"Budget hotel in good location with excellent staff"
So, if you are staying in Vancouver for more then a couple of days and you want some luxury, this probably isn't for you. The decor is a bit old fashioned, the rooms on the 2nd floor have frosted/textured glass, and therefore no view, and there was some sort of industrial air conditioner or ice making machine directly outside my window. 'Downtown' was also described by some Canadian friends as 'sketchy', and when I arrived there was a low level street disturbance going on outside. HOWEVER- as a lone traveller who needed a bed for a couple of nights and somewhere safe to keep my things, it was perfectly adequate. Actually, more then adequate- the room was really clean and perfectly comfortable, the breakfast was basic, but there was plenty of it and above all, every single member of staff I met, whether cleaners, catering staff, management or reception, were delightful, incredibly polite and amazingly helpful and informative. Also, once I got my bearings and more familiar with the area, I realised it was like any city centre, where you have to be street smart and vigilant but generally seemed relatively safe. The location is very convenient for the Skybus to other parts of the City and the airport. It is very close to the Seabus for the North Side of the city, and very close to Gastown, the Art Gallery, and great seafront walks. If you are on a flying visit, and need a cheap, convenient, and very friendly place to stay, I would definately recommend The Ramada.
Traveller from Brighton