Carey Centre at University of British Columbia

Carey Centre at University of British Columbia

5920 Iona Dr On UBC campus, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1J6 Canada

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5920 Iona Dr On UBC campus, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1J6 Canada
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lizard076 wrote a review Jul 2015
indiana89 contributions62 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
For affordable digs in an expensive city, stay at Carey Centre (part of the Carey Theological College and the Carey Institute) on the beautiful campus of the University of British Columbia. Rooms are very basic--bed, desk, small TV and bathroom--but clean and quiet. The city bus runs often and is about half an hour to Vancouver's city center. (And the bus drivers were excellent, helpful guides to the city.) No blow dryer in the room. WiFi did not work. No A/C, but you could ask for a fan that was small but cooled off the room. Staff is only there Monday-Friday. Parking was $8/day. You could also sign up in advance for breakfast at Carey Centre. There are a few stores and a McDonald's nearby, as well as an Irish pub that closed very early. Wreck Beach, a famous nude beach, is nearby. You will receive a passcard to get you into the building as well as a room key. If you arrive after hours, you will be given a lockbox code to get your passcard and keys.
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Date of stay: July 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Michelle W wrote a review Aug 2018
Miami, Florida175 contributions92 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This conference center is part of the Carey Theological Seminary and has a historical connection to the humanitarian and missionary tradition of William Carey that is totally welcoming and even somewhat inspiring, even if you are not religious. The rooms (AND BEDS) are comfortable, (I've had both single and queen) and the location is quite good, just behind the GAge residence halls of UBC and - on Iona Drive - adjacent to an elegant group of dorms and the economics and law schools. I really appreciated the bedside lighting that allowed you to read in bed, or have light on your desk that was muted. Good storage, and plenty of hangers. There are pick up points for Car2Go and Zipcar in the Gage Parking Lot just to the left of the exit of the Carey Center (go up through the gate in the fence). This same 'short cut' also gets you to the #84 bus that goes to Granville Island, and a bit further on is the Aquatic Center for UBC which is phenomenal and open to the public. The Carey Center offers meals, but you need to plan for them as the office (where you buy your coupon) is still closed when breakfast is served and the serving times for lunch and dinner are pretty abbreviated. The breakfast and coffee were phenomenally average, There is no coffee pot in your room, and the vending machines were not well-maintained when I was there, so the other options for breakfast are a bit of a walk (i.e the coffee shop in the Gage Center is probably the closest). During the heat wave, the one vending machine with cold water (on the 4th floor, I think) was out of water by Sunday and never refilled by Thursday. The building did not cool off very much in the heat wave, which was a problem. In cooler weather, this would be a good place to stay if other on-campus options did not suit, or were full. (They did have fans during the heat wave, but not enough for all guests who wanted them).
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Date of stay: August 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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roamer70 wrote a review Jul 2016
Santa Cruz, Bolivia278 contributions157 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The University of British Columbia is a very interesting place to visit (especially for alumni) with outstanding features such as the Museum of Anthropology, which provides a wealth of First Nations materials and also other subjects (right now for example there is an exhibition of European ceramics and one on the Ainu of Japan). The total experience is an instance where the quality of the exhibits matches the wonderful architecture and setting of the building that houses it. There are also University woods and beaches that can be explored at leisure.

Carey House is located in the heart of the University. The facilities are basic but of excellent quality and reasonably priced. We stayed in Suite 217 which consists of two bedrooms, a complete kitchen with a small set of table and chairs, an adjoining living room with sofa, low table and a small TV. There is a small adjoining storage room as well. The rooms were spotless, light and airy. The breakfast that is included in the cost is adequate but not something you write home to Mom about. The office staff is most helpful and more than willing to assist in whatever way possible. There is limited parking available but should be arranged at the time of booking. We certainly plan to return in the coming years.
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Date of stay: July 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: You can't go wrong with 217
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Wanda L wrote a review Feb 2024
Victoria, Canada1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This is NOT a 5 star “hotel”! It’s a dorm room in a theological school. The bed was hard. The sink was cracked. The walls are cement. The breakfast was in a cafeteria with 18 year old theology students. It was an awful experience. How can this be rated as a 5 star hotel!?
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Karen M wrote a review Jan 2024
Calgary, Canada48 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A basic room. Clean, beds good, hot breakfast included. After hours check-in with lock box went smoothly. Very close to a main transit exchange so easy to get downtown. That’s the only place we went. Otherwise we walked on campus. In town visiting family who live on campus.
I have noticed on other reviews people comment on “holes in the walls”. These are concrete walls. The holes are just minor bubbles in the concrete. They are NOT holes that result from guests damaging the rooms.
We did not have a suite, just a Queen room with a tub/shower. Would have appreciated bedside tables.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t be afraid to use Vancouver transit. You just tap on and off with a credit card.
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Rio_Calgarian wrote a review May 2024
10 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I found this place through an internet search. Indeed a clean and a wonderful accommodation. I really love the staff, service and the facility. Very reasonably priced. Definitely a place to stay when we are in Vancouver. Bus is just 3blocks away.
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Bus stop is just 2-3blocks away. Uber will cost only between C$15-C$25 going downtown Vancouver.
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Lunchbag917 wrote a review Jan 2018
Airdrie, Canada43 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was visiting my daughter who is a student at UBC, and she recommended I try getting a room at Carey Centre, which is right across the road from her studio.

