There are a number of high-end hotels in Vancouver in various areas of the city. Since I wasn’t familiar with the city, I asked a buddy who had just visited a couple of months earlier. She recommended the Westin Grand Vancouver for its location and reputation for excellence. And it was the perfect choice.
I landed in Vancouver really late, and by the time I cleared customs and got to the hotel, I was ready to crash. Much to my relief, check-in was super quick. When I made it up to my room, I was pleasantly surprised.
Even though the hotel is a Westin, it had more of a boutique feel. And all of the rooms in the hotel are suites! So as I walked in, I took it all in, including the amazing view! I had a perfect view of BC Place Stadium, where the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics was held. The skyscape was amazing (and as tired as I was, I even took some time to get on Periscope).
The room was extremely spacious! The main living room had a couch with a chaise lounge (I love a good chaise lounge), TV, and a full kitchenette with a microwave, dishwasher, sink and toaster. I spent a good amount of time sprawled out on the chaise lounge getting some work done while watching sports. It was absolutely huge, and the living room (with kitchenette) was the perfect combination of pleasure and work (if working was necessary).
Then it was on to the bedroom. It, too, was super spacious and had a great view of both the stadium and the city. The bed was the perfect combination of fluff and firmness and I slept like a champion.
Lastly, the bathroom was fantastic. It was spacious and clean. The shower had a rain showerhead. When this is the only showerhead, it can be a problem for African American women who don’t wish to get their hair wet, so initially I was concerned. But the shower had a high-powered shower wand as well that sprayed horizontal and could be used as a handheld showerhead. It was the perfect combination for everyone.
Breakfast, Pool Area, and the Location
The next morning, after a restful night’s sleep, I had breakfast at the hotel restaurant. The breakfast was delicious and filling. The presentation was fantastic, and everything was delicious, especially the potato cake.
I went to check out the pool deck, which is on a high floor. It has a great view of the surrounding city and the streets below. One of the cool things about Vancouver is the mix of the commercial buildings and residential buildings in the city, so you are not limited to exclusively looking at high rises but a mix of buildings and architecture. I didn’t get to spend much time at the pool, but it was definitely somewhere one could chill out and read.
The location of the hotel was absolutely perfect. It was centrally located and right across the street from the library. It was a pretty easy walk from the hotel to the ferry where we went to Granville Island, and we were able to check out Yale Town along the way. It seemed to be a fantastic home base for someone looking to hit some major hotspots in Vancouver.
From the moment I walked into the Westin Grand until when I checked out, the friendly staff assisted me. From valets to room service to the concierge, everyone had a positive and friendly disposition. Even when I got to my room, late at night, there was a dish of fruit, cheeses, crackers and nuts waiting for me. This was definitely an instance where the stereotype about Canadians being friendly was true.
I highly recommend the Westin Grand Vancouver to anyone looking to visit Vancouver. It’s central location, amazing suites, and friendly staff will ensure a great vacation. Top notch.
This stay was offered at a special media discount. All opinions are my own.
Debi Gerhart says
Looks like a great place for a cozy getaway! Looks lovely!
Stefanie C. says
This looks like a lovely place for a getaway! I hope if I’m ever in the area I get to check it out for myself! That breakfast looks wonderful we love potato cakes!
Exactly! How can anything with potato and cake be bad, Stefanie!
Ronda Ogilvie says
This hotel looks and sounds amazing! That breakfast and cheese platter look like a wonderful bonus to an already great place to stay! A sofa with a chaise lounge has me sold! such a great review of this property!
Ronda, I do love a good chaise lounge. #spoiled
Vancouver is a beautiful city. Looks like that hotel offered everything a person would want, and your breakfast looked delicious too.
It was a great hotel. I was happy with breakfast and the suite and view were fantastic!
Felicita Moncada says
My family and I love Westin Hotels. The service as always been amazing! Love how spacious the hotel room was. I also really liked the small kitchen area with sink and microwave! When traveling with kids having that is a plus!
Yes, that was a very pleasant surprise Felicita! Wasn’t expecting a kitchen with dishwasher!
Amanda Tempel says
Wow, what an amazing stay that must have been! The hotel room looks amazing, and so does the breakfast! I can’t wait to go on my next trip. I love the hotel stays!
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
That sounds like a wonderful hotel. I am not sure when I will be up that way, but if I ever get up there, I know where I want to stay!
Megan Elford says
This looks like a wonderful hotel! I really like how all of the rooms are suites. I think more hotels are heading in that direction, and it makes so much more sense. I mean, what better way to entice guests to stay longer than to actually give them a home away from home?
Exactly Megan! It’s a win-win for everyone and the Westin Vancouver nailed it!
