"Convenient location, old building. Cant beat price"
For a cheap hotel downtown on Granville you can't really go wrong with this one. The building is a little old but the rooms were clean and everything functioned well.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Beware the parking fee! But otherwise good."
Stayed here for 3 nights whilst travelling and stopping briefly in Vancouver to some sight-seeing. The hotel is very conveniently located and our room was clean with all the basic amenities so no complaints there. The room we were in was pretty small, but for a short stay it wasn't a problem. The TV was slightly fuzzy on some channels sometimes but […] it was no real bother. Staff were also all helpful and certain staff were very friendly as well. HOWEVER, if you have a car bear in mind the $20 a night fee to use their car park! For us that meant an extra $60 we hadn't accounted for! We were trying to travel on a tight budget too so it was irritating. It is not a secure car park either as it's just off the high street with all the cars clear in view and easily accessible to potential thieves (so where does my $20 go?! Clearly not extra security!). There is also no breakfast, and I've stayed at cheaper places that provide a good breakfast so I don't see the lower cost as an excuse. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Response by Howard Johnson Hotel Downtown Vancouver Dear Matt, Thank you for writing your review. Glad you enjoyed your stay. I'm very sorry, but since we were fortunate to host Olympics in 2010, our parking tax went up from 7% to 21%, I guess we have to pay for Olympics somehow. All parking in our area increased in price, now if you put $ 2 in meter, it gives you 20 minutes of parking. We do our best to keep prices as reasonable as possible. Please note, our parking lot is under 24hr surveillance and also at night we have security, whose duties are to keep an eye on our lot. I'm glad overall you enjoyed our nice city. Thank you for staying with us.
"Fair price hotel in good area"
I thought it was a pretty good hotel at a fair price in a fun area of town. I will stay there again for sure. Also the hotel staff were helpful and friendly.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
when I checked in with my 86 year old mother, the rooms had no heat...the wall radiators were not working, they gave us small space heaters, but the rooms were 55 degrees...they were uncooperative and even though we checked out within 30 minutes of arriving, the hotel insisted on charging me for the two rooms for one night....I had to go thru hotels.com […] to make a complaint and explain that i had immediately checked into a much nicer hotel a few bldings down that had heat in every room. I would never consider staying at howard johnsons in downtown. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"No Free Parking is a big down"
We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights, at the first night the receptionist told us the paid ticket has been used up, so we could not park our car in the hotel's parking lots; we had to find another paid parking lot 2 or 3 blocks away which is very inconvenient given that we have a 2 years old child. The second night we got a paid ticket which cost $19. […] This is much worse than another hotel we lived in aother night which was in the same area but got free parking lot (and much better/newer settings). Other than that the facilities are OK, especially there is a cozy dining area in 1.5 floor where you got microwave, hot chocolate/coffee for free and we liked to eat some take-out food there. Another down side is the window is not good in sound-proof, our room is at 4th floor, but the noise on the street was still very loud the first night (many people were having Halloween party there). The good thing is that you got convenience in downtown. But as mentioned before, another hotel we stayed got same location but with much better settings (the price was actually close or even cheaper). So if you could book some other downtown hotels with free parking, better or newer settings, like Comfort Inn, you need to choose the latter. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great Location, Small Room"
My room was a little funky. I had someone come up to spray the room with Air Freshner and they gave me the bottle to do the work. I sprayed and it smelled good for a little while, but the room smelled like Bleach and the hallway smelled like Cat litter. Otherwise it was a good place to sleep and close to where I wanted to be.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Location and Value"
Very nice moderate hotel- prime location. Well maintained and comfortable.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Ideally located in downtown Vancouver"
The hotel is located in the main entertainment district of downtown Vancouver. There are numerous bars, clubs and restaurants within a 3 km radius. The hotel itself is comfortable, with nice clean beds, but small(ish) rooms. Don't expect luxury but don't expect a dump either.Genuine Expedia guest review
Stayed here on a Friday night with a few friends. Went here because it's on the main strip where all the nightlife is, and it was so convenient. Nice hotel, good room but a little smaller than expected. Excellent service. Parking lot for hotel is $19 a day which isn't too bad. Overall not a bad choice to stay if you don't mind a bar below the rooms […] and the loudness from the nightlife scene :) Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Value Hotel on Granville St."
