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Granville Island Hotel
Ranked #22 of 92 Hotels in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 20, 2012

The GIH has one of the best locations in Vancouver, IMO. What has reduced my enthusiasm for the hotel is desk service. Twice, confirmation emails have not been sent. When contacted to request that one be sent, I was told, "we will send it again." The implication was clear in the employee's tone of voice; it was my fault, not theirs. On my last trip, I asked for an umbrella at the front desk; it rains a lot in Vancouver. The staff's response was not quite glacial and handled it with little grace.

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Reviewed December 20, 2012

Many thanks to you and the staff of the hotel for making our recent stay so enjoyable. We always look forward to our trips to Vancouver, and we especially enjoy staying at the Granville Island Hotel. We found our reserved room to be too small, so upgraded to a larger room, and have now learned that we need to book a superior room when we next visit. Since the restaurant was closed on the night of our arrival due to a scheduled event, we ate dinner in the bar and enjoyed the experience.

We like the proximity of the market, the views of the city, but most of all the staff at the hotel. Many thanks again for helping us have a memorable visit.

Dave and Leah Moulton

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the city - it's spectacular at night, and well worth the extra exp...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

This boutique hotel is in the heart of Granville Island where you can visit galleries, unique craft shops and see artists, weavers, carvers and designers. There is a wonderful Public Market with food stalls and unique crafts. There is also the Arts Club theatre for live productions and restaurants with views of False Creek. The Aquabus will take you all around False Creek and its beautiful scenery. It is the home of Emily Carr University of the Arts.
The hotel staff are wonderful, accommodating, the rooms are well equipped with coffee/tea and a mini bar. All the lights have dimmers, there is a safe in the room and free Wi-Fi. The beds are comfortable and the hotel is far enough away to be very quiet at night. It has a wonderful restaurant- the Dockside where you can sit on the patio and enjoy just being there. There is also a health club and a jacuzzi within the hotel. I highly recommend a stay at the Granville Island Hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms have showers, if you want a bathtub you have to ask for it.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

The location is wonderful. The rooms are small but cosy. The sheets are lovely to sleep in. The market is right there for you to wander around in. You can take an Aqua Bus across to Yaletown and wander around.
What a wonderful place to spend a few days.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

The hotel is uniquely situated on the east side of Granville Island, which is one of the major tourist attractions in Vancouver. Granville Island was an industrial area that was converted to tourism in the 1970's with a degree of success that has proved impossible to replicate in other parts of the city. It is now a collection of shops, restaurants, and marinas built around the hub of an amazing produce market.

The hotel is just at the edge of all this, on a relatively quite side of the small island. Its modest entrance gives a small boutique feel that hides the fact that there are more rooms that appears to be the case from the outside.

The staff is great and the rooms are top notch. The views are amazing of the city over the waterway known as False Creek. There are many beautiful yachts everywhere you look, including those moored right out front (unfortunately the slips are not available to hotel guests).

The only negative we encountered was that the hotel restaurant was OK but not great. Fortunately there are many others to choose from with a few minutes on foot all over the island. A spa would have been nice too, but there is a non-affiliated one very close by.

Room Tip: Take the 3rd floor with a water view.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Loved everything about the experience, location proximity to the market and short drive over the bridge to the city, excellent price, excellent amenities, beautiful water/city view, excellent restaurant and bar, friendly helpful staff. Will definitely visit again.

Room Tip: north side water/city views are spectacular
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 28, 2012 via mobile

I have not stayed in the Granville Island hotel for a year or so. My stay this time was even better than before. The room was updated and upgraded, the lobby looks amazing, and the staff were friendly as usual. You cannot beat the location -fantastic restaurants within a short walk and the sea wall, for running or strolling, is right there. Overall - another excellent stay.

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Additional Information about Granville Island Hotel

Address: 1253 Johnston St | Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3R9, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Granville Island & Fairview , Fairview
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Vancouver
#17 Business Hotel in Vancouver
#20 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
Price Range: $193 - $361 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Granville Island Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Granville Island Hotel, a boutique hotel, offers a one-of-a kind experience. With welcoming staff to greet, a restaurant and lounge to entice, and a luxurious room to make you feel at home, the Granville Island Hotel is Vancouver’s best kept secret. With endless opportunities to dabble in local art & cuisine at the famous Public Market or to explore Vancouver by bike or kayak, the Granville Island Hotel offers something for everyone. Located just minutes from the village, the Granville Island hotel is the perfect get-a-way spot for couples looking for a quiet alternative to staying downtown. ... more   less 
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