YWCA Hotel

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YWCA Hotel

, Vancouver
2 star

Rooms: 155

733 Beatty Street - Vancouver - British Columbia - V6B 2M4 - Canada Hotel Website | | 604-895-5830
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Great Value!!!

from LouBris
We stayed at the YWCA in feb 2007 for the one night, but certainly wished we could of stayed longer!! The clean rooms and inviting foyer with helpful staff were a very welcomed surprise after having travelled around in hostels for the last couple of weeks. So do yourself a favour and book yourself into here, as it is well worth it and just as cheap as a hostel if you split the price between a few of you.,.or even if its just yourself! (they have single rooms too for the budget consciousness).

The on site cafe is a Fantastic idea and very handy!!!!

Decent location, and great price!

from tunicategirl
The YWCA is a decent budget style hotel. There are no frills to speak of, and the location north of the hotel isn't really safe at night. ..or though the hotel staff told us, but Yaletown is in the other direction and it's perfectly safe. The parking lot was full when we arrived, but you can park on the street in the evening, and then switch to a nearby parking garage for $6-8 for an entire day. The location was great...close to Yaletown, close to the Yaletown dock to get over to Granville Island, and close to China Town (although we were told not to go there at night).
The hotel has some rules (i.e., visitors out by 11 pm, door locked at 11 pm with access by ringing the bell), but they're for the safety of the guests, so weren't considered a hassle to us. Overall we'd recommend this hotel for anyone travelling on a budget.

Great Budget place to stay

from Jo_au
Great gem of a place to stay for those on a budget. Super clean, warm serviced rooms, within walking distance to Robson St, Granville St etc. The staff were friendly and helpful, there's a cafe on the premises for breakfast/coffee, plently of vending machines, phones, kitchens, free maps & info. For the price I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Vancouver.

Very nice and clean with good location

from MonicaCalgary
It is a very nice and small hotel. Very clean and the staff was extremelly helpful. Great location! I could do most of the sightseeing by walking!

Rather surprised .........

from Quesadillas
A few weeks ago, I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. The good reviews from Trip advisor travellers prompted me to stay there and I was not disappointed in the least.

My room (2 double beds with private bath) was very clean, almost spotless. Very nice. It had a TV, small fridge and the room was spacious enough for my needs. This room did not feel like your typical YWCA/YMCA establishment which are typically very spartan and dull, with few or no frills for the guest. But this hotel was different. It had 3 full kitchens on various floors and 2 small kitchenettes on 2 other floors. All included microwave, kettle, etc. Very handy. There are 12 floors in this hotel, the elevator is very fast. There is no restaurant in the building, but there is an adjacent coffee shop just off the lobby area, if you want a quick coffee, tea, muffin etc.

Also, there are 2 computers (internet) for guests' use at one end of the lobby. They are not free, you have to pay for them. Reasonably priced.

The room I had was very tastefully decorated, in soft pastel colours. Very cozy room. The beds were comfortable, had clean sheets, etc.

The hotel is in a good area, just a few steps away from BC Place and the light-rail transit station is just down the street a few blocks away, so that was handy. You are also only about 4 or 5 easy blocks away from actual downtown Vancouver, no problem walking to get to there. The area is safe, I found. And there are lots of restaurants, convenience stores, etc in the vicinity to the hotel. So really I found no downside to anything. It was all good.

I am a male, and I was pleased that this hotel lets guys stay there. My first impression was that it was for women only or for women with children. But guys are welcome to stay here as well. The rates are very affordable, when you consider that most Vancouver hotels are very expensive, rip-off if you ask me. But this YWCA is easy on your budget. What a relief that was.

When I checked in, the type of room I reserved was not available at all, so the staff at the front desk gave me a free upgrade to this room with 2 double beds with private bath. (My reservation was for one double bed with shared bath). So, I was very happy to get this upgrade. I guess, the staff had no choice but to upgrade me, since I had a confirm reservation and my type of rooms were all taken up.

I have to be honest and say that I did not find the staff all that friendly. They were not impolite or rude, just so-so, blah.

Yes, I would definitely stay here again and recommend it whole heartedly to everyone who wants to come to Vancouver. Again, this YWCA feels more like a hotel than the typical dreary "Y" establishments.

My secret! Economical, Great Location, Friendly Staff.

from notquitered
Vancouver is not a huge city (by comparison - NY, Philadelphia etc), so it would be difficult to stay in a place that feels "too far". But the YWCA Hotel on Beatty Street is very centrally located and therefore makes it easy to get where you want to go.

The fact that the rooms are inexpensive and that they have a variety of room types (double, single, quad, semi-private bath, shared bath) allows you to reserve a room that specifically fits your budget, needs and comfort level. We stayed in a double which offered two single beds and a semi-private bath. The price was slightly over $100 night (CA).

