Visiting Coquitlam, British Columbia? Here’s everything you need to know about Coquitlam, BC.
Find bellow, a local’s guide to finding the best hotels in Coquitlam for your business, leisure, or family visit to Coquitlam, BC. Discover useful tips for booking a cheaper Coquitlam hotel, and which Coquitlam hotels to avoid. (There are only two Coquitlam hotels you should consider staying at.)
Best Hotels in Coquitlam, BC
We’ve taken an extensive look at some of the best hotels in Coquitlam, BC and here are our recommendations for the best hotels in Coquitlam from a locals point of view.
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, BC.
Tip #1 – Avoid the AirBnbs as your experience can be good or bad; hotels are safer, more conducive to the community, and comfortable …with amenities you won’t find at AirBnbs. AirBnbs do not have a good reputation locally in Metro Vancouver (more so the City of Vancouver with low vacancy rate of rentals – it is less frowned upon in the suburbs) and many locals do not take kindly to AirBnbs in Vancouver. There was also a recent story of an AirBnb in Canada with hidden cameras embedded. (Specifically, in the City of Vancouver short term rentals are banned without a proper license.)
We’ve taken the effort to visiting and trying quite a few of our recommendations for Coquitlam hotels first-hand so these are not blind recommendations.
About Coquitlam, British Columbia:
Presuming you’re looking to book a Coquitlam hotel, you would like to know a little more about Coquitlam, BC to help you with your hotel choice. As such, before we get to our list of the best hotels in Coquitlam, we’d like to share a few tidbits about what you should know about Coquitlam. (A more extensive guide about Vancouver can be found here.) We will also share more about Coquitlam, BC after our write-up on hotels in Coquitlam. (Edit – A complete guide to Coquitlam, BC can be found on another VancityAsks article linked above.)
- Coquitlam is a city in Metro Vancouver (Metro Vancouver consists of 24 municipalities).
- Coquitlam derives its name from Coast Salish (natives) language Hun’qum’i’num; Coquitlam means “small red salmon” (we have salmon spawning season where many of Coquitlam’s rivers are filled with spawning salmon) as well as “stinking of fish slime”. You can certainly smell the stink around fall when the salmon dies in the river after spawning.
- Coquitlam is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver (without traffic) and 1 hour from downtown Vancouver by transit (using Translink SkyTrain).
- Coquitlam is surrounded by Port Moody (to the West) and Port Coquitlam (to the East) with Burnaby (a larger municipality of Metro Vancouver) after Port Moody. (Port Moody is a small but quaint town about 1/5th the size of Coquitlam)
- Coquitlam has a population of 139,284 people as of 2016; it is a rapidly developing suburb however by and large with its size, there are not many options for hotels in Coquitlam. There are many hotels in Metro Vancouver however and downtown Vancouver which is a mere 30 minutes from Coquitlam, BC.
The Best Hotels in Coquitlam:
These are hotels located within Coquitlam, BC.
There aren’t currently any hotels by Coquitlam Center unfortunately (where most of the residents live in high rise condos, along with Coquitlam Centre Mall by Morguard, and City Hall). Most of the hotels in Coquitlam currently are located towards Lougheed Station also known as Korean Town along the Trans Canada highway.
There are only five hotels in Coquitlam, BC and only two worth booking at. You’re better off booking at a hotel in Burnaby or New Westminster if either of these two hotels (#1 and #2 respectively) are not available. We would suggest Accent Inn Burnaby if you’re looking for a reliable budget option or the Hilton Metrotown in Burnaby as well as the Inn at the Quay in New Westminster if you’re looking for a hotel with more amenities.
1) Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel – Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver:
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. It has recently been re-branded as the Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver, however the rooms and management is the same. This is by no means a spectacular hotel but it is the best option available in Coquitlam, BC with a reasonable price point usually around $150+ for the non-peak periods and $250+ for the peak periods. (Note: If the re-branding as Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver, they have also raised their room-rates by 20-25% from what it was before. This might mean it is not as good a deal as it was before the re-branding. The re-branding was likely done to increase their room rates by targeting Vancouver visitors beyond Coquitlam hotel market.)
