Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites
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
Not even worth the low rates
I stayed here for 4 nights. The only positive things about my stay at the Coast was rates, the location and the fitness centre. Great location on the West end, close to fantastic restaurants and coffee shops as well as Stanley Park. The fitness centre hotel guests use is the full sized Denman Fitness, which is great. Huge variety of free weights, cardio equipment and machines to use. Much better than any hotel gym I’ve ever seen.
Now for the negatives. The hotel advertises free WIFI as one of their amenities, but it never worked the entire time I was there. It wouldn’t even appear on my devices as an option to connect to. This could be very inconvenient for guests from outside of Canada, who rely on WIFI for communication. Thankfully I’m from Alberta and could still use my cell phone network. Another downside was the lack of hot water to shower with. I only had hot water one day I was there, the other days it was lukewarm at best. Was not impressed by this and those were some very quick showers. There is also no central A/C in the hotel, but rather portable A/C units in each room, which are old and very noisy. Due to the warm temperatures, the room was uncomfortable without the A/C runnning. The noise made it difficult to watch TV or sleep at night (even with ear plugs). While the guest rooms are quite dated and not very fresh looking, they were very clean. But the cons definitely outweighed the pros. I’ll definitely choose to pay a little extra for a more comfortable stay elsewhere.