Abercorn Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel is a hotel located in Richmond, British Columbia, under 10-minutes from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The following review of Abercorn Inn is based on two separate stays at the hotel prior to our Alaskan cruises in 2017 and 2019. Part of the reason we choose to stay at the Abercorn originally was the proximity to YVR since our flight arrived in the evening.
The Abercorn Inn provides a complimentary shuttle from the airport with hourly shuttles between 4 am and 1am. In our experience, the shuttle picks up from the airport at quarter to the hour. The service is very informal and there are no reservations required, you simply wait at the bus stop until it arrives. However, we did check with the hotel to verify the shuttle was still offered before our flight.
The shuttle is about a 10-minute drive off the airport property to Richmond, and it will drop you off at the front door of the Abercorn Inn.
The hotel features a restaurant which during our 2019 trip was undergoing a remodel, but it sounds like it will be open soon – especially for the 2020 cruise season and beyond. Additionally, the Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant is also located on the property.
The Abercorn Inn offers a variety of room types from standard room with two double beds to a queen suite. Both times, we’ve booked the double with two double beds with our latest stay in one of the deluxe double. Honestly, there wasn’t much of a difference except for the size of the room. For the three of us, this room provides more than enough space.
The entire property is non-smoking and our room included air conditioning (although we’ve slept with the windows open both times), a TV, coffee maker, ironing board and iron, and a mini-refrigerator.
The bath room was rather spacious with a walk in shower and included toiletries, and a hairdryer.
In addition to the airport shuttle, the Abercorn Inn offers a complimentary breakfast each morning. The breakfast spread included a scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, oat meal, cold cereal, fruits, yogurt, and a toast station. Coffee, tea, and juices rounded out the offering.
If the continental breakfast isn’t your thing, there is a Tim Hortons a short walk down the street.
A bonus, and unofficial amenity of the Abercorn Inn is Costco, which is directly across the street. I mentioned this in our trip report, but it is worth repeating. If you are planning a trip to Costco, let it be known that Costco (at least the Richmond location) does not take US Visa Debit cards, only MasterCard & the Costco credit card. Additionally, they do not sell wine, but they did have a nice selection of clothing for wearing in the ports and poutine at the food court.
You will need to arrange transportation to the Canada Place cruise terminal. Both times, the front desk called a taxi when we were checking out. From the Abercorn Inn to Canada Place is less than a 30-minute drive depending on traffic. The taxi from Abercorn Inn to Canada Place is about $30 USD.
Hotels in the downtown area such as the Pan Pacific are very popular for pre/post-cruise stays, but the airport area hotels are worth considering if you simply need a place to sleep after a long travel day and you are short on time to explore downtown Vancouver. In fact, the Abercorn Inn was a fraction of the price of the Pan Pacific which we also stayed at in 2019, but more on that in a later review.
Ultimately, we really like the Abercorn Inn and how it fits our needs on our travel day from Florida to Vancouver. The Abercorn has been provided everything we needed when we’ve arrived in the evening and are just looking for a reasonably priced hotel to sleep. In 2017, we booked directly when it was still a Best Western for about $150 USD for the double. In 2019, the deluxe double booked via Hotels.com was just over $200 USD. Considering the airport shuttle and the breakfast are included, along with a late arrival time, the Abercorn Inn has been and will be our go to pre-cruise hotel when sailing from Vancouver.
We want to hear from you if you’ve stayed at the Abercorn Inn before or after an Alaskan cruise. What did you think? Did I miss anything, or do you have any specific questions about the hotel or the location? Let me know in the comments below.