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Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel

made our reservation last November for the SeaWheeze 1/2 Marathon The reservation is for 3 adults. We show up at 4:30 for check in and they give us a room with one king size bed, saying it is the only room available. BS could go online and book a room with 2 double beds, Just got a call, suddenly “a family checked out early” and they had a room.
Again I call BS they were holding rooms for parties of 4 and after 6 pm released some.

The Reception desk was extremely helpful when we arrived early! The room was very comfortable and the Concierge service was exceptional. The Location is perfect – very central – within walking distance to “Canada Place” – great place to stay!

The Marriott Pinnacle Downtown as great service. Front desk personnel very friendly and helpful. It’s buzzing with people and a lot of action in the lobby and around the hotel. It’s close to Canada Place. Easy walk to shopping. Rooms are comfortable. The bell hops are especially helpful.

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Great Location for walking around Vancouver shopping, Coal Harbour and Convention Centre just steps from the Hotel in downtown Vancouver.

Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel
1128 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia

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Lord Stanley Suites On The Park

My family rented an apartment in this building for two nights. The moment we opened the door, we realized that the pictures were taken at angles that made the room look much bigger than it was. We had a one bedroom place on the 5th floor and it was so small. For a couple without kids, it would have been fine for space. We ended up putting one of our kids in the main bedroom, the other one in the weird little office room that you could barely turn around in, and then we slept on the hide-a-bed.

Because we faced a busy street, we could hear traffic noise all night, especially on the weekend. It kept us up a bit.

Overall, the amenities were fine. The kitchen had everything we needed. The laundry was good. The view was nice. But as a family, we were on top of each other the entire time. There is a small glassed in little patio that seemed like a complete waste of space but my kids enjoyed using it as a dining room and play area.

The hotel staff were great and very friendly. And you can’t beat the location. It’s right across the street from Stanley Park, which is exactly where we wanted to be and was very convenient for us. It’s also right off Denman, which has lots of restaurants, coffee shops, etc.

The biggest complaint I have isn’t the space or traffic noise. It was the condition of the room. And from reading other reviews, it seems to be a common theme – they are really run down. Major dents and scratches on the walls. Old carpet. Stained furniture. Vertical blinds that didn’t cover the windows very well and let in a ton of light. A portable air conditioner just in one room. Very outdated bathroom with old tiles and strangely stained grout.

It was disappointing, especially for the price we paid. But then again, we were clearly paying for location.

Would we stay here again, even if it was just two of us? Probably not unless we got an incredible deal. Next time, I think we will try one of the other locations around there and see what they have to offer. Maybe all locations around the park are like this but can charge a premium. But I think we will take that chance and see.

We we looking for an executive apartment hotel for a week near Stanley Park. While searching, this place came up…must say that I was dubious at first, for we had never heard of it. The reviews on TA were good, and the hotel met all of our criteria. Well let me tel you that the hotel surpassed our expectations. Firstly, the hotel staff is courteous and extremely helpful. Secondly, the hotel is spotless and rooms, whilst a little tired, are clean, comfortable and well appointed and quiet. Thirdly, the hotel is central to everything, and if need be, the bus routes are a 3 min walk from the hotel. The rooms are cleaned daily, toiletries replenished, towels exchanged and laundry soap replenished everyday – yes there is an en-suite washer and dryer. The is free wifi and parking. There is also a gym and a pool (though we didn’t use them). ***insider tip: if you book directly through the hotel website, your breakfast is included for all room guests***. Lucky that we booked that way. We were thoroughly impressed with this hotel. Highly recommended for families, couples and business travellers. We will return. Great value for money

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Lord Stanley is an apartment hotel located in Downtown Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood at the Entrance to Stanley Park. Each apartment boasts a private balcony or enclosed solarium. … Amenities

Lord Stanley Suites On The Park
1889 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC

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Element Vancouver Metrotown

Stayed here two nights for work and the Element far exceeded my expectations. I have stayed in this area a few times before – Holiday Inn Metrotown and Hilton Metrotown – this was a far superior stay.

Room was spacious, with a full kitchen and all the necessities (plates, utensils, pots, etc.) and they have fantastic eco-friendly policies. The bathroom is low water, you can earn extra SPG points by opting not to have your room serviced, etc.

Location is fine. Across the street from Metrotown and the train into the city. Two grocery stores across the street if you want to stock your kitchen. I ate breakfast at the hotel (which is included) one morning and it was fine – pretty standard hotel buffet breakfast. They do have a nice patio option to eat outside in nice weather.