Expedia +VIP Benefits at Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel – The Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel participates in Expedia’s +VIP loyalty program so Expedia Gold and Silver members will receive a complementary upgrade or fruit basket on arrival. The most common benefit at Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel is a fruit basket containing quarter pineapple, handful of grapes on a vine, apple, pear, orange, nicely wrapped in a basket… and occasionally a variety of other fruit selections.
Secret Deals at Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel – The hotel can be found on Priceline’s and Hotwire’s Secret Deals for a Coquitlam Hotel providing substantial discount for last minute deals in the off-peak season. (and occasionally peak season)
+ 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 as with most Executive branded hotels.
+ Convenient location: Especially with the SkyTrain station bringing you to Coquitlam in 15 minutes or downtown in 25 minutes. This makes the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel a convenient option even for those visiting Vancouver, BC proper.
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 90 minutes by transit. (I’ve personally had friends visiting Vancouver who stayed at this hotel using the SkyTrain across Metro Vancouver and noted a pleasant experience.)
The Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver is the nearest hotel to the Lougheed SkyTrain station which is a split track to Vancouver, Coquitlam-La Farge, Burnaby, and Surrey. This means you will have easy access to most of Metro Vancouver by SkyTrain.
– 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 – 4 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.)
Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g181718-d226323-Reviews-Executive_Plaza_Hotel-Coquitlam_British_Columbia.html
Address: 405 North Rd, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V9
Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel Pictures:
Extra Notes about Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel – I have stayed three times at Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel and the experiences keeps getting better. They have a record of all your previous stays and are preemptive in ensuring you have a positive experience. 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. There was a period of time where I was out of Vancouver most of the year so had the opportunity to try various hotels in Vancouver for the several sporadic weeks in town. Booked several times in Coquitlam as I needed to be in the area and was pleasantly surprised by the experience at Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel. (as it was known then – now it appears to be re-branded as Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver) Usually, I would prefer to book a hotel near to the airport in Richmond or Downtown Vancouver for convenience (there’s more to eat around the area haha …and lively) – and would suggest doing so as well noting that Vancouver to Coquitlam, BC is only 30 minutes – but this is a good option if you need to be in Coquitlam and the price is good. (usually cheaper than downtown Vancouver hotels during the off-peak period due to its suburb location. For example with a test date of October 10-11, it is showing $106 for a basic double-bed room whereas other four-star hotels in Vancouver like the Georgian Court Hotel BW Premier Collection is $174 for a double-queen room.)
Hanamori Sushi in the same complex as the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel is a recommended dining choice.
2) Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Convention Centre:
NOTE – Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Convention Centre will be closing after September 2018. It is being replaced with 5 condo towers and 1,386 residential units.
Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Convention Centre is a low-rise hotel right on the edge of Korean town and the Trans Canada highway. It is highly accessible to the SkyTrain station along with various dining options within the vicinity. Highway traffic noises may be noticeable from this Coquitlam hotel.
+ Convenient location: The Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Convention Centre is surrounded by many restaurants, cafes, salons, and two Korean themed supermarkets. There is also a liquor store attached to the hotel. The Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Convention Centre is also conveniently accessible to the Trans Canada Highway. It is also a mere 15 minutes walk to the Lougheed SkyTrain Station. (A slight distance away from the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel which is nearer to the hub of Lougheed Town Centre – the Lougheed Town Centre shopping mall hosts a large variety of shops along with anchor tenants like Walmart and The Bay for your shopping needs.) You should have no problem with the convenience of the Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Convention Centre if you’re looking for a hotel in Coquitlam, BC.
+ Family Friendly: The hotel is very well suited for families with a variety of room types including double queen rooms and even a two bed-room suite. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool similar to a tropical theme. For the most part, Best Western branded hotels are not swanky hotels but more catered towards families and leisure travelers. It’s a clean and comfortable accommodation in Coquitlam that’s not pretentious making it excellent for families with kids who are afraid about disturbing guests with their kids playing.
+ Business centre available: If you’re looking for an area to print boarding passes or get some work done with office supplies, there is a small business centre located in the hotel. It should be noted WiFi is complementary as with most hotels these days.
+ Friendly service: Guests can expect friendly and accommodating service at the Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre.
