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Looking for a hotel in New Westminster? You’ve come to the right place. On this page, we’re endeavour sharing with you everything you need to know about New Westminster hotels and a few snip-bits you should know about New Westminster, British Columbia! (We hope to provide you knowledge about New Westminster hotels from a local perspective.)
Unfortunately, there are Few Hotels in New Westminster:
While New Westminster was almost selected to be the commerce center of the region, downtown Vancouver’s Gastown was chosen. Today, New Wesminster in British Columbia is a relatively small city in the suburbs of Vancouver.
As it is a small town, there aren’t many hotels in New Westminster, BC. Metro Vancouver is very well connected however. Getting from Coquitlam, BC (Coquitlam is farther away from Vancouver than New Westminster. Geographically, you have Vancouver -> Burnaby -> New Westminster -> Port Moody -> Coquitlam as cities in Metro Vancouver from West to East.) to downtown Vancouver is a mere 35 minutes by car and approximately 1 hour by transit using the SkyTrain. As such, you should consider booking hotels near to New Westminster for a better spectrum of options available to you without needing the hotel to be in New Westminster proper; you can very easily get to and from New Westminster from hotels in Burnaby, Richmond (Vancouver Airport), and Coquitlam or even downtown Vancouver.
For the reasons explained above, we have also shared suggestions for hotels near New Westminster that you might consider base on proximity, amenities, and value.
The good news is that while there may not be many quality hotels near New Westminster, New Westminster is easily accessible by the Expo Line SkyTrain which provides convenient access to Burnaby, BC and Coquitlam, BC. In these Metro Vancouver cities, you will find many excellent hotels available within minutes to the SkyTrain station. More so, options are available in Burnaby than Coquitlam which is also a rapidly developing city as New Westminster. The cities of Burnaby and Coquitlam borders New Wesminster, many hotels in Burnaby and hotels in Coquitlam are just minutes drive from New Westminster. If you’re looking to be in New Westminster’s Queensborough community, then considering hotels in Surrey and hotels in Richmond would be convenient accessibility by car. (There is no mass rapid transit options in Queensborough.)
You may wish to consider these hotels near to New Westminster as well if the New Westminster hotels available do not suit your preferences or needs. These hotels we’ve recommended near New Westminster are no more than 10-15 minutes away from New Westminster by transit or 5-10 minutes away from New Westminster by car. (Unfortunately, there is no Uber or Lyft in Vancouver…yet)
Summary regarding New Westminster Hotels:
If you need to be in New Westminster, your only option for a good New Westminster hotel is the Inn at the Quay. It is a 3* hotel that is priced as a 4* hotel; expect to pay about $150-$200 per night during low season and around $250-$300 during peak season. If you’re looking for value then your choice would be Met Hotel which is a 2* hotel bordering a motel. If you’re looking for history then your choice is Arundel Mansion which is honestly not for everyone; the owners keep the exact same elevator from the 1900s, bath tub from the 1900s, and cooking stations from the 1900s. We would not recommend the recently renovated Queens Hotel; the Queens Hotel is very far out of the way at Queensborough on the edge of New Westminster. You would be much better considering a hotel near New Westminster such as the Holiday Inn Express at Metrotown, the Hilton hotel at Metrotown or nearby the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel at Lougheed/Korean Town.
You don’t have many options for hotels in New Westminster however there are plenty of excellent hotels near to New Westminster – it is STRONGLY recommended that you also consider these.
Everything you need to know about Hotels in New Westminster:
Here is everything you may wish to know about your accommodations in New Westminster. New Westminster is a small and growing city with only four hotels in New Westminster.
1) Inn At the Quay – New Westminster 3* Hotel:
Inn at the Quay is the only full service hotel in New Westminster; the four star hotel is located right by the water front at the New Westminster Quay. It is a beautiful hotel for leisure travelers, business travelers, or couples.
The three-star hotel spots a convenient location in New Westminster, BC along with well appointed hotel rooms suited with a comfy bed (or beds), large working desk, and waterfront views along all 126 hotel rooms. While the New Westminster hotel doesn’t feature a pool on their property, guests can enjoy their fitness facility or jog along the New Westminster waterfront.
The hotel is at least 20 years old but the rooms are well maintained and cleaned.
