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Best Western Plus Sands
Ranked #47 of 89 Hotels in Vancouver
Los Angeles
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93 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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“Great location”
Reviewed July 23, 2011

I stayed here with my husband and two kids, 5 and 7. We chose BW Sands for its location. It is across the street from 2nd beach, about a 10 minute walk to False Creek Ferries, and about a 20 minutes walk to the closest playground in Stanley Park (walking with a 5 year old). Room was large. Like the hotel says - great tap water! The bus stop is in the front of the hotel, so we requested a room on the rear, which the hotel accommodated. Only minor problem was the AC. When I turned it on, it was loud. So, I turned it off and opened both windows (none of the windows have screens) while we out during the day. The weather was mild, so this wasn't a problem.

Note that West End seems to be the gay area of town (for lack of a better description). Our kids have several friends with two mommies or two daddies, we have gay and lesbian friends, etc. so this is not an issue for our family. Live and let live. However, if you are not comfortable seeing same sex couples out and about, then this may not be your vacation spot exactly.

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Reviewed July 14, 2011

An excellent place for my family. The beach, restaurants, convenience and grocery store is just a stroll away from the hotel. All the staff are the friendliest we've ever met. I recommend this hotel to all my family and friends. We are used to the noise, it's normal city noise.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at Best Western Plus Sands, responded to this review, July 15, 2011
We certainly enjoyed having you and your family stay with us and we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the area. Many thanks.
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Springfield, Missouri
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

Personnel were helpful and friendly. They did their best to serve everyone promptly.
Location is wonderful. Within walking distance of good restaurants, the shore, and Stanley Park. Transportation readily available.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at Best Western Plus Sands, responded to this review, July 14, 2011
Thank you Barbara for the kind words. I am happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Vancouver.
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Reviewed July 8, 2011

7 friends booked this hotel for 2 days prior to our cruise to Alaska. This was such a nice, clean, hotel located across from Stanley Park and English Bay. Checkers Restaurant and Bayside Lounge were "attached" to the hotel, which made it so convenient to grab a bite to eat after site-seeing all day, or relaxing with a nice cocktail in the evening. The staff at Best Western was extremely helpful and even helped one lady in our group change travel araingements home.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at Best Western Plus Sands, responded to this review, July 11, 2011
Thank you for staying with us and we are certainly glad you enjoyed your stay. It is always nice here kind comments as I know the staff work hard and is proud of the job they do. Will pass this on to them. Once again thank you.
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Reviewed July 3, 2011

We spent 2 nights here. Very helpful and friendly staff. I told them it was a special anniversary and they upgraded us to the top floor. Beautiful view of English Bay from our balcony. We ate every meal at Checkers restaurant. I found the prices reasonable, service was excellent. Plus they gave out several 2 for 1 food and drink vouchers. We enjoyed a couple of long walks along the sea wall, very enjoyable great views. We noticed many bar and grills in the area, some with outdoor seating facing the water. We cant wait to go back and explore some more! We usually stay at the other end of downtown but I think found found our new favorite spot!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at Best Western Plus Sands, responded to this review, July 5, 2011
Thank you for your kind words and we are all certainly glad that you enjoyed your special anniversary. We look forward to having you stay with us in the future.
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Reviewed June 30, 2011

The location was very good - near enough to downtown but not too near.
Plenty of restaurants nearby.
Bathroom rather cramped but problems with shower were rectified same day as we complained.
Staff at front desk extremely helpful.

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BWSandsGM, General Manager at Best Western Plus Sands, responded to this review, July 4, 2011
Thank you for letting us know your thoughts, we look forward to seeing you again.
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Midland, Texas
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Reviewed June 28, 2011

Although we were bothered by outsude noise on Saturday night, the staff's helpfulness more than made up for that. Best staff I have ever seen.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Best Western Plus Sands
Address: 1755 Davie St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1W5, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#45 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
#48 Business Hotel in Vancouver
#49 Family Hotel in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Plus Sands 3*
Number of rooms: 121
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Best Western Plus Sands Hotel is situated across the street from the beach at beautiful English Bay and world famous Stanley Park. Shopping, Vancouver Aquarium, Concert Venues and international restaurants are only moments away. 100% Non Smoking and a Zero Waste Property. ... more   less 
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