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“Where we stay for the Vancouver Marathon” 4 of 5 stars
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Blue Horizon Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1225 Robson Street | Downtown, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1C3, Canada   |  
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Ranked #23 of 97 hotels in Vancouver
Seattle, Washington
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Where we stay for the Vancouver Marathon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Every year, I research other hotels in Vancouver for the Marathon, and I keep coming back to the Blue Horizon. I do love the Sylvia Hotel and love the west end, but find it too far when I'm limping back from the marathon. The Blue Horizon is the right distance away, and has the right amenities for a marathoner who doesn't want to pay so much.

One note: pay a few bucks extra for a "superior" room. All that really means is that it's on one of the higher floors. This really pays off when you have to go to bed early on Saturday night before the race, since Robson Street can get quite loud, especially if the Canucks just won. And there is always a Canucks game the night before the race.

Room Tip: pay for an upper level room...reduce the street noise.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

So many good things have been said already about the location, service, views, generous room size (though not bathroom size), no need to repeat all that. The TV quality was not the best on many channels and PPV looked fuzzy on menus, did not feel tempted to try it. No decaf coffee in room - why not? Beds were super comfortable. Balconies you can actually walk out onto (although do not even think about if you are scared of heights!). Wifi was pretty fast while we were there, not sure how overall busy they were mind you. Everything feels solid, as would be expected in an older but well updated establishment. Low street noise (from 23rd floor at least). Hop on-hop off city tour trolley stops right outside, plus Capilano shuttle too. Enough said, I would definitely have it high on my list for next time; unless you are wedded to a particular chain you should too.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We have stayed at this hotel several times, usually when we come to Vancouver for a special event/show/shopping trip.
The location is great, on Robson Street, within walking distance of many restaurants and shops. It was an easy 15 minute walk to the Aquarium in Stanley Park.
The rates are reasonable and the staff friendly.
The pool is quite small and not very deep, basically okay for doing lengths only. My son and another guest at the hotel scraped themselves on the bottom of the pool. I was very disappointed this time that the sauna wasn't working. After leaving the pool and taking the elevator, we found that both of our card keys weren't working so had to take the elevator back down to the front desk which was a bit of an inconvenience.
We had a room on the 28th floor with a great view. The bathrooms are quite small with older style tubs. These corner rooms are quite spacious with two queen beds, a flat screen TV, desk, small fridge and coffee maker.
I wish I could remember the name of the Japanese Restaurant that we ate at....coming out of the hotel turn left down about a block, cross to the right at the lights and on a corner upstairs, a particularly good meal.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Visited just before Christmas 2012 for two nights, stayed on the 25th floor. I don't like heights but the view was amazing. Very clean, updated fixtures, flat screen TV, comfortable beds. The room was a bit warm and the thermostat didn't seem to control the temperature so I just opened the window slightly. The location is right on Robson St. where you can walk to restaurants, clothing stores, and drug stores in seconds. Parking was $15 extra per day with in/out privileges. Stairways to parking were a bit confusing but this is a minor quibble. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

We stayed here in September 2012. The Blue Horizon Hotel is a really good spot for city breaks. Right on Robson St. you are in walking distance to Coal harbour, Canada Place, Gastown and the Shopping area Robson St. of course. Our room was on 23rd floor with a great city view. 2 Queen beds and plenty room for 2 big travel bags were very comfortable. Room and bathroom were tidy and nothing to grumble. For breakfast the Inlets Bistro is a really good choice, also for dinner.
Friendly staff both in Hotel and in the Restaurant. We would stay here again and recommend it to good friends.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

I enjoyed a wonderful stay at the Blue Horizon Hotel from 9-16th Dec recently. After a sudden check-in/check-out at a dodgy hotel on Davie, I phoned the Blue Horizon around midnight in distress. To my immediate relief, Paul Banis the manager on duty was helpful, sympathetic and found me a superior room on the 16th floor at a great rate. Paul was even kind enough to loan me a computer mouse from the front desk for my laptop that night! Paul simply went beyond his duty and I cannot thank him enough.

Service - Paul and the front desk staff were extremely friendly and helpful throughout my stay, pointing out the many great tourist landmarks in Vancouver, places to eat and took care of bookings for the Snowbus to Whistler etc.

Value - very satisfied with my room rate and the free wifi on my laptop and phone was a bonus.

Sleep quality - my bed was very comfortable and street level noise not an issue on the 16th floor. Could not even hear my neighbours.

Cleanliness - the hotel feels brand new. The housekeeping ladies were attentive and friendly all round. Even when I used the "do not disturb sign", they were courteous enough to telephone me promising fresh towels etc.

Location - simply cannot beat this location! Located in heart of Vancouver city on Robson St with many great Japanese, Korean and Malaysian restaurants nearby. Lived off Japanese and crepes for a week! Great clothing and fashion shops, drug store, grocery and even cinema for The Hobbit - all within safe and easy walking distance from hotel. Locals very friendly.

Room - I stayed in a superior room with two queen beds. From the well presented reception, waterfall in lobby to my room, the hotel is beautifully furnished and maintained. Lifts always seemed to hover on 16th floor, so I was never delayed. My room was spacious with all modern conveniences and views over Robson St were spectacular at night from my balcony.

In all, I would highly recommend the Blue Horizon for your next stay in Vancouver (the world's most liveable city rivalled only by Melbourne). Solo, lovers and family friendly!

Room Tip: Suggest staying around middle floors. All rooms are corners.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Williams Lake, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We stayed two nights at the Blue Horizon on a business/pleasure trip to Vancouver. I was pleasantly surprised by this hotel. The Front Desk staff were very professional and friendly. The room was large with very comfortable beds and a great view of the city. This hotel is centrally located and is easily walking distance from all the best shopping and dining that Vancouver has to offer.

Room Tip: Above the 12th floor you get a view for a few extra dollars.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1225 Robson Street | Downtown, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1C3, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Vancouver
#19 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
#21 Family Hotel in Vancouver
#40 Business Hotel in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Horizon Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel lies at the junction of the West End and downtown surrounded is bounded by water on three side, English bay, Coal Harbour and Lost Lagoon in world famous Stanley park. All guest rooms are corner room with balconies. Recreational amenities are located within walking distance for residents of this high density area. The West End is a livable neighborhood that is home to a unique mix of people and places. Its a community that features a range of housing, land use, heritage buildings, transportation options, and amenities. ... more   less 
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