Miranda (Myrabev) says
Sounds like a great hotel to stay at especially because of the view and how spacious it is. Great review
I would love to visit Vancouver and stay at the Westin. It’s one of my favorite hotel chains. I firmly believe that a luxury hotel suite is necessary when traveling. And that breakfast looks tasty, too.
Alli, you and I are on the same wavelength sister!
Looks lovely! I’ve never been to Vancouver nor the Westin. Boy, I really need to get out more!
Wow! Breakfast looks amazing there! Looks like it has all the amenities you need. I love that lounge couch, perfect for vegging out on.
We absolutely love The Westin! I’ve never been to the one in Vancouver though. It looks fantastic. That breakfast is to die for. Such a great time.
Aileen Adalid says
That cheese platter looks divine! And of course, the hotel looks stunning. I love it when such places make me feel right at home, and I’m glad the experience for you was great!
Penny Struebig says
Looks like a great place! Love the couch shape. It would be great to sit down and be able to put your feet up.
Savannah Miller says
If I am ever in that area I will have to check out this hotel! I think staying at a great hotel really makes the trip when traveling 🙂
My husband has always wanted to take a visit to Canada. If we ever get out towards Vancouver, we’ll be sure to stay at the Westin!
Cassie, it’s an excellent choice for your stay!
Allison Jones says
I’ve always wanted to visit Vancouver. This looks like an awesome hotel.
Emma Spellman says
That is the most delicious looking breakfast I have ever seen at a hotel. I could live off of cheese and crackers. I am so glad you had a wonderful trip.
Emma, I agree! I have an unhealthy love of cheese LOL.
It looks like it was a great stay. The breakfast looked amazing and the room looked great.
Wood Arts Universe says
The hotel room does look spacious and neat. I like it when you mentioned about the hospitality that they offered you the moment you arrived at the hotel. Sounds like the guest can really relax and be stress-free staying there.
Weston and boutique hotel feel to it? I think it’s a perfect match! Saving this for my next Vancouver visit
Margarita Ibbott (@DownshiftingPRO) says
I love the location of this Hotel. I think that the food looks really yummy. I always appreciate hotel reviews when people have actually experiences the location. Nicely done!
Vancouver is such a beautiful city to stay in and apparently the Westin hotel rooms are just as nice! Love it!
I love a great hotel and this one is very nice. It looks cold there so I would have to turn the heat all the way up but with food and the right temp I would be good to go.
Being on the water, it was cool one day Kita, but the other day it was actually quite nice. I was shocked because I was there in October!
Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green says
I love the cute and cozy feel of a boutique hotel. They also always have the best decor.
I had a few friends just come back from Vancouver for a conference. I have never been to this city but I have stayed at a Westin. From the looks of it, this Westin fulfilled their usual standard. And because I’m such a foodie, I can’t stop looking at that breakfast you had! YUM.
Chasing Joy says
This sounds like a great hotel. I have never had a fruit and cheese tray waiting for me in my room anywhere 🙂
Siobhan (BeFree Project) says
I was just listening to a podcast and the host raved about Vancouver and how everyone should visit there at least once in their life. I’m glad you had a good time and this review was really helpful as to where I should consider staying when I visit one day.
Marielle Altenor says
My favorite thing about hotels is the food they serve! I’ve never stayed in the Westin Grand hotel but if I’m ever in Vancouver and in need of a place to stay, I will know where to stay!
Looks like a great hotel! I hope to make it to Vancouver one day, I’ve heard great things.
thus looked like such a nice and cozy hotel. It had a good mix of chic and comfort. I am all about staycations so I’m looking up a westin in my city!
I love a spacious pretty hotel! This one looks super clean and breakfast looks so tasty!!!
Valerie Robinson says
Looks so cozy! I love the Westin!
Amanda @ Adorkablii says
WOW, One, The food looks amazing an totally made me hungry. Everything else looks so amazing as well. I like the counter in the bathroom. lol =P It’s very inviting. Some hotels are so plain jane.. lol i really like the comfort of this one. =D
Aisha Adams Johnson says
My kind of spot. We love rooms with full kitchenettes because of our dietary needs. I will check them out the next time I am in the area.
Nicole (Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge) says
I don’t think i’ve stayed at the Westin before. Looks and sounds great.
I find that I haven’t really gone wrong with too many Westins. And the one in Vancouver was lovely!
That looks like a great trip! Glad you enjoyed where you stayed because liking your accomadations is really half the battle. How did you like Vancouver?
Winter, Vancouver far exceeded my expectations (and they were pretty high). I loved the city and the views were amazing because of all of the water!