For the rest of my stay, I prefer to be based in downtown and moved to the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Since I used to stay in downtown Vancouver, I do miss many of the wonderful cuisine around downtown! The hotel is located in a high-rise in the middle of the city with the main porch accessible via Burrard Street. This makes it easily visible when driving into downtown from the south heading up Burrard Street.
I was able to park my car temporarily by the front porch as I proceed to check-in as I would be heading out after for a lunch appointment. The lobby was hosting a gingerbread house display made by organizations around Vancouver and that made it crowded since I visited a week before Christmas. Fortunately the empty check-in desk on turning left from the main entrance meant I was attended to immediately.
During check in, I was able to snag an upgraded room and I asked for one with a better view. In my opinion, north-facing mountain views are probably one of the best views when in a high-rise hotel around Vancouver. To get to the room, guests press the number of the floor they want to access on a touch-screen panel by the elevator lobby and the panel will indicate the corresponding lift to take. This computerized system is usually found in tall office towers and it was interesting to find it in use here.
Room No: 1507 Category: Corner Balcony Room
Upon reaching my room, there is a small foyer on entry where the closet and minibar is located at. On top of the minibar, there are 2 bottles of water and coffee supplied by Starbucks.
Turning left into the bathroom, guests will find a standard style bathroom with a bathtub and shower combination. The vanity in the bathroom is pretty nice with a circular backlit motif in the mirror. While the bathroom looks modern enough, I would have liked it better if it had a walk-in shower cubicle instead.
Bath amenities inside are the standard brand found in most Hyatt Regencies by Kenet MD.
Moving to the main bedroom, it has one of the most comfortable king beds I have ever slept on. It was honestly the best bed for this trip as it has a nice mix of support and yet its suppleness creates a sense of cocoon when you sleep on it.
Across from the bed there is a TV console and a work desk. The flatscreen TV was of a good size and larger than most so that was good. There is also an armchair and ottoman beside the bed that provides a space to sit down and do some reading.
The best feature of the room is the large spacious balcony that comes furnished with 2 outdoor chairs and a wooden-top side table. Definitely a cool spot to be used during summer time but it is a bit cold during winter. This north facing room has a view of the traffic intersection between Burrard and Dunsmuir Street and can be said to be the epicentre of downtown Vancouver. Looking down, guests can see the Burrard Sky Train station just across the street from the hotel.
Facilities in this large hotel includes a Starbucks in the main lobby floor that seems to be quite crowded, but being in downtown, there are lots of Starbucks and other more noteworthy cafes everywhere. Aside from that, there is a well equipped fitness centre with lots of treadmills and exercise stations on the 4th floor. Outside the fitness centre, there is an outdoor terrace where a jacuzzi/hot tub can be found. Not unusual in Vancouver since several downtown hotels does have an outdoor hot tub including the Shangri-la and Westin Grand. Other facilities includes a ballroom on the 3rd floor and a restaurant on the 2nd floor. There is also meeting rooms on the 34th floor.
For a one night stay, I did not sample breakfast at the hotel since I had a breakfast meeting with a friend. Furthermore, I did not really spend much time trying out the facilities or amenities for this short visit. I was, however able to get a late check-out until around 2:30pm even though I only had Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum status (which is their mid-tier, and the usual was a 2pm check-out). On a side note I paid a cash and points rate of 6,000 Gold Passport points and $75 (~C$99) for the category 3 Hyatt hotels which was a good value as the retail for the hotel was more than C$210 for the dates I was looking at.
What I noticed was staff in the hotel were very accommodating to guests and I found the rooms to be modern and contemporary in design. And the bed truly impressed me such that I would recommend this hotel if you wanted to have a really good night’s sleep since I did!