More Information about Inn at the Quay:
The New Westminster hotel has recently changed hands in 2012 with the sale of Inn at the Quay to Temple REIT (Temple Hotels Inc.). Prior to 2012, the Inn at the Quay was owned by Narland Properties. The three-star New Westminster hotel is still managed by Atlific Hotels. Rumour has it that the working environment at Inn at the Quay is fairly toxic (gossiping, lack of management) and subsequently, your customer experience as a guest will vary. (Someone I knew who once worked there shared some of the front desk staff aren’t the ideal characters. Reviews of the Inn at the Quay also mentioned consistently negative experience with customer service – a lack of care by service staff compounded with no response from management. There are a few excellent front desk staff. This said, if you do not require guest services, your stay should be very pleasant because of the hotel location and rooms.) Despite these drawbacks, Inn at the Quay is still the best hotel in New Westminster as the only three-star, full-service hotel in New Westminster. The location is second to none being five minutes from New Westminster’s Expo Skytrain Station, two minutes from New Westminster’s River Market (liquor store, grocery store, fast-casual restaurants, sit-in restaurants with al fresco dining), as well being right by the waterfront (working river, less pristine but still great views).
Inn at the Quay Property:
The Inn at the Quay website doesn’t provide very much information regarding their property but here are some information about what you can expect staying at the Inn at the Quay from scouring reviews, third-party sites, and local experience.
Amenities – Inn at the Quay has a workout/fitness room. They offer room service from the adjacent BoatHouse restaurant. The Inn at the Quay doesn’t feature much other property amenities.
Rooms – Inn at the Quay spots 126 rooms with several configuration options including Quay Queen, Quay King, Quay Jacuzzi, Corner King Jacuzzi, King Double Jacuzzi. (Please do not get the Jacuzzi rooms at hotels unless it’s a new hotel or a higher-end property. The thought of using a jacuzzi that countless others have had their dead skin in is disgusting. I don’t trust them to clean the jacuzzis properly either.)
The rooms at Inn at the Quay all feature phenomenal waterfront views, comfortable beds, and importantly free wifi. The New Westminster features Starbucks coffee in-room and Mighty Leaf tea. They offer bath robes and Cutler Salon bath products. Among other in-room amenities include free local calls and clean bed linens. You will also find a large working desk and a mini fridge to keep your wine cold.
Special Rates/Promotions – Inn at the Quay offers a variety of discount rates such as BC residents rate and Alberta residents rate along with packages for couples. Your best bet is still booking through Expedia or Priceline however as the special rates do not carry much a discount; Expedia can occasionally provide a members-only rate within their system.
Inn at the Quay Location:
You’ll be hard pressed to find a hotel in New Westminster with a better location than Inn at the Quay. The hotel is perfectly situated in New Westminster. The New Westminster hotel being right on the waterfront, boasts a “Very Vancouver” blend of nature and urban convenience. Guests can enjoy an evening walk along the quay towards Waterfront Esplande or enjoy a meal at the many dining options minutes from Inn at the Quay. It is also located across from the Anvil Centre and theatre if you’re attending an event there.
Downtown New Westminster – Inn at the Quay is located in the heart of New Westminster. Walking across the train track brings you to New Westminster SkyTrain Station and minutes walk from downtown New Westminster with a multitude of dining options. New Westminster is a historic city with many old heritage buildings inlaid with many new developments.
New Westminster is truly a city rich with history, full of things to eat, see, and do. Explore Downtown New Westminster on foot; you’ll also get your daily workout walking up and down slopes.
New Westminster SkyTrain Station – The New Westminster SkyTrain Station is no more than five minutes walk from your hotel at Inn at the Quay. You simply need to cross a bridge over the working CPR railway tracks.
The SkyTrain Station brings you to most of Metro Vancouver within minutes without the hassle of waiting for a bus. The Expo Line trains arrive every 5-10 minutes and sooner during peak hours. You can take a train to Surrey Central or towards Coquitlam. You can also grab a train straight to downtown Vancouver in approximately 30 minutes or Burnaby’s Metrotown within approximately 15 minutes. Vancouver’s SkyTrain is the longest autonomous train system in the world; it is also relatively clean and consistent in operation baring occasional delays. This allows you to skip the hassle of driving when you need to visit downtown Vancouver for your explorations or perhaps towards the Tri-Cities.
The New Westminster SkyTrain Station is more than a SkyTrain Station however; as with most modern transit systems in the world today, the transit hubs/stations in Vancouver feature lifestyle shops, eateries, and malls. With the New Westminster station, you’ll find an open-air mall of sorts with a LandMark Cinema, a full grocery store – Safeway, as well as telcos shops (Freedom Mobile and Fido), a full pharmacy – Shoppers Drug Mart, with dining options for take-out such as sushi, A&W, Tim Hortons, and bubble tea, and sit-in restaurants such as Italian, Japanese, and Bars. These are all located within the New Westminster SkyTrain complex.
River Market – The New Westminster River Market is located right besides Inn at the Quay making it a quick two minutes walk to the market.
The River Market features a small grocery store, Donald’s Market. As well as, many artisan dining options from BBQ, al fresco dining, fusion cuisine, thai restaurants, restaurants, as well as cafes, gelato, rotisserie, and a pub. You can find a tea shop at River Market along with a liquor store (right at the entrance from your New Westminster hotel actually). There are also delicious baked goods available at Pamola Bakery & Deli. If you’re in for some fragrant take-home souvenirs, then try the natural soap shop.