+ Clean & Consistent Hotel in Coquitlam: The wonderful thing about the Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre is the consistency of the rooms at the Coquitlam hotel. You can expect a simple, clean, and comfortable room to retreat to when you visit Coquitlam, BC. It may not be fancy and certainly not an astonishing experience but you can expect a consistent three-star hotel in Coquitlam with the Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Centre. A sure bet for a clean and comfortable hotel in Coquitlam.
– Old Property: As with most hotels in Coquitlam available at the moment, the Best Western Coquitlam Inn and Conference Centre is a very old low-rise building. The building has been reasonably well maintained however, you can certainly see its age. The property is also similar to a motel set-up where guests have to access their rooms separate from the check-in/front-desk counters.
– Paid Parking: Self-park carries a $5/night fee.
– Outskirts of Lougheed/KoreanTown area: The hotel is located on the edge of the Trans Canada Highway and towards the outskirts of Korean Town. It is the last strip-mall/plaza to the highway. There are several concerns about this. It may mean a noisier stay or it can also typically mean you will find loiters around the area. One thing about Vancouver and Metro Vancouver is that there are more homeless loiters than many other cities, they tend to keep to secluded areas like the outskirts of a populated area. (You will observe many at East Hastings in downtown Vancouver along with parts of Burnaby… as well as the transit.) It is a less populated area. Security is good however.
– Value lacking: If you are comparing the Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre to other Coquitlam or Burnaby Hotels, you may find better options for your costs. While it is certainly a reasonably priced 3-star hotel, especially during the low season, there are many excellent hotel deals to be had and with Metro Vancouver’s competition among hotel, you can book hotels with better amenities for less. For example, nearby with the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel, you will find a four-star hotel for approximately $106 per night instead of $225 per night at the Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre (counting on a free upgrade or fruit basket with Expedia +VIP membership and you got an incredible value – the Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre is not a Expedia +VIP hotel so members do not get added benefits.) If you’re willing to search further, you can book the Accent Inn Burnaby for just $93 per night which is another 3-star hotel not much different from Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre… except with slightly lesser location amenities (it is in a more industrial area of Burnaby nearing a power station) but better & friendly local service. Basically, there are better value options to be had than the Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre if you’re looking for your value per dollar… both booking hotels in Coquitlam and Burnaby. The Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre is a reputable and reliable hotel however for those looking for a good Coquitlam hotel. (Simply that you can find better value within the same property class or booking a higher property class for the same price. The Inn at the Quay in New Westminster for the same period runs at $138 per night which is also an Expedia +VIP member hotel – meaning you get a complementary upgrade where available. For this hotel, you will have to call into Expedia or request the hotel to call in, when checking-in to get the upgrade added. I checked before.)
Property Class: 3-Stars
– Average $225+ per night for Queen Room (on Expedia)
– Average $238+ per night for Queen Room with Jetted Tub (on Expedia)
– Average $234+ per night for Two Queen Beds Room (on Expedia).
– Average $288+ per night for Two-Bedroom Suite with 3 Twin Beds (on Expedia)
(These prices are observed prices during the low season. Peak season pricing would generally add a significant premium around 50-150% higher.)
Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g181718-d182107-Reviews-Best_Western_Plus_Coquitlam_Inn_Convention_Centre-Coquitlam_British_Columbia.html
Address: 319 North Rd, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V8
Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre Pictures:
Extra Notes about Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Convention Centre – The hotel is closing September 2018 slated for redevelopment (we will remove this description 6 months after hotel closure) for your reference – as the location description will still be relevant to readers.
Sushi Itshoni is located nearby to the Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Convention Centre which is an excellent sushi restaurant in Coquitlam that is worth trying out. The sushi here is more so a Korean-Japanese style but fresh and good value. It is located five minutes from the hotel in the adjacent strip-mall complex opposite H-Mart at 550 North Road.
H-Mart and K-Mart both are Korean-themed grocery stores which serve a variety of hot-foods and baked goods as well. It is worth while visit if you’re looking for a quick-bite to go, perhaps in the morning before rushing off to your meetings/obligations.
