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BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands
Ranked #48 of 89 Hotels in Vancouver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Excellent location, rooms and service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2012

Stayed in hotel for a week in March 2012 and from check in to check out we did not find 1 thing to fault in here.
Reception staff were always nice & cheerful & helpful...well done.Check in & check out were fast and efficient.
Stayed in room 205 which is facing the back of hotel, some views of mountains to north and very quiet room.Room had 2 double beds, flat screen tv, microwave, coffee maker, iron & ironing board, fridge,i-pod dock,ample supply of tea bags & coffee and plenty of wardrobe/drawer space for clothes.Bed linen changed on request just by leaving a card on bed.
Bathroom was nice & clean , plenty of towels and hot water..
Just around corner from hotel on Denamn St you will find the Denman Mall which has a discount supermaket called "No Frills" (I think that was the name) where you can get all the basics for survival in your hotel room ie bread, butter, milk etc.

Hotel is located across road from English Bay beach which leads into Stanley Park where you will always find people walking, cycling, rollerblading and just generally enjoying themselves.
Hotel is on Davie St which is a nice stroll 1 mile eastwards to downtown. Just outside of hotel you can also get a bus to take you downtown.
Plenty of bars,liquer stores,restaurants and fastfood outlets in general area of Hotel.
Take a walk east on Davie St until you come to Granville St, turn right here and over bridge to Granville Island ,where after spending some time exploring the markets with their massive selection of mouthwatering foods, you can catch a ferry back towards English Bay beach.
We really enjoyed our stay in this hotel while we were visiting our son in Vancouver and will definetly be staying here again when we return soon.

Room Tip: Room on North side was nice & quiet.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank mick0214
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, 19 April 2012
Thank you for the wonderful review and we are all pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Keep and eye out for our new package that is being developed called "Stay Fit Package"
Which gives you bike rentals, inline skates, healthy snack to go and breakfast.
We look forward to seeing you again.
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Airdrie, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

I love the location and stay here whenever in Vancouver. I cannot say enough about the wonderful service. Everyone was cheerful and enthusiastic. If I had an issue, they dealt with it efficiently and with a smile.

I too had an issue with the construction. Some mornings it was an 8 a.m. start time, others, a 7:30 a.m. start time was more likely. I had no idea the law was 8, I would agree that guests should be alerted to this when booking. I would request a room at the back if you want to avoid the brunt of the noise. The view is not as great, but out the front door is the beach!

The room doors could be more insulated as could the walls, but the staff were quick to move me when a very loud family with screaming, wall pounding children moved in next door to me.

This is an amazing price for a hotel in this location. The rooms are clean, the restaurant has decent food-great breakfasts- and the service, as I said, was outstanding.

Room Tip: As long as there is construction in front on Davies St, get a back room.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CDNPrairieGal
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, 10 April 2012
Thank you for your review and staying with us. We hope to see you again soon.
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Kamloops
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

I have had the pleasure of staying at the Sands 4 times, and it is one of my favorite places to stay. Love the location, the decor of the rooms are upscale, nice to have a balcony also robes & slippers a plus.
My last stay was March 2nd, for 2 nights on a business trip. The front desk staff were great, housekeepers very friendly and accommodating, excellent breakfasts and good value.
A safe area to walk on my own, I recommend the Sands for location,great property, lots of great restaurants, and the atmosphere..

Room Tip: I love the rooms with the balcony, as I like the fresh air.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank DodieKamloops_BC
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again soon.
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

I would have given this a 4.5 stars. Great location, reasonable price. The staff was very helpful. We had two rooms, both were upgraded to ocean view. The only issues were that the noise level was high (we were on the 3rd floor) since Davie st is a busy st and the bed could have been better (the mattress was too soft). We will come back again!

Room Tip: Rooms facing Davie St are noisier but have ocean view
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank traveltweet
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
Thank you for the review and thank you for seeing the we strive to be a 4.5 star. We hope to see you again soon.
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Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

They will not tell you about the 7am jackhammers when you book!!!

Room Tip: Ask to be at the back of the hotel is you stay.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ScubaSteve68
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, 3 April 2012
It is against the law in the city of Vancouver to start construction any time before 8am. Monday to Friday. Not sure what you heard? If any guest do hear sounds from this site before 8am please let us know immediately.
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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

A friend and I spent four nights here and were impressed, even though we foolishly accepted a room across from the ice machine. The room itself was pleasant and comfortable, well-maintained and odor-free, with a small refrigerator, decent coffee, a large flat-screen TV, robes and slippers, and free Wi-fi.
The front desk personnel were accommodating, efficient, and friendly. They honored a deal we got online for free-parking (even though it was a mistake), and they were kind and patient. The location of the hotel is excellent, with the #5 Robson bus to downtown right there, and a diverse selection of ethnic restaurants within walking distance. And you're right on English Bay, at the entrance to Stanley Park, and in close proximity to the ferry that takes you to Granville Island. (The one drawback is that construction is going on nearby, so do ask to be as far away from that as possible. Fortunately they don't begin until 8 a.m. and stop at around 3:30 pm, and do not work on the weekends.)

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kindablue
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, 23 March 2012
Thank for taking the time to send in this review, you have highlighted the advantages of our location and one thing to remember for next time is that we have direct bus loops near the hotel doorsteps that can take you beyond the Westend. We hope to see you again soon.
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Vancouver BC
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35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

This hotel is centrally located in Vancouver with very friendly and quick service personel.
It is dog friendly and very clean. The restaurant at the lobby has good food but the service is slooooowwwww! Even when the place is nearly empty, and there are 3-4 waiters around the service is still deadly slooooowwwwww!!!!!
I like the location for strolling the English Bay beaches, to Stanley Park and visit the many-many food places on Denman street. This is the most "gay" area of the city of Vancouver so excpect to see many boy and girl couples in the cafes and bench parks. The area and the city is wonderfully (mostly) free of biggots and everyone minds their own. This is a great part of this great city and the hotel fits in nicely. It has good internet service, excellent security and lots of parking even though it costs about 12 extra dollars to park. The staff go out of their way to be helpful and even lend you an umbrella when it rains (often in the winter, but very mild weather) and give directions a plenty. The city buses to Robson Strasse (shop till you drop), Stanley Park and just about everywhere you want to go leave from outside the door of this hotel!! See you there.

Room Tip: Rooms to the north side are quieter.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank BrechinBay
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BWSandsGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands, responded to this review, 19 March 2012
Thank you for taking the time to send a review. I will address the slow service in the restaurant, however I ask that you send me your last name and departure date so that I may speak to the staff involved. Please direct you email to sands@rpbhotels.com
Speaking of the restaurant we going to be doing a full renovation mid April and we are all very excited with the changes coming to "The Park"
Guest will not be affected during this renovation, full service of all meals will be available in our Bayside Lounge.
Please come back and see again soon.
Michael Brown
General Manager
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Property: BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands
Address: 1755 Davie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1W5, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#45 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
#48 Business Hotel in Vancouver
#49 Family Hotel in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Sands 3*
Number of rooms: 121
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Best Western Plus Sands Hotel is situated across the street from the beach at beautiful English Bay and world famous Stanley Park. Shopping, Vancouver Aquarium, Concert Venues and international restaurants are only moments away. 100% Non Smoking and a Zero Waste Property. ... more   less 
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