Out stopover on the Vancouver leg of our Pacific Northwest adventure was based at the North Vancouver Hotel, a motel-style lodge on Capilano Road, fifteen minutes drive and easily accessible from from central Vancouver. You’re very close to rural British Columbia, near Grouse Mountain, plenty of hiking trails and the Capilano Suspension Bridge park.
We paid about one hundred and fifty dollars per night, for two nights in an executive one bedroom suite, which, to be honest was the only room type left and more than we originally wanted to pay, but hey-ho. Finding the hotel is pretty easy, the building is well signposted and thoughtfully painted in an ‘interesting’ purple colour; you cannot miss it. The hotel boasts a simple breakfast restaurant (buffet service), coin laundry and a small outdoor pool. There is plenty of parking on site and some rooms are pet-friendly.
We found our room to be clean and well-serviced, with everything functioning well, however the decor is a little tired and dark; in general the hotel is in need of more than a little bit of T.L.C. Nevertheless, the bed was extremely comfy, the bathroom was well-appointed and had good toiletries supplied. Although we didn't use it too much — apart to store beer — the kitchenette was huge and had everything that a long-stay guest would need, from utensils to crockery, and lots of work space. The lounge area was a little small (one sofa and a T.V.).
The breakfast was very basic and a little bit disorganised. Everything here was very basic in terms of service and what was on offer; a few hot options, and an automatic pancake-making machine that was kind of half-broken on both mornings we were there, with no staff member sure of how to use it. The coffee was quite watery and the food in general only just acceptable. I think if we were paying a little less for the room we would have considered it all to be better value.
Overall, the North Vancouver Hotel was a satisfactory place to be based for a couple of days in this fantastic city. Personally, the services and decor of the hotel didn't make it somewhere where would want to stay any longer than we did, but as a base for exploring it was fine. Some attention should be paid to the rooms and the breakfast set up, and whereas the staff were helpful and we didn't experience any issues, they could be a little more cheerful and outgoing. Bizarrely, though we were there for two nights, our room wasn't serviced at all (thank goodness we’re not too messy!). There should definitely be more people appointed to assist at breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at the foot of Vancouver's Grouse Mountain, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, North Vancouver Hotel ranks among the best boutique hotels in Vancouver and was recently voted the People's Choice Hotel by readers of local publication North Shore News. The staff at our newly renovated and affordable pet friendly hotel in North Vancouver provides a luxurious and comfortable stay. Our hotel in North Vancouver features certain room types equipped with partial or full kitchens, ideal for your prolonged Vancouver accommodation. Unlike hotels in downtown Vancouver, we feature many complimentary amenities, including complimentary hot breakfast, as well as free parking, local calls, WiFi Internet and seasonal pool access. The North Vancouver Hotel is located within minutes of various Vancouver tourist attractions such as Stanley Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Downtown Vancouver, as well as exceptional dinning and shopping. We offer special packages, including Snowshoe Package or Ski Package for the winter season and Cruise Packages from May until October. We have both Canadian and International guests coming to stay in our hotel in North Vancouver. Book now at one of the boutique hotels in Vancouver. ... more less
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