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Best Western Plus Sands
Ranked #45 of 92 Hotels in Vancouver
Reviewed January 17, 2009

We checked in and upgraded on arrival to a balcony room with no hassles. The staff were extremely helpful and willing to assist at all times during our stay.

Our room was located on the top floor and overlooked English Bay. The room was clean and well kept.

There was construction work going on across the road from the hotel and the only thing we can’t say is that the whole view we had will still be there after construction.

The area around Davie Street is known for its gay community which made more sense to me when we arrived why the hotel advertised as gay friendly (I read gay as happy).

The hotel is well located to many restaurants, grocery stores and Robson Street for shopping. Also within walking distance to Stanley Park. We hired some bikes and rode it.

We also followed the bike trail and did a complete loop of Vancouver (False Creek). From Science World we negotiated our way across town to Gastown. The only downside was we ended up coming out at a part of West Hastings Street where there was a lot of derelicts and it was a little dirty and smelt like urine. Not a place I would want to be at night.

Overall our stay was pleasant and most enjoyable. Would highly recommend this hotel and location to anyone travelling to Vancouver.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 30, 2008

A great little hotel in an excellent location in downtown Vancouver
on English Bay. The lounge " Checkers" has an excellent and friendly service. The menu has everything you may want from a lounge menu at reasonable price. The other lounge has a terrific view of English Bay !
At the Front desk, who were greeted by a very attentive and helpful
staff. The maid service was excellent. Our room was beautifully furnished, equipped with a fridge and a little balcony which we could not use as the snow was falling over Vancouver .
Our bathroom was equipped with all amenities you may expect.
All in all, a great little secret to share with your friends !

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2008

First timer to this hotel. Decided on it for location, as we wanted to be close to downtown, close to ocean, and close to Burrard St. bridge. Found hotel to be wonderful surprise when it came to all aspects. Great location for starters, being easy to find and access, and close to good restaurants and shops.

Jeff, the front desk agent, was warm, friendly, and very personable. (Always welcome characteristics of service providers.) The chambermaid I shared elevator with was also smiling, chatty and friendly. Room was very clean, and it was very quiet over the parking lot. Ample parking too.

My husband and I and our two tall sons fit fine in the double queen room, and the shower, TV and wifi were all in good working order.

Definitely good value for money, and we'll stay there again for our next bi-monthly visit to the big city.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 27, 2008

First of all, you have to understand that this is not a new hotel. It is however an older hotel that has been nicely redone, except that the bathroom could be updated. The room we stayed was very clean, decent size with a nice bed and a somewhat limited (fourth floor) view of English Bay. Our biggest complaint was the heating/cooling system - needs to be worked on. There is on-site parking at a daily $8.99 charge that is well worth the price. The hotel is steps away from the beautiful Stanley Park, close to downtown, minutes from Granville Park and in the midst of scores of ethnic and local restaurants. The staff is more than accommodating, going above and beyond to satisfy. We had a front room that was a bit noisy due to daytime construction and buses at night but we slept well. All in all, we felt that this hotel was a very good value!

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2008

Stayed for 5 nights after a weeks cruise. Room at the back on 4th floor, was quiet, large, clean but dreary decor. Bed was big and very comfortable. We slept very well every night. Small dated bathroom but clean. Lots of towels. Friendly staff. Not enough safety deposit boxes during our stay so had to hide the passports etc in the room. Wonderful location near English Bay beach where we sat most nights watching the sun set. Great for Stanley Park. Round the corner you can pick up the Big Red Bus for city tours. We got a ticket to last 2 days but used it for getting around the city for a third day too as nobody checked our ticket. Bus stops outside and opposite the hotel. Very close to lots of places to eat - we loved Knight and Day. Safeway supermarket a short walk away where we got pastries to eat with coffee for breakfast in the room. Small fridge in the room was ideal to keep fruit, milk, juice, beer etc. Much as we would love to have enough money to try a stay at the Fairmont Waterfront we found the Sands ideal as we were out all day and early evening. Would definitly stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2008

We stayed at the Sands for 5 nights from 30 Aug 08 pre cruise, and then for 1 night on 18th Sept before returning to the UK, and really enjoyed our stay. The hotel is in an excellent location just a minutes walk from the beach at English Bay and 15 minutes walk from Stanley Park. Its only about a 15 minute bus ride into the City Centre and Gastown from the bus stop outside the Hotel entrance.
The Staff were terrific - very friendly and helpful, even when we arrived back too early for checking in on the 18th they took care of our luggage whilst we enjoyed the local amenities.
Although its not the most modern of hotels around, it was clean and comfortable and the food in Checkers was very good.
We would like to return to Vancouver in the future and will have no hesitation in booking the Sands.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Pip442
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Reviewed October 2, 2008

We have just returned from our holiday after staying 8 nights in the hotel. We have nothing but praise for the hotel. We found the staff friendly and helpful. Our rooms, even though the decor was dated, we found them to be very clean with no evidence of bed bugs.
As previously stated in previous reviews, the location was perfect, with stunning sunsets at night.
There was a good bar/ restaurant attached to the hotel, and within a very short distance was plenty of eating and drinking places.
We would definately come back to vancouver and would definately stay in the hotel again. We found plenty to do in the 9 days. Vancouver is certainly a lovely place with extremely friendly people.

  • Stayed: September 2008
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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: $86 - $417 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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