The bathroom sits between two rooms and so we shared it with one other room. You can restrict (lock) access by pressing a red button once you are in the bathroom so you do get privacy. Additionally, you can lock the bathroom door from your room so the other guests cannot go through the bathroom into your room. At no point did we have to wait to use the bathroom so it felt like it was a private bathroom anyway.

Security is great as you need keys and special electronic keys to get into the underground parking garage, or to make the elevator work. We were two women and felt very safe.

Parking cost us $8.00 (CA) a day but you have unlimited "in and out". The garage is oddly shaped so be warned it may take some manuevering to get your car into a spot.

The staff was extremely helpful and very very nice. They answered all out questions (even the stupid ones) with a smile and also offered additional information (like the very important where do we get coffee in the morning). Not only did they tell us where to go, they told us where NOT to go and then drew it all out on a little map.

There is a refrigerator in the room, the air conditioner worked great and once when we accidently locked ourselves out of the bathroom - they sent someone right up to help.

We asked for a wake-up call (which they did!) and if you check out you can leave your bags with them. There is public internet access in the lobby (you have to pay) or you can purchase a one-day or hourly wifi access using your own computer (which I did and it worked great).

It is a non-smoking hotel (which is great) but people do sit outside the front door and smoke (does not seem to be a restriction on how many feet they must be from the door but this is not a YWCA thing anyway).

In a pinch, there is a little tiny coffee cafe on premises but there are a dozen better places for coffee in easy walking distance. There are also a number of terrific inexpensive Asian spots (walking distance) to eat. Where else can you get 18 pieces of sushi for under $6.00 (US)?? Bento box enough for two people to eat for lunch was under $9.00 (US).

Note when I say walking distance I do not mean a "hikers" walking distance. I have an injured foot that keeps me from walking too long and these places were very do-able.

So all in all, if you are looking for luxury, wide screen TV, room service and valet parking - this is not for you. But if you are looking for clean, safe, budget happy, location - I say Why not the Y?!

I would go back there on my next trip to Vancouver.

(Check out the cool restaurants and steam clock in Gastown. Be warned - some streets marginal there but worth the look see).

Great location

from EGF
Spent 2 nights here - August 16th - 18th.
Lovely big room with air conditioning and private bathroom. Fridge in room and kitchen opposite although you need to borrow/rent plates etc.

Hotel 30 seconds from Robson Street and a few minutes from the main shopping centre.

All the things you'd expect from one of the quality hotel chains but a lot cheaper. ($100 a night).

Would definitely recommend.

Not bad place to stay.

from philadams68
We had a 2night stay here from Mon 07Aug'06 & it was quite good. The room was very nice & clean & had a view of the water. You have to share the bathroom with the room next door & this became complicated due to the electronics. You have to lock the door so your neighbour cannot get in. This lock kept locking itself while nobody was in there at all & reception had to keep coming to unlock the doors. Very frustrating. Otherwise this Y has many facilities & is good location near the bottom end of Robson St.

The YWCA makes life easy...

from Shobusun
The YWCA is nearby Robson St. where there's a good sampling of cafe eateries and close enough, but not too close, to most of downtown Vancouver, where you've got your choice of many restaurants, sights, and activities. The BC Place Stadium is just south of YWCA, but despite a game going on during one evening of our stay, there was very little noise or disturbance.

This place is just like a "regular" hotel as far as visual appeal and amenities and yet, it one ups the hotels by providing open kitchens on three floors where you can cook your own food. To some people this may not mean much, but to others it means saving a good deal of cash. From a little table in the kitchen we had a window view towards southeast Vancouver from the 10th floor of the YWCA- try getting that for less than $60 at any restaurant. There's a large market about two blocks east of the YWCA too.

The rooms are a bit small, comparitively, but comfortable, as well appointed as could be expected and also have refrigerators. We had a shared bathroom with one other room, which only required a little patience sometimes and good timing.

If you're not looking for extravagant luxury, there's nothing here to be disappointed about.

Noisy, clean, good location

from triiiangle
Stayed here July 2006. Good location on the eastern edge of downtown Vancouver. Close to Yaletown, and all the shops of Robson St. We stayed in a room with double bed, and semi-private bathroom.

The room was somewhat small, but very clean, with a fridge, TV, and sink. The bathroom is shared with the neighbor. All of the staff was EXTREMELY pleasant and helpful. Thanks!

But, the hotel is very noisy. The traffic from the street was clearly audible, even in our 7th floor room. There was constant noise from the slamming of the neighbor's doors, and from the shared bathrooms. We were also woken up at 1 am when a large group of guests were talking very loudly as they waited for the elevator.

In the the future, I would book a room with a private bathroom, and ask for a room away from the elevator to help alleviate the noise.

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  • Address: 733 Beatty Street - Vancouver - British Columbia - V6B 2M4 - Canada
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