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Coquitlam Hotels: Best Hotels in Coquitlam

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Hi Vancouver!

We’ve taken a look at some of the best hotels in Coquitlam, BC and here are our recommendations for the best hotels in Coquitlam. Whether you’re looking to visit family in the tri-cities, if you’re in town on leisure, or if you’re in town for business, these are tried and tested accommodation for your stay in Coquitlam.

We’ve taken the effort to visiting and trying quite a few of our recommendations first hand so these are not blind recommendations. I have found often that reading reviews on Trip Advisors requires a

Best Hotels in Coquitlam: These are hotels located within Coquitlam. There aren’t currently any hotels by Coquitlam Center unfortunately.

1) Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel: If you need to be in Coquitlam, BC then the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel is where you want to book out of all options currently available as far as Coquitlam hotels are concerned.

Pros –

+ Great service: The front desk customer service is phenomenal; they are generally friendly, professional, and prompt. They are compassionate and preemptively considering customers’ needs and wants.

+ Convenient location: Especially with the skytrain station bringing you to Coquitlam in 15 minutes or downtown in 25 minutes.

The Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel is just a 5 minute walk from Lougheed Skytrain Station providing access both to the Expo and Millennium lines connecting to Canada Line towards Richmond and YVR airport at Waterfront Station.

This means, you have access across the metro Vancouver from a clean and comfortable based in the beautiful city of Coquitlam, BC. You can also get to the airport effortlessly within 60 minutes by transit.

Cons

– Old property: some rooms require some maintenance

– Housekeeping can be inconsistent: Rooms are generally clean but you may notice the occasional need for extra attention. (The first time I stayed at Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel, I’m certain the bed sheets wasn’t changed but that was dutifully addressed.)

Property Class – 3 Stars

Price Range

– Average $120+ per night for Double bed Room (on Expedia)

– Average $134+ per night for King Room (on Expedia)

– Average $158+ per night for One Bedroom queen Suite (on Expedia). Their one bedroom queen suite isn’t much larger than their King Room. The key difference being a dividing door between the bedroom and the lounge area.

(These prices are observed prices during the low season. Peak season pricing would generally add a significant premium around 50-200% higher.)

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Extra Notes about Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel – I have stayed three times at Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel and the experiences keeps getting better. While the property could use some touching up, they emphasize specially on the service and improving the guest experience. If you’re looking for a hotel to book in Coquitlam, the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel is a safe choice.

2) Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Convenition Centre:

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There are only two reliable hotels in Coquitlam. There are a total of five legitimate hotels in Coquitlam (along with numerous AirBnb.) These three hotels however are not recommended; the quality and your experience in Coquitlam would not be pleasant. These Coquitlam Hotels should be avoided as hygiene and room cleanliness is a concern.

3) Best Western Chelsea Inn:

4) Ramada Coquitlam:

5) Coquitlam Sleepy Lodge:

 

If the first two Coquitlam hotels are not available, it would be recommendable to look at the alternatives in regions surrounding Coquitlam like New Westminster or Burnaby.

 

More Hotels near Coquitlam: Coquitlam neighbors a few other cities that have more varied options for accommodations. It is recommendable that you also consider a few of these other options.

 

 

 

 

Best Business Hotel Downtown Vancouver

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1) Shangri-La Vancouver

Shangri-La Vancouver hotel is conveniently located centrally by Georgia street and close towards Burrard street. This hotel has excellent location. It’s conveniently above a Urban Fare grocery store.

 

2) Westin Bayshore

Westin Bayshore is right by the Bayshore as it’s name implies. It’s a little less convenient for business travelers but makes up for it with excellent relaxation by the water. A good relieve after a day. They also provide excellent value as a three and a half star hotel.

 

3) Comfort Inn Vancouver:

If you’re looking for business on a budget this is your choice for business hotels in downtown Vancouver.

 

4) L’Hermitage Hotel

L’Hermitage hotel is a four star boutique hotel right in the center of downtown Vancouver towards Robson Street and Seymour. It’s an excellent location for business because of it’s walking distance to many offices downtown. (though not as convenient as Shangri-La Vancouver hotel).

They also offer shuttle services for hotel guest should you require to travel within town with a driver.

 

5) Fairmont Pacific Rim

Rated the #1 best hotel on Trip Advisor, Fairmont Pacific Rim edges onto the list for business executive looking for luxury with urban convenience and seafront experience.

Don’t book this if you’re concerned about budget however. It’s the #1 best hotel in Vancouver for a reason and the price matches the service.

 

1&4 sticks on the list.

Best Vancouver Airport Hotel

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Here are the best Vancouver airport hotel recommended on VancityAsks.com

We’ve stayed at most YVR hotels and would like to share our honest input on which are the BEST Vancouver airport hotel.