The Howard Johnson was the cheapest hotel on Granville Street the night we went to Vancouver. Restaurants, fast food, bars, clubs are all right there on the same street. English Bay Beach and Granville Island are within comfortable walking distance as well. Considering what we paid, the hotel was very nice. No regrets on this stay.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Don't be surprised by the parking charge!"
The stay was average as you can see from my mostly 3 ratings. I was super upset that I was charged $19 for parking (not disclosed prior to booking) Please contact me if you have any questions. I'm at 360-933-1109. I also thought the lady that checked us in was rude. Not horribly, but not polite considering we're her guests!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
It was extremely loud at night because of the bar and clubs right outside, and I was unable to move during my 3 night stay because "everything was full." The floor was dirty and the comforter was disgusting. The wifi didn't work the first night, and the passwords change every night and only work on one device (like phone only or computer only, otherwise […] you get locked out). Neighborhood was pretty sketchy too. Not worth the money I paid. The only good thing was the closeness to my friends. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
First day - until next day - toilet didn't work. Repeated problem with key card access. Room cleanliness well maintained. Hall carpet NOT clean. Staff pleasant.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Good budget hotel"
Well kept but a little on the old side. Within walking distance of downtown attractions.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Practical Stop For Short Stay"
Friendly staff made our stay pleasant and comfy. The room was clean. The hotel is near the club scene, so there was some minor noise after dark.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Reasonable room semi rough area."
Just a little too far away to be really close to Yaletown.......just across the bridge from Island.....not so bad.....tattoo parlor across street if you want something to remember your stay.....helpful staff.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Close to lots of restaurants"
Hojo was clean. There was a window unit in the room which was a little noisy. Overall, not a bad place to stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I enjoyed my stay at the Howard Johnson hotel however next time I will be more careful not to choose a room at the main street due to the noise.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Decent hotel in bad location"
Hotel is nice, and price was mid-range. I liked the free, no-hassle wifi. However, I wouldn't stay there again due to Granville Street being one with tattoo shops, peep shows, dive bars, and bums sleeping in doorways for a couple blocks in either direction. Also, the distance to where I needed to be was a little too far. This location isn't as convenient […] to shopping, restaurants, and waterfront as other downtown hotels. There is also no shuttle to get to/from hotel, train, or other places one might need to visit. For the price, I didn't quite get the value I hoped for. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"great location for nightlife"
For the price It was a good value.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Trouble with Front desk"
It was a nice location in downtown. We loved Vancouver, but the my wife had a lot of trouble with the front desk lady. She was really rude to her and talked down to her. We wouldn't stay there again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
When we arrived at Howard Johnson on July 23, 2013 around 12noon, the young lady behind the counter was not too pleasant to us. This is our first time for our family to visit Vancouver. She seems in a hurry to answer our question so she can move on to do something else. Also, when we saw her the next day, we asked about public transportation to Grouse […] Mountain. She said something really fast as if someone from overseas can grasp everything she said in a hurry. We ended up walking the entire way because we feel it is too difficult to ask her to explain again. In the evening, there was another lady and gentleman working, she was very nice to us and took the time to go out of her way to explain things to us.(She wears glasses and slightly older than the other receptionist). I can tell she cares about her job and the people who stays there. She actually pays attention to us. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
A dance club was next to my room, I learned all the current rap songs but I only got to sleep from 3am - 6am, my go to work time…what else can I say…I loved it - NOT.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very costly experience. The clerk showed the map and where parking is available but did not elaborate the parking rules on that particular street or at least give a warning that at a certain time I have to move my vehicle. My vehicle ended up being towed towed the next morning. The recommended street is a main thoroughfare and as such prohibits parking […] between 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, other streets nearby doesn't have the same rules. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good location, but kind of uncomfortable"
