Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver Hotel

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Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver Hotel

2 star

Rooms: 80

435 West Pender Street - Vancouver - British Columbia - V6B 1V2 - Canada Hotel Website | | 604-488-1088
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Avoid this hotel
Submitted by: Jason in 05/09/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Right from when we walked in the door, the person behind the desk made us wait for 5 minutes with a personal phone call. The room was very small, with a view of a brick wall four feet away. There was no place in the hotel to buy a drink of any kind so I ventured through the mean streets to a slimy store to buy some water and pops. The continental breakfast was adequate, but the dining area was very hot (even though it was cool outside), and very cramped. Bad service, bad rooms, and I will definitely avoid all rRamada Inns in the future. Very, very disappointing.
Bedbugs bit all night!
Submitted by: Qiwen in 19/08/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We had a horrible experience. We went to bed around midnight and started feeling itchy not long after we fell asleep. At first we didn't think much of it, but after getting up around 2am and seeing strings of red puffy bumps all over our arms, we were pretty sure it wasn't us imagining. We ended up catching 5 bedbugs, two of them really huge. We took them down to the frontdesk but was told that the manager was not in until 8am and that there were no empty rooms we could switch to. So we sat up all night on the floor since we didn't dare go near the beds anymore. There are about a dozen blood-stained dots on our sheets. Not sure how management will solve this.
Followup on bedbug
Submitted by: Qiwen in 19/08/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
The manager offered us a full refund for the night after we found the bedbugs. It's nice, but we still ended up staying the entire night because they didn't give us another room and the manager didn't come in until 8am in the morning. According to the manager, bedbugs are not that uncommon in Vancouver, even in 5 star hotels. Well, it's our first time ever at any hotel and we won't be coming back. Just hope this doesn't happen to anyone else--the bites really hurt.
Totally awful
Submitted by: anne marie in 21/01/08
  • Age Group:
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Possibly the worst hotel I've ever stayed in. We are still in dispute with globespan over compensation. First room we had was noisy, too small and dingy. They said we might get moved if another room became available. However that became a priority when the toilet overflowed into our room. The guy who fixed it then served us in the breakfast room ten minutes later yuck. Executive room barely adequate no room service etc.
Great Staff!!
Submitted by: Susan in 18/09/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
The rooms were fine - clean nicely appointed - and a decent value for the money. The concierge was great!! Suggested dining, arranged tours AND when we left our cell phone there, he jumped n a cab and delivered it to the boat dock security to get it to us on the ship! You can't pay for that kind of customer service!
Dark and Dingy
Submitted by: John Leyhe in 02/06/05
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Even though we booked over six months in advance we were given perhaps the worst room in Canada ,the excuse was that the room earmarked for us had just been allocated to another party, we were five minutes too late! It was still before midday. My honest opinion Stay at the Marriot Residence on Hornsby Street its everything a good hotel should be.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver Hotel

Best beds in town!

from Cybamuse
This boutique hotel has the best beds in town and very large rooms for the price, and I've stayed in quite a few hotels in downtown Vancouver! The hotel staff were fabulously friendly and super helpful - no question was to small or big for them and if you were having a problem, they'd work very quickly to fix it.

The only cons with this hotel were: (a) some of the rooms on the lower floor can be quite dark as one side of the building is almost against another building. But quite frankly, if you are seeing the sights of Vancouver and only there in the evening, its not an issue. They are very large and very quiet rooms, (b) It has to be said, the walls are a little thin, but its generally very quiet during the week and only gets a little noisy on the weekends (I was here for a while...), (c) Its located on the edge of the CBD so to get to any decent restaurants can be up a 5-10 minute walk, although there are some nice places near the hotel.

But all in all, it a nice hotel, great value and I'd stay here again.

Comfortable, but inexpensive!

from Nep26
My family and I stayed for the weekend at the Ramada Limited Downtown. We found it comfortable, affordable ($75.00/night) and a great location. There was a free breakfast, and free internet service. We were close to Harbour Centre. It was easy to get around even without a car. A good restaurant to go to if you stay at this hotel is the Spaghetti Factory in Gastown. The hotel staff were very helpful and courteous.

Party on the Pacific

from A TripAdvisor Member
Great room thanks to Mike Read and this site for the upgrade. This Hotel is a gem in the heart of downtown Vancouver just two blocks from Gastown. Rooms are a little small compared to some hotels but the decor and the upkeep make up for that hands down. The breakfast was all you need and better then most for free, Coffee fruit,toast eggs, cakes, yogert and any unlimited juice you wanted. Staff all pleasent and the morning paper was a nice bonus. Only one elevator but the stairs were close and very wide and indoors (more people should have used them especially going down)
Thanks again Mike!! maybe next year the Lions and the Riders can meet in Winnipeg :) (you guys can try the East next year.)

great find

from bazdurham
booked after reding tripwatch review and we were not dissapointed .the staff were verygood from the desk to the housemaids .the hotel decor was great and kept very clean the free breakfast was a great bonus and you could eat as much as you liked..we were not far from most of the main attractions and getting around was easy a $8 ticket gave unlimited travel on trolley buses ferry to north vancouver and the marvellous skytrain system. our best day was a trip to whistler via waterfalls and a marvellous half hour watching bald eaglesthen to whistler which had just opened for the season great .we went to victoria on the ferry for a few nightswhich was great and we booked in again at the ramada for on our way back to scotland

Excellent value

from WhiteZone
I had to write this after reading a couple of the negative reviews here. I don't know where those people stayed but it wasn't the same place we stayed in.

