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.