We have stayed at the Viva Suites extensively, in particular at the larger 3 bedroom penthouse and the 4 bedroom presidential suites.
The former is $9000/month peak season and the latter is $12000.
Viva suites are located in very handy area for the nightlife of Granville Street, a few minutes walk to all the shops on Davies, a handy aquabus ride over to Granville farmers market and about a 10 minute walk to Robson, with all the high end shopping.
Having said that, it is not 'high end' around the tower, and can be a little seedy at night, plus you can get the spill over noise on Friday and sat nights from Granville street, with plenty of police sirens going off until the small hours.
In addition, there is building work taking place on three sides of the building, so you can see cranes 'up close and personal' through most windows. This means there is quite a lot of construction noise (even on the higher floors) from 7:30 in the morning. Ultimately, this will also mean, I suspect, a loss of views as well, as the large apartment buildings rise up.
It is a 20 minute walk away from the financial district, so not so handy if you are working there.
Underground parking is handy and secure. General security is also very good.
A lot of area in the larger suites - i think the presidential is about 2900 sq ft and the penthouse about 2400.
The kitchens are reasonably well equipped - but the stoves/washing machines/dishwashers are all well past their best and in desperate need of renewal.
Value for Money
Although the suite 'space' is good , the general decor and furnishings definitely let it down, and is the main reason for my 'average' mark. Everything is getting pretty old and liable to break down at a moments notice. We had toilets that would not stop running, broken gas hob, air conditioning that was very temperamental in the summer and heating that was variable and noisy in the winter. Basically. all the units need refurbishing from top to bottom to justify the prices charged.
Staff are excellent. Maintenance staff do a sterling job against the onslaught of old appliances that break down. Cleaning twice a week is included and thorough. Reception staff and security are very good. I think the owners or upper management are lucky to have such good staff, when the re investment in the hotel is sorely lacking in other areas.
Ok to stay here if you can get a discount on the rack rates. To be fair, it can be hard to find serviced apartments in Vancouver at all, especially ones with a decent amount of living space,
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