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Downtown Vancouver Hotel Choice

Old Aug 23, 19, 7:57 am
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Downtown Vancouver Hotel Choice

I'll be staying in Vancouver a couple nights before going to the cruise port so I was wondering if anyone who has stayed at the following could provide some insight. Between corporate rates and points, I can choose from these properties, but all of them seem to have some negatives which is making it harder to decide.

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown (further from Canada line, which we plan on taking from YVR)
Delta Hotel Vancouver Downtown Suites (closer to the bad part of Hastings, and I'll be with my family)
The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver (dated, further from cruise port)
Hyatt Regency Vancouver (costs me more than the rest)
Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver (dated, rickety/broken elevators)

Any thoughts from anyone who has stayed at these properties would be appreciated.
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Old Aug 23, 19, 2:00 pm
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I have stayed at the Hyatt, Metropolitan and Sutton Place many times. In terms of value for money, Sutton Place is fantastic, also has a grocery store next door (IGA) and in no way is run down IMO, in fact probably the fanciest of your list and where all the movie stars stay if a potential encounter is of importance to you. I also face some of the same questions you do (value/proximity) and that often leads me to staying at the Metropolitan because I often have meetings in the building at 250 Howe next to the cruise terminal. The hotel was quite nice in its day and a little run down as you note, but I think it is fantastic.

In terms of the Pinnacle, I don't think you can go wrong there, thought it is a little older than some of the newer hotels around. The Hyatt is beautiful, but hard to justify the price (why not go for the Four Seasons or Fairmont closer if spending that kind of money). I've never stayed at the Delta, but have colleagues who do frequently and it is in a great location for dining options in Gas Town.

Overall though, my pick out of your list these days would be Sutton Place.
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Old Aug 24, 19, 7:17 am
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Originally Posted by bcx View Post
I'll be staying in Vancouver a couple nights before going to the cruise port so I was wondering if anyone who has stayed at the following could provide some insight. Between corporate rates and points, I can choose from these properties, but all of them seem to have some negatives which is making it harder to decide.

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown (further from Canada line, which we plan on taking from YVR)
Delta Hotel Vancouver Downtown Suites (closer to the bad part of Hastings, and I'll be with my family)
The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver (dated, further from cruise port)
Hyatt Regency Vancouver (costs me more than the rest)
Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver (dated, rickety/broken elevators)

Any thoughts from anyone who has stayed at these properties would be appreciated.
We're doing the same thing for a 9/15 Alaska cruise. I booked the Westin Grand Vancouver with points.
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Old Aug 27, 19, 11:22 pm
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Delta Hotel Vancouver Downtown Suites (closer to the bad part of Hastings, and I'll be with my family)
The area is not the greatest but I won't hesitate to stay there if my choices were limited. On the other hand, it's obviously not the best area out of the hotels you listed so if prices/points are equal, I'd pick something else.
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Old Aug 29, 19, 10:37 pm
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Thanks for the advice everyone. Iíll go with The Sutton Place. Hopefully still walkable to the port.
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Old Aug 29, 19, 10:46 pm
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Originally Posted by bcx View Post
I'll be staying in Vancouver a couple nights before going to the cruise port so I was wondering if anyone who has stayed at the following could provide some insight. Between corporate rates and points, I can choose from these properties, but all of them seem to have some negatives which is making it harder to decide.

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown (further from Canada line, which we plan on taking from YVR)
Delta Hotel Vancouver Downtown Suites (closer to the bad part of Hastings, and I'll be with my family)
The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver (dated, further from cruise port)
Hyatt Regency Vancouver (costs me more than the rest)
Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver (dated, rickety/broken elevators)

Any thoughts from anyone who has stayed at these properties would be appreciated.
Originally Posted by bcx View Post
Thanks for the advice everyone. I’ll go with The Sutton Place. Hopefully still walkable to the port.
Out of the ones listed you've definitely made the correct choice.

Pretty much every downtown Vancouver hotel is within walkable distance of the port - downtown is reasonably sized.

Also - the Delta is still far from the "bad" part of downtown vancouver (separated from it by one of THE major touristy centres - Gastown), and even the "bad" part of Vancouver isn't "bad" to the point that you'd ever feel in danger. You might see some homeless, though. But again - the Delta is far from it. It's just not a great property and location for walking around/shopping in general (e.g. Robson is the main shopping street)

I'd have said Sutton > Regency > Marriott Pinnacle and not consider the other two (though tbf, I don't know much about the Metropolitan), of the ones listed. I find the Pinnacle way overpriced for what it is most of the time.


FWIW: I'd check the prices of the three Fairmonts, too - both the Fairmont Vancouver and the Fairmont Waterfront can be quite cheap (at least as far as the very-nice Vancouver hotels are concerned) and the Fairmont Waterfront is literally right next to the port, too.
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Old Aug 31, 19, 11:17 am
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Originally Posted by bcx View Post
Thanks for the advice everyone. Iíll go with The Sutton Place. Hopefully still walkable to the port.
It's a pretty pleasant walk down Burrard Street but may want a plan B if it's raining.
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Old Aug 31, 19, 11:26 am
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I've stayed at Sutton Place (farther from the water and also up the hill from the water, with a residential feel), HR (standard nondescript modern HR), and some place right on the water, seemingly built out onto the pier (I liked the views and had a good fish dinner there). IIRC Sutton Place is (still?) in FHR, so see whether those benefits are worth the price. There was another hotel by the water across the street from where I stayed, on the landside, that also looked very nice. I'm sorry I can't remember the names.
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Old Aug 31, 19, 8:19 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
I've stayed at Sutton Place (farther from the water and also up the hill from the water, with a residential feel), HR (standard nondescript modern HR), and some place right on the water, seemingly built out onto the pier (I liked the views and had a good fish dinner there). IIRC Sutton Place is (still?) in FHR, so see whether those benefits are worth the price. There was another hotel by the water across the street from where I stayed, on the landside, that also looked very nice. I'm sorry I can't remember the names.
From what you describe, it sounds like you stayed at the Pan Pacific with the Fairmont Waterfront across the street.
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