We stayed at this Ramada for 4 nights after a cruise in August 2004. If your luggage has wheels or you have a backpack, you can easily walk the few blocks from the cruise terminal to the hotel and they will store your luggage for you until check-in time.

This hotel is a little jewel in downtown Vancouver, and probably one of the best bargains you will find. It is lovely, clean and well-run and the staff are cheerful and accomodating. The rooms are small but clean, comfortable and well-appointed. Noise was never a problem for us! The location is great--close to Gastown, Canada Place and the Seabus terminal. The 'Continental Breakfast' is more like a feast and was a delightful surprise. We also appreciated the laundry facilities.

We would not hesitate to stay here again and we have told our travel agent to recommend it also.

Good hotel, Reasonable price, Free Breakfast!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in this hotel for four nights. The hotel was clean and the rooms were air-conditioned and of a reasonable size. The free breakfast in the mornings was a wonderful bonus. We would recommend this hotel.
The hotel is located close to Chinatown and Gastown. It is about a 30 minute walk to Stanley Park although there are also regular buses.
One point to note is that there are a few homeless people in the area. They didn't cause any problems but it is something to think about if you are going out at night. They are particularly prevalent to the east of the hotel towards the other side of gastown.
I think four nights was rather too long, however, to spend around Vancouver. We had seen most of what we wanted after about 2 days. The morning spent cycling in Stanley Park was very enjoyable. Other than that it is just like any other built-up city.
We ate one night in Cassie's across the street from the hotel. Very expensive, pretentious place serving small portions. Would not recommend.

nice hotel... sketchy area to the east

from A TripAdvisor Member
Small rooms, but nicely appointed, quiet, comfortable. Bathrooms are large and very nicely done. The interior of the hotel is mostly pretty nice, though the lobby is small.

Breakfast was pretty good, but the eating area was cramped and too warm.

This hotel is in a very good location - 1 block to Gastown and several blocks to downtown - but it deteriorates quickly to the East. On our walk to Chinatown for dinner, around 7 pm, we encountered numerous drug deals, drug dealers, prostitutes, etc. We were never actually menaced, but we had several young children with us and I would discourage visitors from walking to Chinatown in the afternoon/evening.

Front staff was average, some not so friendly, but they took care of our needs. When we first checked into our room, they had put us in a twin room only, and had to switch to the double we had reserved; they complied fairly quickly.

Parking is by valet only at $18 CAD; they were very quick and responsive.

In short, this is a good hotel/location and a good price for urban-oriented adults, but not a good place for families or kids.

Nice Hotel in a Great Location at an Unbeatable Price

from warobison
We stayed at the Ramada Limited Downtown for three nights prior to our cruise in May 2005. We were a little concerned when we read some of the previous postings on this board, but we found it to be one of the best choices we made on our entire vacation. Our room was spacious and clean, the included breakfast offered lots of choices, and everyone on the staff was helpful. At the time we were there, most of the other guests were also waiting for departing cruises. The hotel is only a couple of blocks from Gastown and convenient to many of the places any visitor will want to see in Vancouver.

Nice hotel

from Temporary
The room was very nice, if it was small, I really didn't notice it. Everything seemed to work just fine, and the help was friendly.

There is a free breakfast, with lots of choices, provided by the hotel. (The breakfast room was kind of cramped feeling, though)

It's within walking distance to the Granville bus mall, as well as to the Seabus terminal (for North Vancouver). The immediate neighborhood is ok, although it can get sketchy (bums, etc) if you walk east a for a few blocks.
But hey, the area that this hotel is in stayed nice and quiet during the Festival of Lights (aka Festival of Fights) while Robson St. was a sea of flailing fists....

I'd recommend this hotel.

Found a Gem!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I stayed at the Ramada for a weekend getaway. It was quite the find, and we were very pleased with ourselves to come away with a real gem!

The staff were wonderful from the get-go, as soon as we arrived the valet took care of our luggage and parked our car. When we got to our room, we at first thought it was small in comparison to what we have stayed in before, but then quickly realized everything we needed was there, desk, coffee machine, ironing board, tv, very comfortable bed, and lovely washroom with full bath/shower combination.

We now understand the notion of boutique hotel, and the European flavor was unmistakeable. It reminded us of a cute little hotel we stayed in when we visited Paris last year. Funny thing was, when we stayed there, we didn't give the small size of the room a second thought. It just goes to show you how spoiled we Americans are. Everything doesn't have to be big to be better. Stay here at the Ramada and you will know what I mean.

Breakfast was a wonderful bonus, in a charming breakfast lounge. We met guests from all over the world, young and old, another bonus meeting such friendly co-travellers.

We will surely return to our new found gem.

Top Local Tips for Vancouver

Must See Trolly is nice ($35 US for two days) and a good way to see the highlights. Stop in Stanley Park near the Lions Gate Bridge for a snack and allow two or three hours at Grandville Island.

Use the local buses Buy a day ticket and hop on /off the local,bus, sea bus & skytrain to see the city & surrounding area.Excellent value with helpful staff.An easy way to get around the city.

Go Anytime I think most people travel in summer, but remember the crowds you have to deal with. We were in Vancouver in late Autum, nearing winter, and it was fun walking around int he rain, not having to wait in line for anything. Stanley Park was quiet with lots of locations just for us.


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  • Address: 435 West Pender Street - Vancouver - British Columbia - V6B 1V2 - Canada
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