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Vancouver: Westin Grand, Westin Bayshore or Sheraton Centre (2005+) [Master Thread]

Vancouver: Westin Grand, Westin Bayshore or Sheraton Centre (2005+) [Master Thread]

Old Dec 19, 10, 1:38 pm
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Emailed Starwood CSR. I was assured 4 guests in 1 room is possible. Thanks for feedback.


Dear susmaryosep,

Thank you for your email.

The online system can be quite difficult at times so I suggest booking the room and let me know the reservation number and I will then change the number of guests to 4. I apologize for inconvenience this is causing you.

I am always available to assist you; feel free to chat with us online, have us call you or if you prefer simply reply to this email.


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Old Mar 2, 14, 7:45 am
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I need to ask others for their opinion on what I should do regarding a stay I have in Vancouver in June. I am a BRG mastermind it seems, and probably book over 50% of my stays using BRG rates.

I currently have the Westin Bayshore booked at a base cost of $185.87/night, and have already talked to the hotel and they agreed to guarantee my upgrade to a Deluxe Harbour View Room in the tower for an additional $45/night, so $230.87.

I am also waiting for the BRG team to review and accept a claim for the same days at the Westin Grand, at a rate of $158.62/night. Once accepted, I will see what upgrade offers they will be willing to offer me. My target price is around $225/night, so I guess I will have to wait and see what the Westin Grand offers me regarding upgrades that will leave me in that price range.

But as the situation is now, what property would you all recommend? I will post again in a few days once the claim is handled, and I see what the hotel is willing to offer, although going on current prices, I'm assuming that a Deluxe Corner Suite would be around the same price as the Deluxe Harbour View Room. Which would you personally recommend?
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Old Mar 3, 14, 8:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Triley View Post
I need to ask others for their opinion on what I should do regarding a stay I have in Vancouver in June. I am a BRG mastermind it seems, and probably book over 50% of my stays using BRG rates.

I currently have the Westin Bayshore booked at a base cost of $185.87/night, and have already talked to the hotel and they agreed to guarantee my upgrade to a Deluxe Harbour View Room in the tower for an additional $45/night, so $230.87.

I am also waiting for the BRG team to review and accept a claim for the same days at the Westin Grand, at a rate of $158.62/night. Once accepted, I will see what upgrade offers they will be willing to offer me. My target price is around $225/night, so I guess I will have to wait and see what the Westin Grand offers me regarding upgrades that will leave me in that price range.

But as the situation is now, what property would you all recommend? I will post again in a few days once the claim is handled, and I see what the hotel is willing to offer, although going on current prices, I'm assuming that a Deluxe Corner Suite would be around the same price as the Deluxe Harbour View Room. Which would you personally recommend?
I always stay at the Westin Grand. It is more centrally located to almost everything you need. Further The room upgrade at the bayshore is not worth paying. I have stayed in that room and although the view is nice, this time of year you may not see much.
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Old Mar 3, 14, 8:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Sweetvibes View Post
I always stay at the Westin Grand. It is more centrally located to almost everything you need. Further The room upgrade at the bayshore is not worth paying. I have stayed in that room and although the view is nice, this time of year you may not see much.
The stay isn't until June, so I'm not sure if that will make much of a difference?

However, I really am leaning more towards the Westin Grand, partially for the cost difference, and because of better ease to the SkyTrain.

Also, had an issue with the claim so I'm waiting for them to get back to me again, but they offered me the Deluxe Corner Suite with Balcony (queen bed, floors 23 and below) for $40/night, or the View Deluxe Corner Suite with Balcony (queen bed and view of the mountains - floors 23 and above) for $70/night.

I decided to take the upgrade for $40, and hope for an upgrade to a higher floor as a SPG Gold. Then when she looked closer at the reservation she noticed I was in a different room type than she expected, so it turns out the upgrade is only going to be $20/night. So $180/night seems like a pretty good deal. Will wait and see what happens with the BRG claim.
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Old Mar 8, 14, 10:11 am
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I think you're making the right choice with the Grand. We are staying here now (3rd stay in 4 weeks) and service is always excellent. Love the location too. Your rate sounds like a great deal for that time of year. Enjoy!
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Old Mar 8, 14, 10:55 am
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Originally Posted by Triley View Post
I need to ask others for their opinion on what I should do regarding a stay I have in Vancouver in June. I am a BRG mastermind it seems, and probably book over 50% of my stays using BRG rates.

I currently have the Westin Bayshore booked at a base cost of $185.87/night, and have already talked to the hotel and they agreed to guarantee my upgrade to a Deluxe Harbour View Room in the tower for an additional $45/night, so $230.87.

I am also waiting for the BRG team to review and accept a claim for the same days at the Westin Grand, at a rate of $158.62/night. Once accepted, I will see what upgrade offers they will be willing to offer me. My target price is around $225/night, so I guess I will have to wait and see what the Westin Grand offers me regarding upgrades that will leave me in that price range.

But as the situation is now, what property would you all recommend? I will post again in a few days once the claim is handled, and I see what the hotel is willing to offer, although going on current prices, I'm assuming that a Deluxe Corner Suite would be around the same price as the Deluxe Harbour View Room. Which would you personally recommend?
The Grand is all suites, so unless you are travelling with a large party, why would you pay for an upgrade?

