I won a night at The Burrard and a fifty dollar gift certificate at Abigail's Party Restaurant at a McGill Alumni event. Since I live very close to downtown and can be there in minutes by car or the Canada Line, it seemed a bit silly to stay downtown unless it was a super fancy hotel, which I didn't think The Burrard was. I hadn't even heard about it before, but how can you turn down a gift?
I asked a friend who lives in the suburbs if she would like a night downtown and she happily met be there late on a Friday afternoon.
The location is good, just next to the Wall Centre Hotel and close to shops and restaurants, the Art Gallery, and other downtown hotspots.
Staff was friendly and helpful, and for us the parking was free although I think it is normally 20 dollars a day which really isn't bad for downtown (one reason I usually take Canada Line now downtown.
The Burrard has obviously been redone but it has the style of an old fashioned motel or as they say, Melrose Place without the pool but it does have an attractive central courtyard. Our room was small but there was space for everything and it was really well laid out. Bathroom was very cute and had nice toiletries. I really liked all the little touches. The beds were super comfy. I also liked how they had suggestions for dining nearby, and we were offered free bikes but the rainy weather didn't inspire us but very nice if the weather was better.
There was a cute little cafe next to the hotel.
We ended up walking across the Burrard Bridge to go for dinner and a movie and the next morning we went off to Abigail's Party in Kits for brunch.
I think it would be a great place for a weekend and probably much less expensive than many downtown hotels.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Burrard Hotel Vancouver
- Burrard Hotel Vancouver
- Burrard Motor Inn