Dasarang is a Korean restaurant located opposite from the Best Western Coquitlam Inn and Conference Centre which is well known for Korean fried chicken (fried chicken coated in sweet Korean chili or a variety of sauces served with preserved daikon radish). It makes for a good supper spot to grab beer and fried chicken by yourself or with friends.
Dae Ji Cutlet House is a Korean fast-food restaurant that serves only pork chops along with chicken chops & fried fish fillet. It makes a good choice for a quick meal in around the area. Served with rice, salad, and your choice of pizza topping (cheese & tomato sauce), curry sauce, or their Dae Ji signature sauce. They also serve dok bok ki and a few other Korean dishes like kimchi fried rice. This was the original Dae Ji Cutlet House which has since opened several more locations across Metro Vancouver including one right in Coquitlam Central and another two more in downtown Vancouver. Perhaps, trying it at the original location will provide a better “original” experience while in Vancouver. Haha. Just kidding, it’s all fairly standardized and the same owner ensuring added consistency and care.
If you’re looking for places to get your morning coffee while staying at Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre (and as more often than not, the hotel packet coffee doesn’t do the trick) then you will be glad to know that there are MANY cafes around the North Road area. Two notable ones nearby to the Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre is Black Milk Water and Juillet Cafe. Black Milk Water is my preferred coffee shop when visiting Coquitlam. It is located right beneath the Dasarang restaurant in the same strip mall complex. Juillet Cafe has also Ok coffee but is more known as a Wedding, Spa, and Design studio than a cafe. It is located opposite to Black Milk Water in the next strip-mall complex (there are many strip mall and low-rise mall complex in North Road and Lougheed Area.) Black Milk Water serves coffee from a local Vancouver Roastery, known as Timbertrain Coffee Roasters (in Gastown – very good coffee) and Juillet Cafe serves coffee from a local Coquitlam coffee roaster known as Creekside Coffee Roasters. (If you asked my preference, I’d suggest Timbertrain Coffee Roasters has better coffee if you like flavorful roasts than the watery kind.)
3) Best Western Chelsea Inn – SURESTAY PLUS by Best Western:
The Best Western Chelsea Inn is a Coquitlam, BC hotel just off the edge of Trans Canada Highway and towards Maillardville community of Coquitlam, BC. It is truly only accessible by car as the area is rather industrial or residential around this hotel; it is also quite a long distance from any mass rapid transit systems (SkyTrain) so may not be ideal for tourists & leisure travelers looking to utilize Metro Vancouver’s relatively effective transit network/system. The Coquitlam hotel standards fall short of most three star hotels with many guests reporting unsanitary sheets with uneven furnishing (patch work and mirrors that aren’t remotely straight). Overall, you’re better off looking towards Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Convention Centre or the Executive Hotel Metro Vancouver (as it is now known instead of Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel) if you’re looking for convenient and reliable accommodations in Coquitlam, BC.
Once again as a friendly reminder because there aren’t many Coquitlam hotel options to choose from, do keep in mind that Coquitlam is a suburb of Vancouver; and and such, you shouldn’t find much a hassle choosing a hotel in a nearby Metro Vancouver city such as Burnaby’s Hilton Metrotown or New Westminster’s Inn at the Quay. This is a good choice if you prefer having more options choosing Coquitlam hotels than the three limited & sometimes dilapidated options. If you’re looking for a good hotel near to Coquitlam that’s remarkably cheap… As you will find on our Burnaby Hotels guide, an excellent budget option for a hotel in Burnaby is the Accent Inn Burnaby (which is a local brand to British Columbia – their sister hotel, the Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel is featured on our (extensive) best Vancouver airport hotel resource.)
What you need to know about Best Western Chelsea Inn:
+ Cheap Prices: If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in Coquitlam, BC then Best Western Chelsea Inn (or SURESTAY Plus by Best Western) is a valid choice. Rates at the Best Western Chelsea Inn is typically one of the lowest or cheapest hotel in Coquitlam for good reason. Running around $93 per night during the off-peak period, it does price itself very low for a three star hotel in Coquitlam.