I dint mind the Grand, but I decided on the Bayshore myself for a stay in June, although I am using points to offset a $100 price deferential.

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Old Mar 8, 14, 3:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Flews View Post
The Grand is all suites, so unless you are travelling with a large party, why would you pay for an upgrade?

I dint mind the Grand, but I decided on the Bayshore myself for a stay in June, although I am using points to offset a $100 price deferential.

Cheers,
You should know better, Flews! The only time I'm in Canada is when I'm traveling with my loved one (not sure if I had mentioned it before, but we're in a long distance relationship), so we tend to splurge! So, we would like the upgrade to guarantee a somewhat better view. Plus, we've never had a room with a balcony before (I don't really consider the Junior Suites at the Westin Nova Scotian as rooms with a balcony, since it's really just a room with a sliding door leading to a rooftop!), so that should be nice.
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Old Mar 8, 14, 3:41 pm
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Originally Posted by Triley View Post
You should know better, Flews! The only time I'm in Canada is when I'm traveling with my loved one (not sure if I had mentioned it before, but we're in a long distance relationship), so we tend to splurge! So, we would like the upgrade to guarantee a somewhat better view. Plus, we've never had a room with a balcony before (I don't really consider the Junior Suites at the Westin Nova Scotian as rooms with a balcony, since it's really just a room with a sliding door leading to a rooftop!), so that should be nice.
Hmmm. I don't recall any balconies at the Grand. Then again, I have a height phobia, so I usually just shut the curtains if I am on a high floor. Make sure you get a north or west facing room for the best views.

I have, in fact, stayed in the balcony/rooftop suite at the Westin Nova Scotia; a property with the strangest access ever to get to the pool!

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Old Mar 8, 14, 3:45 pm
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Supposedly the Deluxe Corner Suites have them. Actually, if you look at the pictures of the property, you can see them. And yeah, the access to the pool at the Nova Scotian is strange. But let me be honest with you, when the hotel is near capacity, just the two main elevators don't really cut it, especially if it's busy shuttling people to the ballroom on the second floor. Our solution (if you're on floors 3-7)? Take the pool elevator to your floor, and walk the floor.
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Old Mar 8, 14, 4:13 pm
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There's indeed a balcony. Last week, my friends and I stayed in the deluxe corner suite with a balcony on the 30th floor. The views are amazing and I highly recommend getting this room.
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Old Mar 12, 14, 6:23 pm
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I'd like to put in a plug for the Sheraton Wall Centre. Just stayed there on an award. Requested SNAs and got a two bedroom suite, which was my hope since my husband and I were travelling with my brother. Yes, the decor is dated. But my room was clean and had a great view (32nd floor). There was a kitchen which was nice and although we didn't cook it was nice to have the option. Most importantly the staff was uniformly friendly (perhaps a given in Canada? ) and on top of their game. If decor matters to you, skip it, but we were more interested in having the space in our situation.
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Old Aug 14, 14, 6:32 pm
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I have booked the westin grand for an upcoming 1 night stay in vancouver. we are staying at the fairmont pacific rim the next night. We like upscale hotels that have been recently built or renovated. Looks like the westin grand would be a good choice on points. Let me know if that is not correct.

I don't really have much experience with SPG. Not expecting any upgrades etc.
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Old Jun 16, 18, 2:48 am
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I know this is an old thread but I think it is nice to consolidate similar answers in one, albeit I'm looking for a more recent view.

I have the opportunity to redeem points for either the Sheraton or the Westin Bayshore

Visiting Vancouver for first time with my wife. Going to do touristy things, and I don't have status so will probably get the basic rooms.

Room quality wise, which is a better choice? Either hotel recently renovated?
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Old Jun 16, 18, 5:28 am
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Originally Posted by boonkoh View Post
I know this is an old thread but I think it is nice to consolidate similar answers in one, albeit I'm looking for a more recent view.

I have the opportunity to redeem points for either the Sheraton or the Westin Bayshore

Visiting Vancouver for first time with my wife. Going to do touristy things, and I don't have status so will probably get the basic rooms.

Room quality wise, which is a better choice? Either hotel recently renovated?
Both hotels are nice, though in different parts of downtown. Bayshore is great for the seawall or Stanley Park, as you can hop right on in the morning, and is in a quieter corner of the downtown. They also have an outstanding breakfast, one of the better ones in Canada, in my experience. Most rooms are older and in need of renovation, though this is at times made up for by some great views of the harbour. My kids love their big outdoor pool, and we like the poolside food and drinks service.

Wall Centre has been renovating many of their rooms over the last few years, and the renovated rooms are very nice indeed. The combination of views (better than Toronto Centre or Montreal) and design makes their club lounge the best in the country, IMO, and is just a terrific place to work or relax. There are more services and amenities right nearby the Wall Centre and it is also more convenient to transit if that's important.

For business, I'm usually at the Wall Centre or Westin Grand, whereas for leisure with family, I'm at the Bayshore. Platinum treatment at both hotels has been excellent in my experience, and I've never failed to get an upgrade, even during busy times. Sometimes, the upgrades have been outstanding, too. I've also found both hotels to be very generous in their interpretation of the breakfast benefit.
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