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“Location a Plus but driver beware”

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Best Western Plus Sands
Ranked #48 of 92 Hotels in Vancouver
Lancaster, Ohio
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Location a Plus but driver beware”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is a very easy access to Stanley park and next to the english bay, Public transportation is very easy to reach as well as walking to restaurants. Tim horton's is across the street. The hotel has a restaurant, breakfast is reasonably prices and good. The room's are clean and tidy. The hotel is older but very clean.We stayed in a deluxe room and we had a balcony that you could walk out on and see the city and a peek through-view of the water. The staff are friendly. The only reason I would be cautious is that.. We drove our vehicle and it was broken into the first night we were there. There are camera's in the parking area, but not well lit. Our car was parked less than 200 feet from the front entrance. The maintenance gentleman was kind enough to help us by vacuuming the glass out of our car and taping plastic over the window. The police was notified. The THIEVES took our gps and a pair of sunglasses. Ridiculous.this was our first trip to the area. Which ended up costing us alot more than we bargained for. You are better off taking public transportation. the sad part is that the hotel staff did not seem alarmed at the amount of theives in this area. Would have been nice to have been warned at check-in and we would have not paid to park in the hotel only to have it broken into.
So overall- the trip was ok. Our experience could have been better. Spend extra money and stay somewhere that has security who car about their guest parking or at least warn those parking there that very risky".

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at Best Western Plus Sands, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
I'm sorry to hear about your experience in our area and thank you for your reviews. Driver beware indeed; like all tourist destination, police recommend not to leave valuable in vehicle. We hope to see you again.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Superb location next to English Bay - for watching the sunset - and Stanley Park, with easy access to bus network. Easy to explore on foot from the hotel and for renting a bike to explore Vancouver like a local – on two wheels. Good value for money.

Public Transport:
+ Information on the hotel website for getting to the hotel from the airport by public transportation but a missed opportunity for providing more information about getting to the hotel from other key locations by public transport (train and bus, station, cruise and ferry terminals, seaplane terminal) and for accessing the excellent public transportation network generally

Zero Waste:
+ Recycling and composting collection bins in room
- Disposable plastic toiletries containers rather than the bulk dispensers you find in many eco-conscious Nordic hotels
- Disposable coffee cups wrapped in excess plastic in room
- Was not provided the option to receive bill via email rather than getting another piece of paper to throw away

Energy:
- Window’s did not appear to be well insulated for the climate
- No apparent on-site generation through solar or thermal hot water

Recycled and Local Products:
+ Recycled paper products in the room

Environmental Information:
- No information in room or on website regarding environmental, initiatives, performance / CO2 emissions and targets

CO2 Offset:
- No option to offset CO2 emissions from stay

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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BWSandsGM, Manager at Best Western Plus Sands, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us at the Best Western PLUS Sands. I apologize that no choice was given to you whether you could receive the bill electronically or not. As part of the Zero - Waste program we do send bills via emails.
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marseille, France
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

a good place to be close of the stanley park and avoid the noisy down town. The rooms does not have a great view but if you are not looking for a luxury hotel , it s a nice place. The restaurant offers a special under 10$ for the breakfast, internet free,

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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BWSandsGM, Manager at Best Western Plus Sands, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Thank you for the positive review, hope to see you again.
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Innisfail, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

I've been staying at this hotel for about 17-18 years, 4-5 times a year, & has really become a home away from home, so it's time for a review.

This is an older hotel, but with that comes a certain charm. Couple that with a great staff (many of whom have been working here long before I found the Sands - that should tell you something!) that really do go out of their way to accommodate you, the well appointed rooms that are immaculately kept, the latest big flatscreen TV's, the in room coffee makers (with really good coffee), and you'll see why it's my favourite.

If you book an even numbered room on the 5th floor, you get a quaint little balcony with a pretty decent view of English Bay - complete with the freighters at anchor in the harbour.

It's location is unbeatable. Literally across the street from English Bay, next to Stanley Park & right on the seawall paths, & if you walk a block or two up either Denman or Davie Streets & I bet there's 30 different little local restaurants with all different ethnic menus. Close enough to the downtown area that it's easy to walk to, yet is not really part of the concrete jungle of downtown.

There's an attached restaurant/pub that has great food, (their seafood chowder is as good as it gets) & it has a neat pub atmosphere in the evenings, with tons of beers on tap.

Can't decide on a Tim Horton's coffee or a Starbucks? No matter they're both across the street! Feel like a watching the sunset on the beach? It's a 2 minute walk, & make sure you try the best darn hotdog ever from Mike with the hotdog stand at the beach - it'll set you back all of $3.00!

Though I could stay at my pick of hotels when on business, I find myself going out of my way a bit to stay at the Sands & usually add on a day or two.

If your expecting everything to be all gleaming glass & sterile the Sands is not for you, however if your OK with the hotel having a little age, but being treated as a valued guest in a surprisingly comfortable, extremely well run & somewhat charming older (yet modern) hotel with a fabulous location, then this is a great place to spend a few days at. You'll also find it quite affordable!

Room Tip: Wanting a view of the Bay? Book even numbered rooms - the 5th floor has the balconies - they'll...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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BWSandsGM, Manager at Best Western Plus Sands, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Thank you for your loyalty on staying with us for so many years along with the excellent review.
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port coquitlam, Canada
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

My stay at the Best Western Sands was average. For the price it did the trick... a good place to stay for a reasonable, clean room, though the noise from Davie kept me awake on and off... maybe requesting a room on the back side of the building would have made a difference.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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BWSandsGM, Manager at Best Western Plus Sands, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Depending on the guest Davie street can be quite noisy at any time of the day. If there is a next time you stay with us try our backside of the hotel it is significantly quieter. Thank you for the review.
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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Less than a block away from English Bay Beach and right on the trolley line, surrounded by restaurants of all kinds in the West End, the great location really elevates this just-ok hotel. Close to Stanley Park, too. Rooms are adequate, but small and dated. Staff was very cordial. Off-street parking provided, at a fee. Wonderful location for the price.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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BWSandsGM, Manager at Best Western Plus Sands, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
Thank you for staying with us and taking time to fill out a positive review. Hope to see you again
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2013

Spent one night here on a stop over. it`s downtown so walking distance to English bay, restaurants, starbucks, tims etc. The hotel is old and ready for a reno but is clean with large rooms. We were on the 1st floor facing the street but noise was never a problem. The kids running the halls were noisy however. The attached restaurant was fine, nothing special.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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BWSandsGM, Manager at Best Western Plus Sands, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
I'm glad you enjoyed the location of our hotel, sorry to hear about other guests causing noise for you. Thank you for the review
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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:2.5 star — Best Western Plus Sands 2.5*
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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