I really like this Holiday Inn Express (and I've stayed at lots of 'em).
Yes, this location is a suburb of Vancouver (you will need to drive 20 mins to get downtown) but we were driving in and wanted to find a safe location with free parking, an indoor pool and a good deal. This fit the bill, and then some. All the hotels we priced downtown were at least 30% more expensive, had far less amenities, no/paid parking and were in questionable neighborhoods. I think to stay downtown, you have to be willing to shell out the big bucks to stay in a nicer hotel -- or give up a lot of amenities.
Upon check in I was pleasantly surprised to find out they had upgraded us into a king suite for free (since I'm a rewards club member, I guess). This greatly elevated the value for the moderate price paid. This room was MASSIVE and the ceiling was insanely high and gorgeous. It was way nicer than any other member of this chain I've ever stayed in. The king size bed was very nice, there were two huge flat-screen tv's, a very nice bathroom (with a large shower and good water pressure - hurrah!), a living room with a pull-out sofa and all decor/fixtures were very updated. This location was only built a couple years ago, so that probably helps.
I was also pretty happy with the indoor pool and spa. Both were open til 11pm, kept warm and there was a changing area and towels right off the entrance. This gets big points from me.
The complimentary breakfast was the best of any hotel I've stayed at recently. It's actual food you'd want to eat at home, and the menu changes daily. Their robotic pancake making machine was especially crowd-pleasing.
To top it all off, the service was excellent and went above and beyond what was expected. All staff members were very kind and accommodating, the housekeeping did an excellent job every day and we were quite happy with our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport | Richmond! Only the best for you, our hotel offers a complimentary on-demand 24/hour airport shuttle (call for pick-up), free parking, a complimentary Express Start Hot Buffet Breakfast, free high-speed wireless and wired internet as well as complimentary local calls. Relax after a hard days work or go for a leisure swim in the pool. Dip in the hot tub or simply fit in a last minute workout in our fitness centre. Planning a meeting? Look no further. The property offers spacious and technology-friendly meeting rooms equipped for any size group. Our staff are warm, attentive, and ready to help your event run flawlessly. Our Executive Boardroom is perfect for small groups of up to 14 people while our Banquet Hall seats up to 90. You'll love our location as we are conveniently located near several local attractions and business centres as well as to Vancouver and (YVR) Vancouver International Airport. Travellers enjoy staying at our hotel as they experience everything the Richmond and Vancouver area has to offer. Perfect for families or Business Travel in Metro Vancouver, we are just steps from the Richmond Ice Center, Watermania, and the Riverport Sports & Entertainment Complex. Numerous restaurants including two fabulous pubs and 19 movie theatres as well as, bowling are within walking distance. Nature lovers can tour the Vancouver Aquarium or explore the many parks in the area. Historic Steveston in Richmond and Gastown in Downtown Vancouver, just minutes from our Richmond hotel, offer visitors a glimpse into the past. Here for business? You'll appreciate our proximity to Ironwood Business Park, Crestwood Corporate Center, Annacis Island, Tilbury Business Area and Richmond General Hospital. Designed with you in mind, our rooms come complete with a fridge, microwave and coffee/tea station. Looking for a little extra room? Then you'll absolutely love our suites. Specialty rooms and Executive Suites to suit your needs - full kitchen; one and two bedroom suites (fully equipped apartment style), in-room Spa Suites, Junior Suites for the Executives, Kitchen Studio Kings, three fully ADA Accessible rooms and Standard King or Two Bedroom Queens rooms are also available. Stay connected with high-speed internet access and be efficient by using our media hubs allowing you to connect to the TV wirelessly via an HDMI plug-in or bluetooth (only available in our Executive Suites). Something for everyone - looking forward to having you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites Riverport
- Holiday Inn Express Riverport
- Holiday Inn Richmond
- Richmond Holiday Inn