My mother and I just stayed in this hotel for the second time. We went back because we remembered that it was very inexpensive and kind of cute. It IS pretty cute, but not really that inexpensive anymore. But, for a Vancouver hotel in the middle of summer, it's probably one of the lowest priced places you'll find. And it's in a GREAT part of the city.
Firstly, if you are driving, parking will be an issue. If you are very lucky you can find a spot on the street, but it's a residential neighbourhood, so... pretty scarce. Very pretty tree lined street with interesting older apartment buildings. One block off Denman, which is a hopping place. Countless restaurants, shops, bars... It's pretty great. Also you are just a few blocks away from the beach at English Bay. Stanley Park is close enough to walk to, and the buses run to downtown frequently.
As for the room. Hmmm. I really wanted to love this hotel and give it a thumbs up all the way, but in all honesty, I just can't. The front desk staff was excellent and very accomodating. We were given a room on the main floor as there is no elevator and my mother has trouble with stairs. The room was small, somewhat tired, and frankly... a bit depressing. The bathroom was laughingly tiny and cramped, but the shower had great water pressure and everything was clean. This hotel is very old, probably 1930s? so consider that when booking. Lots of character, not too modern or bright. Not all of the rooms have their own bathroom, so be sure to ask if you don't want to share the toilet down the hall.
One very nice feature of this hotel is their lovely sitting room out front. Very comfortable and cozy with a fireplace, free coffee and tea, lots of newspapers, books, and magazines to read and a lovely big window looking out onto the street. I enjoyed that.
Overall, it's a fine place to stay for a night or two, especially if you want to be in the West End of Vancouver. It's the same vintage as the famous Sylvia Hotel down the street, but not quite as pricey. Just be prepared to keep everything in perspective when you get there. And stay out as much as possible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Buchan Hotel is an economically priced 3 story walk up hotel ideal for travelers seeking clean, quiet, and comfortable accomodation. The Buchan hotel is located in a residential area of Vancouver's downtown West End, one block from Stanley Park, and three blocks from English Bay Beach. The Buchan hotel is 100% non smoking to ensure your comfort. ... more less
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