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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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