Carey Centre is not a 5-star hotel. It is a conference center with hotel-type rooms, but the majority of the rooms are used as student housing during the school year. Because of that, there are noise restrictions. And Carey Centre is a part of the theology area of campus, and the atmosphere reflects that.

My room was in the corner at the far end of the hall with a pretty view facing north...water/city/mountains at the peak of fall colors. The room itself was very basic and has obviously been used as a dorm room (dings and dents, etc.). But it was immaculately clean! The queen bed was surprisingly very comfortable. I had a room with a TV (not all do), but the TV was a very small computer monitor size screen. I turned it on for background noise, but didn't bother watching because I was there to spend every waking minute of my brief visit with my daughter.

The room was very quiet, but there was some street noise because it was a long weekend on campus (Remembrance Day) and there were some activities going on outside. Not a huge bother, except that I had to keep both windows open all night to cool down the room...it was exceptionally warm in the room, even though the thermostat was turned as low as possible. If visiting in the summer, a small portable fan might be in order, as there is no air conditioning.

There was the option of breakfast, but I did not visit the cafeteria on this trip. For the price (just over $100 per night), this was an excellent basic place to stay, especially if you are wanting to be near UBC campus. The other option would be a hotel near the airport (Richmond) at more than double the cost (about 25-30 minutes by car). Or one of the other hotels on campus at more than triple the cost.

A word of warning: if you want to book a room for the September long weekend -- move-in weekend for students -- you need to book months in advance. Many months! And rates will probably be higher due to demand. (We were too late last year, so we had to pay ridiculous rates at a hotel in Richmond and make the commute.)
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Date of stay: November 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Neville W wrote a review Mar 2017
382 contributions48 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Carey Centre is a hotel-cum-seminar centre with an excellent range of meeting rooms on the main floor and rooms above. Tastefully designed in the very quiet Theology quarter. Some rooms will have better views than others.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Laaduuzze wrote a review Sep 2019
Grindelwald, Switzerland111 contributions90 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
In the hotel are just the necessary things like a bed, chair and a lamp. for one or two nights it is ok. the staff at the front desk was kind of board and not really interested in the guests. when I ask something the guy just said shortly where it is and was still watching on his computer.
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Date of stay: June 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Dona Nazareth wrote a review Jun 2019
Kalutara, Sri Lanka76 contributions31 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
FIRST OFF! This will be one of those reviews I write with a heavy heart.
I was recommended this place by a friend and it was one of the shabbiest places I have ever lived in! Even in my student years, I did not stay in a room as cold (feeling) not temperature as this. We were a group of 3 travelers going through British Columbia, staying at various properties where we made our bookings for 3 pacs in one room- and all of our other reservations were Picobello Marinello, but when we entered this room, it had 2 single beds, with the bare amenities, we had to book another room for the 3rd person, all in all we could have stayed in a 5 star downtown for a 1000 dollars which we ended up paying for the 4 nights.
The shower cabin was so small my husband could hardly fit in- and he is fit! Lol! It's way out of the way... no close public transport etc...
In my opinion unless desperate for accommodation, I would let it bypass me.
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Date of stay: May 2019
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nearby attractions include Museum of Anthropology (0.8 km), Nitobe Memorial Garden (1.0 km), and Beaty Biodiversity Museum (0.9 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, kids activities, and laundry service.
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