I was in Vancouver for a conference at this hotel. It was a beautiful hotel in a fantastic setting. Many good restaurants around, within walking distance; the subway, within walking distance... The fitness center in the hotel is comfortable and clean, and there's a pool with the EXACT RIGHT TEMPERATURE! - not cold, not too warm. The whirlpool is also at the exact right temperature, but while I was there the jets failed. No matter - I was in there every day. FYI, you can leave your gym clothes at home and take the smaller carry on... they will provide you with fitness attire AND sneakers for a small rental fee, and you get to keep the new socks they give you. For gluten-allergic/celiac customers, note that (1) the restaurant is exceptionally accommodating, and (2) Canadian gluten-free bread/burger buns all taste FANTASTIC, like nothing you can get in the U.S. Eat at the restaurant without worry, and enjoy.
There's just one thing. The "Green" program. Very troublesome. They offer you the option of signing up for this green program which they (Westin corporation - so I guess this goes for every hotel in the chain) will offer you a card for $5 each day you participate. The idea is that no one comes to clean your room at all - and you get no coffee, tea, towels, lotion, shampoo, nothing. That's not the bad part. They pay you $5 credit (redeemable only in their hotel cafes or restaurant) but then they lay off people in the maid service if the tipping point of patrons is reached. It makes no sense to me to take $5 and make a woman be unable to feed her kids this week. What's green about that? Plus, I need more lotion and tea! You may not realize it when you sign up that this means you shouldn't bother to ask for anything at all. So, until they get rid of this heinous program that scars an otherwise blissful experience, I will have to rate the property just short of excellent.
I should tell you that my roommate thought the "Heavenly Bed" was awful, and had trouble sleeping! I thought the beds were just fine. She loved the "Heavenly" showerheads, but I thought it was just okay. They also conveniently have catalogs in your room so you can buy the entire experience (sheets, pillows, mattress!, blankets, robes, towels, and shower heads) and take it home at somewhat dear prices. I even saw Westin doggy pillows and bowls for sale in a vestibule near the restaurant. I thought the sale of these things quite strange, but I can understand why a business would do that, and if you have the money to splurge on such things, have at it. (I'm more frugally minded.) They also have a spa on the premises, but I didn't use it, so on that I can't comment, but it looked good from the outside.
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