I got a great deal on this "4-star" hotel (per the different travel websites I researched this hotel on) through my credit card company. I would say this is a 3-star hotel disguised as 4-star. Since it's a small hotel (why pay for a larger hotel that will be just as average?) and the service was good, so I will bump my true 3.5 rating to a 4.
I booked a Museum room since it was on the highest floor (there are only 6 floors). I was told that there was no size difference between this type and the mid-priced room -- the only difference is the art in the room.
Let me start with the bad:
- Room was decent, not spectacular. You could tell that it is an old hotel that had some sort of makeover. Had I not gotten a great deal, I would've been highly disappointed. The TV was a 25" or so tube TV. The TV armoire looked like it was taken from the alley outside our room and refurbished.
- Bathroom is not for those afraid of the dark! The light illuminates the commode. However, when you get into the shower and close the curtain, it's lights out! Kinda scary the first time, but I guess you get used to it. I was just hoping Norman Bates wouldn't be waiting for me.
- One of the selling points on their site is that their windows open - Yeah, that's nice. However, our room was facing the alley, so when trash day rolled around, you would wish they'd have thicker windows that *didn't* open.
- Their other selling point is included Wi-Fi. The connection was pretty crappy at best. In that regard, I'd rather pay $15 or whatever other hotels charge to get a good connection.
- A/C unit is loud. It's also manually controlled (not digital), so you cannot set it to reach a certain temperature before it turns off. You either keep it on and tolerate the humming throughout the night or turn it off.
- The lamps that come out of the wall were about ready to fall off. They reminded me of a teeter totter.
And now the good:
- Bed and pillow are pretty comfy! I wasn't a fan of the bed coverings, though. They made me think this is what a jail bed would feel like.
- Large (yet mirrored) closet. I was able to put my suitcases in there and keep them out of the way.
- Location was great! It is surrounded by many different places to eat. If you go further east on Robson, there are plenty of places to shop. We also did walk to Stanley Park from the hotel. We didn't have a car, so that made the location perfect. If we couldn't get to a place on foot (i.e., Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain), the SkyTrain and bus stops were not far at all.
If you're looking for a decent, no frills (e.g., swimming pool that you're paying for but not going to use) hotel that's within walking distance to shopping, dining and leisure, then this is a great place and I would recommend it. If you're looking for high-class, fancy schmancy, then keep looking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Listel Hotel, Vancouver is located on city's most vibrant shopping and dining street. It is also known as "Vancouver's most art-full" and eco-friendly hotel. The property features original and limited artwork throughout the 129 guest rooms and public areas. It also boasts two award-winning and popular restaurants - Forage and Timber. ... more less
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