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“A little pricey but worth it.”
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Carmana Plaza
Ranked #43 of 92 Hotels in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“A little pricey but worth it.”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Visited Vancouver with another couple, our friend booked us at this apartment hotel. Impeccable cleanliness, complete apartment with everything you need. Fantastic view on your private balcony. Easy walk to sites, restaurants and shopping. Great location. Everything they claim in their web site is true, maybe even better. True downtown Vancouver experience.

Room Tip: We stayed in a two bedroom suite
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Lovely apartments in downtown, ten minute walk from centre of town, close to very pricey shops which were good for window shopping. Lovely comfy beds, en suite bathroom with one room and separate bathroom too. Small but comfy seating area. Free wifi, tv. Small but well equipped kitchen. Amazing deli opposite which we almost moved into!!!! Would return, good value.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2012

My family and I lost a day of our stay here in Vancouver while we searched for an alternate hotel. We are a couple and two boys (9 and 15). The pre-paid room (through Flight Centre Melbourne) was for three beds - one suitable for a couple and one each for the boys. Carmana advised the booking was for one double bed and one king. Our documentation says to the contrary. Carmana Plaza insited that the boys share a bed. It finally turned out after much obfuscation that they had no such room arrangements available - other than next to the demolition site. For a six day stay, this was not acceptable. I paid directly for one night's accommodation in the noise exposed room and spent the evening looking for alternate accommodation.

The next morning, the manager offered a room with a king and double bed - and a room with a queen sized bed across the hall. This would now have my wife share with one of the kids and myself in a separate room. Alternatively, the 15 year old would be in his own separate room across the hall. (Not a legal offering for a hotel to make for an under 18 back in Oz and clearly not what we had booked or requested.) And this for a family holiday!

After noon, the hotel finally offered us a suite with a king in one bedroom and twins beds in the other - on the quiet side of the hotel. So, why could the hotel not say 20 hours earlier that it had a suitable room but was overbooked, or even that it would cost more? (I actually offered to pay any increment when we first arrived. All I got was a lecture that because the payment had been received from Flight Centre, the hotel could not discuss any incremental amount. Note that this lecture was never even in the context of having any suitable rooms, whether occupied or not!)

This has been unpleasant and time consuming. Carmana Plaza proved itself completely inept in accurately identifying the problem and dealing with it. We're here another 5 days and I cannot walk past reception without thinking of the hotel's ineptness. And this is costing over $400/night.

Mark Richardson

Room Tip: Insist on avoiding the east side demolition - six days a week, 7am to 6pm.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Carmana_Plaza, General Manager at Carmana Plaza, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Dear Mr. Richardson,

I would like to extend our sincerest apologies once more for this unpleasant experience and would also like to thank you for your feedback – we are hopeful that for the remainder of your stay, we will be able to provide your family with a better experience. And as mentioned in my e-mail early Saturday morning, I am at your service should you require any assistance.

After further review, it unfortunately appears that we had been misinformed about the suite type needed. Since our Two-bedroom Suites have many different bed set-ups, we understand that it could potentially cause an issue if the incorrect bed type is booked. As a result, we are working with Flight Center (and all other agencies) to ensure that the bedding set-up of each of our suites is clearly communicated to potential guests, so that no further inaccuracies occur.

We do regret that the only suite type (with 3 beds) available upon your check-in was located on side of the building where the development was taking place. But more importantly, we should have informed you immediately that a more suitable suite was available the following day – and for this, we are truly sorry as it has impacted your vacation plans. We recognize that had you been advised sooner, your family could have focused on enjoying your first day in Vancouver instead of searching for alternate accommodations.

However, we do hope that the suite arranged for your family on Saturday (day after arrival) has been comfortable and that you`ve had a chance to enjoy Vancouver over the weekend.

Be assured that this matter is not being taken lightly and that we are re-evaluating our staff service performance to ensure that a positive guest experience remains the chief priority at all times.

