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Blue Horizon Hotel 3.0

Downtown, Vancouver, British Columbia

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Cons

  • On a loud, busy street
  • Small business center and workout room
  • Lap pool and whirlpool are looking worn

Bottom Line

Location is a big draw at this 214-room mid-range hotel: This towering landmark stands alongside Robson Street’s trendy restaurants and bars and is in walking distance of numerous downtown attractions. That setting, coupled with the Blue Horizon’s height, means sweeping vistas can be enjoyed from many of its spacious, contemporary-style guest rooms -- all of which boast balconies. Thirty-first floor meeting facilities also maximize the skyline views, while the patio of the ground-level ABODE restaurant offers a street-front perspective. Don't get too excited about the other amenities here, however. Although the hotel has a workout room and indoor pool, both are small and show their age. Travelers looking for condo-style digs downtown can try the three-pearl Vancouver Extended Stay instead. 

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Scene

Vintage hotel offering an up-to-date take on mid-century modern

The renovated lobby and restaurant area of this vintage value hotel have a Scandinavian-inspired style: blond wood furniture is offset by cheerful pops of orange

Built in the 1960’s and covered with blue Italian-made mosaic tiles, this 31-story high-rise has a classic mid-century modern look outside. Following a recent makeover, that look now carries through to the common areas inside. For instance, the renovated lobby area and ABODE restaurant have a Scandinavian-inspired style notable for its clean lines and warm, earthy colors: picture sleek walnut tables fronting chocolaty brown banquettes, plus pops of orange evident in everything from the pendant lights to the funky art photos adorning the walls and the umbrellas shading the patio tables. It’s a stylish combination that helps this hotel attract a mixed bag of business travelers and tourists. 

Location

On bustling Robson Street, in walking distance to many business and leisure destinations

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The Blue Horizon occupies an enviable position in downtownVancouver, the city’s financial and commercial hub. As a result, it puts business travelers in walking distance to key locales, including the Bentall Centre office complex, the Vancouver Convention Centre and the government buildings around Robson Square (all of which can be reached on foot in under 15 minutes). Robson Square itself is the site of the popular Vancouver Art Gallery, while Robson Street -- being lined with trendy shops, eateries and entertainment options -- is a magnet for shoppers, foodies, and night owls. The hotel also offers fresh air fans easy access to top outdoor areas like English Bay Beach and sprawling Stanley Park, either by car or public transport. If you are relying on the former, paid parking is available at Blue Horizon’s on-site garage. 

  • Eight-minute walk to Robson Square
  • Nine-minute walk to Burrard SkyRail line
  • 12-minute walk to Bentall Centre
  • 14-minute walk to Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Five-minute drive to Canada Place Cruise Terminal (13 minutes by public transport)
  • Five-minute drive to BC Place Stadium (16 minutes by public transport)
  • Five-minute drive to English Bay Beach (12 minutes by public transport)
  • Six-minute drive to Stanley Park (10 minutes by public transport)
  • Seven-minute drive to Via Rail station and bus terminal (19 minutes by public transport)
  • Eight-minute drive to Gastown (14 minutes by public transport) 
  • 26-minutes by car to Vancouver International Airport (44 minutes by public transport)

Rooms

Big, bright, well-appointed rooms -- all with private balconies

The spacious Standard Two Queens Room features contemporary decor with a few retro elements (such as blonde-wood furnishings and multicolored striped carpeting)

Thanks to this building’s configuration, all of the contemporary, air-conditioned rooms are corner units with private balconies and large windows that bathe them in natural light. Even those in the lowest category are spacious enough to contain an armchair or couch, a desk and a comfy pillow-top bed covered with a puffy duvet; suites, located on the 29th and 30th floor, add a living room with pullout sofa plus standout views. All also share a common decor with retro blond-wood furnishings and accents in brown, beige and blue tied together by multicolored striped carpeting. Bathrooms are similarly stylish, with newly renovated ones featuring sleek walk-in showers. Standard amenities include laptop safes, minibars, coffee/tea making equipment, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and free Wi-Fi. Playpens and cribs are available on request.   

Features

Facilities include panoramic meeting rooms and a little indoor pool.

The hotel includes an indoor pool on-site, a nice perk, but it is small and aging

Blue Horizon lures business travelers by devoting its penthouse level to meeting rooms and banquet facilities which provide eye-popping views of English Bay, Stanley Park, the mountains and the city skyline. Available audio-visual equipment and in-house catering are added bonuses. There’s a little business center (read: computer workstation) with faxing, scanning, and printing capabilities down in the lobby, too.

The lobby is also home to ABODE: a hybrid restaurant/coffee shop/bar where guests can start the day with gourmet coffees and teas complemented by homemade pastries. In the evenings, cocktails, local craft beer, and fine BC wine are on offer, plus contemporary comfort food is on call in between. The adjacent sidewalk patio provides seasonal seating that's perfect for people watching. If you want to go farther afield, takeout picnics are prepared on request.

On the second floor is a small fitness center that's due for a refresh. It features a lap pool, whirlpool, and sauna, plus a workout room equipped with an exercise bike, treadmill, and elliptical trainer. Other hotel amenities include a 24-hour front desk; concierge and laundry services; paid on-site parking; and free Wi-Fi throughout.

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Address

1225 Robson Street, Downtown, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1C3, Canada

Phone

(604) 688-1411

Room Types

  • Executive Suite
  • Family Suite
  • Standard King Room
  • Standard One Queen Bed
  • Standard Two Queen Bed Room
  • Studio
  • Superior King Room
  • Superior One Queen Room
  • Superior Two Queens Room

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