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“Cultural Weekend”
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Hotel BLU
Ranked #11 of 89 Hotels in Vancouver
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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
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89 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Cultural Weekend”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

We stayed at the Hotel Blu to attend the Michael Buble Concert on Friday the 20th and the Cirque Du soleil on Saturday the 21st of June.
The Hotel was excellent and we will return. They are in the throes of experiencing a few gliches which is normal in the opening of a new facility but it was ideal for us in attending the eveents which were in walking distance.
They provide a great buffet breakfast at a reasonable rate but we also liked Rosie's pub one block up Robson street for a great English breakfast with real English sausage.
At this point in time they do not have a full restaurant or a bar, but there is one of those next door where I enjoyed a good cold beer after the drive from Kelowna.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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GMHotelBLU, Manager at Hotel BLU, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Dear Michael H,

Thank you so much for choosing Hotel BLU and thank you for taking the time to post a review.

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Michael Buble and Cirque! Wow, sounds like you had a great time. Thank you for allowing Hotel BLU to be a part of such a fantastic experience.

Thank you again for staying with us and we look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.

With warm regards,
The entire team at Hotel BLU
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

We had the opportunity to stay at the hotel in June, when it first opened. The front desk staff and Director of Sales made our stay so comfortable. They were all very attentive. They drew maps for us, provided great restaurant choices and personally welcomed us each night upon return to the hotel. We really enjoyed the location as it was easy walking distance to wonderful restaurants and shops in Yaletown. The rooms were very nicely appointed and modern! The hotel even has a central washer and dryer to use at a nominal fee! (How perfect and convenient for travelers!) We really enjoyed our stay here!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Thank 615Sherry
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GMHotelBLU, Manager at Hotel BLU, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Dear 615Sherry,

Thank you so much for choosing Hotel BLU and thank you for taking the time to post a review!

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Yes, our location is ideal for those looking to explore Yaletown. Our location also makes us ideal for those looking to explore, arts, theatre, sports, Gastown and of course Robson Street. For those places too far to walk, I hope you were able to take advantage of our complimentary bike rental!

We are also glad you appreciated the guest laundry machines. Just a quick note, they are actually available for guest use on a complimentary basis.

Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.

With warm regards,
The entire Hotel BLU team
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stayed at Hotel Blu for one week in June and did not want to leave! We had such a great week here and the hotel staff was very friendly, there were a couple inconsistencies as the hotel is probably just ironing out the kinks but overall I would totally stay here again. Where to start? This place had a lot of extra features that really enhanced the guest experience so this review is pretty long:

Room: The bed and pillows were so comfortable and linens felt luxurious and really made you want to stay in bed all day. Room decor was modern and classy, loved the aqua accents in the room like the lounger chair and pillow. No carpets in the room which is great for allergy sufferers like myself! The room also had two robes and slippers, and plenty of towels in the bathroom which is great. Washroom big and glass showers are way better than tubs in hotel rooms. Nespresso machine with espresso pods is better than having a coffee pot however, I really wish there was a kettle or something to make tea or hot water. Fridge and microwave combo was great, especially staying a week and eating out with left overs. USB wall plugs by the bed was very handy to charge the phone at night but still having it nearby.

Turn down service was the best!!! Coming back to find chocolates and eucalyptus pillow spray made me so happy. I really loved the turn down service however, was sad with the inconsistency of it when I received it only in first couple days we got there and none the last 4 days were were there :( Room cleaning times were also really inconsistent, maybe because we noticed we didn't have a door hanger in our room to indicate if we wanted privacy or the room cleaned.

Can't really say that I used the Samsung Tablet as we had brought our own tablets and laptop, but I guess it would be handy for travellers that did not bring their own device. One thing that they could have had pre-loaded in the tablet was info about the hotel and local area.. kind of like a hotel guide that you get in the rooms (which they didn't have) for out of town travellers. The telephone was pretty cool too, as it was had a touch screen. Also, we loved that fact that there was free in room wifi that was fast.

Parking/Location: Location of this hotel was great! It's at the end of Robson St, so you are close to everything in walking distance. Although we had a rental car, you certainly do not need one as everything was close by and with $30 a day parking, if you know you are not going anywhere outside the city, leave the car. There is a free shuttle that will take you downtown and bikes to use, however we didn't partake in those complimentary features. We did have and utilized the complimentary valet parking/self park that came with the booking special.

