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The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
Ranked #20 of 92 Hotels in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 18, 2007

As a female solo traveller I always look for a safe location which is close to everything I want to see. On my first visit to Vancouver earlier in September stayed at the Sutton Place Hotel which was very comfortable but very expensive and required taxis to get anywhere. On the return trip I knew i wanted to be out of the shopping area and close to Stanley Park so I stayed at the Westin Bayshore. Its a large hotel full of conference spaces and the service was a bit lacking but the room was comfortable, the food delivered by room service was great and the location can't be beaten. Step out of the back door and turn right and you are on a wonderful boardwalk which goes right along the edge of the harbour right around to Canada Place and from there is it an easy short walk to Gastown (although I did cheat and got a taxi back to the hotel from there). Turn left out of the hotel's back door and you are a two minute or so walk to Stanley Park and such attractions as the aquarium. It was wonderful to see raccoons and squirrels in the park which we don't get in Australia. The hotel's business centre was difficult to find and I was rather surprised that the hotel couldn't arrange to send a registered letter for me or to confirm airline reservations (but they did give me directions to the nearest post office where I could do it myself which rather defeated the purpose of utilising the business centre). I booked the hotel online and it was in the older part of the hotel but had an amazing view out over all the yachts in the harbour. If you want to stay in a hotel for just its facilities, perhaps look for another. But if you want the best location this is the place for you. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 28, 2006

I've stayed here twice for a business conference. The location is good. Lots of restaraunts nearby, Stanley park is a short Jog. On the harbor so very scenic. As somebody else stated get an upper room for the view.

The rooms are typically Westin. Clean and functional. Heavenly beds are truly that - along with the dozen or so pillows they give you in assorted shapes and sizes.

This is a great place to stay if you are on business or jumping on or off a cruise ship. I think you could do better if you were going to spend more than a day or two here on vacation. Supposedly the pool is nice (I have only been there in February). Beyond that its a big cement and brick building with oversized public spaces. There's no real personality or comfort to it at all. Somebody mentioned lots of couches - it's like sitting on a sofa grouping inside an airplane hanger. You've got to get out of the building as quickly as possible to enjoy all that Vancouver has to offer.

Its a fantastic place for a short business trip or to hold conferences or meetings. We have an annual conference there every year and the staff does a superb job. For my vacation I would look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 22, 2006

My husband, baby, and I stayed at the Westin Bayshore for a week mid August 2006.

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This hotel is in an excellent location (Coal Harbour/West End). It is right along the seawall, and is a 5 minute walk to Stanley Park and 15 minutes to English Bay beach.

The room we stayed in was on the 17th floor and had a SPECTACULAR view of the ocean facing the marina. We would highly recommend that you stay on a top floor and request an ocean view. Every morning we would open up our sliding doors and eat our breakfast while gazing at the scenery. As a side note, our room had a mini fridge which we used to store fruit and milk for our breakfasts. Safeway (corner Robson & Denman) is a 5 minute walk from the hotel, so purchasing basic grocery items to store in your room is very easy. The room we stayed in was a little on the small side but very clean and new (maybe 350 square feet).

Although we did not spend much time in the hotel, it does have a huge main floor with plenty of couches and love seats to use. The outdoor pool was nice, but very small. If you intend on getting a chair around the pool go early and secure a spot!

We cannot comment on value because we used aero plan points to book the room (it would have been about $300 + per night).

This hotel is also minutes away from Denman St which is a haven for food lovers like us!

Restaurants: Places we liked!

Vera's Burger Shack - best burgers we have ever had! (Denman St.)
Mondo's gelati - best we ever had, so many flavors, I had 14 in 7 days! (Denman St.)
Cupcakes - you should try it once. (Denman St.)
Banana Leaf - amazing Laos food, only a few tables get there early. (Denman St.)
Pho Number 1 - very inexpensive subs and ok soup (Denman St.)
Falafel King - amazing beef swhwarma, must try it!!! (Denman St.)
Nates Pizza - great cheap snack to go. (Denman St.)
New York Grill - lots of basic food for cheap. (Denman St.)
Modern Burger- great burgers (if you are into fresh/homemade type burgers), fries, and milk shakes! (Kitsalano area)

Restaurants: Places we did not like!

Samay's Hot wings - chicken fat and skin in the chicken swhwarma DISGUSTING! (Robson St.)
Zakasushi - just ok, more hype then it's worth! (Denman St.)

Other:

Time Square Inn is definitely worth looking into if you would like more of an apartment style vacation. We took a tour of it and will be staying there next time we are in Vancouver. It's much cheaper ($189 per night) then the hotels, and has much more space (living area and kitchenette and in room laundry) 650 square feet. It does not have a ocean view but is on the corner of Robson and Denman which is also an excellent location.

