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Travelodge Vancouver Lions Gate
Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in North Vancouver
Reviewed March 21, 2009

I called first to see if the renovations mentioned in another review were done, and they are. Even so, we had pretty low expectations, but they were blown away when we checked in and got into the room (which they even upgraded from a Queen to a King for free, since it was available).

As far as I can tell, the renovations included new carpet, bedding, paint, and some furniture and fixtures. The room looks just like the pics on the site, smells just fine and is clean. The bathroom is small and in need of some help, but it's as good as possible for an old bath, clean and functional. Yeah, the furniture is dinged up a little, some of the stuff in the bathroom is discolored or loose, and the walls are kind of thin (we had partying neighbors in the adjoining room who either had a pet skunk or were smoking a good amount of pot...the sounds and smells did get through the wall and locked door), but it's pretty much a standard, clean, freshened-up 2-star hotel/motel room all around. We've stayed in other hotels all over the place that are about the same for triple or quadruple the price of this Travelodge room.

I was concerned about the location, too, but it's actually pretty convenient for those with their own transportation and don't need to be downtown a lot. We're pretty happy to be a fairly short drive away from everywhere we want to go on this trip, including Lynn Canyon, Kits, Granville Island and Burnaby.

In conclusion, the Lions Gate Travelodge isn't perfect, but it'll likely give you a great bang for your buck if the north side of the Lionsgate Bridge works for you, you understand there is definitely an older property under the recent remodel and you don't need tons of amenities and extras. If you scour the hotel's site and web, you might even be able to find an extraordinary deal (but book it when you find it, because they seem to go quickly!). This place isn't luxurious, particularly romantic, or problem-free, BUT it IS one of the more inexpensive hotels with free parking, good wifi, clean rooms and nice staff in a safe neighborhood (at least it seems that way) in the Greater Vancouver area. If you're looking for cheap and clean, it's worth checking out.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2009

The staff is very helpful and wants to insure you have the best stay possible.
The hotel is undergoing renos, and we stayed in one of the newly renovated rooms which was grand - the bed was great - slept like a baby.
The proximity to the ferry is wonderful - and it's easy to get to - with a number of restaurants virtually on site they're so close.
I was most impressed with the cleanliness, quietness and great, friendly staff.
The price for what you get is awesome.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2008

We booked this hotel through the tourist information at Canada Pier. We arrived in Vancouver quite late and couldn't be bothered to check out different hotels. The photos we were shown on the hotel's internet page didn't look too bad either.
The location of the hotel is ok - in North Vancouver only a short drive away from Capilano Bridge and Grouse Mountain tourist attractions. Next to that there is not much to see on Marine Drive.
You can take a bus downtown (it doesn't run frequently especially at weekend evenings, so check before!). I recommend taking the seabus on at least one way - you will have a great view of the skyline.
To the hotel itself: We were in for a nice surprise after the photos on the web. The room looked very worn and had a persistent mildewy smell that wouldn't go away even after some venting. In one corner there were some dusty cobwebs. Bathroom: The toilet handle broke after first usage. It was replaced fairly quickly, however the way the new one was attached we could only use it with utmost care. The shower looked more like something I was used to during my days in the army than a hotel shower. I recommend wearing flip-flops! There were traces of mildew in the corners but we almost expected that by now. The shower head was fixed and couldn't be moved either way. The water supply was plentiful and not just drip drops... at least one good thing.
Breakfast: They do not offer breakfast but there is a Denny's around the corner. If you like that kind of food you can just walk over. Apparently you get a discount there as Travelodge guest - however nobody told us and I just found out by reading some of the other reviews here.
Conclusion: the location is OK if cou do not require downtown accomodation and know when the busses are running. The choice of places for breakfast is limited. I would not recommend the hotel!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 1, 2008

I booked according to the photos - it's false advertising. We arrived tired so didn't bother looking elsewhere. Too bad - cheaper accommodations around the corner & 150% nicer! (North Vancouver Hotel - we booked two nights).
The room at Travel lodge was clean but very worn. No fridge, microwave and very tiny and worn out bathroom. They cut corners with everything. Denny's discount was great but the restaurant was dirty - found hair in my food. Beds were pretty worn as well.
Wouldn't recommend this place to anyone - overpriced for what they offered.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 29, 2008

I was traveling to West Van on business and based on the reviews I had read I decided to book my 8 day stay at the Travelodge. I read reviews from a bunch of different sites and they all said that this place was ok. WRONG! It is nasty. We seriously checked out after 20 minutes of being there. It was so run down and disgusting. We ended up checking out the other hotels in the area and told them about why we had booked at the travelodge and they all said that the reviews are LIES. That they actually go on and write good reviews for themselves. DO NOT GO THERE. TRUST ME IT IS SO GROSS. The shower in our bathroom looked like a shower from a public swimming pool. DON'T GO IN WITHOUT FLIP FLOPS. Ya, that is how NASTY this place is. YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! If you are wanting to stay somewhere cheap just spend a little extra and stay at the Best Western Capilano Suites. It is so worth the money and they have weekly rates.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled on business
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RandyVancouver_BC, Manager at Travelodge Vancouver Lions Gate, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2008

Thank you Trip Advisor for allowing hotels to respond to reviews. I think the writer of the last review would be interested to know that there are processes in place to prevent hotels from writing their own reviews. All of our reviews are from genuine people.
I would address your concern as to the room, however, I am unable to do so as I have no record of a cancelled reservation for 8 nights in the entire month of February. Please feel free to contact me directly at the hotel.

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Reviewed November 4, 2007

We read previous reviews of this hotel and though it would be ok for visiting grouse mountain. Although the staff were helpful and friendly the area is not the best. The room was fairly dark and frankly a bit scary.

The bathroom was extremely small and unpleasant - we have posted some candid photos.

We would recommend staying else where or even in downtown vancouver and catching the ferry bus over to the northside.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2007

Smell of meldew was overwhelming - opened the door for awhile to get some air in. The room size was fine for one king bed with closet. The bathroom had a tub and shower in it. The windows and bars in the bathroom (for shower curtain and towels were awful covered in rust and some black paint. What is supposed to be a bath towel was the size of a larger hand towel. The refrigerator was leaking. For $130/night not worth it at all. The are other hotels on Capilano Rd newer and nicer for the same price.

Great area if you go over the Lions gate bridge into West Vancouver - there is a mall with many restaurants. If you go east on Marine Dr - there is nothing interesting there.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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LionsgateTravelodge, General Manager at Travelodge Vancouver Lions Gate, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2010

Thank you for your feedback, and although you did not enjoy your stay, your comments are still appreciated, that being said the hotel is under new Management since your stay, and we are very excited about the work we have done to improve the quality of our product, and based on the more recent comments, the renovations and work we have done has made a dramatic difference. You are welcome to contact me directly should you have any questions regarding the work we have done.

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Additional Information about Travelodge Vancouver Lions Gate

Address: 2060 Marine Dr, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7P 1V7, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > North Vancouver
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in North Vancouver
Price Range: $73 - $195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Travelodge Vancouver Lions Gate 2*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Lions Gate Travelodge in beautiful North Vancouver! Nestled at the foot of Grouse Mountain and adjacent to the historic Lions Gate Bridge into Stanley Park and the city centre, we are the best choice in value and comfort for your next great adventure. We are minutes from highway #1, skiing, tennis, waterfront parks, and extended shopping. So much to see and do in our own backyard. ... more   less 
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