We would also like to take this opportunity to provide you and the rest of the Tripadvisor community with information on the current development taking place next door and its potential impact to all of our guests. 745 Thurlow (www.745thurlow.com) is a new development by Bentall Kennedy and bcIMC, two of the most prolific developers in BC and across Canada. Once completed in 2015, it will be among the first office buildings in Downtown Vancouver to achieve LEED Core and Shell Gold certification.

Work currently takes place between 7:30 am – 6 pm (Monday–Friday) and 10 am – 6 pm (Saturday); however, during weekdays, work may continue until 8 pm, but no work is allowed on Sundays and Holidays. And although they are within the City of Vancouver’s noise and construction by-laws we understand that this can adversely impact our guests’ stay.

During this current stage of the demolition, it has generated considerable noise and some building vibrations. And unfortunately, the level of noise has been quite unpredictable, with some periods being surprisingly quiet as well. However, we have been re-assured by the Project Manager that this particular phase (removal of existing concrete parking structure) should be completed within the next few weeks (detailed updates are on their website).

Once completed in 2015, it will add to the already rapidly evolving 1000/1100 blocks of Alberni Street – an area poised to be Vancouver`s own mini version of Rodeo Drive, lined with high-end fashion boutiques and restaurants/cafes.

Please be assured that every effort is being made to minimize any inconvenience that the development may cause and that updated project time lines will be posted on our website very soon so all guests are kept informed of which phase of the development is taking place. We are also advising all guests at the time of booking and upon check-in of the possible impact – and we are optimistic that our efforts will help mitigate any disturbance resulting from the project.

Mark, I truly appreciate you bringing this up for discussion within the Tripadvisor community – it has been an excellent source of feedback for further improvement and a great information resource for travellers.

Sincerely,

Bennet Mak
General Manager
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San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2012

This was a nice hotel, but there are some pros and some cons

Cons: although when we got woken up the next morning, we heard the jackhammers right outside our room!
The parking lot has good security, but you have to go down and down and down, like, seven floors!

Pros: It was clean and spacious, and quiet all night, until 7:00 in the morning rolled around.

We would consider staying there again, but hopefully when there is no construction!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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BRIGHTON ENGLAND
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246 reviews
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Carman Plaza - is a great place to base yourself. Very centrally situated, ideal for just about everything. Some other reviews have commented not very cheap, my reply would be that it is no more expensive than they Hyatt or Westin with so much more space. If you happen to get stuck with a bit of bad weather as we did, torrential rain one morning prevented us going out and were quite happy to have breakfast and potter around for a couple of hours because you're not just sitting on your bed in a hotel room. With the additional space, fast wi-fi connection and second TV we were very comfortable. We went whale watching twice but found the days to be quite long and tiring so again we were more than happy to sit ourselves in front of the tv with some provisions from Urban Fare across the road and a bottle of wine from round the corner.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Spend 3 nights at the Plaza last week on 2 different occasions (beginning and end of a 10-day trip in BC), so We had the chance to try 2 different rooms. The location of the hotel is great, it's right in the middle of downtown and walking distance from all the action (restaurants, shopping, etc).

This is a condo-hotel concept so the rooms are basically one-bedroom apartments, so they are quite spacious and have a complete kitchen. The rooms are very clean but expect a '90s look inside the unit.

I recommend if you are looking for a place that's centrally located and that offers a good value for the price.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Geelong, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2012

The Carmana Plaza is in a great location - right in the centre of the Robson Street shopping precinct and within walking distance of Stanley Park, the waterfront and around the corner from the free shuttle to Capilano. The suites are also spacious with plenty of natural light. Not the cheapest place in town, but good value. The biggest problem we had during our stay (several nights) was communication with the front desk. The hotel appears very popular with Japanese tourists and is staffed as such and with English as a second language it can be challenge to get the message correct. No problem though - we simply made greater user of the excellent concierge.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Waynos22
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Property: Carmana Plaza
Address: 1128 Alberni St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4R6, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Downtown
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#22 Family Hotel in Vancouver
#25 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
#32 Business Hotel in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Carmana Plaza 2.5*
Number of rooms: 96
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