A very modern hotel with new rooms that have everything you need (comfortable bed, fridge, kitchen, shower). Breakfast of the buffet kind and they even catered for gluten free options.

Location: near the sky rail, near the biggest mall in Vancouver, near a supermarket. All you need if you arent downtown. Note it is in a heavily Asian area so you will feel like you are in Chinatown. The Crystal Mall nearby is full of Asian stores

Tip: reception is in the basement and is difficult to find

Very convenience place, close to shopping mall and lots of restaurants nearby.
The hotel is clean and quiet. Staff friendly and helpful. Very central to Metrotown skytrain. . Both times our room came with a kitchenette and slightly smaller that full sized fridge. The room felt more like a condo. The only downside, and this is fairly insignificant, is the parking add on fee. It’s $15 a day. For such a paltry sum, it would be nice to be included with the cost of room. Overall, Element is an exceptional value and we will be returning.

SHOW HOTEL PRICESElement Vancouver Metrotown
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is a new high rise Hotel located just east of Vancouver in Burnaby. Across the street is Metrotown and the Skytrain Station which takes you directly to downtown Vancouver. …

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Element Vancouver Metrotown
5988 Willingdon Ave,
Burnaby, BC

Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel

this was a very nice hotel – walking distance to many attractions. very clean, good helpful staff. breakfast buffet was well worth it — many choices and good quality. free flavored water in lobby and sometimes cookies

he room is clean and the bathroom newly updated. It states clearly on the concierge lounge card that each room gets one guest (and you) into the lounge. However, groups of 4 to 6 come in constantly, and the one guest rule is not policed. The lounge is also small (about the size of one hotel room), so the tiny lounge felt more like a McDonalds play pen than anything. If the 2-person rule was enforced, the lounge would still be crowded but at least more manageable. Breakfast in the lounge is just not possible – so crowded with large parties and overrun with children: standing room only, Not a great experience – will be trying a different Marriott next time.

Although the hotel needs a bit of sprucing up, the staff are superb and the location is ideal for access to the downtown core and waterfront (200 meters from Olympic torch). Restaurant menu and service are excellent.

Small issues with the room (broken towel rack, broken toilet flush lever/plunger) were dealt with immediately.

Would recommend as a good option if you aren’t looking for opulence.

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Great Location for walking around Vancouver shopping, Coal Harbour and Convention Centre just steps from the Hotel in downtown Vancouver.

Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel
1128 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia

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Lord Stanley Suites On The Park

We arrived in Vancouver to discover our room (penthouse) was much smaller than advertised. The website claims freshly renovated (my question would be when?) The living room is so small that two people fill it completely. The television didn’t work for the first night and wasn’t reported to the day staff. The toilet backed up and the staff were unable to locate a plunger. At least the person on the front desk suggested Safeway to get one at 10.30pm. The kitchen lights didn’t work without turning the ceiling fan on. No milk or tea bags, no customer service by the man on the desk on our arrival. He doesn’t know how to problem solve. The master room (laughing) no ceiling fan and due to the room being 70% glass it was very hot. Then a disappointing breakfast where nothing was explained and to an Australian you just don’t help yourself to the fridge or cupboards but this was expected here. The is a shower curtain in the bath made the shower a very closed in space and a funny grey mold on the tiles doesn’t say freshly renovated.
The vertical blinds did nothing to keep the light or the heat out of both the main room and the strange glassed in patio. All in all the hotels saving grace was the location and Sunday onwards staff. I would not say this is value for money. I hope our other hotels are not as disappointing this one during our stay in Canada.

My family booked an one bedroom unit here for 4 nights. Great location so close to Stanley park, restaurants and boat harbour. We were lucky to be on the Harbour side so had great views ( we go to see the view from the other side of the building when we had a plumbing issue and had to spend a night in another unit while the issue was resolved), The unit was too small for four adults but as we were only there 4 nigh were weren’t able to book a 2 bed unit which was very disappointing.
Staff were very helpful and able to come up with a suitable solution to a plumbing issue that arose in the unit.

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Lord Stanley is an apartment hotel located in Downtown Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood at the Entrance to Stanley Park. Each apartment boasts a private balcony or enclosed solarium. … Amenities

Lord Stanley Suites On The Park
1889 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC

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Element Vancouver Metrotown

This is a top rack (non-luxury) hotel. Great rooms, views, service, attention, and quality. Parking stinks, but what doesn’t in the Vancouver area? Close to great restaurants, the Metropolis Mall, and the Asian mall (below the Hilton).

