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Comfort Inn /Kingsway (Vancouver) good choice?

Comfort Inn /Kingsway (Vancouver) good choice?

May 31st, 2001, 07:58 PM
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Comfort Inn /Kingsway (Vancouver) good choice?

Hi,

I reserved 3 nights at the Comfort Inn located on 205 Kingsway in Vancouver. It`s a brand new hotel and the rate is really good

I just checked out their website and it looks like an old building (it's supposed to have been built in October 2000)

Would anyone know anything about this hotel?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.
 
Jun 1st, 2001, 07:04 PM
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There are nicer locations for the same price.
It's not a 'bad neighbourhood' as such but is distictive mainly for it's lack of character and heavy traffic on Kingsway.
I wouldn't let my Mother stay there that's for sure, she has an aversion to Vietnamese muscle cars and autobody shops(!)
Phone 1-800-435-5622 and ask an operator to send you the BC Accomodations Guide.
Don't let an operator book anything for you rarely have any of them stayed/visited any of the places they are flogging for a % but the book is a gem it's free and has everything worth your while listed.
 
Jun 1st, 2001, 07:33 PM
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Thanks Carl for your reply,

The rate is pretty hard to beat at $107/night.. Do you have any other suggestions? I already have the BC accomodation guide and everything else is so expensive (family of 4)

My choice would be the Holiday Inn North Vancouver but its lowest rate would be $149 (we will be in Van in August peak season)
 
Jun 2nd, 2001, 08:29 PM
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Jun 3rd, 2001, 04:43 PM
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Burrard Motor Inn
1100 Burrard St.
1-800-663-0366
As it happens my Mother has stayed there (!)-I'm not kidding-but that was many years ago.
An old High School friend was there a few years ago and called it acceptable.
It centrally located you could walk to just about anywhere Downtown/Granville Island.
Might be a little noisy because of the Hospital across the street depends on the room I suppose.
Page 91 of the BC Accomodations Guide.
 
Jun 4th, 2001, 09:48 AM
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Hi Carl,

It could not be the same Comfort Inn since the one on 205 Kingsway was built October 2000 (brand new construction)

Check their website : www.comfortinnkingsway.com
 
Jun 4th, 2001, 07:56 PM
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Yes of course you're right I has a 0 misplaced, not to mention 18 city blocks.
Bad news those 18 Blocks put you much closed to Skid Road, just a 20 minute walk in fact.
Being at the intersection of 2 major arterial roadways, Kingsway and Broadway, means very heavy traffic 18 hours a day, as many as 10,000+ cars/hour is what I've read.
There are a few interesting restaurants near Broadway & Kingsway, Monsoon to name one, but the neighbourhood leaves much to be desired.
Again I wouldn't put my Mom up in that 'hood, or my Dog either for that matter, too dodgy at night let alone the day.
 
Jun 4th, 2001, 09:26 PM
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Well, I wouldn't go that far! The area where the Comfort Inn is located is by all means less than desirable, but I wouldn't call it "unsafe" is all you were to do there was sleep. My boyfriend works nearby (just south of the hotel, on Great Northern Way, just west of Clark), and it's not really a *bad* neighbourhood full of people wanting to hurt you - it's just a really ugly neighbourhood of used car lots and old hotels and stores.

If you've been in that neighbourhood recently, you'd know that there's a big alternative crowd who are attracted to the Main Street/Broadway intersection because of all the cafes and antique shops. The Mount Pleasant area is actually more of a popular place for students because of cheaper rent.

Personally, I can't think of one place that's this close to downtown Vancouver that costs about $100 for a family of 4 during Vancouver's peak season. Go with the Comfort Inn, otherwise, you'll have to really look deep into the suburbs for something a bit better (or unless the Burrard Motor Inn offers similar prices, which if that's the case, go there).

Just think of it as a tradeoff. They're giving you a great deal for a decent hotel, but you have to sacrifice the neighbourhood it's it. But if you have no plans to spend any time in the hotel other than sleeping, stay there. I've driven by the hotel, and compared to the others on Kingsway, this one's not bad.

ps. The photos on the Comfort Inn's website *does* make the hotel look a lot more drabby.
 
Jun 5th, 2001, 01:10 PM
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Thank you so much Robyn, you are reasuring me.. I will try to find a better hotel though but so far I have had no luck.

We won't be in the hotel that much anyway, just to sleep (we would have appreciated a pool though)

Thanks to all, if you find a good deal let me know!
 
Jun 5th, 2001, 08:29 PM
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I reiterate-that is a dodgy neighbourhood.
Driving down the street during the day is hardy a representative view of what's on offer.
OTOH-Driving a workmate home up Kingsway 3 weeks in a row between 11pm and midnight, as I did a year ago, gives a person a drivers-eye view of Hookers, Punks, Druggies and the rest of the 'underbelly' of Vancouver.
I note that the 'Welfare Mall' is kitty-corner to the Comfort Inn-why not try some shopping?I promise it'll be a short trip, that Mall is not a welcoming place, not at all.
My mechanic is at 6nd and Scotia, a few blocks north of the Comfort Inn.
Generally I take the truck in the early AM and walk up the street to Broadway to take a bus back to Kits.
What do I see between 8&9am?
Used syringes, feshly broken car windows and worse, much worse.
Which of course accounts for the cheap rent the area is so popular for.
The Nirvana is another interesting restaurant in the hood, although you have to pass the grottiest porno theatre to get in the food's quite good.
The Burrard is your best choice-take my word for it.
 
