October 6, 2004
Actually, the hotel that I booked was the Park Plaza. When I arrived, I saw that the Ramada and the Park Plaza share a lobby. I have never seen this before, but what the heck. When they gave me a room at the Ramada, I pointed out the fact that I had booked at the Park Plaza. In order to give me a king room, non-smoking, they had to send me to the Ramada. Okay, I thought let me look at the room.
The room was actually quite nice, much more than I expected for $50. We had a balcony that overlooked the grounds. We were on the 14th floor and we could see two of the outdoor pools. The room was a very nice size and was well equipped. We had a closet with an iron and ironing board and extra pillows and blankets. There was a coffeepot and a small refrigerator.
We had a sitting area with a sleeper sofa as well as two chairs, good lighting, and a six-foot wall mirror. Our bed was huge and very comfortable, and we had plenty of pillows. I had a clock radio on my nightstand, and our TV was large, remote controlled, and had an excellent selection of channels.
This hotel complex has a lot to offer. There is a full-service spa, hot tub, indoor pool with a water slide for the kids, tennis courts, and plenty of things to do in the area. I wish I could say that I saw some of it, but I fell asleep very early and didn’t do a thing.
There are a couple of restaurants in the hotel. We had the breakfast buffet. You have your choice of the continental for $9.95 or the full, hot buffet for $12.50. We went for the whole shebang and it was well done. The food was warm and well cooked and there were enough choices to satisfy anyone.
The hotel has a shuttle that will drop you at the airport. It runs every half-hour and was very punctual . It saved us a lot of money. The desk staff was very nice and super efficient, as check out took all of two seconds.
This turned out to be a very good experience at a very good price.
From journal Vancouver - An Urban Wilderness