You have good al fresco dining at New WestMinster’s River Market. However, if you’re willing to visit #Vancouver (don’t know why I hashtag – habitual response, but will keep it as it.) then consider trying out these best Waterfront Dining options or best Seafood Restaurants!
Waterfront Esplande and Park – Finally, after a long day exploring Vancouver, attending meetings, or personal affairs perhaps you want to wind down with a thoughtful walk along the waterfront quay.
There’s a good path along the New Westminster waterfront to the Waterfront Explande and Park from your hotel. It is on the water front of the Inn at the Quay – actually the New Westminster hotel reaches over the path into the water!
You can stroll this path and see birds, the occasional heron, and various wildlife along with dogs along the waterfront path. The water isn’t the most pristine (and there may be an odor to it) but it is a nice walk to the Waterfront Esplande Park. Then make your way back before treating yourself to some sweets at the BoatHouse Restaurant through Room Service. New Westminster much like most of Metro Vancouver provides a perfect blend of nature appreciation (good for your mind and soul) and great dining options found in a well planned and developed urban city. (conveniently almost everywhere!)
Dining options near Inn at the Quay – You’ll find above mentioned some excellent dining options to be had near Inn at the Quay. Here are more places you may consider…
Angelina’s Restaurant – As it’s name implies, family-style restaurant in New Westminster. It’s style is close to an American diner with a more homely feel. It serves breakfast, soup of the day, pastries, and dutch food. Best of all? Angelina’s Restaurant is located right next to Inn at the Quay! ..and a brief walk to the water after a meal.
Cockney Kings Fish & Chips – Craving Fish & Chips? So happens that there is a fantastic spot that serves up Fish & Chips in New Westminster that’s just a 10-15 minutes walk from Inn at the Quay. (depends on how fast you walk for Fish N Chips). Frying up delicious fish and chips since 1965, Cockney Kings Fish & Chips serves haddock, pallock, cod, halibut, and salmon fish and chips. They even have poutine! If you fancy some deep fried Louisiana shrimp dinner, you can find it every Sunday with a prawn dinner every Saturday. Mondays to Wednesdays feature all-you-can-eat Fish & Chips specials at just $12.95 (Pollock only).
FreeBird Chicken Shack – If you’re looking for a quick bite to take back to your hotel room and enjoy overlooking the beautiful water view at Inn at the Quay, then FreeBird Chicken Shack is your pick. Non-pretentious organic food with a Thai/Vietnamese spin on things. An entire chicken will cost you $24 while meals at FreeBird Chicken Shack (including sides) range around $15 per person. It is a good option to grab and go, bringing the food back to your hotel and enjoying it on the patio of your room overlooking the working Fraser River with beautiful sunsets. Only thing is the irony of the name being “FreeBird” because the birds are definitely not free; a 180 Celsius not free.
Wild Rice – Something worth trying while in New Westminster. Wild Rice features a fusion Chinese food with comfort dishes like poke. There are unique appetizers that ought to be tried such as fried chicken skins. (:D) Experience al fresco dining at Wild Rice and enjoy uplifted Chinese influenced dishes with a welcoming and casual atmosphere. We would definitely recommend trying Wild Rice while staying at Inn at the Quay. It is located at the River Market further inwards from FreeBird Chicken Shack so a great place to dine meters walk from your New Westminster hotel!
Convenience near Inn at the Quay –
Paddle Wheeler Liquor Store – There’s a liquor store right next to the New Westminster hotel at River Market, facing the Inn at the Quay if you’re looking to purchase some ice cold beer or wine to enjoy at your hotel.
Donald’s Market – Donald’s Market is also at River Market towards the opposite hand of Paddle Wheeler Liquor Store. They are a specialty grocery that has quite a large variety of fresh produce, ice cream, and fresh salads/fruits for your grab-and-go meals. Donald’s Market also has an extensive range of chocolates and just about everything you may find at a Safeway (speaking of which, there is a Safeway at New Westminster SkyTrain Station) but a scaled down version in a smaller space.
Shoppers Drug Mart – You will find a Shoppers Drug Mart located at the New Westminster SkyTrain Station on the bottom level where the bus bay is located right opposite the New Westminster A&W. Shoppers Drug Mart is a pharmacy owned that also sells vitamins and convenience groceries. Many Shoppers Drug Mart stores are beginning to carry fresh produce and serve as a small grocery store in addition to being a pharmacy. There is a Safeway located right above this Shoppers Drug Mart if you need any grocery or hot food take-out.
CIBC (Bank) – It’s hard to miss the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce if you’re walking to Inn at the Quay because you will see it exiting the SkyTrain station heading towards the overhead to the Inn at the Quay. The CIBC is one of Canada’s big 5 banks. If you require to withdraw Canadian dollars, you can do so at the branch ATM. They also provide currency exchange services.
