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September 25, 2001
Our Vancouver city tour guide said he considered the Sutton Place to be one of Vancouver’s top six or seven hotels. Indeed, we were greeted on arrival with an elegant marble-clad lobby, oppulently appointed public areas and, in general, all the trappings of a luxury establishment. Service at the concierge and reception desks, however, was ‘ok’ but not great --- not quite as prompt as I’d hoped from a hotel this pricey. (That might have been because I was dressed casually and carrying a backpack; when they discovered I was with an upscale tour group, they became considerably more attentive.)
My room, on a lower floor but with a decent view of one of the city’s major streets, had two twin beds; it was plenty adequate for a single guest but might have been a bit cramped for two. It had a desk, a table, and an armoire with a cable and internet-enabled TV; for $12.98, I could have purchased unlimited internet surfing --- so the room-service guide said --- for 24 hours. Movies on demand were also available. The large, elegantly furnished bathroom came with tub, shower, a full array of toiletries, and a coffee maker and hair drier.
A health club with lockers, a sauna, a large indoor swimming pool and a soothingly hot jacuzzi was open free of charge to all guests; a well-equipped gym with all manner of workout machines was a nominal CDN $5 extra.
The Sutton Place is a half-block from Robson Street, said to be Vancouver’s favorite shopping and strolling promenade, and about a mile and a quarter from the waterfront. Our 91-member group was served a fixed-menu dinner and buffet breakfast, both in private meeting rooms, so I can’t comment on restaurant service. Had I been a single guest, paying the ‘rack rate’ for August, my room would have cost CDN $329 per night plus a stiff tax.
I enjoyed my one-night stay at the Sutton Place --- if for no other reason, because it offered amenities that aren’t normally available at the hotels I use when travelling independently. But those amenities do come at a price.
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