Absolutely excellent value for money. Spacious rooms / suites, tidy and well maintained. Free WiFi. Excellent location. No kitchen, but across the street a nice deli with breakfast starting at 7AM.
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I have visited the Carmana Plaza almost every month over the last 10 years for business and pleasure so I consider it to be my second home! Why do I stay there? Well, it is very conveniently located in the downtown area, the suites are spacious and comfortable, the standard of cleanliness is extremely high and most importantly the staff is very friendly and helpful. Within one block can be found a wide range of restaurants, an Urban Fare (across the street) and a liquor store. The skytrain station is only three blocks away. Stanley Park and English Bay are within comfortable walking range.
Great rates, and great location .. one block from Robson Street and opposite an Urban Fare. Very central! The apartments are great .. always nice to have an actual kitchen and living room when you are travelling for business or for pleasure. Staff are also great - very helpful and friendly.
Carmana Plaza is the perfect place to stay whether you are visiting Vancouver on business or vacation. Our sales staff love this hotel; it's perfectly located within the downtown core and for professionals who find themselves often away from home and tired of restaurant food Carmana offers kitchens in all their suites so dining out doesn't have to be your only option! The suites are clean, comfortable and quiet and the staff are helpful and friendly. Definitely a great place to stay if you are looking for a reasonable rate and not the ordinary look, feel and service of a hotel chain!
Stayed at Carmana Plaza at the start, and the end, of our Canadian Rockies trip. Stayed for a total of 4 nights on the 11th floor. Service staff was efficient and helpful, bellman was very helpful - even guided us through the maze that is the parking complex to where we can park our car!
Location: Can't get more convenient than this. It's opposite the Shangri-La Vancouver so that should be an indication of its centrality. Opposite us is Urban Fare, a gourmet (upmarket) market where you can easily obtain breakfast materials (organic!) for use in your kitchenette. There are 2 nice ramen stalls (we're Singaporean Chinese and can certify the ramen to be pretty good!) on either sides of the block, a London Drugs around the block at Robsons, and of course all sorts of cafes and restaurants nearby (we ate at JJ Beans, Earls, etc). For drivers, it's not hard to get onto the main routes to get out of Vancouver towards Whistler, Stanley Park (very nearby), and the Trans Canada highway to the Rockies. Driving from airport took about 30-45 minutes. Parking is convenient and secure - access card is needed to enter the hotel parking area.
Room: See photos. The kitchenette is well equipped with dish washer, coffee machine (using capsules), kettle, cooking hob, microwave, full sized fridge. We just stocked up for breakfast from Urban Fare or the 7-11/London Drugs :) The rooms are quiet - double glazed windows, can barely hear the town traffic noise. Spacious living room and bedroom. The room temperature is controlled by a wall panel, and the shower jet is of good strength. Room cleaning is done daily and newspapers delivered daily as well. Rooms are very clean, no problem there whatsoever. TV has quite a number of cable channels to keep the evenings occupied. And.. there are TONS of wall sockets everywhere, for a gadget hog like me (notebook, ipad, camera, phone, etc) this is very useful! Cupboard at entrance to hang your clothes too :) If bored, just look across the street to the posh Shangri-La and gaze with jealousy lol :)
Hotel: As previous TAers have pointed out, rooms are accessed by a secure elevator- you need your access card to press your floor, and a key to open the lock. While archaic, I have no issue with this (never had to worry about your room access card going wonky!)
The true test for us was that we were actually looking forward to staying at Carmana on our return back to Vancouver after a 2 week trip around the Rockies (where the hotels were not really that comparable to Carmana). It was like returning to a warm, comfortable, home away from home :) I'd certainly recommend this place to my friends, fellow TAers, and readers :)
Carmana Plaza is an unassuming hotel very conveniently located in downtown Vancouver. The entrance is small and easy to miss. The building looks as though it was originally designed as a condo complex. All rooms are actuall suite with seperate living rooms and small kitchens. A real find for the price. In addition overnight parking is reasnably priced and you can come and go as you please.