Things to do near Inn at the Quay – Here are some interesting things to do in New Westminster around the Inn at the Quay.
Walk along the Fraser River – Take a walk along the Fraser River catching glimpse of the mountains and nature. Excellent opportunity to enjoy a breezy walk to Esplande Waterfront Park and back to the Inn at the Quay New Westminster hotel.
Catch a Movie at Landmark Cinema – The Landmark Cinema located in the complex that hosts the New Westminster SkyTrain Station is just five minutes walk from Inn at the Quay.
Tour a Paddle Boat at Samson V Museum – The Samson V is, “the only completely intact and floating wooden sternwheeler in North America.” Dating back to 1937, this historic steam-powered paddle boat was built as a snag-boat to the Fraser River. Steeped in the history of British Columbia, the federal government’s Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada declared sternwheeler snag-boats, “an event of national historic significance”. Much as in modern times, civilization always develops around trade and transport hubs for economic growth/sustenance, (where today, with technology of cars, airplanes, and vessels provides flexibility of development and accessibility) cities in the past relied on waterways like rivers and straits. (or the Canadian Pacific Railway leading to a waterway.) For this reason, snag-boats like the Samson V were critical to the history of British Columbia to maintain waterways for commerce and trade. If you’re staying at the Inn at the Quay and wish to explore a little bit of history, the Samson V museum is conveniently located right under the Inn at the Quay (the New Westminster hotel is elevated above into the Fraser River). It is open seasonally from May 19 to September 2. Hours of operation can be found on the link above.
Visit Fraser River Discovery Centre – The Fraser River Discovery Centre sits on the Fraser River and behind the River Market. Admission for adults are $6 and the discovery centre provides interesting insights to New Westminster history and the Fraser River with varying exhibitions. If you have nothing on schedule after your meetings, stroll casually to the Fraser River Discovery Centre to learn more about New Westminster and its history. (The New Westminster almost become the hub for the area, or Metro Vancouver, before Vancouver was chosen.)
Opinion regarding Inn at the Quay:
If you’re looking for a hotel in New Westminster, your best option may be to consider hotels near to New Westminster such as the Hilton Metrotown (same price range as Inn at the Quay with great buffet breakfast). However, if you’re needing to stay in New Westminster for convenience, Inn at the Quay is without a doubt your best and only choice in New Westminster.
The hotel is known for convenience, resort-like atmosphere and experience, along with well appointed rooms. The service at the Inn at the Quay is a hit or miss (for a hospitality industry, service is a key pillar in my humble opinion) however if you do not require any guest services and do not face any issues with your room, your experience should be positive.
I would recommend the Inn at the Quay if you need a hotel in New Westminster. There is room to improve but it is a good hotel in New Westminster, British Columbia. It is also truly the only reliable, modern, accommodation in New Westminster.
The three star hotel is priced as a four star hotel; seeing as they are the only full-service hotel in New Westminster, they probably do well and still find a good occupancy rate year round. If you have some flexibility with your accommodation choices, you have better value/experience options in the surrounding cities notably Hilton at Metrotown or perhaps, choose one of the many hotels in downtown Vancouver.
Nevertheless, if you need to book a hotel in New Westminster, Inn at the Quay is your best and only choice. They are also part of the Expedia’s VIP+ hotel program providing you free upgrades and added amenities as a Expedia Gold or Silver member. (You also accumulate qualifying nights staying at this hotel – 30 nights for gold – and double points booking at an Expedia VIP+ hotel. Great program for boutique and independently owned non-franchise hotels. You qualify for Expedia Gold with every booking, not just VIP+ hotels.)
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Average low-season rate at Inn at the Quay: $196 CAD per night.
Average peak-season rate at Inn at the Quay: $326 per night.
Inn at the Quay Address: 900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC V3M 6G1
2) Met Hotel:
The Met Hotel is an old New Westminster hotel located conveniently besides the Columbia Skytrain Station. (Columbia Station is the split track station for SkyTrain to Tri-Cities or Surrey, with Vancouver Waterfront in the other direction.)
Here’s why you would stay at the Met Hotel:
- Cheap hotel in New Westminster – the Met Hotel is likely the cheapest room you will find in Vancouver. It is a reasonably reliable hotel (if your expectations are low) for its price in Metro Vancouver. Base on it’s location besides the SkyTrain station, the Met Hotel is likely the best value hotel you can find in Metro Vancouver during the peak season prices. (Where occasionally, hotels all across Vancouver can be sold out!)
