The good: Hot guy working the counter. The brew-pub associated with the hotel is awesome and has live Jazz music. In fact this is a historic Vancouver Jazz spot. Cool old building built in 1913. Very affordable. Close to nightlife. The neighborhood is gnarly. You will have to navigate around very intoxicated people and dirty needles around this hotel.
Absolutely Nothing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Right in the middle of skid row. Rooms are terrible old run down bathrooms suck since sink is in room with you and no lighting. Expect to be panhandled going or leaving the hotel. Parking is $10 a day in Bar parking lot with a bad element around it. Worry about your car all the time parked there. I can't you how bad this place is. Unless you are coming off the street for a night.
The lobby had some cool old touches that could have just as likely come from inside of it as opposed to being bought. Vintage feel through building. Rooms were tiny to say the least, my wife and I barely had room to stand once we had our only suitcase inside. Bar downstairs is great if you're into that, but considering we were only staying to leave early in the morning the noise of people leaving in inebriated states was an annoyance. Will echo other posters as well about the quality of the surrounding neighborhood. Had a real concern that my vehicle wouldn't be intact the next morning. Only recommended as a super cheap option reasonably close to the city center.
It was cheap. But they charged me extra.. Still fighting that. It smelled so bad (mold), windows were super old and it was super cold (also no screen in it and it's a big window.. Dangerous), staff was cranky when I asked for another blanket, and I couldn't get wifi in the room (they told me sit by the elevator). Lame
The guy who worked the desk at night, Van, was excellent! He was incredibly welcoming and gave good tips and directions to us as first time visitors to Vancouver. His hospitality is what made me incredibly happy with our stay. The hotel is very old, it was built in 1913, but it is not run down. The rooms are small, but not uncomfortable, and for the price that we paid, worth it! Also, the shower and water pressure are strong and enjoyable. It is a very bare bones hotel, but an excellent deal as the prices are very affordable. The location is not the best, but they do have their own parking lot, parking price not included however.
Room had private bathroom, was clean. Friendly staff. Hotel quite close to city center and waterfront. The neighborhood is really terrible. It is very sad to see all these homeless people and junkies on basically the whole of East Hastings street. However I did not feel they were dangerous.
Parking felt safe Bad location. Drug users all around outside
Nothing It is a hooker/gang hotel - not safe. We ran out of there
This is a good budget hotel. The location is just a bit dodgy, with many homeless people on the street just a block away, though I was never approached by any of them.I used city transit and recommend you use the stop just to the east of the hotel and not the one to the west. This will avoid most of the homeless. Wi-fi was iffy in our 4th floor room. Vancouver activities are pretty expensive, so paying less for a hotel room left more money for activities. The pub in the hotel has good food and good jazz. Our two bed (singles) was tiny and the squeezed in mini-bathroom was even tinier. It had a bi-fold door that didn't shut completely. This made certain functions a little too public.
close to city core, clean, and affordable
This hotel is used as a brothel/whorehouse. When we arrived, multiple prostitutes were engaged in negotiations with a large number of older, unclean men. None of the rooms had door locks. The entire place smelled of smoke. I travel for a living: this was the worst travel experience of my life. We ended up calling more than 50 places in Vancouver immediately find an alternative. The on-line help was no help. This is a drug-house/whorehouse.
hotel is very normal considering the 'mixed' surroundings. very good value for the money, staff is exceptionally helpful, have good breakfast and wi-fi. the shower, toilet, and sheets, and the hotel overall are clean. compared to the bunch of weird folks on W Hastings, the hotel guests are perfectly normal people. the small size of the room was not a problem for me, just enough, but wouldn't go there with kids. the carpet is old and even if cleaned, smells, some other things like the sink and bed cover are also old but ok. the bar downstairs is okay, they have some food there, the breakfast is good, but it smells like cigarettes and is dark. the street, W. Hastings is the worst in Vancouver, very depressing, do not walk there, best to take the bus - 14, 16, 20 will take you downtown and back, or a cab - only about 6-7 bucks one way. if u walk, pick a different street