+ Complementary breakfast & WiFi: The Best Western Chelsea Inn including a complementary continental breakfast and complementary WiFi. There have been no complaints about the WiFi speed and the continental breakfast is the standard fare of muffins, fruits, yogurt, and coffee. It may help start your day better but providing you were able to sleep in the standard of cleanliness. (Note cleanliness and room quality differs by individual experience – it depends on the room you get and the housekeeper who prepared the room. You may find a few surprises like an old, used underwear under the bed or some left over peanuts if you get the wrong room assignment. Otherwise, there has been reports of moldy showers with gut. It’s a draw of luck; you may have a good experience. There have been some happy visitors at SURESTAY by Best Western Coquitlam.)
+ Occasionally friendly service: The Best Western Chelsea Inn has good staff who try to care for their guests. Unfortunately, it appears they have a sub-standard property and the owner/manager who doesn’t take much attention into improving the guest experience through regular renovation maintenance and updates. Many guests have noted that the staff at the front desk tries to go above and beyond by offering assistance.
– Cleanliness is lacking: How do you put this… the Best Western Chelsea Inn (SURESTAY by Best Western) is a dump. Clearly the house keeping is not keeping up with things because guests have reported repeatedly of sticky remotes, lady’s undergarments under the bed, along with white dust on the air conditioning. Base on the descriptions, we would venture a guess to say the bed sheets are not always changed either. Seriously, if you are concerned about cleanliness of your hotel stay then Best Western Chelsea Inn (SURESTAY by Best Western) is probably not the right Coquitlam hotel for your time in Coquitlam, BC.
– Old & musty interiors: Many guests have noted the building is old and musty; also, that the smell of must remains on your clothing even after leaving the Coquitlam hotel. (eek) This is certainly one of the older hotels in Coquitlam, BC and likely built mainly with wood hence it can be a fair presumption that some of the wood has begun to decay over time especially if moisture is not properly removed. This is a common problem with wood-framed buildings as witnessed in a few other hotels built primarily with wood. (That are not properly maintained.) The interiors surely show their age although they have been recently renovated in 2016 or 2017, the musty smell is hard to remove.
– Old and dirty furniture: Perhaps, one of the easiest remedy to an aging and decaying Coquitlam hotel is refreshing the furniture but of course this takes money. The Best Western Chelsea Inn shows its age and guests have noted that furnishing at this SURESTAY by Best Western in Coquitlam is also fitted with old and dented furniture. When they re-branded to SURESTAY, they should have taken the opportunity to update their furnishing and renovated the hotel (as some unimpressed guests have suggested taking a good time off market to fix the aging Coquitlam hotel) however it appears they didn’t (beyond some minor renovations). Since Best Western is a non-profit co-op (until recently) they don’t really penalize brand deviations as much as major chains like SPG or Hilton.
– Old & lumpy pillows/bed: It can be difficult enough sleeping in a bed other than your own, however the Best Western Chelsea Inn gives you another bigger challenge… sleeping in a bed with dirty, old, and lumpy pillows. Neither do you want to know what happened on the bed many times before you… (base on reviewers’ comments of dirty woman’s underwear underneath the bed as well as another Trip Advisor review mentioning that such hotel should be sold hourly.) Expect, saggy beds and not new, refreshing, plush, and comfy beds as you might at the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel or Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre. Unfortunately, this Best Western has appeared to truly drop the ball on the quality and experience of guests by the hard products. Service appears to be on par.
– Inconvenient location: The location of SURESTAY by Best Western Coquitlam or the Best Western Chelsea Inn is not the most ideal for travelers or visitors to Coquitlam. It is not near any public transit but it is accessible by car. It is near to the Trans Canada Highway which may make for a noisy stay as well if you are sensitive to traffic noises. (If you’ve lived downtown for a while you are probably now accustom to the traffic noises.) However, there is not much going on around the area of Best Western Chelsea Inn in regards to food and beverage options or convenience stores. Actually, it seems to be snuck inside a cleft between a major road and the Trans Canada Highway. If you have a car, driving five minutes will bring you to Millardville in Coquitlam which is a small neighborhood with a few restaurants and shops. Ikea is also five minutes drive away as is School House neighborhood of Coquitlam being 10 minutes drive away. At School House neighborhood of Coquitlam there is a movie theater along with a bowling alley and restaurants (pho & bubble tea are good) as well as a Superstore near the complex. Effectively, if you have a car there are options around the area within a short drive but seldom do you want to go driving to look for food when you’re checking into a hotel. There is unfortunately, no dining option or convenience option within walking distance of the hotel as the hotel is near an industrial road and a highway. This is in significant contrast to the convenience value of the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel and the Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre.
