We stayed here twice during September, the first stay was 3 nights prior to our cruise and we stayed one night after the cruise.
Our first stay was generally pretty good, we were upgraded to a suite which was huge. The bed was very comfortable and a good size. All in all the room was great BUT we were on floor 12 and right next door to the hospital and all night we heard sirens going. I have never stayed in a city that doesn't seem to sleep at all! Our friends stayed on the 24th floor and they didn't hear a peep so I would certainly ask for a high up floor or you will be woken during the night.
The staff were friendly and helpful, especially the doorman. He was excellent and gave us lots of information about where to eat, what to see etc. The staff certainly seem to enjoyed their job which made a difference! Check in and check out was very speedy.
The location is brilliant, downtown, and you are close to all the main attractions. We walked everywhere, including a whole day round Stanley park and the Aquarium (would def recommend!). We didn't use any transport, other than a taxi to/from airport ($30 - 35 each way) and a water taxi once.
The second time we stayed was not quite as good, we were upgraded again but the room was a bit shabby in comparison to the first. However we were on the opposite side to the hospital so we got a much better night sleep.
All in all this is a good hotel and I would recommend it however we will probably try somewhere else if we visit vancouver again, I feel there are probably just as nice hotels for this price.
One word of warning for those coming from the UK, the hotel operates a holding deposit system which is between $100-200 which is refunded after your stay (this seems to be standard in canada). They don't tend to do this in the UK so we were a little surprised to have to hand over our card details. The money is refunded within 2-4 days and for some people this may not be a big deal, however what annoyed us was that they didn't explain the system to us, just took our cards and swiped. It was only when my friends card didn't go through that they told us that they actually take the money and hold it for the duration of the stay. We decided we would prefer tp give them a cash deposit which we got back when we checked out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Century Plaza Hotel & Spa is a landmark destination hot spot right in the centre of downtown Vancouver. From its award winning amenities including a world class spa and comedy club, to the kitchen equipped suites featuring spectacular ocean, mountain and city views, the family owned and operated Century-Plaza Hotel & Spa has implemented sustainable practices such as its 'Green Initiative' Program as well as the 100% Chemical Free Commercial Cleaning System reducing our carbon footprint to provide guests with the wonderful home away from home ambiance. ... more less
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