I can't recall a smaller hotel room (I'll post my pics if I can from this iPad) even though I love staying in vintage hotel buildings! Honestly! My concern started when my taxi stopped out front. I thought "Oh, I don't see how to enter. Where's the front door?". But then the hotel doorman opened my taxi door and away we went.
The doorman greeted me warmly as though he knew me, and in a way he did because my friend, with whom I was leaving on a cruise the next day, had arrived earlier and told him we'd somehow lost each other at the airport. I was a little peeved and stressed, thinking perhaps the entire cruise would be a series of mishaps. But the doorman somehow made me exhale with a chuckle as he showed me into the lobby where my cruisemate was checking us in.
There I was greeted by the most friendly and engaging desk clerk - I'm awful with names but I believe she said she was from Nicaragua. She staffed the front desk each time I came down to the lobby with questions that evening and she was there again the next morning. She was an excellent "face" of Ramada with just the right mix of friendliness and professionalism.
The bellman led me and my overly heavy Pullman into a European sized lift, down a narrow hallway with a heavy glass door midway, to our room on the 6th floor - 603 I believe. Tiny, tiny but clean and comfortable. The carpet looked and felt clean and soft so I walked it barefooted. The beds were "full" size (hotels nowadays call that size a "queen"), firm but also kinda fluffy, with ample, fluffy pillows. The bathroom was "close"...a turnaround space. But it was clean, fresh, well stocked and had great towels for the bathtub/shower with, as I recall, a curved shower rod.
The wonderful desk clerk was quite helpful in suggesting restaurants (there are several close by) and told me Vancouver was safe but that I should walk back to the hotel from the restaurant following the same route. Well that peaked my curiosity so I explored a bit after the delicious meal I had in an area down by the wharf just 2 blocks away. The area turned out to be bohemian, full of interesting shops and heavily trafficked with locals and tourists. Fun!
We were told the hotel serves breakfast in the basement, but we ate at Buonjiourno instead (go right then cross the street).
This Ramada is a bit pricey for a Ramada, but that may be because of its location - its proximity to that wonderful Bohemian district, restaurants and the cruise piers. I feel 100% comfy in recommending it to you, friends and family. Just be prepared for its cozy, albeit comfy, closeness.
We thought 603 was fine.
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October 8, 2013
Wow....this may be one of the best reviews I have read on Trip Advisor!! Thank you very much Highpocketsagain! It is great to hear that your day was made that much better beacuse of our staff welcoming you to the hotel. This is the way we want all of our guests to start their vacation. It is true that some of our rooms can be considered to be a little on the small side, but with our amazing location we find many of our guests are frequently out and about enjoying the sites and sounds that make Vancouver a worldwide destination. For all future guests looking to stay at the Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver, be sure to contact us directly for the BEST rates out there!
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