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“great little hotel in downtown Vancouver”
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The Burrard
Ranked #33 of 92 Hotels in Vancouver
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“great little hotel in downtown Vancouver”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

This place was created by taking an 50's (?) motor lodge and recasting is as a trendy boutique hotel. And it works. The rooms are fun, there's a lovely, almost tropical garden on top of the garage, espresso machine in the room, bikes available, helpful staff at the front desk. It's not a full-service hotel, if that's what you're looking for, but in other respects a terrific place to stay.

Room Tip: I would book a room on the inside of the courtyard, preferably higher up.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We approached The Burrard, not knowing exactly where it was, but were able to navigate the streets, and park in front. From the street, it's a throwback to the 50s. And I remember the 50s! But once inside, it is very contemporary, comfortable, and funny.
The little reminders about towels, linens, etc. are tongue-in-cheek. The interior courtyard is very nice, with decent music piped in. Parking below the hotel. Considering that the rooms are in the original foot-prints, they are comfortable and inviting, although a tad small. The location is excellent -- near Davie St. and not far from the shops on Robson. And, only a block or so from the Vancouver Art Museum.
All in all, a decent place to lay one's head for the night, or two.

Room Tip: Maybe, ask to be away from the street side.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

I absolutely loved this hotel. It's fun and hip and cheeky and the staff couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. Example: we were looking for a recommendation for a good place to grab lunch in Chinatown. The employee behind the front desk told us about a place he loved, but couldn't remember the name of. So he texted his girlfriend to see if she remembered (she did). A small act, but it was so appreciated. After spending two nights at the Hilton in Whistler, which is very nice but somewhat generic and "chain-y," the service and style of The Burrard was a fun and welcome change of pace. One of my favorite hotels ever--I loved it.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Quebec
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Stayed there for one night and enjoyed it a lot. Would have stayed longer. The reviews are accurate. I booked there cuz it was well located for a concert I wanted to see on Granville street. It was less than a 10 minutes. I was also able to catch a "hop on, hop off" tour bus on the corner.

Pros:
- Warm welcoming
- Accommodating staff (early check-in and upgrade)
- Clean and spacious room
- Good coffee machine
- Complimentary bikes
- Fridge
- Well located

Cons:
- Small bathroom with no counter space at all
- A little noisy (traffic on Burrard Street)

Overall, it's a nice and quirky little place that I would recommend to all my friends.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed here for three nights with our dog and fell in love with this place. The location was great, close to lots of cool restaurants. There are Nespresso machines in the rooms - my husband's favorite part for sure. The rooms were very clean and the staff was really friendly. There's a quirky courtyard in the middle of the hotel where we spent some time with friends, which was really cool and different. The only complaint is the parking - if you can get away with not driving at all and just using the free bikes they have for guests, do it - the parking lot is tiny and awkward.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

My husband and I stayed at The Burrard for the first two nights of our first anniversary trip. We'll soon return for our last night as well, and I am so glad. The Burrard is well located and nicely appointed for a renovated 50s hotel done up in mod style. The free bikes for hotel guests are an excellent perk, and we thoroughly enjoyed the nice beds, good TV, and fancy bath products in the room. The hotel is an ideal jumping off point for exploring the city. And, I would readily recommend it. I have but two tips for travelers. What the other reviewers say about the thin walls is true. I find that I can hear my neighbors in many hotels, but be prepared for this. Secondly, the hotel staff didn't have many local recommendations that I couldn't find easily on my own. So, do your research and don't rely on the front desk for the inside scoop. Burrard staff, if there were anything more that you could do for visitors, I think this would be it. Building an A List of truly local recommendations that would appeal to clients who want to explore "the authentic Vancouver" would only augment your image and please your hip visitors more than you already do.

Room Tip: We requested a room on a higher floor facing the courtyard. This worked well for us!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We thought this hotel was not only stylish and unique but clean and quiet as well! The location makes the whole city very accessible if you get a chance to take out the complimentary bikes they have to offer. Helpful about the bikes: they get rented early! I'm talking before 8AM so be sure to get up early enough to reserve your bikes as there are only 10 or 12 for the taking.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Burrard
Address: 1100 Burrard St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1Y7, Canada (Formerly Burrard Motor Inn)
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Granville Street
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#10 Green Hotel in Vancouver
#31 Business Hotel in Vancouver
#35 Family Hotel in Vancouver
#43 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Burrard 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With its signature garden courtyard and retro West Coast style, the Burrard is situated in one of downtown Vancouver’s best locations – just minutes from Granville Street, Davie Street, Robson Street, Yaletown, Granville Island and the city’s breathtaking 22-kilometre seawall. Having recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, the Burrard’s rooms have been completely redesigned with premium furnishings, sparkling new bathrooms and an impressive list of in-room amenities including 42” HD flatscreens, free wireless, free North American calling, in-suite espresso machines, bar fridges and more. Guests of the hotel are also welcome to complimentary hotel amenities including free bike rentals, a fully equipped business station and passes to Steve Nash Fitness Centre. ... more   less 
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