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  • Decent-sized rooms with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks (some have fantastic views)
  • Many rooms have kitchenettes with microwaves and mini-fridges
  • Bright fitness center with great downtown views
  • Indoor Jacuzzi with city views
  • Free Wi-Fi and free bike rentals
  • Free shuttle service to any downtown attraction
  • Children 12 and under stay free
  • White Spot chain restaurant on-site serving comfort food


  • Generic decor and dated bathrooms
  • Fee for valet and self-parking
  • Little action at night in the area

Bottom Line

The GEC Granville (formerly a Best Western) operates both as student housing and as hotel accommodations. Located in downtown Vancouver, western Canada's financial center, it has 143 bright, decent-sized rooms with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and in many rooms, microwaves and mini-fridges. But the decor is generic, and bathrooms are nothing special. The property features a fitness center with great downtown views, a Jacuzzi, gated parking, and great freebies, including Wi-Fi, shuttle service to any downtown attraction, and bike rentals. Overall, it’s a solid pick for value.

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In the southern part of Downtown Vancouver, near lively Robson Square and the subway

Map of GEC Granville

Downtown Vancouver is the financial and commercial hub of the city. It’s bustling during the weekdays, when tourists and locals fill the streets -- but empties out at night and on the weekends. However, the Robson Square complex, located five blocks northeast of the property, is always lively, featuring restaurants, shops, bars, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. The subway is located five blocks from the hotel.

  • 24-minute drive to Vancouver International Airport
  • 9-minute walk to Robson Square
  • 10-minute walk to the Vancouver Art Gallery
  • 20-minute walk to the BC Place stadium
  • 6-minute drive to Seawall, a waterfront path for walking, jogging, and cycling
  • 6-minute drive to the Vancouver Convention Centre
  • 7-minute drive to Kitsilano Beach, a popular, sandy stretch along English Bay
  • 8-minute drive to Stanley Park
  • 8-minute drive to Science World
  • 12-minute drive to the Vancouver Aquarium

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Key Features
Fitness Center
Hotel Services
Family Services
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
718 Drake St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2W6 Canada
Phone (604) 669-9888
Also Known As
  • Best Western Plus Downtown Vancouver
Room Types
  • King or Two Queens Guest Room
  • King w/ Kitchenette Guest Room
  • Queen or 2 Doubles Guest Room
  • Two Doubles w/ Kitchenette Guest Room