Here are my 5×5 notes. Five stars (*) is best:
1) Room Quality: *****
2) Updated and Modern: *****
3) Front Desk Service: *****
4) Housekeeping Quality: *****
5) Price and Value: *****
Overall rating = 5.0 (and I’m pretty picky)

Will I/we return? Yes, definitely!

Breakfast included? Yes. Good selection, nicely furnished.
Treats loyal travelers well? Yes
Executive Lounge? Yes, for SPG elites
Parking fees? Yes, tight spaces.
Fitness center quality: Great
Pool quality: Has one, haven’t used it.

We stayed here back in May . I had just undergone a procedure which was both emotionally and physically difficult and when we checked in it was night time . After spending the whole day in emergency I was obviously exhausted . It was me , my husband and our toddler. The room beside us was partying all night long and it was just too much for me after everything .
I called front desk and they came and escorted us right away to a new room and gave us the best room they had. They allowed us to leave our things in the original room as not to wake my toddler etc.
The next day they called to see if we needed help transferring our luggage and they called us to check in and they even gave us a dessert with their card and their caring words for what we had been through .

That just blew me away I have stayed in many 5 star hotels and the customer service here was what you you would have expected at a luxury property . Although this isn’t a luxury hotel it was still very nice .

Great clean and modern rooms as well ! Nice touch with the included breakfast with some hot items . A great hotel !

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is a new high rise Hotel located just east of Vancouver in Burnaby. Across the street is Metrotown and the Skytrain Station which takes you directly to downtown Vancouver. …

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Element Vancouver Metrotown
5988 Willingdon Ave,
Burnaby, BC

Sunset Inn and Suites Vancouver

The hotel is a bit tired but well kepted. The bed was very comfortable and the staff pleasant and helpful. A lot of food options nearby. Would recommend this hotel for sure. Walking distance to many attractions. Good value.

Selected this hotel based on ratings, and it’s really good. Spacious rooms with kitchen, great location near sea wall, good service, clean bathroom and comfy beds, everything worked. Includes continental breakfast which is pretty good, if you like carbohydrates: make your own waffles, also croissants, muffins, cereal. You are served on the small lobby, bring your plates down from your room, and bring your food back up to the room to eat and do your own dishes. Pretty efficient for the hotel, a bit inconvenient for guests.
But that’s minor. We very much enjoyed our stay and recommend Sunset.
Service is really good. Upon arrival there was an issue with our reservation, and the front desk clerk (shout out to Elvis!) resolved it quickly and efficiently.

Travelled with my wife on our annual holiday. Stayed at the Sunset for 6 nights. The rooms are very clean. Staff are very pleasant and helpful. The room we had had a small kitchenette, but you collect your breakfast form the foyer and take it back to your room. 15 minute walk to the waterfront and restaurants. I suggest that you walk to most of the attractions as you get to see much more.

Sunset Inn and Suites Vancouver

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Enjoy a fully furnished suite situated on a quiet street in Vancouver city centre’s scenic West End with dining, shopping and entertainment venues just steps away.

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1111 Burnaby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

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Sunset Inn and Suites Vancouver
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Lord Stanley Suites On The Park

Second stay @Lord Stanley Suites – after first time in May 2016, knew I’d come back!

Cozy apartment-hotel w/ small equipped kitchen & washer-dryer in apt, as well as free WiFi & cable TV – particularly good for longer/extended stays. Complimentary breakfast 7-9AM (“continental” + waffle maker.) Small gym & indoor parking, too; but did not use either, so cannot review. Some rooms may be more renovated than others, but comfortable & clean. Many have lovely, at least partial views of Stanley Park and/or Cole Harbour w/ snow-capped mountains beyond!
(Did not travel w/ disabled family member as in past hotel review, so cannot attest to accessibility beyond hotel lobby [assist to open manual glass front door if not already open, high check-in desk] & elevator [reasonable delay time open/close doors.] But standard room would be quite tight for manual wheelchair-user to manoeuvre; and no adaptations, of course. Breakfast room would require some assistance [reach some items, re-arrange table/seating at bit, assist to open manual glass entrance door if not already open], but staff present to assist.)

