Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites
Good Location, Dated Hotel and Rooms
I booked this hotel on Hotwire so knew the area but not which hotel I was going to stay in. I ended up at the Coast Plaza and though it is in a good location- in the West end of Downtown close to English Bay, I was immediately disappointed when entering the hotel. Firstly, the parking is expensive for a self serve ($25 for the night). Second, the hotel itself is in some MAJOR need of updates/renovations. If this were 1978 then I would probably be quite happy with my room. Unfortunately it’s 2014 and I find it sad when a hotel room at a major chain has not caught up with the times. The hotel and room are clean and yes, quite spacious with a kitchenette provided as standard. Too bad the fridge and cupboards have not been updated is 40+ years. I think my alarm clock is from the mid 80′s but the good news is the TV is from the 2010′s.
Internet is shotty – had to change rooms to get adequate signal and it’s still not super fast.
If you can get this place on a super cheap deal then I would say go for it if you just need a place to crash but if you end up paying $150+ a night like I have I think you would be better off at another 3 star chain hotel in the city that has taken the time to adapt to the future.
- michelle c
Be aware of
Hotel is difficult to arrive at on confusing streets- Arriving at night, lost and disorientated, I discovered parking is in an public underground lot under the hotel that appears not to be patrolled. I felt very nervous leaving my new vehicle there. Getting into the hotel from this lot is also cause for concern- You enter through dingy, dark basement corridors. As a woman traveling alone, I did not feel safe. When I expressed my concern to the front desk, I received a dismissive response. Dorm like hallways badly in need of upgrading, or at least, a fresh coat of paint (ditto for the basement corridors), are not inviting. The room, although spacious and clean, was rather disappointing with a view overlooking the roof. This room had a severely, rusted out balcony I felt reluctant to venture out on. The Wi-Fi was not reliable. I booked this hotel through Priceline, which explains, perhaps, why I was placed in a less desirable location. Factor in an additional cost for parking here, as can be anticipated for any Vancouver downtown hotel. On the plus side: The location is a in a culturally diverse neighborhood with a plethora of refreshing,ethnic mom and pop wonderful restaurants right out the door. The walk to the Seawall, English Bay, and Stanley Park is a delight for the senses.
Stay at the Coast Plaza!
I live in Vancouver, but still go on vacation here with the occasional weekend at the Coast Plaza. Situated within walking distance of English Bay and in the heart of gay Davie Village, it’s perfectly located, with a tone of independent restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from. The hotel itself is a MODEL of friendly, courteous and efficient hospitality. In numerous visits, I have never made a request that hasn’t been met with immediate attention. The views are stupendous and the rooms, while in need of a refurbish, are spacious and pleasant.
The hotel is also genuinely dog friendly. ALL their rooms admit our best friends (instead of the grotty second class rooms offered in most hotels).
There’s a lot of places to stay in the city, but check out the Coast Plaza – they put a very human face on an efficient and comprehensive service.
- Claire R
What a great neighborhood
This hotel is located in the middle of one of the most interesting neighborhoods in one of the most interesting cities in North America. The hotel itself is a well preserved classic with comfortable rooms, great views, and a wonderful staff. Although we had an upgraded room (suite) I have no doubt that the regular rooms were just as comfortable. The hotel staff ranks among the finest I have encountered. We had breakfast in the restaurant and were amazed at the selection and quality of the food. Starbuck’s coffee made my day of course. The hotel is attached to a quaint little mall which has a handy grocery store and well stocked drugstore as well as a few other shops.
But by far it is the location that truly makes this hotel “the” place to stay. The West End has a large collection of eclectic restaurants including an abundance of middle-eastern, asian and Italian destinations. Parking is adequate throughout the neighborhood, but almost everything is within easy walking distance.
why stay anywhere else in vancouver
i stay @ the coast plaza 2 or 3 times a week for 3-6 days ea time. sometimes this is work related, more often for leisure
staff is aways friendly and welcoming. the hotel location, a few blocks from the seawall and stanley park w/ all the dining options of denman and robson streets, and good bus transit service (#5,6 and c23) is hard to beat in the leafy , peaceful west end. views from most rooms are spectacular and offer the chance to step outside ( on the 34th floor) onto the balcony and get some fresh air.
rooms are comfortable, quiet and always good value imho