This property is rated 5 stars on sites like Hotwire and Expedia, due largely to services and amenities avail thru adjoining Sutton Place Hotel (e.g. pool, spa, room service, valet, concierge etc) . I'd say the condos themselves are more accurately 3.5 to 4-stars, but the location --and overall enjoyability of staying here -- is about a 36 (depending on what rate you get of course!)
While condo furnishings, fixtures, bedding and appointments were all top-notch (and well represented in pix on LGR website), the age/condition of the building, lack of sexy bathroom -- spotless but basic -- and inability to cool the bedrooms to same comfort level of rest of condo in warm weather offset things a little. (No central A/C, portable units venting to patios cool main living spaces but not quite to bedroom even w/ doors open). Something to consider If your stay will be made or broken by a good night's sleep. Windows are operable but surprisingly not much breeze enters and tradeoff is street noise.
IGA Supermarket is immediately next door, and for coffee lovers who are over Starbucks try the little European hole-in-the-wall just on the other (north) side of the hotel for lattes and great baked goods. Urban Fare, Canada's version of Whole Foods, also has a good breakfast options, coffee, baked goods etc a couple of blocks away on Alberni street (the doormen will direct you.) My only disappointment was no time to try JapDogs -- we were amazed at the lineup in front of the hotel morning, noon and night!
If you have extra time to try something off the beaten path, we enjoyed www.greenheartcanopywalkway.com at UBC's Botanical Gardens...
Minor disclaimer: If you book on Hotwire as we did, an outrageous value, you're likely to get only a Queen bed and no stainless steel in the kitchen, if you care.
I would definitely return at the rate we got, but would take along some Tylenol PM...
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