A Canadian Virtuoso travel advisor's stories and photos of places she's travelled and would like to send her clients, friends and family. Sometimes have to take long breaks between posts - life gets busy and I need time away from the computer to maintain my sanity.
Christmas Day Masai Mara
visiting with the Masai women
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver
Shangri-La Hotel - Vancouver
Earlier in the Spring I had the opportunity to stay at
the two Shangri-La properties in Canada. My first stay was in March at the
Shangri-La Vancouver and I must say I was very impressed. The hotel is stunning
and it sits in the heart of the city accessible to pretty much everything. It
is a shared building - 15 floors of hotel topped with privately owned
The staff is professional and discreet - always there when
you need them but never obviously waiting for you or on you. When arriving by
car the access is not straightforward and there is some construction in the
area, facts that can be annoying to some. A quick call ahead can help alleviate any
potential confusion. The hotel provides Mercedes car service for guests within
a certain radius of the hotel – I love this amenity and am glad to see more
luxury hotels offering it.
There are nine categories of
the 119 rooms and suites. Even the entry level rooms are large at 400
s.f. and some come with balconies. They are comfortable with subdued décor and
provide everything a business or leisure traveller needs in a hotel room and some
things often forgotten – like a toothbrush. Heat, air conditioning, lighting and
drapery is controlled at the door and bedside and is designed to be energy
efficient- operates with your key card and shuts off when you leave the room. There are thoughtful
design features like individual lights on the headboard, so one person can read
without waking their partner.
The rooms have a large main TV and one in the mirror in the
bathroom. The desk is large, well lighted and equipped. The plugs are plentiful
and accessible. The hotel incorporated many environmental design features in
the building to lessen their carbon footprint and although they currently
provide individual plastic water and bath amenity bottles they are working on a
water filtration system and biodegradable packaging for amenities.
The bathrooms are luxurious marble rooms with private
toilet, rain shower, a large tub and vanity with double sinks. In the closet there
is a laptop size safe, umbrellas, shoeshine kit, iron and board and lots of good
hangers. There is a Nespresso coffee machine with three coffee roast
options and good quality teas – cream/milk is in the bar fridge which is not the kind that charges you as soon as you move something!
The hotel offers a well-equipped fitness room (open 24
hours) with a certified trainer on staff and a variety of daily classes for
guests at no charge. There is a small outdoor pool and whirlpool with deck and chairs;
the change rooms are large and comfortable with sauna, steam and shower
facilities. There is also a snack and juice bar.
I did not get a chance to try the spa – Chi - open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It looked and smelled heavenly; I think there will have to be a visit
The hotel entrance and check-in is on the lower level where
you would drive in. It is a small, subdued comfortable space. I entered one
level above this from the street – this is where the main lobby and concierge desk
are and up a few stairs is the bar and restaurant ‘Market’ by Jean Georges. It
is all very beautiful space - unfortunately, I did not have time to linger and
enjoy the food and service.
I would highly recommend this Virtuoso hotel to my clients
for their next stay in Vancouver.