The Coast is a high rise hotel which has some fabulous views of English Bay and the city from upper floors. On lower floors, some traffic or street noise may be noticeable if you have windows open. (Personally, I love windows that open!) The hotel has a large conference level. There are several shops and a full grocery store located in the Mall at street level. The hotel is adjacent to a large fitness centre which guests may access and has underground parking for $8/day.
The rooms vary quite a bit. Most have balconies. Many have kitchens or kitchenettes and some have separate bedrooms. These 1 bedroom suites can be huge compared to newer hotels. The Coast will typically assign a basic room, but you can ask for upgrades such as higher view rooms or the larger rooms with kitchenettes or even the suites. They will probably offer to upgrade you if you pay a bit more, but sometimes this extra charge may only be $20 Cdn.
The staff have usually been terrific. The only downside to this hotel is that it is definitely looking a bit dated in terms of the rooms décor. Although the rooms are very clean, the furnishings are looking a bit old, maybe even tired, so for people who want new and trendy, this is not the best place. But if you want a good quality hotel in a great area with a chance of a spacious room and a sunset over English Bay, this is a great bargain at Priceline rates.