Breakfast: Along with our booking special we also had complimentary breakfast. The breakfast lounge was located on the 2nd floors (again, would have been nice to have a Info guide about the hotel in the room or on the tablet, that lets you know where all the amenities are located and hours of operation). We got there at about 10 and it closed at 11 so there was not a lot of food left, however, with we were satisfied with what they had and found out that everything was made in house which is a bonus.

Other:
- Having a large umbrella that guest could use (stored in the closet) was also a very nice touch as we forgot to bring our own.
- I had to utilize the Business Centre to print out tickets and I am so glad that it was open to guest to use the computers and printer. Such a great thing to have, especially when some attractions we booked online make you print tickets instead of allowing you to use your mobile device.
- Rooms key card were a pain sometimes, as you had to swipe to get on your floor or any floor in the elevators and sometimes, the card was deactivated and didn't work so I had to go to the Front desk a couple times to get it to work again.
- Gym open 24/7 is nice a great feature especially for people like us who work out at weird times of the day. This is a must when we are searching for a hotel.
- Pool and sauna were still under construction when we were there but we didn't mind as we knew that they were still getting the hotel ready.
- Pets are allowed at the hotel, not sure if there is a floor or area in the hotel that is just designated for people w/ pets but definitely would suggest this, especially since encountered lots of barking during near the end of our stay, and having really bad allergies to pets, it would be nice to know if your room was near someone with animals.

All in all, we had a great stay and would definitely recommend it to others!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank LDtraveller
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GMHotelBLU, Manager at Hotel BLU, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Dear LDtraveller,

Thank you so much for choosing Hotel BLU and thank you for taking the time to submit a review!

We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay! Many of our guests have indicated they love the pillow spray. We are proud to provide our guest with this treat from Elemis. We are also proud to be able to offer Elemis' luxurious bath and body products in-room whilst still keeping it "green" with refillable dispensers.

I wanted to just quickly touch on some of your feedback. As we grow and develop, feedback from guests such as yourself is critical. We take great pride in hearing what our guests are looking for and implementing strategies to fulfill those guest needs.

In regards to kettles, Hotel BLU is proud to provide kettles to guests as requested. However, based on your feedback we have determined it better suits our guests to have kettles already available in the rooms the same as the Nespresso. Additional kettles have already been ordered and should be in the rooms shortly.

We sincerely apologize for the inconsistency in your turn down service. We have discussed the matter and have implemented specific strategies to ensure this does not happen again.

Please note, while we are thrilled to welcome four-legged guests, we understand many of our guests have allergy concerns. As such, we have specific rooms dedicated to our pet travelers. Should you choose to stay with us again, please advise upon making your reservation and we will be more than happy to assign you a human only room ;)

Thank you again for choosing Hotel BLU and we look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.

With warm regards,
The entire Hotel BLU team.
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Chilliwack
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Hotel Blu to attend a concert in Vancouver in mid June, 2014. We have stayed in numerous fine hotels in Vancouver, and knew that this would be a bit of an experiment. Are we glad we booked this hotel.
We took advantage of the room/parking/breakfast package. The room was very nicely decorated and spacious with all amenities including Nespresso coffee and a tablet. The service was outstanding, with everybody trying really hard to please customers. The breakfast was a buffet presented as nicely as I have experienced in Europe, and the food was excellent.Location for theatre and sport as well as shopping is perfect.
I really don't know what else to say other than if they maintain fair and attractive pricing, this will definitely be our hotel of choice on the numerous occasions each year we venture from the Valley into the big city. Thank you to the management and staff of Hotel Blu

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank dhalcrow
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GMHotelBLU, Manager at Hotel BLU, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Dear dhalcrow,

Thank you for choosing to stay at Hotel BLU and thank you for taking the time to post a review!

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and that you were able to take advantage of the in-room Nespresso and tablets. I hope you were able to use the in-room tablet to download the thousands of newspapers from 100+ countries available through our subscription on the Press Reader app. It is Hotel BLU's way of reducing the impact newspapers make to the environment but still offering our guests the convenience and luxury complimentary newspaper service brings. We have also entered into an agreement allowing our guests to log into the app and download newspapers on their personal devices so guests can read the paper from anywhere.

Thank you again for choosing Hotel BLU and we look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.