Jun 5th, 2001, 08:49 PM
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Forget the Kingsway. Check out Richmond. Check out the hotels near Bridgeport Road. Check out the Coast chain of hotels. Check out a motel called the Stay n Save. Downtown Vancouver are a few converted apartment buildings that can be comfortable for families. When are you going? If you go on a weekend check Air Canada's Websaver rates, we've booked hotels in Vancouver, Montreal, and Vancouver using their last minute specials. Good luck.
 
Jun 6th, 2001, 10:54 AM
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Carl,

You are really scaring me off! I certainly don't want to stay in a neiboughood like the one you are describing. I looked at the other hotel you were suggesting but I really don't want to stay downtown. Maybe the airport area would be better?

Now I don't know what to do anymore. I like newer hotels and I don't mind being 20 minutes drive from Vancouver if it is quieter and can save me $50/night in hotel cost.

I want to stay in a nice neighbourhood (remember my kids are traveling with us)
 
Jun 6th, 2001, 12:15 PM
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There's one hotel located in Steveston, which is a small historic fishing village full of restaurants, shops, museums, boats/wharfs, and parks... called the Steveston Hotel. It used to be an old hotel where the fisherman used to stay, but a few years ago it was renovated along with its pub... it's cheap, and it's in a good neighbourhood, though it would be about a 30-45 minute drive to downtown Vancouver. Steveston's just south of Vancouver in the city of Richmond. Their website is http://www.stevestonhotel.com (click on Steveston Hotel at the bottom of the page). It's really the only hotel I can think of that can offer you really cheap prices.

Other than that, downtown Vancouver isn't as hustle and bustle as most other cities. If you stay downtown, you won't even need a car - just good walking shoes. Downtown has various neighbourhoods. There are busier areas (like around Burrard/Howe/Robson) but there are much quieter resedential neighbourhoods with tree-lined streets located in the West End of downtown, right by Stanley Park. So don't hold out that option!
 
Jun 6th, 2001, 01:16 PM
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Thanks again Robyn,

I looked at the site that you suggested but it is really not what we are looking for. We would have to take 2 rooms since they don't have rooms with 2 queen beds and they have a pub with bands playing on the weekend (we will be in Vancouver on a weekend)which can be pretty noisy at night

Bonny - Thanks for your suggestion about the Accent Inn (Stay n Save). What does Richmond look like?

I will keep looking... I also am keeping my eyes openned with websavers of Air Canada
 
Jun 6th, 2001, 01:54 PM
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Further up Kingsway is the 2400 Motel at 2400 Kingsway. It is within walking distance to the 29th Street Station of the Skytrain.
It is older, but very well maintained and very clean. Ask for a room in the rear to avoid the traffic noise on Kingsway.
It is about $70 a night in low season.
They filmed an episode of the X-Files there (Wet wired) and an episode of the Commish as well.
I've stayed there several times and I love it. They have kitchenettes and 1 and 2 bedroom units.
The Churche's Chicken place next door is good and there is a Whitespot a few blocks down Kingsway.
The neighbourhood is decent, mostly residential.
Mandy
 
Jun 6th, 2001, 07:21 PM
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Thanks Marilyn,

I looked at their website, the price is decent (2 bedroom units for $115Cdn in high season)but it looks very old. I would really prefer a new building or a recently renovated one.
 
Jun 6th, 2001, 09:19 PM
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What a production!!!
LOL!!!
Anyway what about
www.canyoncourt.com
www.bestwesterncapilano.com
or
www.lionsgatetravelodge.com
North Vancouver is an often overlooked place to stay and just 15 minutes from Downtown, outside of Rush Hour.
 
Jun 7th, 2001, 07:21 AM
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Thanks Carl,
Out of the 3 that you suggested, the LionsGate Travelodge looks like the best choice @ $129/night but there is no picture of the outside on their site.

 
Jun 7th, 2001, 01:03 PM
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http://bestlodging.com/sites/19118/index.shtml

There's a picture at that website (I quickly did a search). North Vancouver is 100 times better than Kingsway - this looks like a good option
 
Jun 7th, 2001, 08:22 PM
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I am feeling very anxious that you find a place other than some of the ones that are being suggested. I have travelled to Vancouver many times with my kids. The place they loved was the Delta Richmond something (not the Delta Marina Hotel), I will check the name and let you know. I always see them listed on the Websaver for a weekend but since you are going in August you won't be able to use that rate until the week of. I will do some checking for you and will post alternatives. You are definitely not going to the Kingsway!
 

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