Chose BW Sands based on tripadvisor reviews and were not disappointed. Before the stay the hotel provided clear directions on how to reach the hotel using public transport on request.
The hotel is located in a vibrant but peaceful part of Vancouver a couple of minutes walk from Stanley Park. The area itself is very scenic with a view of English Bay and a variety of supermarkets and restaurants are close by.
The presentation of the lobby gives a good impression and this is reflected by the high standard of the rooms. The front desk staff were always friendly and helpful and the lobby includes free computer usage with complimentary printing. The computers also include memory card slots which are very useful for travellers to upload camera photos while on the road.
The room was large with quality furnishings and very clean while beds were very comfortable. The room had a mini-kitchenette area with a microwave, fridge, coffee making facilities and a dedicated kitchen sink. The free wifi provided was adequate. The room also had a lot of hanging and storage space.
The attached restaurant/bar had great service and the hotel provided a complimentary appetizer voucher per couple. The appetizers were very generous serving sizes.
The only minor negative was a $5.00 environment charge issued upon checkin which had not been disclosed at the time of reservation through Booking.Com. However this should not dissuade anyone from staying here as this appeared related to the hotel's genuine commitment to recycling.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Hotel Vancouver
- Best Western Vancouver
- Vancouver Best Western