Property Class: 3-stars
– Starting from $108/night standard room with two queen beds during off-peak periods. (October to May)
– Starting from $178/night standard room with two queen beds during peak periods. (June to September)
Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g181718-d182108-Reviews-or5-SureStay_Plus_Hotel_By_Best_Western_Coquitlam-Coquitlam_British_Columbia.html
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.
Best Western Chelsea Inn (Sure Stay Plus Hotel by Best Western Coquitlam) Address: 725 Brunette Ave, Coquitlam, BC V3K 6A6
Best Western Chelsea Inn Pictures:
Extra Notes about Best Western Chelsea Inn –
The Best Western Chelsea Inn has been rebranded as the SURESTAY Plus by Best Western (Coquitlam). SURESTAY appears to be a brand of Best Western that provides breakfast (not all do). This instance of “SURESTAY” is absolutely not sure however. We wanted to like it because there are so limited choices of hotels in Coquitlam, however reviewers and a closer look clearly show this is one Best Western hotel in Coquitlam to stay away from until there is a proper update or re-development. We want the BEST for you so you can have a pleasant experience in Coquitlam and Metro Vancouver. If you’re looking for a three star hotel and either the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel or the Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Conference Centre are available then perhaps consider the Accent Inn Burnaby which hovers around the same price-range as the Best Western Chelsea Inn but with a more consistent quality, cleanliness, along with local service. You can book the Accent Inn Burnaby on Expedia here. (Recent checking shows the rate to be $93 CAD for the off-season of October 10-11 which is a remarkable price and value for a Metro Vancouver hotel.)
The experience of guests on Trip Advisor was largely consulted for this description as there is no first hand or second hand experience of the Best Western Chelsea Inn. This was paired with local knowledge of the area to compose this content.
4) Ramada Coquitlam:
Ramada Coquitlam is located a few minutes drive away from Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel. There is truly nothing around the area except a busy road unless you’re able to drive five minutes to North Road/Korean Town where Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel is or five minutes to Schoolhouse where the Superstore & Silvercity Theater is located. To put it flatly, the only thing going for Ramada Coquitlam is its price which during the off-peak period hovers around $90+ per night. With this said, it would be advisable to book at Accent Inn Burnaby for $93/night instead OR “splurge” another few dollars to book at Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel for $120+/night providing a much more pleasant (and convenient) experience if you need to find a hotel in Coquitlam, BC. (and prefer not booking all the way in Burnaby, BC at Accent Inn Burnaby – which is only a 10 minutes drive from Coquitlam.)
+ Cheap Coquitlam Hotel: Ramada Coquitlam is a 2-star budget hotel. The prices are relatively cheap ranging around $100+ during the off-peak periods and $180+ during the peak period. Still, while the price is considered cheap option as a Coquitlam hotel, it is not necessarily the best value hotel in Coquitlam. During the off-peak periods you can get a much better room and service for approximately 33% more at Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre Metro Vancouver (#1 on our best hotels in Coquitlam) or book at Sure Stay by Best Western Coquitlam for 10% more (not a great option either). If you’re flexible on your hotel location and looking to keep within a budget, we would suggest looking at Accent Inn Burnaby which is usually around the same price point of $100 for a
+ Restaurant on hotel property: This is probably the best thing about Ramada Coquitlam – their onsite restaurant Char 631 which is reasonable for a hotel restaurant; it is a steakhouse in Coquitlam.
– Lack of cleanliness: Ramada Coquitlam is not known for clean and immaculate rooms. It is a budget hotel, and it is what you might expect of a highway roach motel. (Which in a sense, it is by the Trans Canada Highway – so a viable option for those looking to stop for the night on their drive.)
– Bad room conditions: The room ain’t pretty; let’s keep it at that. Very much needing some good upkeep.
