I should first clarify that I don't intent my title to be too negative, I just liked the rhyme. I gave this hotel four stars and I stand by it, it was a decent hotel but the decor is quite dull and similar to many other hotels I've stayed at. I own a business in Vancouver but commute to town by ferry and I occasionally have to stay in town if I have to work late, this time my event was canceled and my wife and I ended up having a pleasant night on the town. The location is superb, it's right across the street from the main library (unique architecturally and well worth a visit in my opinion), and walking distance to everything from the Art Gallery to the Convention Center. This is also a rather unique part of downtown in that there's plenty of meter parking on the street and it's not very sketchy so I didn't feel stupid leaving my car on the street all night. Why do I mention this? The hotel parking was over $20.00 a night, the parking meter's are about $2.50 an hour but you don't have to pay from 8:00pm until 9:00am, this piece of info may or may not save you some money depending on when you arrive and depart.
The hotel looks and feels much more like an upscale condo than a hotel, frankly I don't like the look or vibe but that's just my own opinion (more on this later). There is no lobby on the main floor, you have to taken a staircase or an elevator up one floor for this. The doormen were very friendly and explained this to us within a few seconds of us walking in. Reception was fast and friendly but we did have a little surprise when the a woman walked out of the room we had been assigned to as we were about to walk in! The woman at reception was very apologetic (I think the guest had already checked out but hadn't given up her room key yet or something), anyway we were quickly assigned a new room which was an upgrade to a one bedroom suite with a king sized bed in the bedroom. The room was perfectly adequate with a small living room with a sofa, a couple of chairs and small coffee table. There was a fairly ingenious kitchenette set up tucked away in a closet but I couldn't see it being that helpful for cooking. There was a small sink, a microwave and a dishwasher, be warned that the only fridge was the mini bar which was already full of costly snacks so if you were planning on doing grocery shopping you'd be strapped for fridge space. (probably a good time to mention that there's a full service grocery store called I.G.A. just a couple of stores down).
By far the best part of the room was the bathroom, it was unusually spacious for a chain hotel with an enclosed shower seperate from the bathtub and with two really nice massaging shower heads too! I really don't like the look that a lot of upscale hotels are going for, when I walk into a lot of rooms (this one included) I feel like I'm at a show suite for an overpriced condo development. That said the styling really worked for the bathroom, it looked very sleek and expensive and my wife loved it as well. The bedroom was fine with a decent sized closet and a comfortable bed although my wife and I both struggled to find a comfortable pillow, there were a lot of them but none of them were very comfy! The only other thing would say about the room is that it's stocked with fantastic Starbucks coffee and tea!
We didn't use the restaurant but I've heard it's very good, we didn't interact with the staff much but every one we did talk to was professional, friendly and competent. Although I wasn't wowed by the room itself I would hardily recommend this property. I've lived in or Vancouver all of my life and I love the city, but the downtown has a lot sketchy areas even in places you'd think would be nice. This hotel is located in one of the best possible locations, there was not a panhandler or squeege kid in sight! This part of downtown is very residential, the hotel is surrounded by highrise condos, which means there are always lots of people walking around even late a night not only does it make it feel very safe to walk around at night, it's also a very pleasant vibe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Grand Vancouver offers stylish guest suites. Downtown location on Robson Street at the edge of Yaletown near hip shops, exciting theatre, vibrant nightlife and tantalizing restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Grand Vancouver Hotel Vancouver
- Westin Vancouver
- Vancouver Westin