Mmmmm......interesting hotel with many quirks.
We are traveling the west coast, staying at 5* hotels throughout, the Shangri-La was the most expensive around $600 per night, and unfortunately scored the lowest overall.
Pros: super attentive, discreet staff, you get the impression nothing would be too much to ask for.
Beautiful corridors, bathrooms (large and luxurious), balconies and hotel lounge.
Comfortable beds, tasteful decor and fab light switches with dimmers.
Nice hand written note, apricots and cookies awaiting us in our room.
Cons: bizarre entrances; from the below ground car park/ check-in to the downright weird street level (no signage or markings) concierge? You are shunted downstairs to a tiny desk which felt like an airport car drop off. As a first impression, this sucked.
Our corner suite room was also a bizarre layout, with a huge dark wood inner paneled hall, leading to a very small lounge/work area. The hall is larger than the living area and a complete waste of space. The large desk also obscures the best view of the suite. If this is feng shui it doesn't work-it's rather baffling.
The location is so-so neither good nor bad.... not close to the waterfront with no views and a couple of blocks to the downtown main area. There were also a few entitled, young Asian princesses hanging at the (v small) pool. Their mother apparently owned an apartment there and they thought nothing of talking smack about girls they knew, fat models!?! and cussing in front of children. Not the hotels fault, for sure - but maybe an indication of the clientelle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunlight filters in through the floor-to-ceiling windows, warming the latte tones and golden hues around you. Basking in complete ease, you contemplate your day ahead from the cosy comfort of your room at Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver. Vancouver’s glittering city skyline against mountainous backdrops. As you tuck into a sumptuous breakfast, a sweeping view of the vibrant metropolis that is Vancouver unfolds before you. Settling into your tastefully furnished surroundings, you catch a glimpse of the majestic firs of Stanley Park in the distance. A leisurely stroll along the sapphire blue waters of its lakes would be heavenly. You decide on a short drive to Grouse Mountain. You’re in the right season for helicopter rides, and skiing and snowboarding off its slopes. The rush of height and speed proves refreshingly exhilarating. Nestled between the Coast Mountain Range and Pacific Ocean, there is certainly plenty to do in this urban oasis. You plan to take it a day at a time. For now, Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver, beckons. You head straight for CHI, The Spa. A soothing organic British Columbia seaweed treatment indulges your well-worked body. Relaxation revives your appetite, and you find yourself at MARKET by Jean-Georges. Elegant contemporary interiors open your mind to the reinvented seasonal flavours conjured by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. You’re in for the best by this internationally-acclaimed Michelin three-star chef and entrepreneur. You’ve had a taste of the finest at this city. And it all began at Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri La Hotel Vancouver