VancityAsks.com Tip: First off, here’s a quick tip to get you a better deal on your Vancouver airport hotel. Go to Priceline.com or Expedia.com and look for the “Express Deals” on Priceline or the “Secret hotels” on Expedia.

You will be surprise at the deals you can find on Vancouver airport hotels on these sites.

I’ve booked a 2.5 star Accent Inn hotel for $70 CAD rather than the listed $150+ per night. I’ve booked the 3 star Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport hotel for $63 rather than the $122 listed price. I’ve also gotten the three star four points by Sheraton for $79 rather than $150. Sandman Vancouver airport hotel occasionally appears for $63 rather than $120.

 

Now, here’s the list of the best Vancouver airport hotel: Use this as a reference of which hotel to meet your needs.

#1 is for luxury without budget

#2 is for convenience, luxury, and budget

#3 is for value and budget – my personal favourite too.

#4 is for value and budget

#5 is for location, quality, and comfort

 

1) Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel: You can’t get any nearer to the airport than the Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel. This luxurious four star hotel is located right inside YVR.

If you’re looking for convenience and luxury without concern to your wallet then the four star Fairmont YVR hotel is your best Vancouver airport hotel option. It’s been voted as the #1 airport hotel in North America; how’s that for accomplishments and validation?

It’s elegantly designed with plenty of glass floor to ceiling windows should you choose to have a room viewing the YVR runway for some plane spotting.

The hotel access by the trans-border check-in counters at YVR. As you would expect with any Fairmont hotel, you’ll be pampered with incredible service – the perfect way to refresh after a long flight or start your travels right.

The Vancouver airport hotel is sound proofed with amenities that include a spa, pool, health club, and an award winning restaurant (Globe @ YVR). The Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel also features the Jetside Bar serving tapas, cocktails, and music.

Don’t be looking at this hotel if you’re looking for the best value; prices for the Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel typically range around $300-$400 CAD depending on the season.

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g181716-d182521-Reviews-Fairmont_Vancouver_Airport-Richmond_British_Columbia.html

Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel rooms

Luxurious room at Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel.

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Backdrop of snowy mountains and planes. The Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel is conveniently in YVR.

Vancouver airport hotel restaurant

Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel features exquisite dining at the award winning Globe @ YVR restaurant. Perhaps take a relaxing tea break?

 

2) RiverRock Casino Resort: Score yourself a good deal on Priceline for “The Hotel” at RiverRock Casino Resort. We’ve listed this #2 as the best Vancouver airport hotel because of it’s convenience, location and amenities.

“The Hotel” is nicely located by the Bridgeport Station which makes it easily accessible to the airport or downtown. Absolutely the BEST location second to Fairmont Vancouver airport hotel.

Imagine arriving on a tiring long-haul flight and having to wait 30 minutes for an airport shuttle? “the hotel” is only 5 minutes from the airport by the Canada Line sky train which departs every 7 to 14 minutes depending on the hour. You can also catch a Sky Train downtown in under 20 minutes from the RiverRock hotel just steps from the hotel.

In terms of hotel amenities, the River Rock Casino hotel is joined to the River Rock casino. Just walk over the indoor connector to the next building. The casino is opened 24 hours and features a bar along with some fast-food style eateries within the casino. There’s a cafe outside the casino that opens till about 7 Pm. There’s also an excellent international buffet at casino (about $27 for dinner). Other amenities includes a resort-like pool and spa.

All in all, the River Rock Casino hotel is an excellent Vancouver airport hotel for it’s convenience in location and amenities that you won’t find with other YVR hotels. The only draw back being in the flight path, you will hear the occasional roar of planes. Prices at the River Rock hotel near Vancouver airport are around $150-$250 depending on the season. You can typically score a Priceline Express deals (look for 4 stars) for an extra 25% discount. Quite good value relative to your options.

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g181716-d575705-Reviews-River_Rock_Casino_Resort-Richmond_British_Columbia.html

River Rock YVR hotel double rooms

The rooms at River Rock YVR hotel. Right across the RiverRock Casino Resort.

RiverRock YVR hotel pool and fitness

Resort style pool and full fitness facilities at the RiverRock YVR hotel.

RiverRock YVR hotel exterior

“the hotel” at RiverRock Casino Resort is just 5 minutes by SkyTrain from YVR airport and under 20 minutes to downtown Vancouver by SkyTrain. SkyTrain station right outside the hotel.

 

3) Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel: Accent Inn is the BEST Vancouver airport hotel if you’re looking for value. This Vancouver airport hotel is a no-frills hotel with clean rooms and good pricing.

