My friends and I stayed here our first night after landing in Vancouver and were very happy with our choice. If you're looking for a Holiday Inn, this hotel isn't for you. But if you're looking for a comfortable place to sleep in a quiet, safe, and green area of the city, The Buchan is a wonderful choice. Though there is no air conditioning, the room never felt musty or hot because of Vancouver's ocean-regulated climate. The hotel is located very close to Robson Street (a tourist and shopper's hotspot) as well as Stanley Park. This means that downtown fun as well as quiet walks in the woods were always only minutes away by foot.
The only major nuisance was having to share the facilities with the rooms around us. While rooms with private facilities are available at an extra charge, this is not the rate that the hotel advertises on most websites which was a little misleading. Still, when we called to make the reservation the hotel staff was up front with us about this.
A plethora of restaurants are located nearby, and city maps and other useful tourist info are available for free from the front desk. The hotel was also very nice as to allow my friends and I to stay being that we were all only 18 (most hotels in BC require 19+), and let us check our bags for the day after checkout. Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel to small groups looking to travel on a budget.
- 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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