Pros: - good location, close to downtown and Yaletown; bus stop literally in front of the hotel's door. - bar/restaurant on the first floor. Cons: - the main concern is the room cleanness. One day, I even got a towel that was dirty. - hotel staff are not really nice, it would be nice to get a smile once in a while; further, I had the impression that […] I was bothering them every time that I was asking something Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
We had a great stay at this HoJo! It was a great value. The room was pretty small, but very comfortable and clean. The bed was particularly comfortable as well. Very central location in Vancouver. It was definitely the best bang for our buck. The hotel staff was very courteous and friendly as well! This was a great option for travelers on a budget!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Location, But Not For Parking At The Hotel"
The hotel is decent overall; the location is very central to everything and the neighborhood is not as bad a other reviewers make it out to be. Granville Street is very busy, so if you have a room facing the street, expect noise. Otherwise, our room was decent and relatively quiet. We didn't spend much time in the room so it was a good deal for us. Our […] low rating comes from the parking situation at the hotel. The hotel only has a small outdoor lot next to it and it is first come, first serve. When we booked, the amenities mentioned that parking was available. When we arrived, however, the front desk said that no spots were available for the weekend and that we had to find parking elsewhere in the city. The worst part about it was that the hotel and the staff did not have a backup option to recommend to us. We felt this was very poor customer service and would recommend avoiding this hotel if you have a car. If you must stay here and need overnight parking, the parking structure on Seymour just past Nelson by the Starbucks has covered parking for a reasonable daily rate. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"poorly maintained hotel"
Needs some urgent renovations & maintenance. Everything is of low quality not worth the price you payGenuine Hotels.com guest review
I was told by my Hotels.com booking agent that parking was included in the booking charge and there would be no extra fee. On arrival I was informed otherwise and was forced to pay 17.00 dollars per day for an unsecured lot in a dicey. Neighborhood. I place the blame on Hotels.comGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Location, Bad Service"
Many at the front desk need to exit the service industry immediately. Needed to ask front desk a question and had to walk away to stop myself from knocking the guy out. Horrible.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"A place to sleep only"
The location was perfect to attend the Vancouver Film Festival. It was also convenient (within a couple blocks) of the Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour. We were able to park our car and get around the city using the bus. The Howard Johnson is not a place to spend time in your room. The rooms are small and old fashioned window airconditioners kept me up most […] of the night. The staff was friendly and helpful in finding us a quiet room, so it could have been worse if we were on the street side with noise from the Pub downstairs. We were careful not to leave anything in view through the windows of our parked car. There was a car prowler in the lot when we left. It is not a nice neighborhood but convenience made up for it. The room cost was too high for what it was and we paid an additional $20 to park in the lot overnight. Very limited parking available, so check in early. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Howard Johnson-on Granville- has an exceptionally friendly and helpful staff! They were always helpful with information, help, and friendly words! The rooms are "big-city" compact, but were always serviced and clean. This location is wonderfully central. Enjoyed our Vancouver stay with HoJo!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice Hotel for adults."
Hotel is old but very quaint. Small European style with some old world charm if you can imagine in a HOJO?Genuine Expedia guest review
"Quite an unpleasant stay"
The friendly desk clerk got me checked in quickly and easily. As we walked up the stairs though, my impression of the hotel dropped. A horrible smell of ammonia and other cleaning supplies saturated the air in the hallway and to a lesser extent, my room. The bathroom seemed in disrepair and after feeling a breeze and clear noises from outside, I went […] to close the window, only to realize they were already closed, just useless. Sleeping was hard because the sounds of the street came in clearly through the window and the music from the adjacent nightclub shook my bed on every pulse of the bass. A decent location compromise between Yaletown to the east and shopping to the north, but not on a particularly good location itself. I recommend finding another hotel. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"No frills but Clean."
No frills clean room, good location for Vancouver. Best part was adjoining restaurant....Wings. Great Food as drinks, priced well below avg for Vancouver....fish and chips for $10 .....unbelievable. Service was outstanding...and daily specials cannot be beat.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Well located intermediate chain hotel."
