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Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Vancouver

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver in December 2017 for New Year’s Eve.

Cost

The Hyatt Regency Vancouver is a category 4 hotel, which costs 15,000 Hyatt points per night. Room rates for New Year’s Eve weekend were around $262 per night. We roughly got a value of 1.7 cents per point.

One of the other benefits of an award booking as a Globalist member is that you get free parking. If you factor that cost into the equation, the value is probably closer to 2 cents per point.

Location

We have visited Vancouver a few times and this was the best located hotel we’ve stayed at thus far. It is walking distance to Robson Street, Gastown, and Canada Place.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge shuttle picks up at the north entrance of the hotel. We only used our car once during our entire stay to drive around Stanley Park. It is also right next to a metro stop, which makes it easy to get around the rest of the city.

Arrival

When we first arrived, the check-in agent told us that our room wouldn’t be ready for another hour. We kind of figured this would be the case since we were arriving 3 hours before normal check-in. He offered us two drink vouchers for the Starbucks that was in the lobby, which we gladly accepted.

The check-in agent offered to text us when our room was ready, which was a nice little service.  We left our bags with the bellhop and went to lunch at one of our favorite Vancouver restaurants, Dinesty Dumplings. On the way back from lunch we received a text saying that our room was ready.

The lobby was in the process of taking down all the gingerbread houses that had been on display throughout Christmas. It would have been cool to visit while all of them were up.

Service

Prior to arrival, we had requested a suite or a room with a balcony facing Vancouver Harbour in hopes that we might be able to see the NYE firework show. The VIP Manager informed us that all of their suites were booked, but she’d be happy to set us up in a high floor balcony room.

I also mentioned that we were celebrating a job promotion. I added that my wife likes Coke Zero and anything chocolate. When we arrived in the room, we were pleasantly surprised to find chocolate covered strawberries, bottle of prosecco, diet cokes, and chocolate truffles. Oh the perks of having status!

Hotel Building & Room

I usually don’t discuss the hotel building itself that much in my reviews, but I thought the elevator system was pretty cool and innovative at this hotel. Instead of just hitting the up button, there was a touch screen that allowed you to select what floor you were traveling to.

The touch screen would then direct you to a specific elevator, which took you to the requested floor. I felt like this made the elevators much more efficient as the computer figured out the best combinations to move people up and down.

Our room was a pretty good size. As you entered the room, the bathroom was off to the left along with a little wet bar, which housed the mini fridge. The room had a king sized bed as well as a desk and lounge chair.

We were located on the 26th floor of the hotel. The room had a balcony facing the Vancouver Harbour. Although, there were a couple other skyscrapers, which obstructed our view of the harbour.

Breakfast

Because the Club Lounge was undergoing reservations, as a Globalist member, we received complimentary breakfast vouchers for the hotel restaurant. The breakfast here was buffet style with a made-to-order omelette station.

Both my wife and I really enjoyed the omelette station. Other than the omelette station there was a good variety of hot and cold breakfast foods.

Closing Thoughts

We enjoyed our stay at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver and would definitely come back again. I loved being walking distance to all the fun Vancouver activities. The hotel seemed to be in good repair and had a sleek, modern feel to it. I felt like the Hyatt Regency Vancouver provided good value for a category 4 Hyatt hotel.