With warm regards,
The entire Hotel BLU team
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

My experience at Hotel Blu was very pleasant. I was greater with a much needed espresso upon my arrival. The hotel is brand new, so very clean, and facilities were great. The shower included a rain shower as well as a handheld, very relaxing after a long day. The room service was not open to guests yet, so I cannot comment on the food. Location is fantastic, right off Robson, close to the sport stadiums and Yaletown.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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GMHotelBLU, General Manager at Hotel BLU, responded to this review, June 30, 2014
Hello Robyn Y,

Thank you so much for choosing to stay at Hotel BLU and thank you for taking the time to submit a review!

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. We are especially glad to hear your appreciation for the rain shower and the hand-held shower wand. It was important to us that we provide the highest level of luxury and comfort and we knew that needed to include the shower! We hope you also enjoyed the world-renowned Elemis bath and body products provided in the showers.

We are sorry to hear you were not able to enjoy our breakfast. Whilst we are still working on an in-room dining option, and hope to have one available in the next couple of weeks, we currently offer a fantastic homemade breakfast in our Azure Lounge by Peqish. From our green genius smoothie to our gluten-free chocolate raspberry muffin to our vanilla-coconut French toast baguette, there is something to please everyone's appetite! We hope you are able to try it for yourself on your next visit.

Thank you again for choosing Hotel BLU and we look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.

With warm regards,
The entire Hotel BLU team
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Pitt Meadows, Canada
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

Hotel Blu was a great experience. The rooms were gorgeous and smelt like new. The bed was huge and had the most comfortable pillows and duvet. The hotel had a cosy feel to it and the staff were very helpful.

Breakfast was great, organic and healthy options and even gluten free choices.

My partner and i really enjoyed the experience.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Leghorn R
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GMHotelBLU, General Manager at Hotel BLU, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Dear Janet S,

Thank you so much for choosing to stay at Hotel BLU and thank you for taking the time to write a review.

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. I remember when it came time to choose the mattresses and bedding for the hotel. It was absolutely important to us that we provided our guests with the utmost in comfort and luxury. Great sleep is after all the most important part of any hotel stay! I remember personally testing out several mattresses and bedding options before choosing what I knew our guests would love. I also remember saying we would need some really great coffee in the rooms to convince guests to leave the comfort and luxury of our beds! I hope the Nespresso in your room was enough of an incentive :)

Thank you again for choosing Hotel BLU and we look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.

With warm regards,
The entire Hotel BLU team
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

There are pros to staying at a newly-opened hotel. For one thing, everything was spectacularly clean during our stay. We were among the first people to stay in our Deluxe King room and everything was spotless.

The service was great as well; everyone was cheerful and attentive. Combined with the neat tech that came with the room (i.e.: Samsung Smart TVs, Samsung Tablets for use during your stay, in-wall USB chargers, complimentary wifi), in my mind, this hotel has the makings of a great addition to the Vancouver accommodation scene.

The only critique I would have is that the hotel is so new, some parts of the stay experience weren't completely polished; some parts of the hotel are still under construction, like the pool and hot tub, as well as some guest rooms on the main floor; our in-room safe didn't have the lock batteries installed, and were sitting inside the safe waiting to be put in; the Smart TV's menus selections still need to be set up completely; not all rooms have a tablet waiting for you in-room, though you do have the option of ringing the front desk to have one brought to you; the parking lot is partially occupied with construction material; some of the room numbers in the hallway are actually sheets of paper tacked to the wall above the door frame.

Note that the above are all really small parts to the overall experience. Hotel BLU has the most important element: service. The construction will be completed, eventually. Having said that, I think it's the small things that can really propel a place towards a 4-star experience, and I feel like this hotel is still working on them.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank starsquirrel
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GMHotelBLU, General Manager at Hotel BLU, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Dear starsquirrel,

Thank you so much for choosing to stay at Hotel BLU and thank you for taking the time to submit a review.

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the service and technology aspects of the hotel. Our intent is "Where luxury and technology meet sustainability" and we are proud to offer our guests a complete and thoughtful guest experience.

I would like to offer my personal and sincere apologies for the lack of completion in some areas of the hotel. I am pleased to report that construction in the building is now complete with all rooms available to guests and only minor touch ups in the pool remaining. We expect this final area to be completed shortly.

Thank you again for all your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.

With warm regards,
The entire Hotel BLU team
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Property: Hotel BLU
Address: 177 Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1B2, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Robson Street
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 89 Hotels in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel BLU 4*
Number of rooms: 75
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