One of the slummiest hotels in all of Greater Vancouver. It lies on Main near Terminal, just outside of the Pacific Central train and bus station. From the outside, one can only see graffiti marked all over the walls, doors long in the need of repair, and boarded up or barred windows. Apparently, a good friend of mine was brave enough to venture inside the American Hotel to take photographic evidence. The only things he found were people passed out in the halls, used condoms and needles strewn everywhere, while the few remaining intact room doors were closed. A rather intimidating cement fence topped with razor wire surrounds the back yard of the American Hotel, resembling something straight from the Berlin wall.
Ahh, but why stay at the American Hotel when you could stay at the Ivanhoe? God bless downtown Vancouver.