Fodor's Expert Review Barclay Hotel

1348 Robson St., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6E 1C5, Canada See on Map

Nestled on Robson Street, one of the most well-known shopping districts in Vancouver, Barclay Hotel might not win any points for style or amenities—but it more than makes up for it with its killer location and competitive rates.


The no-frills rooms at Barclay Hotel aren’t going to make it on any “Best Style” lists, but they have all the necessities (like a comfy bed, A/C, and a flat-screen TV)—and while the furnishings are definitely basic (not to mention a bit dated), they do the trick.

Heading out on the town and want to look your best? Call the front desk and request to use the hotel’s dry cleaning service.


The bathroom keeps up with the basic, no-frills feel of the rest of the space—but they do offer both a shower and tub (perfect for relaxing after a long day shopping on Robson Street).


The lobby at least tries to appear somewhat stylish, with its parlor-like decor and vintage couch. However, it’s not exactly a happening spot—so no need to post up and spend any time here.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There are stairs leading up to the lobby and no elevators at the property—so if you are unsteady on your feet or have trouble getting up and down stairs, this definitely isn’t the right property for you.


There’s no on-site dining at Barclay Hotel.


There’s also no on-site drinking at this hotel—but you do have a mini-bar, so if you’re really in need of a cocktail, they’ve got you covered.


Getting Around

Parking at Barclay Hotel is limited (and costs a pretty penny), but its location in the heart of downtown makes it a prime location for getting around on foot. If you need to get to other areas of the city, the Burrard SkyTrain station is just a 10-minute walk away.


As we mentioned, there’s no on-site dining at Barclay Hotel, but the property is a stone’s throw away from a ton of fantastic restaurant options. For breakfast, be sure to check out Cora (1-minute walk)—if you’re in the mood for something healthy, try one of their fruit bowls (which are so gorgeous, they belong in an art museum) or, if you’re in the mood for something more decadent, be sure to sample one of their delicious crepes. For lunch or dinner, try Ramen Danbo (1-minute walk), a chain restaurant popular in Japan (fun fact: this location is the chain’s first restaurant outside of Japan!) where you can customize a nice, hot bowl of traditional Fukuoka-style Kyushu Hakata Tonkotsu ramen with a laundry list of eclectic toppings.


Grab a pint at Lions Pub (6-minute drive), a British-style pub where you can sample from an impressive list of 27 draft and 25 bottled beers while you enjoy British staples like Yorkshire pudding. If you’re looking for something a bit more lively, head over to The Bottleneck (8-minute drive), where you can enjoy one of their signature cocktails while you listen to live music or try your luck at the tavern’s weekly trivia night.


Sometimes, all that matters is location. And while Barclay Hotel might not have the amenities you’d find at a higher end hotel, it’s affordable price tag and location on one of the best-known shopping streets in the city—with plenty of restaurants, bars, and nightlife close-by—makes this property definitely worth checking out.




Phones: 604-688–8850

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