Posted Oct 17, 2016
We booked this hotel last minute because it was our last night in Vancouver, and it seemed ok. It was a little smelly, and scummy, but not so bad, when comparing the price with other hotels. We did, however, wake up with an itch. My girlfriend had multiple 2 cm wheals bunched up in groups, but I seemed to not have any apparent rash. Unfortunately, we didn't know what bed bugs were. Approximately one and a half weeks later, in our apartment back home, she got the same rash and I got the same itch. We found out later, that they were typical bed bug bites. The only other place we stayed in Vancouver was an AirBnB with three other family members, who didn't have any problems. So we concluded that we probably got bed bugs from the Grouse Inn.
After two weeks of cleaning laundry, hiring exterminators, and rigging an anti-bed bug apartment, we decided to see what we could do to prevent any other travellers from getting infested (NOT FUN!). We spoke to the manager, Ala, who said that he'd get back to us the next week, in order to reassure us that our room was clean, without any response, and it's been a couple of months.
So in the end, we never found out if there was a bed-bug problem there, but there is no way to be reassured. I think you should think twice about going to the Grouse Inn, and if you do, dont bring any baggage inside, clean your clothes, and leave your luggage outside when you get home just in case.