Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown Review: An Excellent Hotel

If your travels bring you to Vancouver, BC, be sure to check out the Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown. The hotel opened in July 2012 after an extensive 10-month renovation. It’s a centrally located hotel with lots of updates, plenty of amenities, and a focus on sustainability. Here’s why it’s a great accommodation option.


Central Location

The hotel is walking distance to dozens of great restaurants, the shops on Robson (if high-end shopping is your thing), and even a park with a playground if you’re traveling with kids. It’s an easy walk to Yaletown, Downtown, the West End, and Davie Village, and a slightly longer walk to Stanley Park and Gastown. On a nice day, you could even walk to Granville Island, home to shops, an awesome market, and a fun brewery.


Great for Families or Business Travelers

When we were there, most of the guests were business travelers, but the hotel’s amenities make it a great place for families to stay. There’s an indoor pool (great for rainy day entertainment), a hot tub, and one of the best breakfast buffets I’ve seen in a hotel (free for guests). Another perk is that the hotel hosts complimentary events for guests like barbecues on the terrace and wine and appetizer receptions in the attached restaurant.


The Residence Inn Downtown Vancouver has an amazing, free breakfast buffet.

Sustainable Choice

Travelers concerned about their environmental impact can rest easy: the Residence Inn Downtown Vancouver is a sustainable choice. The hotel is one of only four Vancouver hotels that has been awarded a 5 Green Keys rating by Green Key Global. It has a zero waste system, in-room recycling and composting, and uses reusable silverware and plates at its breakfast buffet. The Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown is the only hotel I’ve stayed at that offers in-room composting — a very cool, green feature. The hotel also donates its used toiletries to the nonprofit Mission Possible, which cleans the soaps and shampoos to help prevent disease in developing countries.


View of the rooftop terrace, which is available to all guests.

Whether you’re a business traveler in town for a quick trip or a family exploring Vancouver for the first time, the Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown is an excellent accommodation option.

The Residence Inn Downtown Vancouver provided us with a complimentary stay on our trip.