My boyfriend and I stayed in a private double room (shared bathroom) mid-week in July 2008. The room was very basic with a double width bunk-bed which was ok to sleep on.
We were told when we checked in not to leave anything in our car (parked on the street) because break-ins were pretty frequent. There were bars on our window and there were 4 key locks to get to our room from the street so our room seemed pretty safe (they also had lockers). It's certainly a great location if you want to be in the heart of Gastown - there were plenty of places to eat and drink within safe walking distance and the tour buses come right past. There are homeless/beggers/crazies on the streets but they seemed harmless enough.
The people at the front desk were really lovely and helpful and always had a smile. They had plentiful supplies of towels, toiletries, washing powder etc and we used the free internet from our room.
The bar downstairs is obviously a local favourite - large and always busy and loud - the noise was audible on the first floor but it didn't bother us. (and the pub serves fantastic burgers!)
Our main complaints were with the bathrooms. There was very little privacy and the showers themselves were tiny little cubicles with see-through screens and nowhere to put your stuff/towel without it getting wet or out in the open. Our room was really hot and the ktichen was run-down (electric kettle without a cord, microwave without a plate etc) and dirty so we were glad we didn't need to use it much.
In all, it wasn't terrible but we think we'll try somewhere else next time.
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