- Great New Westminster Location – the Met Hotel is located right besides the Columbia Station. It makes for convenient and quick transportation to various areas of Metro Vancouver. You can arrive from Vancouver International Airport (click here for hotels in Richmond) to Met Hotel in New Westminster within 1 hour (20 minutes from YVR to Waterfront Station, Expo line from Waterfront Station to Columbia Station is approximately 35 minutes with a five minutes walking.)
- Reliable (Budget) Hotel Standards – the Met Hotel is a budget orientated hotel in New Westminster. With this said, they still do have reasonable reputation and standards adhered towards; the rooms are usually clean, the service is usually friendly, and Met Hotel management team take a clear effort to improving the New Westminster hotel. (It is an old hotel; they make-do with what the property is.)
Here’s why you may look for hotels near New Westminster, BC:
- The New Westminster hotel is old & not very well maintained (sufficiently maintained) – Needless to say, the Met Hotel is an old hotel in New Westminster. Call it a Victorian hotel if you wish, call it a boutique hotel if you wish, but it is an old building built in 1892. (Generally when we think of boutique hotels we think of upscale hotels with unique attention to service.) The hotel is safe and abides to modern building codes but there are some drawbacks to old properties such as the sound insulation. Heritage buildings that are well maintained and newly renovated provides guests with an appreciated experience (such as the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver) but the Met Hotel in New Westminster is a heritage building without a significant uplift internally. Guests have rated cleanliness around a 6/10.
- It can be noisy – As mentioned, with a heritage building like the Met Hotel in New Westminster, the noise insulation generally isn’t very rigorously considered. The New Westminster hotel is located right besides the SkyTrain station which adds for convenience to guests in maneuvering around Metro Vancouver but it can also be noisy if you’re sensitive to the train and corresponding noise of passengers.
- The New Westminster hotel is 2-Star Amenities – The Met Hotel in New Westminster is not your typical 3-star hotel (It is a 2-star hotel however generally advisable to look for 3-star hotels at the minimum. 2-star hotels usually get very bad reviews on travel sites for good reason. The Met Hotel has maintained a four star review on Trip Advisor which is a good sign even for a 2-star hotel.) It has very basic amenities and primitive computer system. It is a simple accommodation in New Westminster with a restaurant/bar attached. You have in-room coffee and your typical Holiday Inn style shampoo/soap but nothing more with the property.
More Information about Met Hotel:
The Met Hotel is part of the Viaggio Hospitality Group which also operates notable dining options in downtown Vancouver such as the Beach Bay Cafe and Patio (by English Bay), Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio (waterfront by Granville Bridge), Cibo Trattoria (in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Seymour and Smithe Street).
This ensures that you can expect a basic service standard and level of quality because they likely have good management practices and some quality checks for their brands.
They also operate the Moda Hotel in downtown Vancouver (which has a reasonable reputation for downtown Vancouver hotels – not great but basic and acceptable) as well as Hotel at the Waldorf. (The Hotel at the Waldorf is a budget hotel like Met Hotel, in East Hastings. Definitely, not the hotel you want to stay if you’re a tourist in Vancouver. They make do with what they have property-wise and location, what’s important with hotels is the service and hotel management – they try to make an effort to ensure guests is pleased.)
The hotel has a good location and friendly service staff. Reviews have indicated very stringent policies on check-in and check-out times. While most hotels these days will not charge late check-out fees and provide early check-in if accommodate-able, the Met Hotel has been noted to impress $50 late check-out fees for check-out minutes after the 11:00 AM check-out time. This is generally a reflection of the service standard/friendliness/hospitality. With this said, guests have noted the Met Hotel front desk staff are generally friendly in helping them navigate Metro-Vancouver, providing dining suggestions and information.
The hotel appears very popular among weekend travelers; likely families and nearby travels such as Washington USA, Vancouver Island, or British Columbians. The hotel is sold out for most weekend dates in July 2018 (as of June 2018). The rates are appearingly the cheapest Metro Vancouver hotel rates for a 8+ rated hotel likely being the reason why they sell-out so quickly. This said, if you want to book a cheap hotel in New Westminster or Metro Vancouver, book several months in advance.
While most hotels generally have different rate/fare conditions/buckets similar to airlines, it seems Met Hotel keeps a seasonal rate with peak season being around $100/night and off-peak season being as low as $63/night. There doesn’t appear to be a scarcity pricing. (Seeing they have only 27 rooms, a complex pricing scheme wouldn’t help them price discriminate to get more revenue. They also probably know their property and want to price it at the perceived value from guests. While summer seasons in Vancouver generally allow even 2 star hotels to price their rooms $150+, it may leave guests feeling lacking.)
Met Hotel Property Information:
The Met Hotel is a 27-room hotel in New Westminster. The building was built in 1892 with some minor renovations made recently pertaining to interior lighting.
- The rooms facing the hotel front may experience noise from traffic, bar, and general street noise.