But #1 reason to stay here is the *excellent* location (and *the* reason chose this hotel in first place): Literally 1 block from magnificent Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon & Cole Harbour across the street (W. Georgia Str), in bustling west end / Denman Str area. That means 1-15 min walk to Stanley Park & seawall, Vancouver Aquarium, all sorts of restaurants, bike rental shops, and essentials (groceries, pharmacies, banks.) <5 min walk to Robson Str, then 20 min walk along Robson to its famous shopping district downtown. And a nice 20-30 min stroll to downtown Canada Place along the waterfront, or over to English Bay beach along Denman Str.
Easily accessible by public transport w/ multiple buses from downtown (Vancouver City Ctr station, Canada Line of Skytrain) stopping w/in 2 blocks of hotel (stop: W. Georgia @Denman); and along Robson etc. See public transport website translink.ca for details – NB: “Compass” card can be reloaded online.

Last but not least: Friendly, helpful concierges & staff. Returning to the hotel one evening, concierge said “Welcome home!” – and it really felt like it. Will be back for sure!

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Lord Stanley is an apartment hotel located in Downtown Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood at the Entrance to Stanley Park. Each apartment boasts a private balcony or enclosed solarium. … Amenities

Lord Stanley Suites On The Park
1889 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC

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Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel

I stayed here while attending a conference. The staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating. The room was clean, and the bed comfortable. I had a bit of a view of the harbour as well.

The location is right downtown and only a couple of blocks from the Skytrain.

The best part was definitely the food at the conference. I have never eaten so well before! They outdid themselves at each meal. We will definitely return.

Beautiful views, close to cruise port. Food downstairs in the restaurant was even good, and they had creative cocktails. With a great kids menu and activities. Can walk to sea wall and shopping, and restaurants. Clean and quiet rooms, lots of elevators.
Everything in Vancouver is crazy expensive, as is this hotel. But you get what you pay for. Outstanding service by the front desk, bellman and concierge, and the room was perfect in every way. Would highly recommend to anyone staying in the city.
Rooms, beds and bathroom are good. Maybe to expensive for what you get. Service was good, our aircon broke down, they moved us directly to an other room. Barbarea was good, good snacks, friendly personnel. The hotel was also accessible from Pender st. At /the opposite site you can take a good breakfast.

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Great Location for walking around Vancouver shopping, Coal Harbour and Convention Centre just steps from the Hotel in downtown Vancouver.

Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel
1128 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia

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Vancouver Honda Celebration of Light 2017

Vancouver Honda Celebration of Lights Fireworks competition
Vancouver Honda Celebration of Lights Fireworks

Vancouver Honda Celebration of Light

The 2017 Honda Celebration of Light is an annual musical fireworks competition held every summer and begins promptly over English Bay at 10:00 pm each night, rain or shine.

The 25 minute fireworks display are synchronized to music which is broadcast over the radio station LG104.3 FM.

Head down early as the Sunset Beach Festival comes alive on event days Everyone is invited to come down early and enjoy the entertainment and activities

Be sure to check out the Sunsetter Lounge by Stanley Park Brewing a licensed area that has Sponsors and vendors with free giveaways at 2:00pm each day.

As part of the Sunset Beach Festival, SHOREFEST showcases some of Canada’s top musical acts in one of Vancouver’s most picturesque settings on the shores of English Bay. Come down early to the Sunset Beach stage for live music all afternoon. Then move on over to English Bay to catch our feature performers on the stage in The Keg Lounge. This stage plays to the beach – to you the fans – with rock and roll starting at 7:30pm.

Dates of the Honda Celebration of Light.
Participating countries in the 2017 Honda Celebration of Light

Japan – Saturday July 29, 2017
United Kingdom – Wednesday Aug 2, 2017
Canada – Saturday Aug 5, 2017

Vancouver Hotels near the Fireworks

Sylvia Hotel Vancouver
Across from the Fireworks

Best Western Sands Hotel
Across from the Fireworks

Coast Plaza Hotel Vancouver
Short Walk to the Fireworks

Sandman Suites On Davie
Short Walk to English Bay

Blue Horizon Hotel Vancouver
Short Walk Down Robson to the Fireworks

Century Plaza Hotel Vancouver
Walk Down Robson to Celebration of Light

Empire Landmark Hotel Vancouver
Short Walk Down Robson to English Bay

Listel Hotel Vancouver
Short Walk Down Robson to English Bay

Carmana Plaza Hotel
Down Robson to the Fireworks

Executive Hotel Vintage Park
Walk the Seawall to Celebration of Light

Rosellen Suites Hotel
Near English Bay Vancouver

Sunset Inn and Suites
Near English Bay Vancouver

Times Square Suites Hotel
On Robson Near the Fireworks