“ Address: 655 Burrard Street / Vancouver / British Columbia / V6C 2R7 / Canada / Tel: +1 604 683 1234 „
The Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, Canada is one of the cities big hotels. If you are looking for a family-feel hotel or that close personal relationship with the hosts, think again, in this hotel you are just one of many buzzing around.
We picked this hotel for its style and its location. Having splashed out on our honeymoon, we were willing to go the extra mile for a bit of something special, but something special in some hotels meant hundreds of pounds per night and we decided as they view wasn't anything too special from the harbour, we wanted to go for plush but affordable. The hotel is located on Burrard Street which is a five minute walk from the main port terminal (very important for the next part of our adventure which was a cruise). We dropped our hire car off in the centre of Vancouver and walked through the busy streets for five minutes to get to our hotel. It was absolutely ideal in terms of location. There were lots of restaurants and bars along the harbour (5 min walk) and around the hotel itself. There were plenty of shops and it was approximately 15 minute walk to Stanley Park. Sometimes paying a bit extra for location works out cheaper as we didn't need to get a taxi or bus to or from anywhere whilst we were in Vancouver (except for the airport at the end of our stay which was about $25 in a taxi).
If I see a hotel with a concierge, I know we can typically expect something decent from the hotel and from the expected service. I must note, you don't always get what you expect but it does give me some level of expectation from the hotel. The check-in was smooth and we were offered an upgrade...pay $20 per night extra and you get a corner room with a balcony plus $20 per day in food and drink credit. As we planned to eat something in the hotel, it seemed too good to be true but it wasn't...it was just a good deal. The porter insisted on helping us to our room and I'm certain he expected a tip but was just as pleasant with us when we didn't tip him. If I'd have asked for help, I would have tipped him but his persistence grated on me slightly so although I felt mean for not tipping I did say I would be fine without help thank you very much. All of the staff seemed polite and we had no issues at all. We ordered room service as we were being lazy and it was delivered and collected in a timely manner and wasn't too much more expensive than eating in the dining room.
The room was huge with an enormous king size bed and a huge TV. It had a desk so would be OK for business people. The balcony looked very grubby and could have done with being cleaned. The seagulls seemed to be quite fond of it too. The bathroom was spotless and very modern in design as was the rest of the room. There was a bath and shower and sink and loo. In the "foyer" part of the room was an ice bucket and tea and coffee making facilities. The balcony had two chairs and a table on it and had a "partial-view" of the harbour i.e. you could see a bit of the sea but nothing spectacular to look at. However, we were extremely glad that we got the balcony as we were in Vancouver on Canada Day and the parade ended on Burrard Street. Instead of fighting with crowds, we watched the entire parade with a birds eye view and walked down to the harbour at the end for some spectacular fireworks, a great ending to our Canadian adventure!
The evening meal we ordered through room service was of good size and quality. The breakfast we had in the dining room was either from a menu (eggs benedict, egg on toast etc.) or I think $25 to eat as much as you could from the buffet table which had a full english breakfast, cereal etc. Husband had this option, I just had toast which wasn't too expensive. There is also a Starbucks in the hotel foyer which you can redeem credit for so we found that quite handy. Only steps away is a McDonalds and a Tim Hortons so we may or may not have eaten a few donuts and McDonalds breakfast one morning too :)
==Value for Money==
We paid around £100 per night for this hotel which I booked through lastminute.com when they had a special sale on. I though the quality of the hotel, the modern decor was all very professional and I imagine lots of business people stay there. I wouldn't particularly say it was a relaxed environment but I didn't feel out of place. Our balcony upgrade was well worth it for watching the parade alone. For the location alone I would stay here again. It was a great hotel.