If your top travel priorities are value and location, Buchan Hotel is definitely the property for you. The hotel is definitely on the plain side, but with a prime location smack in the middle of the West End (with easy access to Stanley Park and the waterfront) and one of the most affordable price tags in the city, you'll get over it pretty quickly.
There's not much special about the rooms; the furnishings are basic and the neutral-toned color palette fails to leave an impression. But if you're just looking for a comfortable place to sleep at night, it'll do the trick.
If you're traveling for business, upgrade to a deluxe room, which features a spacious corner room and a desk where you can spread out and get your work done.
The bathrooms are definitely on the tight side, and there's hardly any space to spread out—so keep that in mind if you're the kind of person who travels with a lot of products.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Only standard and deluxe rooms have private bathrooms—if you book an economy room, you'll be sharing a common bathroom with other guests.
Cozy up next to the fireplace in the lobby while you enjoy complimentary tea and coffee.
If you're exploring the city on two wheels, make sure to ask the front desk about the hotel's complimentary bike storage.
Enjoy a traditional Italian meal at Adesso Bistro, which is open daily for dinner. The menu is small but has a solid variety of dishes, like the squash & ricotta agnolotti and British Columbian halibut.
Ask your server for a wine recommendation to go with your meal—Adesso Bistro has over 20 varieties.
There are eight parking spots available on a first-come, first-served basis that will run you $10 per night. If there are no spaces available, you can try your luck with free street parking (spaces are limited) or park in one of the nearby paid lots. You're also just a block away from Robson Street, which has some of the best shops and boutiques in the city, which is ideal to explore on foot.
Head to Ukrainian Village (4-minute walk) for top-notch European comfort foods such as borscht, pierogies, cabbage rolls, and Russian “Napoleon” cake. If you're more in the mood for Asian flavors, try Ma Dang Goul (3-minute walk), an ultra budget-friendly option with almost a dozen varieties of bibimbap, hot pot soups, noodles, and stir-fries.
Head to 6 Degrees Eatery (13-minute walk), one of the most popular waterfront happy hour spots in the city, where you can sip on a variety $5 beer and wine on tap while you enjoy epic views of the harbour. For more of a pub atmosphere, try The Bottleneck (24-minute walk), which has an impressive selection of local beers and ciders (if you like IPAs, make sure to try the Red Racer).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Buchan Hotel certainly isn't winning any awards for style or luxury—but with comfortable accommodations, a fantastic location, and one of the best price tags in the city, it's the perfect option for the budget-conscious traveler who wants to explore Vancouver without breaking the bank.