free. The gym is in a different building. Wireless is available for a fee.
The not-so-great: staff tries to be helpful, but sometimes they don't give you updated information. Because of roadworks for the Winter Olympics, bus routes changes often, and staff did not mention that, causing great inconvenience to us. Rooms are mostly quiet at night, but in the morning housekeeping and guests can be pretty noisy. Finally, there was a problem with the shared bath lock system and we found out that several rooms had this problem. Because the maintenance person had to fix a number of rooms, we had to wait a while (and got a bit nervous, because we were leaving that morning and planes don't wait). Maybe time for a overhaul.
Overall, this is a great find for Vancouver, and you'd be giving your hard earned money to an organization that does a lot of good. Looks like a win-win to me. If you are considering going to the 2010 Winter Olympics, book early, because this place is going to be mobbed!
fantastic hotel.. excellent value
Fantastic hotel and great price. I paid $112 (canadian) for room for my husband and I. standard of room was excellent, all the usual stuff, phone, own bathroom, tv etc. Bed very comfortable and room very clean. Location is convenient to city centre (5 - 10 min walk). Seabus is also five mins walk, and Skytrain one block away. area quiet. reasonably priced restaurants near by. The staff couldnt have been more helpful and friendly...thankyou very much Nina and Scarlett at the front desk, your advice was great and you took so much time dealing with us. Reception was also particularly helpful when a last minute change of plan meant that we had to cancel one of our nights stayover. Free bag storage and although breakfast not included there is a very reasonably price cafe in the foyer, where you can get muffins, fruit, beverages etc. This was a surpise find, thanks to the other trip advisors for recommending it.
Great for all ages
The leaflet I saw advertising the hotel featured an elderly couple otherwise I would not have thought to go there.
My husband and I were very well received at the hotel and were given a large room with fridge, ensuite , telephone, TV and adequate storage facilities. The room was well serviced and the staff were friendly and helpful. Also available were cooking and laundry facilities. We made no use of the former but the use of the latter meant we went home with much less dirty linen, something I did appreciate when coming to terms with jet-lag!
The hotel is well situated as it is near the foot of Robson Street - the main shopping thoroughfare. Taxis and tourist buses stop just outside so transport is always available. There are plenty of eating places round about and the interesting Yaletown is a short walk away.
The hotel is enexpensive but gives great value for money.
Great Budget Hotel
Clean hotel-good value. Close to restaurants, bus stops, large asian grocery store (T & T Supermarket) down the street along with Costco. Stayed here with my husband and 4 yr old. Opted for the shared bathroom-never had a problem with an open shower or bathroom and facilities always clean. Kitchen on almost every floor-we used the one on the 4th. Microwave, stove, clean towels, etc. It was clean-be sure to bring your own eating utensils, you can get pots/pans from the front desk to borrow and can rent eating utensils for $2.50 CAD per day. Met many fellow travelers who were very friendly! The only downside was the public computers were by pay only-(can't remember the price) it would have been nice to have free access although there is a coffee shop up the street advertising free wireless but didn't get a chance to use it.
Awesome hotel in downtown Vancouver. I stayed for 4 nights and had a blast. The Vancouver Airporter (airport shuttle) picks you up and drops you off right next door to the hotel. The hotel is in a good location as Chinatown is close by and numerous city tour trolleys have pick-up points around. Also, the Edgewater Casino is within walking distance. I had to attend a wedding in Victoria during my stay and was able to walk to the Central Station for pick-up without any problem. I would not recommend this walk at night, however.
The rooms are spotless. Cleanliness is by far the most important aspect to me when choosing a hotel. I upgraded to a room with a private bathroom so I cannot comment on what it is like to share bathrooms/showers with others at this facility. The staff was VERY nice and the hotel has a very international vibe to it. There is absolutely no reason to stay in any other hotel in downtown Vancouver.
A great place to stay to experience Vancouver
This hotel has great facilities. Your room is small but clean and comfortable. I highly recommend the rooms with baths shared between two rooms; the electronic locks ensure your privacy, and it's substantially cheaper than getting a room with a private bath.
You also get free access to huge, fully equipped kitchens on a couple of the floors. This is a definite bonus if you are staying for several days.
The hotel is close to Vancouver's sports arenas, so it can be a little noisy at game time--but we did not find this terribly bothersome. It's not far from the waterfront, which has convenient ferries and bike rentals, and buses and a train station are nearby to get you to the rest of the city.
I would stay there again.
I'll be travelling to Vancouver in September, and am thinking of staying at the YWCA. Is this a good place to stay, and is it in a safe area?
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Great location. Great bar next door, Beatty Street Bar and Grill.
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bear in mind there are 2 yw's downtown the other being on hornby near hastings, also a great location as its down near the harbourfront and very central and safe
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I wasn't sure there was accommodations at the Hornby St. location. I think it is all at the Beatty St Hotel.
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I stayed there in 1996 and found it to be a great value--very clean, modern, all the convenience (microwave, TV and refrigerator in the room.) Staff is friendly; location is central.
I am going there again in late June w/ some friends.