- The rooms facing towards the back of the hotel may be quieter with the exception of the SkyTrain operating daily till approximately 2 AM.
- The hotel does not have much amenities as a 2-star hotel.
- The hotel elevator is reported to be slow.
- The hotel has an attached bar & restaurant, The Met Bar and Grill.
Met Hotel Location:
The Met Hotel in New Westminster is centrally located at Columbia SkyTrain Station in New Westminster. The hotel is adjoining to the station entrance to provide an idea of how close this New Westminster hotel is located to the SkyTrain Station. (This can be good and bad. The SkyTrain network is the easiest way to get around Metro Vancouver; being located right next to the SkyTrain will provide convenience and ease of transportation. However, the SkyTrain can be a noise disturbance as the Met Hotel is visible from the station platform – noise likely travels to the New Westminster hotel rooms.)
Columbia Station is one stop from New Westminster SkyTrain Station which is approximately 2 minute ride or a 10 minutes walk. The Met Hotel is also minutes from the Fraser River’s Westminster Pier Park.
Food/Restaurants around Met Hotel in New Westminster:
Things to do near Met Hotel in New Westminster:
Irving House – Fancy some art & cultured activities? New Westminster is a city with plentiful museums. Irving House is the colonial home of William Irving. Step back in to the 1800s and tour this 14 room heritage building free.
Watch a Movie – If you’re bored and looking to kill some time on your business trip, you can catch a SkyTrain to New Westminster Station from Columbia Station and catch a movie at Landmark Theater right within the SkyTrain Al fresco complex.
Walk along the Fraser River to River Market – The Met Hotel is approximately 5 minutes from the water front Westminster Pier Park. Take a stroll along the park towards River Market outside Inn at the Quay and enjoy the unique atmosphere of New Westminster, BC. Explore the quay and market once you get to River Market then catch the SkyTrain back to Met Hotel if you’re tired of walking.
Go to downtown Vancouver – The Met Hotel is a simple 35 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Catch the SkyTrain from Met Hotel to downtown Vancouver and walk about Robson Street or explore all the touristy things there are to do in Vancouver. If you’re looking to try your luck, you can also try the casino-resort at Parq Vancouver in downtown Vancouver. (Parq Vancouver is approximately a seven minutes walk from Stadium-Chinatown Station.) Speaking of which you may wish to check out Vancouver’s Chinatown and Gastown neighborhoods. The heritage area of downtown Vancouver.
Go to Port Moody Rocky Point Park & Coquitlam’s Korean Town – On the other hand, you can the SkyTrain towards Coquitlam in approximately 10 minutes. Visit Korean town at Lougheed Station for a variety of Korean food and cafes to taste. You can also change to the Evergreen Extension from Lougheed Station and continue your journey on wards to Port Moody – Inlet Station where you can walk to Rocky Point Park to walk the tidal park, enjoy delicious fish & chips, or fresh-made ice cream at Rocky Point Park Ice Cream. You may also wish to continue on wards to Coquitlam Central which is a growing suburb of Vancouver to walk along one of the many hikes available.
Amenities near Met Hotel in New Westminster:
New Westminster Dry Cleaning – Met Hotel does not provide dry cleaning services but the closest dry cleaning is a few minutes away. Courtesy Dry Cleaners at 633 Sixth St or Aloha Dry Cleaners at 542 Sixth St. Both will provide good service and fair prices for dry cleaning in New Westminster. (Most dry cleaners actually receive and transport to a supplier to have your clothes dry cleaned. So it’s really more about service.)
Printing Services – If you need printing done, you can find it at Minuteman Press (615 Agnes St), Royal Printers (520 12th St) or the UPS Shop (1015 Columbia St #104) all conveniently located near to Met Hotel in New Westminster.
Currency Exchange in New Westminster – If you’re looking for a currency exchange in New Westminster, you can find it at Alpine Currency Exchange (71 10th St) or Happy Currency Exchange (4603 Kingsway #160) in Burnaby’s Crystal Mall about 15 minutes from Met Hotel in New Westminster at Columbia Station. You may try to exchange USD at the CIBC branch (554 Sixth St) in New Westminster’s SkyTrain Station. Since this is a two-star New Westminster hotel, they do not provide currency exchange services to guests. It would be advisable to exchange your money in downtown Vancouver at Charlie’s Currency Exchange (827 Granville St) minutes from Vancouver City-Centre Canada Line Station or the infamous Vancouver Bullion & Currency Exchange (800 West Pender). Both of these provide great rates and honest service walking distance from Vancouver SkyTrain public transit network.
What You Need to Know About Met Hotel Location –
If you need to be in New Westminster, there’s a good chance you’ll find Met Hotel to be very convenient to where you need to be. Anvil Centre (777 Columbia St) at New Westminster Station is a seven minutes SkyTrain ride. Douglas College is also walking distance from New Westminster Station. The New Westminster City Hall is directly North from the Met Hotel which means a 10 minutes walk.
