A while back, I had the opportunity to stay in two of Vancouver’s finest hotel properties.

On each trip these properties made my stay more enjoyable by both the service and quality of accommodation.

Vancouver has hundreds of hotels to chose from so finding two properties as I did, with the positive experience that was offered by both of them was bonus.


Sheraton Wall Centre

This is a first class hotel on Burrard Street in the heart of Vancouver’s business and shopping district. Just a short walk and you are on Robson Street where you can buy and dine to your heart’s content.
The hotel itself and its surrounding buildings present an imposing impression.  They are situated on the highest ground in the city and from the top floors you can gain an excellent view of the city.

But I would also underscore another feature. Its Cafe One restaurant is exceptional.

Most often when I travel I seek out other restaurants, thinking perhaps that hotel restaurant may not be a destination for local diners.

If this one isn’t, it should be.  The menu was really varied and unique.

You have to try the Pan Roasted Queen Charlotte Sablefish served with
jade bamboo rice and yuzu miso sauce.

this proved to be one of the best fish meals I have ever had and the pan seared crab cakes were not far off.

The hotel has completed its massive renovation of its rooms and from what I saw this will now be an even better place if that is possible.

I did manage to do a quick walk through a few of the new rooms and man, this hotel will end up getting loads of press for its unique design.

The hotel is so much in the heart of things that you may never need to take a taxi, and the Skytrain is near at hand.

I had extra time during my stay and was able to catch a movie in a multiplex theatre less than 5 minutes away.

Front desk service…perfect.  Concierge….excellent Dining…top rate.  Amazing servers with a sense of humour and a sense of perfection from one end to the other.   What a great stay.


Westin Bayshore Hotel

For decades this is an icon hotel property in Vancouver that has been the home to business and tourists who visit British Columbia and Vancouver.
Placed on the Gold List of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine, it is an award well worth the giving.

Situated near Stanley Park and over-viewing Coal Harbour, there are few hotel properties anywhere that offer the views, the exercise opportunities, the quality of accommodations, and the amenities of a full resort.

This is a hotel whose guests have come from the highest echelons of society in business and politics. but is also a place that families chose because it has everything for everyone, and while in the heart of Vancouver seems somewhat removed from it because of its location on the harbour.

Escape to the 5000 square foot Vida Spa while your family enjoys the pool or fitness centre.

On the trip I was on I chose not to dine in the restaurant as it was undergoing renovations but I had the full mix and much of the amazing selection of appetizers and small plates in the bar, and ended up going back to my room full as could be, not needing to go find the restaurant I was considering earlier.

Those renovations are now complete.

I did take the time to go to the north shore for a bit of an excursion and it was a fun ferry trip with lots on the other side. But one really does not have to go far from the Westin Bayshore to find just about all one needs on a journey.

I had  stayed in this hotel many years ago and was totally impressed then. But after all these years would it still pass muster?

Believe me this property is as good as the day it was launched and is still one of the leading properties, not just in Vancouver, but in the country.