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Tropicana Suite Hotel
Ranked #80 of 89 Hotels in Vancouver
Vancouver, Canada
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“Excellent location but needs a bit of renovating”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

This is a fantastic location in Vancouver. We had a room on the 10th floor with a view of the harbor which we enjoyed very much. There is also parking on the premises, which is very helpful. We were able to walk to almost anywhere downtown from our apartment. The front desk gave us great information about restaurants nearby.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful, including the ladies who cleaned our rooms each day.
The reason I am giving this a 3 rating, is that the hotel needs to invest a bit in renovations. For example, I had to fetch an iron downstairs, and it was in a really bad condition (basically broken). I had to cart it all the way up and take it back again as there is none provided in the rooms.
The kitchen was sparsely equipped, with no kettle (so you have to use the microwave to heat water). the furniture can do with a bit of a re-upholstery.
So although everything was spotless and clean, we think the hotel charges a bit too much for what it offers (despite the location). However, we recommend this especially for a longer stay (we were there for about one week).

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

While this all suite hotel is a bit dated in decoration & furnishings it is very well situated on Robson St. and has free onsite parking which makes it a very attractive downtown choice. Lots to eat, see & do nearby. Easy to walk to the waterfront and walking a little further brings you to Stanley Park.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leominster, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

This inn and suite was a total surprise and very clean. You enter the room through a long hallway and to the left is a living room with a kitchenette off to the left of that. There’s not much one can do in the kitchenette except make tea or toast or for a small family there’s a fridge so breakfast is an option. There are so many great restaurants in this downtown that there's no reason to eat in. The bathroom to the right of the hallway is a good size with all the necessary amenities. The large bed was comfortable with lots of room to move around it and a good size closet. There’s also plenty of storage space so if you plan on staying for a long term. We stayed in the Tropicana in Vancouver, BC for a Friday and Saturday night in mid September. The hotel is very conveniently located on Robson Street in the downtown area. It’s close to Stanley Park, the Art Museum, the shops and high end stores and just about anywhere one wants to walk. Vancouver is a walkers’ heaven and I love to walk! The water taxis will take you from one peninsula to another and there's so much to see and explore in this wonderful city. The weather was perfect, no heat or humidity but every day in the 70's as well as nights.

The only drawback is that the hotel elevator can be bit rickety (I hit the 9th floor but the door wouldn’t open when it got there so I went down to the lobby and back up again and this time the door opened on the 9th floor). Also the rooms facing the street are noisy with pedestrians and traffic running all night into the early hours of the morning. The bedroom's casement windows are not noise proof so it was a bit difficult to fall asleep, The views on the higher floors are spectacular.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

As others note, redecoration is long overdue. Upholstery is dirty and worn; the carpet is horrible; there's this musty odor. But it's spacious, has a small kitchen and is walking distance to Stanley Park in one direction and the Vancouver Art Gallery and Heritage District in the other. The bed is comfortable, the linens are clean, and the bathroom functions. Personnel were kind and accommodating. I can't imagine recommending it to anyone, but it was the cheapest place available Downtown, and free parking was included.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012 via mobile

Excellent central location on Robson St. Close to lots of shops and restaurants. Hotel and room itself was quite outdated but did have a kitchenette which was useful. I slept on the fold out sofa- good as it was separate from the bedroom. However the mattress felt very lumpy and I was woken by sunlight streaming through the kitchen blind.

Otherwise, reasonably priced for an excellent location.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

This is a budget hotel.. a definate 2 star.. decor is circa 1970s motel. but, it was clean, and our room was a very good size . We booked directly with hotel, a one bedroom suite for two adults and one child. The rate was 119 a night. A very good rate for location!
Our room was on the 10th floor and had amazing view to water .. the balcony however is basically nothing more then a ledge with a banister. There were however the large floor to ceiling windows and sliding door,, so a very bright living room and kitchen. This unit did include a small but good enough kitchenette. Apartment size fridge( about 4 1/2 feet tall) small full stove and oven. Microwave and two cup coffee machine. There were dishes, BUT not forks or knives a bit odd. There was coffee, sugar and whitner provided, but no tea.
Bathroom was small, but shower worked well. Bed in room was fine, but sofa bed in the living room was ,,well a sofa bed, fine for kids only .
This hotel is for budget travellers,do not go expecting much, we didn't and were quite happy with what we got. The rate was much lower then most hotels in the area, and the location is absolutely great ,, you can walk and shop along Robson which is lined with shops and places to eat.
We had no noise issues at all( but our room was on the 10th and did face the ocean, not Robson)
I thought staying there for one night was fine, I wouldn't stretch it too long, but honestly, if looking for a cheap clean safe stay, then this place is ok, if you can get over the rather worn shabbiness.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

Stayed one night at The Tropicana as booked through the BC tourism centre.
Firstly it's not very close to the Skytrain station (not the hotel's fault, but worth noting)
We were on the 10th floor on the Robson Road side and it was noisy, the windows aren't double glazed nor sealed at all (actually I had to wedge a piece of paper in the bedroom window to stop it rattling) and the street noise was loud, particularly as this was a Saturday night and the drunks started heading home at midnight.
Building and room were very dated (apart from the bathroom)
Linen was clean and bed was comfortable just difficult to get to sleep with the noise.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Tropicana Suite Hotel

Property: Tropicana Suite Hotel
Address: 1361 Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1C6, Canada (Formerly Tropicana Motor Inn)
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Robson Street
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #80 of 89 Hotels in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Tropicana Suite Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tropicana Suite Hotel is located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver and in the middle of the lively Robson Street shopping and entertainment district within walking distance of all Downtown shopping, theatres, many excellent restaurants, cafes, English Bay and Stanley Park. All guest suites are one bedroom units featuring a living room with a sofa bed and kitchenette. Hotel facilities include an indoor heated pool, sauna, laundry facilities and limited complimentary guest parking.• View the majestic North Shore mountains• Ideally located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and the West End• 74 spacious one bedroom suites accommodating up to four adults• Easy walking distance of virtually everything• Heated indoor pool and sauna• Restaurants, shopping, theatres and parks just blocks away from hotel ... more   less 
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