Typically of intermediate hotel chains. Rooms are clean, comfortable and well appointed. Staff are friendly enough. Room is a tiny bit small but otherwise very good. Location is excellent, especially if you want to be in the middle of the action on Friday or Saturday nights.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Happy with our stay."
We were happy with our stay at this hotel. It met all our basic needs - room was clean and staff were very helpful with information. The location was very convenient for us. We were able to walk to everywhere - downtown and across the bridge to Granville Island, and we were also able to take public transportation easily. Overall - we are satisfied with […] this hotel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The floor in our room was slanted so we felt like we were on a mo inv ship! The tv was at the side of the bed maki g it hard to view. The staff at the front desk were very nice.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I stayed in a double, which was pretty small but good considering the price. The location is excellent on Grandville and there is a bar attached to the hotel. However, I was disappointed when the hotel ran out of parking and had to find a random parking lot.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Centrally located, clean and friendly staff"
We had a layover in Vancouver and found this hotel to be perfectly located to enjoy an easy walk and ferry boat ride (suggested by the lobby personnel) to Granville Island. The redecorated older hotel has a comfortable lobby and helpful staff.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We got a room on the 1st floor and apparently it was directly over a restaurant/club. We could hear the music all night, following by people in the alley throwing away glass bottles afterwards. The noise finally died down around 4am. Unless you are a pretty heavy sleeper and want the convenience of the downtown location, I'd choose a different hote […] l. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
...it was a room. The location was perfect for what I needed, and the hotel itself was ok, the service was great. The maintenance men cleaned the elevators with something that was similar to gas, so it was a HUGE concern when I first stepped into the elevator, and was not happy with that chemical smell. The lounge downstairs was good, excellent hot […] wings. And at the end of the night, the heater didnt work, so they sent up a small plugin heater. I wasnt IMPRESSED but it was a good sleep. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
I would like to express my special thank to Richard who was at the front desk during my stays. He was very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Thanks so much Richard...I will go back there again. This is kat...Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Worst Vancouver Stay to date."
DO NOT stay at the HoJo. The quality of service was the worst I have ever recieved while staying in Vancouver, and I frequent hotels in Vancouver, let's just say I will never be returning to this one. The employees at the front desk were rude and did not pay attention to us during our check in, we were not even told what room number we were staying […] in before we were shoved our keys with a quick abrupt "BYE" from the employee checking us in. The cleanliness of the room was okay, definitely happy that we brought some of our own blankets. If you are looking for a friendly, comfortable stay, I would look elsewhere. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice room...too bad it faces Granville"
The hotel was great except that the bar crowd kept me awake until 3 AM. My room faced out to Granville Street, so next time I'll ask for a different room than 116.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"No sleep due to noise from disco next door"
Outdoor parking lot is conveniently next door to entrance, costing $15/night. Couldn't sleep due to noise from disco (stereo system and people talking). Window covering would not close so street lights shone into room all night. Heater fan was very loud--either on for a noisy warm room or off for a less noisy cold room. I had to stand and wait in the […] lobby for 15 minutes in order to check out. Sports bar off lobby was not appealing, but The Edge restaurant one block away offered a superb brunch breakfast. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great location in the center of city nightlife"
This hotel is located on busy Granville St which in the evening is very lively and teeming with action. Nightclub next door will ROCK you to sleep for sure. I am not a light sleeper so the music never bothered me but if you wake at the slightest noise, this hotel is not for you. Very centrally located and within walking distance of just about every […] thing. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good location to go out to bars on Davie St"
Very accessible location. Not luxurious but clean and efficient. Grandville St is a little run down, but the hotel is probably the best option for the price in that area.Genuine Expedia guest review
Counter service was not good. It is old, really need to remodel the hotel.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Howard Johnson Review."
Room was not what I expected. Guest services were great. Our heater did not work. Overall I would not stay there again unless the beds were bigger.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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