Opinion regarding Met Hotel:
The Met Hotel in New Westminster is a reasonable budget hotel in New Westminster. The rates are the cheapest you may find in Metro Vancouver for a reasonably clean hotel. The location is one of the major benefit to Met Hotel.
I would personally not stay at the Met Hotel because travel can be tiring enough, you want to get a good rest and you want a clean hotel. The Met Hotel maintains reasonable cleanliness standard but it is an aging building besides the SkyTrain (which is convenient but also attracts less reputable characters).
If you’re budget-orientated then the Met Hotel is roughly half the price of most hotels in Metro Vancouver with exceptional convenience and reasonable budget hotel in New Westminster. The hotel is very near to the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. If you’re looking for a relaxed hotel experience for approximately $70-$140 more per night you can consider the nearby Inn at the Quay or Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel & Suites. If you’re able book your accommodation farther from New Westminster, the Holiday Inn Metrotown provides excellent value and prices slightly higher than Met Hotel.
If you need a cheap hotel in New Westminster for a simple stay, the Met Hotel is a good and reliable choice.
Average low-season rate at Met Hotel, New Westminster: $73 CAD per night. (Lowest $63 CAD per night.)
Average peak-season rate at Met Hotel, New Westminster: $103 CAD per night. (Lowest $93 CAD per night.)
Address: 411 Columbia St, New Westminster, BC V3L 1A9
3) Arundel Mansion:
Arundel Mansion is not truly a New Westminster hotel. It is ran by a couple who have kept the New Westminster property as closely to its original condition as possible (in a heritage sense). The Arundel Mansion is located conveniently off the SkyTrian station for easy accessibility across Metro Vancouver however this also means guests will experience noise disturbance from the SkyTrain station due to it’s proximity along with the heritage aspect of the building means sound proofing is not at its best.
More about Arundel Mansion New Westminster:
Arundel Mansion in New Westminster is not your typical New Westminster hotel. It is more a bed and breakfast without the breakfast. It appears to be owner operated in accomodation New Westminster.
Arundel Mansion Property:
The Arundel Mansion is an antique building. The owners have done their best to maintain the building exactly as it was when built in the 1900s included with the original furnishing; you will either love it or hate it.
It is certainly not a full service hotel and it has many quirks that would make most discerning travelers uncomfortable. (Like the old elevator requiring you to lock yourself in before slowly climbing up.)
Arundel Mansion New Westminster Location:
Arundel Mansion New Westminster Opinion:
We wouldn’t recommend staying at Arundel Mansion in New Westminster unless you truly appreciate character or a heritage experience.
The Arundel Mansion hotel in New Westminster is not our typical hotel; it falls short of expectation for many travelers. If you’re looking for accommodation in New Westminster, you may appreciate the value found at Arundel Mansion however you should be full aware of the drawbacks. Here’s a reminder:
- Not 24 hours check-in. There is no front desk after 10 PM. If you arrive later than that, you will have to pay an extra fee.
- Very old property with the same 1900s original elevator.
- Located right besides the SkyTrain track (not overly insulated means noise late into the night)
- Old furnishing & cleanliness concerns.
- Little to no amenities. It is not really classified as a hotel though the Arundel Mansion is listed on Priceline and Expedia – it may perhaps be called a boutique hotel in New Westminster (not in the luxury sense but in the sense of a truly unique experiences)
With this said, this is who will appreciate Arundel Mansion in New Westminster, BC:
- Room rates during off-peak is $100 and peak periods are $200 which is very cheap for hotels in New Westminster and Metro Vancouver. Your alternative would be Met Hotel (which is advisable.)
- Travelers who want a unique experience without concern about comfort. It’s not for the modern traveler.
- Travelers who appreciate antiques, history, and heritage. They have truly tried to preserve the original building as it was in the 1900s. If you’re a history buff and appreciate antiques, perhaps you may like the flavor and character of Arundel Mansion along with the great lengths they have gone to preserve such.
The New Westminster hotel is not bad in the sense of a budget hotel that doesn’t care about their guests. By all appearance, the owners of Arundel Mansion truly try to ensure guests have a positive experience – owned by locals who also operate the New Westminster “hotel”. (By guests’ feedback they occasionally leave bottles of wine, earplugs, candies, and chocolates. You may also find condoms in their welcome package base on guests’ reviews. Talk about convenience. 😂) However, they lack significantly in property quality so it may not be suitable for everyone.
