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September 17, 2007
From journal Visiting Vancouver
April 9, 2007
From journal Vancouver on Business
New York, New York
November 4, 2004
From journal Next Stop: Vancouver
October 19, 2004
Inside the hotel: The front lobby is an explosion of color, from the geometric patterns painted on the walls, to the beautiful vases on the glass shelves behind the front desk, to the lobby phones covered in decorative jewels... I always enjoy a hotel with a personality.
Our room itself was actually a suite accented with lime and lemon yellow. My husband and I threw our suitcases into the master bedroom. My son would end up sleeping on the fold out couch in the living area. Though we didn't use our kitchen, we broke into the mini-bar's Twizzler licorice while deciding what we wanted to do in Vancouver. If you're traveling with kids, you'll appreciate the two televisions and the Playstation... both nice features for "downtime." We also had a small balcony with a nice view of the city.
Other hotel features worth noting: Don't miss the giant indoor pool at this hotel. You can relax in the whirlpool while your children splash out their extra energy. (How I wish someone could figure out how to bottle that!) In this spa center, you can also make an appointment to get a massage.
The on-site restaurant, Zen, provides a decadent breakfast. I also enjoyed getting drinks here one evening with a group of friends.
Tip: If you want another place to get drinks, you might walk over to the Cloud 9 Restaurant and Lounge in the Empire Landmark Hotel (1400 Robson.) Minors aren't allowed here, but if your party is all adult, you'll find gorgeous views of the city to orient you to what Vancouver has to offer during your visit.
From journal Very Vancouver
October 8, 2004
A fast check in and a question. Where would I like to stay in the hotel as there are two buildings with over 20 floors in each. I asked for and received a very low floor, the first (one above ground level) in the building without the lobby. I love to watch people and hear city sounds.
My suite, a 3 room apartment which I toured with the eager bellman. My new home had a kitchen, a covered balcony with 2 chairs, a nice dining area, living room with desk and plenty of furniture to start. Add to that a big bathroom (with hand made soaps), and a master bedroom with a window that opened. I decided I could move in for good.
The suite's nearly hidden feature is a large walk-in closet in the kitchen with a ton of storage, 2 terry cloth robes, a large orange umbrella and enough hangers for an entire circus troupe.
This hotel virtually insures your happiness as the bed and pillows are comfy, the towels huge and the mini-bar contents....cheap! Liquor, beer, sodas (called pop this far north), bottled water, cookies, cereal, ramen noodles, munchies and toys at such reasonable prices you feel free to have a ball (pun intended).
I opened the windows and much later that night slept the entire night through with the fresh Canadian air helping me to feel so fine. The luxury of a great hotel and fresh air! Indeed! Throw my mint on this pillow for sure! I will return for one of their special air and hotel package deals. (They give Alaskan Airline miles.) I adore Vancouver and now have a hotel to match.
From my balcony I had a view of the restaurant where each evening the manager gave a no charge wine tasting for guests and the courtyard garden. Stanley Park waited a mile away. Devine!
From journal Escape to Vancouver
September 28, 2004
IGO UGO booked this hotel as the headquarters for our 2004 member get-together, and a good choice it was. First, the location is in the center of Robson Street, so exploring Vancouver is only a few steps outside the front door. The hotel is made up of two 20-story twin towers. The hotel once was a pair of apartment buildings, and by the size of the rooms, they must have been great apartments. From the outside, they are a bit bland, but they blend in well with the Vancouver skyline.
When checking in, the staff was gracious and welcoming. I have found in some boutique hotels that the hip staff can be cold and aloof, but this is, Canada and a being cool does not mean being cold. The staff was helpful and friendly the entire stay.
When I walked into my room, I had to stop and take it all in. It was huge. The hotel has a number of large one-bedroom suites. I was on the 10th floor and had a great view of Vancouver and Robson Street. The living room was all done in bright apple green, persimmon and yellow. It was cheerful and bright. My bedroom was separate, with a huge walk-in closet. It, too, had a large window with a dazzling skyline view. The room comes with fluffy robes and a stocked mini-bar. The balcony was large and had a spectacular view of the city.
With a family, I am always on the lookout for a room with space. I found it here - the only problem was that I was alone!
The hotel has some fun Kimpton features. One really fun item is that the hotel is pet friendly - they will even have the chef down at Zin cook up some doggie treats for Fido!
The health club is large. It has a 55-foot indoor pool that is inviting. It has two workout rooms. The only problem is that the spa and pool are in a different building and you have to take a short, brisk walk outdoors to get to them.
The hotel has full concierge service and offers a Starbucks coffee bar in the lobby each morning. The hotel restaurant is called Zin and is not only popular with guests, but with locals.
From journal Meeting IGO UGO North of the Border