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- 98%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (3)
- Barclay HotelMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBackpackers+ 1Oct 27, 2013
The gentleman at the front desk was kind. That's about the only positive thing I have to say about this hotel. It's website promises a European-style budget hotel, but apart from a few old chairs in the lobby and a vase of dried flowers, I didn't sense anything European or comforting about it. The manager is only onsite for about an hour a day (if you're lucky). Judging by the guests entering and leaving the building (and the bilingual flyers advertising a casino shuttle bus service), I'm guessing the hotel caters to the Asian gambling and tour group markets.
Rooms are miniscule, there's nothing in terms of amenities, and the basement bar (The Den) felt like a sketchy karaoke lounge.
The hotel may offer cheap rooms, but they didn't even seem worth that. For the same price, you would be better off getting a private room at a hostel or investing another $20-30 a night for another budget hotel (there are many in town).Recommended for:Budget Travelers
- Barclay HotelJul 05, 2012
The first thing you notice when I walked up to the Barclay was that there was graffiti outside one of its 2nd-floor windows. It looked like a guest had leaned out of the window and tested his/her spraycan before heading out for a night of vandalism and hotel maintenance hadn’t bothered to clean it up. Even considering the graffiti as just bad luck, the advertised “Touch of Europe” only seems to be present in the tiny bed and bathrooms where it’s difficult to turn around at times. Even the lobby seems cramped with low ceilings, lighting like a bus station, and an internet terminal cheaply plunked together near the entrance.
There is a lovely little breakfast area downstairs where guests can have a $5.99 continental breakfast. Unfortunately if the tiny area fills up, you may be relegated to the basement bar area instead of under the front skylights.
When all is said and done, everything about the Barclay is cheap. If service and quality are not an issue, the price may be right but I would likely recommend a nearby hostel before recommending the Barclay.
- Barclay HotelFirst to ReviewJul 04, 2012
The rooms are nothing to be excited about. They are cramped! We originally had a room with just enough space to fit a double bed and one person. We had to upgrade so that two of us and our luggage could fit.
The good parts about the Barclay are the price and location. The rooms are cheap. We paid less than $100 a night. The location in the heart of downtown Vancouver is great. There tons of restaurants and public transportation within walking distance. You can be down by the water in minutes and Stanley Park is nice walk away.
If we go back, we could stay here again as long as the price it right.
Very Good!675 reviews across the web.
- Guests recommend this hotel for budget travelers.
- PriceExcellent value for money, said 100%.
- Location96% liked the proximity to shopping.
- Hotel94% thought it was clean.
- Service91% found the staff to be very friendly.
- RoomFor only 58%, the bathroom was ok.
- Food55% found the breakfast to be acceptable.
The Barclay Hotel offers the ultimate in comfort and style with its unique cozy European flavor. Our rooms offer individual air-conditioning, direct dial telephone, mini-Bar, same-day laundry service and parking facilities are available.