– Bad guests: These type of property level attract an undesirable demographic of guests most often (much like Coquitlam Sleepy Lodge) as many real guests have noted in their reviews of Ramada Coquitlam. This makes it a less ideal option for families, women, or legitimate guests looking for a restful end to their day.
– Mixed guest experience (inconsistent): One important characteristic you want with a hotel anywhere you go is consistency. This is one reason franchises are very successful in maintaining their customer’s loyalty; you know when you’re going to an SPG, Marriott, or Hilton hotel that there is some measure of standards you can expect at the minimum (service may vary as it always does – but you can still expect professionalism and a baseline of hard and soft products).
– Lower Service Standards: As
A tangent aside, some franchises like Marriott hotels requires operators who have more experience in the hotel industry for their franchisees. Unfortunately, the Ramada is quite known for the opposite. Ramada is a low-end property franchise (which honestly at this point, level or property category, there is little value in a franchise because you’re not benefiting at all from their customer base with brand reputation or reliability. If the owner was looking for economies of scale such as bulk purchasing or operational expertise/guidance ~ clearly you already don’t care about your property standards so it wouldn’t add much value being in a franchise. The owner is better off hacking it on their own with a local motel brand – that perhaps emphasizes on local hospitality and owners who care, something that Accent Inn does – than joining a franchise like Ramada. Effectively, they have very little brand loyalty or a customer base to rely on – and presumably the customer base they have on their program isn’t very worthwhile reaching because the demographic Ramada brand fits. Reference the point above about Bad Guests. Likely higher probability of room damage and problem charges which is probably why the room incidentals at Ramada is noted to be $200 per night …when there’s no room-service or chargeable service. Relatively, most higher-end hotels hold nothing.)
– Low value: Overall when you consider the price along with the amenities and room conditions, the Ramada Coquitlam isn’t ideal value. (Generally, you get better value when booking at a higher-end hotel or mid-range hotel then a bottom barrel budget hotel. If you know how to utilize loyalty programs and OTAs depending on the season, demand, city, and promotional periods – you can really get excellent value at mid to higher end hotels. This however is not available at lower property ranges like those bellow 2-stars since there isn’t really any extra value that can be discounted on. You’re getting the dirty spoon and bottom prices already. )
Property Class: 2-stars
5) Coquitlam Sleepy Lodge:
The Coquitlam Sleepy Lodge is hardly a hotel; at least, not one advisable to stay at. It’s nestled between Port Moody, BC and Lougheed Town Centre in Coquitlam; the location is reasonably convenient. Location wise, it is five minutes from Lougheed Town Centre by car and even reasonable distance to a SkyTrain Station for those using public transit – the SkyTrain is actually very convenient for hassle-free access to Port Moody’s Town Centre, Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park, Port Moody’s New Port Village & Sutterbrook Village, as well as Coquitlam Centre, and Coquitlam La Farge Park for your leisure and dining needs without worrying about parking – an advisable option for tourists during summer, during winter the weather may be unpleasant to using transit. (Coquitlam is a very safe city so you have little to be concerned about which neighbourhood your hotel might be in – there are several distinct neighborhoods in Coquitlam even with it being a suburb city in Metro Vancouver, you can learn more about Coquitlam here.) This said, your neighbours at Coquitlam Sleepy Lodge are likely unpleasant – the Coquitlam motel has a program with the Canadian government to house troubled individuals. Many guests have noted unruly guests, screaming/shouting, and generally uncomfortable behavior. There is also mention of plentiful cigarette buds around the Coquitlam motel & even inside the rooms. This is not your ordinary Coquitlam hotel, it is more so a roadside motel.
The Coquitlam Sleepy Lodge is not where you want to book if you can help it. Contrary to its name as the Coquitlam Sleepy Lodge, you likely won’t be getting much sleep here. Lol. (Bedding are apparently very old and dirty with the interior run down with bathroom mold unless renovations have taken place since the time of writing. You can read the Trip Advisor reviews yourself – they aren’t pretty.)
