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“Great location, great value” 4 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1755 Davie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1W5, Canada (West End)   |  
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Durham, North Carolina, United States
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great location, great value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for three nights in November 2012 and really thought we got our money's worth. First impressions from walking in the door is that it looks more upscale than what we'd expect knowing the nightly rate. Security was good - we needed our room card to access the elevator. The room was clean and was plenty large for both of us. We picked this hotel based on reviews from this site and were quite happy with it. There are plenty of restaurants on the blocks near the hotel, and you can walk to Stanley Park in ten minutes. Also, there's a bike store across the street from the hotel so you can easily rent bikes. The breakfast at the hotel was also good. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable on the area. The room also had a recycling bin with separate container for organic waste - something I haven't seen in other hotels. Parking was $15 a day. Free WiFi.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Kristy F
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, November 23, 2012
Thank you for the review on our property. It is nice to see that our reviews are working, when prospective guests are looking for a hotel in Vancouver. The location is superb and we hope to see you again soon and thank you for staying with us.
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Calgary
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Friendly staff; clean, comfortable and spacious room; had a great dinner in the hotel restaurant/bar and a great breakfast in the same room. It is a two minute walk to Stanley Park and the Seawall Walk as well as being situated in a multi-ethnic community with a wide array of interesting shops( no cookie-cutter stores here) and ethnic restaurants. We would definitely go back to this hotel on our next Vancouver trip!

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back of the building. They are doing very noisy renos across the street and wi...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Ckrooser
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to send in a review. We are all pleased that your enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

They gave us a filthy room with no heat, in exchange for extra fees for pets. Paid premium price even as a BW rewards member, for threadbare room. Fuses blew with ONLY the coffee maker on. Tiny bathroom, toilet practically in the tub. Have no idea why it is rated highly.

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Our pet policy is clearly stated on our web site as well as Best Western's web site. I welcome all opinions on our hotel and hope that future guests who are reading these reviews will see that the majority of guest reviews view our property otherwise.
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Edison, New Jersey
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27 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

one block from English Bay, walking distance to Stanley Park and Granville Island ferry. Staff was friendly and helpful. Great restaurants and neighborhoods nearby. Would stay here again. (our stay was 11/5 to 11/7 2012)

summers might not be as good as they have window a/c units that could be noisy. windows do open

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank barbacat
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to see you again soon.
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Nanaimo
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46 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

A good walk's distance to a number of excellent restaurants, Tim Hortons across the street, Stanley Park near by. Staff are friendly and helpful. They are slowly upgrading the hotel. Excellent value for your money.

Room Tip: 5th floor, Bay view, somewhat blocked by other buildings but worth the request. Note: Do not recomm...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Beezee12
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Thank you for the review, its always a pleasure to hear that a guest enjoyed the hotel and the area.
It is very true that we don't sell the front side of the hotel as full ocean view it is only partial ocean view only, but have a partial water view is still a pleasant experience.
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Chilliwack, B.C.
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I spent one night in this hotel Oct 27th 2012 to attend a formal dinner in nearby Stanley Park that evening. My last contact with this hotel was way back in the late 70's. At that time, and well before it joined the Best Western chain, this place was a bit of a flea bag and people frequenting this premises were less than savory ( to explain: I was a policeman in those days; this location was a frequesnt trouble spot ). On checking into the Sands, I was able to park in the close-by covered lot and I was immediately struck by the transformation that had taken place in the lobby, the hallways and the room. Though small, the lobby was neat and well appointed, the staff were polite, profficient and friendly. I noticed there was a convenient restaurant attatched to the lobby area ( prices a tad high but normal for a downtown hotel in Vancouver ) as well as a night spot beyond, all within the same building. I was also pleasantly surprised by the clean and well furnished hallways above, with the latest security hardware on my room door. Inside, the room was fully the equivelent of any well rated hotel for downtown Vancouver, complete with a superior type coffee maker ( pressurized hot water and coffee cartridge system ); fully equipped batroom, lotions, etc. As expected, the bed was very comfortable; clean and well done up. Furniture and w/w rug was modern and free of stainls or odor. The only detraction: The windows could stand better sound-proofing.

Room Tip: If checking in on a weekend night, attempt to avoid the rooms over the street ( Davie St. side ) - t...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Elobo
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to send in a review and thank you for returning to the hotel. I am sure that there has been many changes and upgrades since your last visit. We hope to see you again soon.
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Edmonton
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105 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stayed here for four nights; it's a great location, a few blocks from English Bay and lots of inexpensive ethnic restaurants. The room itself was fine, a bit crowded with two double beds, but the cost was less than a King bed. We had both a refrigerator and microwave which I really appreciated. I agree with other reviewers - the breakfast in the attached restaurant was very expensive. The restaurant has music starting Wednesdays and the Celtic duo we heard was fantastic.
I would certainly return at this rate.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank ChanteEdmonton
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to send in a review of our property, we hope to see you again soon. Just an FYi we vary our live music in The Park, so the next visit may very well have a different band that you will enjoy equally as much.
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Address: 1755 Davie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1W5, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Vancouver
#46 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
#48 Business Hotel in Vancouver
#50 Family Hotel in Vancouver
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Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands 3*
Number of rooms: 121
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Best Western Plus Sands Hotel is situated across the street from the beach at beautiful English Bay and world famous Stanley Park. Shopping, Vancouver Aquarium, Concert Venues and international restaurants are only moments away. 100% Non Smoking and a Zero Waste Property. ... more   less 
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