Tips:

- Laundry mat on Denman if needed
- HUGE outdoor family swimming pool along seawall down from English Bay (end on Denman)
- Go to the aquarium in Stanley park
- You can rent bikes on the corner of West Georgia and Denman
- All restaurants are very very small in downtown. If you have a stroller like us for the baby, go early!
- Most hotels have free shuttles to the mall down Robson.

Have a great trip!

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 11, 2006

We stayed with our two young children. The location is awesome - right on the sea wall, within walking distance to Stanley Park and the aquarium. The staff were fine, but you never got great service, and were often ignored. For example, we phoned one night to ask how we could warm up our toddler's bottle (hoping there would be a microwave in a lounge somewhere). We were told we could use something in the hotel kitchen, were asked to wait while they checked, and then were put on hold for 5+ minutes - we finally gave up. We also called one night to ask where the nearest laundromat was - and they didn't know and didn't offer to help. We ended up looking it up in the yellow pages. Strangely, they had a great kids' menu for dinner, but nothing for breakfast (and the buffet downstairs was expensive). There is a kid-friendly WhiteSpot on the corner. Valet parking was worth the extra cost.

Stayed: August 2006
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Reviewed October 30, 2006

This is an excellent hotel in a superb location particularly if you get a room overlooking the harbour front. The staff (front desk , restaurant and friendly/knowledgeable concierge team) were first class in every respect. The rooms very comfortable. Breakfast was outstanding and the home-made croissants the best I`ve ever tasted.
The one negative was the limited menu in the restaurant at night and the total absence of a Coffee House for light meals/drinks. In the mornings there is a small servery where coffee and muffins can be bought but it closes late morning without alternatives later in the day.
Certainly a hotel we would seek to stay in when next in Vancouver.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 17, 2006

I can't say enough good things about this hotel, and have to agree with previous comments that just how much time do some people want to stay in the bathroom???

The hotel looks great from the moment you enter reception, and the staff are friendly (although this would be the same for most Canadians you meet).

Our room was on the second floor looking out to the marina and Stanley Park, with a great view of the mountains behind, and seaplanes taking off and landing.

The Heavenly beds certainlyl ive up to their name. Possibly the largest bed I've ever stayed in, and certainly comfortable. The shower was a good soaker, and the room had all the amenities I required.

Full breakfast is perhaps a little expensive at $25.00CAD, but no more than you'd be expected to pay in Britain, and certainly offers a much better range of food than we'd be used to here.

One final note - Coleen on the Gray Line desk is an absolute star, and made our holiday for us. Nothing was too much trouble when arranging our trips for us, and advice she gave was invaluable.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2006

When my sister announced that she was booking us a room at the Bayshore as our wedding present, we were thrilled. The Bayshore has been a Vancouver institution for years, and has probably the best location in Vancouver. As it turned out, the wedding was the best, but the hotel, and particularly the service, was awful. We arrived late, in great spirits after the reception. Entering the room, a bouquet my sister had sent was lying on the desk, no vase, no water, and decidedly limp.
Although it had been booked as a wedding night gift, there was absolutely nothing from management, not even a note or bottle of cheap bubbly. The room was adequate. In the morning, they had slipped the bill for this experience under the door, and I saw how much my sister had paid for this (which in itself I thought was truly crass). We were determined not to let this get to us, but I couldn't leave without filling out the "client (dis) satisfaction" form that goes to the manager. Response to date - nothing. We have stayed in many good hotels, and this experience was definitely sub-par, especially for the price. By contrast, we honeymooned in San Francisco at the Hotel Vitale, where management sent us a beautiful iced bottle of Laurent-Perrier champagne, which was just one example of the class and level of service of that hotel.
The lesson - don't equate price with service, at least at this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2V4, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Vancouver
#14 Luxury Hotel in Vancouver
#26 Business Hotel in Vancouver
#28 Family Hotel in Vancouver
#31 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
Price Range: $152 - $512 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver 4*
Number of rooms: 499
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the shores of Coal Harbour, overlooking historic 1,000-acre Stanley Park via its picturesque seawall and the North Shore Mountains, the hotel offers you the best of both worlds: an invigorating urban lifestyle and a relaxing resort-like experience. The hotel's 499 spacious guest rooms and suites feature stunning views over the water and the city. Our location on the water is unparalleled and will provide you with a one-of-a-kind West Coast experience, with downtown's thriving epicenter just blocks away and a variety of nearby shops, restaurants and cafes. The resort-inspired property features Vida Wellness full service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and a pleasing variety of restaurants and lounges. Signature offerings include the Westin Heavenly Bed and Bath, WestinWORKOUT and RunWESTIN. ... more   less 
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