“EXECUTIVE HOTEL VINTAGE PARK”
1379 Howe Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2R5
Toll Free: 1-800-570-EXEC(3932)
Other Enquiries: (604) 688-7678
4 stars – 126 rooms + luxury apartments
When choosing hotel for Vancouver for this July visit – I first booked “The Georgian Court Hotel”, through “hotels.com” – it’s belongs to “The Small Luxury Hotels of The World” and the rate was too pleasant to not book. Then I needed to extend my stay for any other night and when I asked them if I could get a good rate they came back with CAD$245/$249/€193/£154 for that extra night and “hotels.com” wanted even more – so I had to look somewhere else.
When living in Victoria on Vancouver Island – and visiting Vancouver, witch happen quite often I stayed on “The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa”, just by and just 1 min walk to the famous Robson Street – but they wanted up to CAD$320/$325/€252/£201 per night for the dates I needed.
Out of the question, a girl needs more than a bed when visiting Vancouver. Glad I didn’t go against my senses and booked Wedgewood, because the whole area around Robson Sq. was like a building site and traffic was so heavy.
So when starting looking for a new hotel I came across Executive Hotels & Resorts website and they had two hotels downtown Vancouver, Executive Hotel Le Soleil and Executive Vintage Park Hotel – Le Soleil right downtown was a bit too pricey for me – so I decided to go for Vintage Park, and I got 4 nights for less than I would have paid for 3 at “The Georgian Court Hotel”. Taken!!!! Looking at the map I could see that it was not directly downtown, but I didn’t real realize how close it was to False Creek and Granville Island, only 3 min walk to the waterfront and 6 min for English Bay – 15 min to downtown. Plus the “hop-on-hop-off” tour buses (both companies) stop just outside the hotel. Perfect!!!
I arrived just before 2pm and check in time is 3pm – my room wasn’t ready, but the lovely receptionist made a phone call to housekeeping and I got another room in minutes and could check in straight away.
Room 307 – a corner deluxe queen room – very lush and rich in colors. A room big enough for me. No scenery view, but I didn’t care for that. Free internet and bathrobe plus a big bathroom. Very comfortable and I was very pleased with my room. And the rooms safe was big enough to hold a laptop.
o Floor: 3
o View: City
o Elevator: 29 ft.
o Connecting: No
• Category: Corner Deluxe Queen
• Bed type: 1 Queen
• Room size: 200 sq. ft.
• Smoking: No
There was only one thing that really irritated me and that was that one of the bed table lamps had a damaged shade – everything else was spot on, but this shade spoiled it a bit, such an easy thing to fix. Eyes for details is so important.
Executive Hotels are highly rated for solo female travelers and businesswomen.
They don’t have to go alone to the darkest corners of hotel parking levels or to walk a long way at night from the elevator to their room. Executive Hotels provide security escorts to accompany them to the parked, and rooms are placed close to the elevator. Special touches include light menus provided by room service and large vanity mirrors in the bathroom.
Executive Hotel Vintage Park is also one of the first wine-themed hotels, and guests can enjoy evening wine receptions, I didn’t take part of any of the wine tasting, even if inclued in my room rate – new wines every evening . Nice touch.
Their wonderful Albert – the concierge, an absolutely star –I had the pleasure to meet him once, because he was going away in sad family matters the next day. Missed him during my stay. He really saved the face of Vancouver for me after a not so great first day.
The hotel also offer free shuttle service for their guests, something I didn’t pick up when booking – because they would have picked me up at the train station on arrival.
Vintage Park Hotel has a fitness center, no public pool – but some rooms and apartments have jacuzzi tubs. The restaurant, “La Vallee Restaurant”, I felt for trying one evening – because I got 10% discount vouchers for every evening of my stay … didn’t pre-book, when I turned up it was fairly busy with a big party, but not full – stood in the door for about 15 min and nobody approached me .. totally ignored me, so I left and when I talked to the reception desk they told me that the dining room was booked until 9pm for private party.
There was no sign what so ever about the dining room being booked and why didn’t any of the dining room staff tell me so instead of letting me be standing there???? Big letdown and I didn’t go back. That evening I dined on “The Pirate Pub” on the waterfront.
Expect for the damaged lamp shade and the dining room incent – I had a great stay and nothing to complain about – the bed were so comfortable. The hotel were clean, so friendly and helpful plus best location in Vancouver – at least for me, so close to waterfront and short distance to walk to everything.
As my cloud of music say – “I’ll be back” and hopefully meet Albert again.
The total cost for my 4 nights stay – with a couple of phone calls came to CAD$361.75/$368/€285/£228 with everything include – and at checkout I received a voucher for Itune – CAD$10.007$10.20/€8.00/£6.30.
For Seattle, I looked at their hotel there too, Executive Hotel Pacific on Spring Street – but the reviews wasn’t that great – rates were excellent – but the reviews turned me off.
Also I applied for “Executive Rewards Club” membership when I booked with them, but I never heard anything back. That is a bit poor.
“Something you can just run away from,
is a hotel bill or a crying baby”
Photos provided by and thanks to;
executivehotels.net/ tripadvisor.ca/ ifilmalliance.com/vancouver.a-canada.com/