Which hotel to book in near Coquitlam, BC (Alternatives to Coquitlam hotels if #1 best Coquitlam hotel not available):
We would recommend choosing either Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver mentioned above. (Unfortunately at the time of completing this article, Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Convention Centre has since closed and in preparation for re-development to condominiums, community space, and shopping plaza as mentioned). There isn’t many options for hotels in Coquitlam as a result and prices will most certainly be higher now due to the closure of almost 300 hotel rooms. The Sure Stay Plus Hotel by Best Western Coquitlam is also not the best choice for a hotel in Coquitlam & Ramada Coquitlam is comparable quality to Sleepy Lodge Coquitlam in terms of property category (Sleepy Lodge Coquitlam is worse by far base on Trip Advisor reviews & local knowledge). For this reason, I personally would highly suggest booking a hotel in Burnaby, BC or considering your options nearer in New Westminster, BC (New Westminster is nearer to Coquitlam, however the hotel options are limited as well. The Inn by the Quay is an excellent four star option but will likely be pricier than the Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver – slightly nicer but slightly more inconvenient if you’re looking for a hotel in Coquitlam.) Specifically of convenience to Coquitlam, BC both the Accent Inn Burnaby and the Executive Hotel Burnaby. (Otherwise known as Executive Suites Hotel Metro Vancouver… their names are getting confusing. Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver used to be Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel. They renamed it for marketing purposes in all probability – Metro Vancouver seems better than Coquitlam or Burnaby as most people are looking for hotels in Vancouver so this will help them get more bookings capturing the Vancouver tourism/travel market than just Coquitlam or Burnaby – but now it is easy to confuse which property you’re booking at.) Between the Executive Hotel Burnaby and Executive Hotel Coquitlam, you should book the Executive Hotel Coquitlam otherwise known as the Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver – since you’re looking for a hotel in Coquitlam. They will likely be priced similarly. However if you’re looking for a simple 3-star hotel near Coquitlam that’s clean, consistent, comfortable, and cheap then your best option would be to book at Accent Inn Burnaby if they have rooms available. It is a bit out of the way from Coquitlam, BC however it is still reasonable distance to Coquitlam, BC and it is likely a much better value seeing that your options are few – if Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel (Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver) is not available, you don’t really have any other Coquitlam hotels that will provide a reasonable BASIC standard – you’re taking a gamble with Sure Stay Plus Hotel By Best Western Coquitlam. If location convenience is your preference, then booking at the Inn at the Quay in New Westminster, BC is your best choice. Do not book at Coquitlam Sleepy Lodge – it’s not a quality hotel. (And buyer beware, you will not be afforded a refund if you wish to leave after seeing the room quality & property. Non-refundable bookings – most hotels will usually provide a 1 night penalty and refund the rest of the remaining nights booking if you leave early especially if it is due to quality but not the Coquitlam Sleepy Lodge according to Trip Advisor reviews.)
Pros: Hard to find any positives but we tried…
+ Could be worse:
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– Property outdated:
Property Class: 1-star
Price Range: $100
Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g181718-d645630-Reviews-Coquitlam_Sleepy_Lodge-Coquitlam_British_Columbia.html
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.
Hotels near to Coquitlam, BC:
Accent Inns Burnaby:
Inn at the Quay:
Holiday Inn Metrotown:
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 Hotels in Burnaby – Some hotels to consider in the city of Burnaby which is nearby to Coquitlam, BC.
Best Hotels in New Westminster – New Westminster is also short of good hotels however there are a few options to consider in New Westminster which is almost adjacent to Coquitlam.
Best Hotels in Downtown Vancouver – Downtown Vancouver is only 30 minutes from Coquitlam, you should have no problem staying in downtown Vancouver and visiting Coquitlam.
Best Hotels in Richmond BC – Richmond, BC is very accessible to Coquitlam through Highway 91. You may consider booking a hotel in Richmond, BC if you’re arriving in YVR and wish to find a hotel nearer to the airport. It can be a hassle getting to Coquitlam from Richmond if you do not have a car. (Vancouver does not yet have Uber or Lyft.)
Best Boutique Hotels in Vancouver – If you’re visiting Coquitlam and would prefer enjoying a boutique hotel experience, here are a few recommendable boutique hotels in Vancouver for your consideration. Most of our recommendations are in downtown Vancouver which is very accessible to Coquitlam, BC by car or transit. There are a few boutique hotel options in North Vancouver and across Vancouver proper as well.
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