My son and I spent 4 nights at the West Coast Suites at UBC in June. We chose this location as the purpose of our trip was to find more permanent accommodations for when he begins classes at UBC in late August/early September. The location was perfect as it gave us a clear idea of distance to the campus, but the room was also clean and comfortable - and with school not in full session, the campus was also fairly quiet and relaxed, which also contributed to the relaxed atmosphere that we encountered on and near campus. And the area that the campus is located is a beautiful area.
As I noted above, the room was clean and comfortable. My son utilized the sofa bed and he made no complaint about its comfort, and the King sized bed in the bedroom was very comfortable. The weather in Vancouver was also in the low 20 degrees celsius so heat/humidity was not an issue (we did not see any air conditioning in the room), but our room was also shaded by some nearby trees. The kitchen was terrific to have and well equipped and while we only used it for breakfast (or to heat up leftovers from a restaurant), it was a nice to have this option. Other reviews did note the bathroom was small and did not include a bathtub (true), but it was modern and everything worked for us.
If your going to spend much of your time in downtown Vancouver (Gastown, Stanley Park, Canada Place, Robson Street, or other attractions), then this location is not your best choice. Bus service is good to many parts of the city, and we found the driving in the traffic to not be too bad, but the campus is approximately 30 to 35 minutes depending upon the time of day to get from the campus to downtown, and that could be worse if there are accidents or construction on a bridge over False Creek. But if you need to be at the campus, or in the West Side of Vancouver, then this is choice worth serious consideration.
And before I close - I want to verify what others have said. There is an additional parking charge that the West Coast Suites will charge you if you have a vehicle. It's $9.50 per day but this is increased once taxes and a Translink fee is added, so expect to be paying around $12.00 a day for parking at this location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the beautiful west side of Vancouver on the spectacular UBC campus, our 47 one-bedroom suites are complemented by the natural setting, attractions and recreational facilities. Shops and restaurants are located within walking distance of the West Coast Suites. We offer onsite parking and laundry facilities. Ideal for business travellers and extended stay visitors, each well-appointed suite (450 sq ft/ 41.8 sq m) features fully-equipped kitchen, flat panel TV, in-room safe, complimentary wireless Internet, balcony, luxury linens and Gilchrist & Soames amenities, Starbucks coffee, king size bed in bedroom and double sofa-bed in living room. Onsite laundry facilities and parking for a norminal fee. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- West Coast Suites At Ubc Hotel Vancouver