4) Queen’s Hotel:
Checking the rates between Queen’s Hotel and Inn at the Quay as of May 1st, 2018…if you’re going to be provided an opportunity of paying $40 more for a much better and professional experience at Inn at the Quay, you definitely should do so! The Queen’s Hotel with under 50 rooms, is more like an AirBnb, B&B, or motel than a hotel. There are few amenities and your room does not have a coffee machine. Whereas, the Inn at the Quay is in a much more centrally located area of New Westminster with easy access to many food and beverage options. It is also a four star hotel with a pool, quality bathroom amenities, and waterfront views. You would be assured a much better accommodation option with Inn at the Quay than at the Queen’s Hotel. The Queen’s Hotel is a budget hotel priced as a three to four star hotel unfortunately. The only key thing going for Queen’s Hotel is the newly finished renovation along with those looking for somewhere near the Starlight casino or Queensborough area. With this said, accessibility wise, the Queen’s Hotel has few things around the area.
More about Queen’s Hotel in New Westminster:
Here’s what you need to know about Queen’s Hotel in New Westminster:
- It is a small New Westminster hotel with
- Queen’s Hotel is not conveniently accessible by transit
- Queen’s Hotel location in Queens Borough is still largely under development.
- It is near to the Starlight Casino
- Queen’s Hotel interior design is a bit like an AirBnb/Bed & Breakfast, not a usual hotel: with hardwood floors
Overall the Queen’s Hotel in New Westminster loses out a lot of the amenities and perks you find at The Met or Inn at the Quay in New Westminster.
Presuming, you’re arriving by Vancouver International Airport and intend on transiting, (we do not have Uber or Lyft in Vancouver yet) both Met Hotel and Inn at the Quay are easily accessible by the SkyTrain from YVR, not so with Queen’s Hotel.
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This concludes our write-up about hotels in New Westminster. We hope it provided some insights that you may not have found otherwise. The goal of this article is to provide a comprehensive guide to New Westminster hotel, providing tips on which New Westminster hotels will suit your needs best and serve partly as a concierge for your stay. (with food & activity suggestions)
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Hotels near New Westminster:
Here are a few hotels near New Westminster that are worth consideration.
Hilton Vancouver Metrotown (6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC V5H 2W7) – Your best pick for a full service hotel near to New Westminster, British Columbia. As its name implies, Hilton Vancouver Metrotown is near to the largest shopping mall in British Columbia, Metrotown. It is actually located at the adjacent complex known was Crystal Mall which is popular for Asian-themed boutique shops and eateries. The Hilton Vancouver Metrotown is located minutes from Metrotown SkyTrain station which is a mere 15 minutes to New Westminster SkyTrain Station. (it’s quicker to take the SkyTrain than to drive – go figure!) Room rates range around $250 peak season and $150 off-peak season.
Holiday Inn Express Metrotown (4405 Central Blvd, Burnaby, BC V5H 4M3) – Holiday Inn Express is a three-star hotel near to New Westminster, British Columbia. The room rates are usually cheaper than most hotels in Metro Vancouver while the location is fantastically across from the SkyTrain station, it is also noise insulated to minimize disturbance from the late-running Sky Trains. It is also located besides Metrotown with plentiful shopping and dining options available including dim sum at Fortune House Restaurant. Rates are generally $150 during off-peak periods and $250 during peak periods. (Same rates at Hilton Vancouver Metrotown which is a four-star hotel near New Westminster, BC.)
Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver (405 North Rd, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V9) – Formerly known as Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel, this located approximately 15 minutes from New Westminster SkyTrain Station in Coquitlam, British Columbia. The four-star Coquitlam hotel is well maintained and conveniently a five minutes walk to the Lougheed SkyTrain Station. It provides accessibility to New Westminster as well as Port Moody & Coquitlam. The hotel has an excellence location with many dining options; it is found in a neighborhood of Coquitlam known as Vancouver’s Korean-town for all the Korean themed restaurants & shops in the area. The location is safe and convenient. The hotel staff are friendly and accommodating, earning it a four star review among guests. The room rates generally range around $150 during off-peak periods and $200 during peak periods. It is an independent hotel brand (a rapidly growing brand – all corporate owned hotels) without its own loyalty program however it participates in Expedia’s +VIP loyalty/rewards program. As both are similarly priced, it may be recommendable to go with Hilton’s Vancouver Metrotown and accumulate those qualifying nights for rewards and free upgrades. For all intents and purposes, Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver is a good hotel near to New Westminster, BC.
More New Westminster Accommodations:
If you absolutely have to be within New Westminster, BC (and not willing to consider hotels near to New Westminster) then there are other accommodation choices besides hotels.
For cities like New Westminster where there aren’t many hotels, services such as bed and breakfasts or AirBnbs can be valuable for certain travelers. You will find many vacation home rentals on Expedia and room rentals on AirBnb.
Information about New Westminster, British Columbia:
Here are five things to know about New Westminster, British Columbia. If you would like a more comprehensive guide to New Westminster for visitors, please read, What you need to know about New Westminster, BC.
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