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Granville Island Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1253 Johnston Street | Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3R9, Canada (Fairview)   |  
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Ranked #20 of 97 hotels in Vancouver
Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
“Fantastic location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Granville Island is a perfect getaway right in the heart of Vancouver - walkable little streets filled with shops and a large indoor farmer's market. Hotel : service was efficient and friendly. Our room had a lovely harbor view, room service was reasonable and oh my - the shower was fantastic.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

the hotel looks 1970s-esque uninspiring as you rock up to it, but the view through the entrance across the water is fantastic - sitting on the deck watching the world go by in the late summer sunshine was not much of a hardship. We had a corner suite which was excellent. Incredibly light with nice decor, though the bathroom was on the small side. it's great being surrounded by water, but be aware that Granville Island is a complete tourist trap as are most of the shops. A quick water taxi to wander round Yaletown and the harbour highly recommended. Overall a great hotel, but please please please can we have some fluffy towels...

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Located East of downtown on Grenville ‘island’, this smallish hotel works fine. Typical room with desk, nice beds, soft-firm pillow, and trendy shower stall (no bathtub in our unit). Rents at $250.00 per night in high season/summer. There is free internet (bonus!), room service until 10pm and in-room minibar. The hotel only has 3 floors with one elevator and it is slow. There is no pool or gym at the Hotel. You have to swipe your card to use the elevator after 10pm and this is a nuisance. Many artist studios, small shop, cafes, and restaurants within 5 minutes add charm. Also a walking/biking path along the harbor with great views out across Vancouver. Had small problem to deal with and received excellent assistance from the kind and pleasant staff. Hotel restaurant (Dockside) served a tasty breakfast with eggs, pancakes, waffle and real maple syrup.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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gihotel, Director of Sales at Granville Island Hotel, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on your hotel stay!

I am very pleased to hear you have enjoyed your stay.

Just for clarification, the hotel does have a small gym that is complimentary for guests and open from 7am to 11pm. We are flexible on these hours.

Also, the two pictures attached to this review are not of our hotel.

Thank you.

Christine Louden
Sales and Marketing Manager
Granville Island
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B.C. Canada
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16 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We recently stayed at the Granville Island Hotel as we attended a wedding on the Island. We were able to walk and not worry about transportion etc.
We are sooooo glad that we did.
The staff were awesome. So very helpful and kind.
The room (we were in 326) was large, clean and had a breathtaking view of False Creek Harbor.

Granville Island is a very busy and happening place. Parking is a huge issue. Space is limited. Charge of $16/night even tho we stayed there. :-(


This was a kingsize suite and had a microwave (no fridge tho--not sure why) but there was a stocked fridge that was accessible by key for the overpriced chips and chocolate...theres a vending machine right outside the room for all that too. The fridge also stocked some beer and liquor so that was fine too.

The bed was AMAZING!! The linens were great. My only complaint would be that the pillows were very stiff and not very comfy.

There was adequate amounts of shampoo/conditioner and sundries...there was even an emory board (thank Goodness!) which I needed as I chipped a nail.

Overall...simply loved it.
Would recommend it even tho the price is too high.
Great for a one night treat (that's what we did).
No breakfast included...that would have been nice.
Paying for parking when you are a guest doesn't seem right.
Would go back for a special treat.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora, Canada
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Yes the price is extreme for a 3 star. The service is impeccable from the front desk to the maid service and everyone inbetween. Room 316 is a must have, very small but with 2 balconies and a ks bed made it perfect for our stay and will always request the same. We had lunch on the patio and it was delicious. Can't say enough about a great experience. This was our second visit, our first visit being in November with dismal weather but returning to the Granville each night was a welcome retreat.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for a work related meeting. Good location and nice room albeit small. The a/c didn't work consistentely but they came to fix it when called but seemed to still be hot in our room or freezing. My husbands bike got stolen the first night and something tells me this happens a lot so store your bike at the front desk which they offered to do after it was stolen from right out front and it was locked up. It's a small property and older but has been reno'ed. The bed are comfy and clean and looked new. The shops are ok-over priced and kitchy. Front desk staff is lovely. Restaurant was very nice as well and the food was excellent. close to the Vancouver sea wall walking path and. You must go watch Jozef do his amazing rock stacking (ask the front desk where).

Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Kelowna, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

I travel to Vancouver for business many time a year and treat myself to nice hotels as I own the company. This was my first stay at Granville Island Hotel so I upgraded and booked a room with a balcony. It was by far the smallest room I have ever stayed in, ever!!!!. There was a 1 inch lip leaving the bathroom and I dam near broke my toe in the middle of the night. Bathroom was so small I undressed in the room to use the shower. When leaving the room for check out I saw other standard rooms being made up. They were much bigger. My mistake was booking a balcony room. The location was great but overall way, way over priced for the stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1253 Johnston Street | Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3R9, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Fairview
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Vancouver
#19 Business Hotel in Vancouver
#26 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Granville Island Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Granville Island Hotel, a boutique hotel, offers a one-of-a kind experience. With welcoming staff to greet, a restaurant and lounge to entice, and a luxurious room to make you feel at home, the Granville Island Hotel is Vancouver’s best kept secret. With endless opportunities to dabble in local art & cuisine at the famous Public Market or to explore Vancouver by bike or kayak, the Granville Island Hotel offers something for everyone. Located just minutes from the village, the Granville Island hotel is the perfect get-a-way spot for couples looking for a quiet alternative to staying downtown. ... more   less 
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