The Burrard is a special hotel. It stands out on a road of uniform shiny buildings with its retro theme and unique appeal. Centrally located, it is the ideal base for busy travellers who haven’t got a fortune to spend. First opened in 1956 as the Burrard Motor Inn, the long history of this quirky hotel contributes to its local reputation. Since the 50s it has undergone a transformative renovation to encorperate modern design and technology whilst keeping its style and personality.
Check-in was quick and easy, it doesn’t take long to get to your room in this boutique accommodation. We found our way to the top floor and admired the courtyard below, with white and block colour design – it certainly has a striking look.
We were in room 423, a basic but comfortable bedroom dominated by the large bed. The rooms are simply designed with vintage features adding character, such as decorative lamps and colourful artwork on the walls. The tiny en suite had everything we needed – a bath/shower, toiletries and other practical amenities. In the room we had complimentary wireless wifi, free national calls, flat-screen TV with movies (at no extra cost) and a coffee machine.
Downstairs there is a collection of vibrant photographs depicting seedy motel scenes, these prints add a tongue-in-cheek charm to the reception area, and emphasised the retro vibe. In the adjoining cafe, Container Coffee, we enjoyed our complimentary breakfast each morning. Yoghurt with fruit and granola was the perfect healthy sustenance before a day of sightseeing, and I particularly liked the Matchstick coffee from the local roasters which is served here.
Hotel guests are lucky enough to have the Burrard Brooklyn Cruiser bikes at their disposal during their stay. We made full use of this added bonus and spent two days cycling around the city – it was a lovely way to get to know our surroundings.
The Burrard staff are friendly and helpful, assisting with your trip in any way they can. We found the hotel to be a comfortable and fun place to start our holiday in Canada.
More information and book a room at The Burrard here.