The hotel is quite a distance from YVR although they operate bi-hourly shuttle services to and from the airport. The shuttle is frequently off schedule however so you’ll end up waiting still. These shuttles run 24 hours (some hotels only run shuttles to 1 AM so ask about the shuttle service before booking elsewhere).

The service has never disappointed so far. The rooms are clean and they have a nice coffee machine in the lobby that’s free for guests. (Unfortunately it’s instant coffee machine and not the fresh brew type) The rooms are in the works of renovation.

The location isn’t too great however as it isn’t near any major transport or shopping hubs. It’s convenient to the highway and you’ll find quite a few truckers stopping by on their drive. There’s also an iHops right by the hotel (which isn’t anything to write home about). Thankfully right across, about a 5 minutes walk, is Fogg n Sudds from Vancouver airport Holiday Inn which has a good bar, breakfast buffet, and lunch menu.

What you’d really like about Accent Inn Vancouver Airport hotel however is the clean (recently renovated) rooms, good service, and even better pricing. Definitely one of the best Vancouver airport hotel for value. Parking is free as well.

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g181716-d182566-Reviews-Accent_Inn_Vancouver_Airport-Richmond_British_Columbia.html

 

4) Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport: The Holiday Inn Vancouver airport hotel (not Express) is located right across the Accent Inn. It’s gotten a 4 star review on Trip Advisor and known for the service.

We’ve listed it much like Accent Inn. It’s a good value Vancouver airport hotel. Score yourself a nice deal on Priceline and this hotel comes to about $63/night ($79 after taxes and fees). Once again, it’s not in the best location but the rooms are clean, the service is good, and the price is right.

Hotel amenities includes a laundry room, fitness room, as well as a restaurant – Fogg n Sudds. The restaurant serves a breakfast buffet each morning which is $6 for continental with free flow coffee or $12 for eggs, sausage, hash buffet with continental and coffee (quite a good spread).

One thing I didn’t quite like about the Holiday Inn Vancouver airport hotel (and why it’s #4 instead of #3) is the house keeping took some of my duty free for a stay over. The hotel also has an interesting vibe.

Overall Holiday Inn Vancouver airport is a good option for business trips, family rests, or a park and fly option. If you give them your cab receipt, it’ll be pro-rated to your hotel receipt. Holiday Inn Vancouver airport is a 3 star hotel priced around $124-$150 depending on the season. Look for a Priceline Express deal for about 50% off 🙂

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g181716-d184250-Reviews-Holiday_Inn_Vancouver_Airport-Richmond_British_Columbia.html

 

5) Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel: The Hilton Vancouver airport hotel was the first Vancouver airport hotel I stayed almost 7 years back when FIRST arriving in Vancouver. It offers airport shuttle service, a pool, restaurant, and centrally located in Richmond.

You can expect consistent Hilton service and clean rooms. We like Hilton Vancouver airport hotel for it’s location. It’s a good place to stay and walk about Richmond. You’re only 5 minutes to Richmond center shopping mall (a big shopping mall in Richmond/Vancouver with H&M, Food court, American Eagle, GAP, and so forth). There’s also no shortage of food options around the area.

A bit of nostalgia and location is why Hilton Vancouver airport hotel lands #5 on our list of best Vancouver airport hotel. Rates are around $200-$300 depending on the season which is standard price for a 4 star hotel; you won’t find it on Priceline unfortunately.

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g181716-d185275-Reviews-Hilton_Vancouver_Airport-Richmond_British_Columbia.html

 

You won’t go wrong with any of these choices either:

Sandman Vancouver Airport hotel: Sandman Vancouver Airport hotel is a bit worn but it’s good for a rest up before or after a flight. It runs 24 hour shuttles and it has good service. Find it on Priceline Express for 40% cheaper.

La Qunita Inn YVR: La Quinta Inn is the perfect hotel for a family. It has clean rooms, free breakfast buffet, and VERY reasonably priced. Typically you’ll be looking at $80-$120/night and on Priceline Express deals you get an extra 20-25% off. You’re also located RIGHT in Richmond near the Lansdowne Mall and on the Alexander street lined with restaurants.

 

Thanks for reading our list of the best Vancouver Airport hotel on VancityAsks.com

If you’re looking for a clean and comfortable hotel near YVR I’d personally choose Accent Inn YVR. The Accent Inn brand is a local BC hotel chain with locations in Victoria, Burnaby, Richmond, and Kelowna. It’s locally owned and very well managed. They strive to provide local expertise and great services. Park and fly is offered at most of these hotels as well; a great option for out of town guests looking to save on parking.

We hope you find it valuable regardless of what type of YVR hotel you were looking for. Please leave your comments, feedback, or suggestions bellow.