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Kingston Hotel

At a Glance

    Pros

  • great location
  • breakfast included

    Cons

  • some shared bathrooms
  • limited amenities
  • early checkout

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Kingston Hotel Review

Convenient to shopping and nightlife, the family-run Kingston occupies a four-story elevator building dating back to 1910—exactly the type of establishment you'd expect to find in Europe. Small and immaculate, the spartan rooms are decorated in a contemporary style, with flower-pattern bedspreads and pastel colors. Some rooms have private bathrooms; others have a sink in the room and share a bath down the hall. North-facing rooms overlook a restaurant and bar next door. That's not an issue in winter, but in summer the bar talk below might disturb early-to-bed types.

    Hotel Details

  • 52 rooms, 13 with bath.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 05-07-2012

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    The Kingston Hotel Bed & Breakfast Review

    We were intending to stay at this hotel on the night of Game 7 in Vancouver. While it is true that we traveled to Vancouver to watch the game, I don't think anyone could have really predicted what happened after. We returned to the hotel immediately after the game to escape the escalation in the crowds. We had originally booked the room for two of us, and my boyfriend was intending to stay with a friend in West Van. However, following the game, we went to the hotel. Upon our arrival, the front desk person barely let my boyfriend into the door, saying that we could not have guests (even though the policy on the key says guests until 11pm). We continued to our room anyway, where we were harrassed with phone calls from the front desk. We then left, to ensure that my boyfriend could make it to where he needed to go without getting caught up in the crowd. When we tried to return, we were shoved away by riot police, tear gassed and then told my the police to get out of downtown and that we would not be able to reach the hotel. We slept on someones floor that night, instead of at the hotel that we had paid for.

    The next morning when we arrived at the hotel, the front desk clerk and the manager called us liars, saying that we could have made it to the hotel and that others had. I am not sure how this is possible, because I am honest when I say that we tried everything to get back, we tried for two hours. To rub salt in the wound, I received an email today from the manager, further indicating that we were lying and refusing the waive the room fee, for the room that we could not access.

    The employees at this hotel are unprofessional and rude. I would not recommend staying here simply based on this factor.

    The rooms are also small, smell terrible and the carpets are badly stained. There are better places to stay in Vancouver for about the same price. Don't waste your money.

    by Sherri_Houlden, 6/17/11

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