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kingfish2000
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July 23rd, 2006, 9:47 pm #21

Recently returned from 2-nights at this hotel. Our Priceline price was $95 for 7/9/06 and $110 for 7/10/06. We drove up from Seattle on Sunday 7/9, with about a 20-minute wait at customs. Entire trip was about 3-hours.

When you pull into the hotel, you can easily unload and self-park yourself ($15 CND/Day) or use the Valet Parking ($27 CND/Day). We were able to check-in early (1pm) and get a double room for two adults and two teenagers.

While the hotel as a whole is a 4-star, the rooms are quite average in size and decor. Two robes hanging in the bathroom and minibar are about the only upgrades. But I do have to admit that Westin beds are HEAVENLY - as they are advertised. The bedding, linen and pillows were very confrontable, even getting rave reviews from our teenage sons.

Our room was located on the 2nd floor overlooking the roof of the lobby. That's fine with us. We have come to expect less than ideal room locations and views with Priceline rates, but it's just where we sleep and more than worth the $150/night that we saved by going Priceline.

Hotel was very nice. Indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, outdoor pool and a very large excercise room with a lot of nice equipment. Hotel is also on the walk/bike path to Stanley Park, which is Vancouver's own Central Park. We rented bicycles from Spokes rentals down the street from the hotel and had a great time riding the 5-mile loop around the park.

We never got the car out of the garage. Famous Robson Street is just a couple blocks from the hotel and offers dozens of places to eat within walking distance. Internet is not free at the hotel, but there are quite a few Internet Cafes on Robson, as well as a number of free wireless coffee shops.

Highly recommend this hotel at Priceline rates, but would be a little disappointed with paying $399 CDN a night, which was the lowest rate on the Westin website.
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October 14th, 2006, 1:48 am #22

Posted by LALAWBRLA on 8/3/06:

Just back from 3 night stay, at $115/night. At check in, presented Starwood card and got free upgrade to a bit larger room. Above post is accurate as to location...can't be beat. Wonderful health club facilities and pools, open early and stay open late. Staff was accomodating. All in all, best Priceline hotel I've stayed in.
Please place all of your Priceline bids through our Priceline link.
Please check rates at Hotwire and make your bookings through our Hotwire link.
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June 18th, 2007, 4:43 pm #23

Stayed two nights June '07 on a priceline bid for $130/night. Parking is now $23/day for self park and $26/valet. I would suggest valet just because the parking garage isn't attached to the hotel and it's a bit much if you have to haul all your suitcases across to the hotel.

Check in went fine, they said they upgraded us to a harbour view delux room but with 2 dbl beds. It's the first time with a priceline reservation we've had to take the room that they've first offered and weren't able to switch to what we'd prefer (queen/king bed). Our room was in the north tower which must be the older section. While the room did have a beautiful view of the harbour and a little siting area~ it was definately showing wear and tear~ stains on the carpet, the wallpaper was peeling, and the walls and ceiling had been patched. It did although still have all the amenities of a Westin with wonderful beds, robes, minibar, ect. The pools, hot tub, steam room, gym's were all great and open til 11pm. The staff were all very friendly and accomodating.

Great location and they offer a no-charge shuttle back and forth to Pacific Center.

We would be quite happy to stay here again with Priceline, but probably wouldn't book this hotel directly with them for their prices.
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July 1st, 2007, 12:36 am #24

I just arrived home from a one night stay at the Westin Bayshore. I paid $140 for the room through Priceline (total with tax $171.21). Also paid $26 + $1.41 tax for valet parking.

The receptionist was very friendly and polite during our check-in. She did not mention Priceline during our check-in. Signing up for the Starwood Preferred Guest membership (free) prior to arrival was beneficial. Members are checked in separately from other hotel guests. As a member, I did not have to wait in line.

I was given a standard room in the older section of the hotel. The entire hotel is non-smoking. Unfortunately, the rooms with a king size bed were not available. There was no mention of "paying" for an upgrade.

Although the Westin is a four star hotel, my room was not very impressive. The decor desperately needs to be upgraded! Paint had chipped from the doors, the wall paper had several stains, and the curtains were outdated. The bathroom is also quite small.

The room, however, was clean and did provide standard Westin amenities. (hair dryer, iron, robes, and signature bed to name a few.) The room also had a nice view of the harbor and pool. Overall, it was a pleasant experience. If I had to pay full price, I would probably stay elsewhere.

One thing that did shock me...the hotel charges for everything! I would warn everyone to watch out and be careful. Here are some examples:

Bottle of Water: $5.95
Movies: $10.99 and up
Internet: $14.95 plus taxes for 24 hours
Room service: delivery charge of $3.50, 15% gratuity is also
added to your bill
Phone calls:
Local and 800 numbers - $1.49 for up to 60 min.,
each additional minute is $0.10
Long distance - hotel surcharge of $2.25 (does not
include long distance fees)
International: hotel surcharge of $4.50

Food and drinks (alcohol) were also overpriced. However, this seems typical for most hotels.

The location of the hotel is not ideal. It is close to Stanley Park, but a 5-10 minute drive from downtown. This can turn into a 30 minute drive (or longer) with evening traffic.

As a Starwood Preferred Guest Member, check-out was a breeze! I spent less than 30 seconds (honestly) at the counter.
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July 12th, 2007, 6:34 pm #25

We stayed here from july 4th to july 6th. We had booked 2 rooms, one for us, one for my inlaws. We asked for connecting rooms. Apparently they had made a mistake and alloted our rooms to someone else. So to remedy that they upgraded us -- so we got connecting rooms on the 5th floor in the tower building. One of the rooms had a king size bed, the other had two beds. It worked very well for us even though we didn't have views of the marina (we were out sighseeing all day so didn't care so much about the views ).
The beds were really heavenly and loved the shower (two shower heads with amazing flow)
My mil loved the starbucks coffee!
The valet parking was $26 per day.
We took a walk along the seawall to Stanley park, it was lovely.
Breakfast at the inhouse restaurant Currents was ok.....quite pricey.

They didn't mentioned Priceline at all.
We had paid $124 per room (at this time US $ is on par with CAN $) so for this price I think we had a pretty good deal.
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April 26th, 2013, 3:48 am #26

Great part of town, Cole Harbour, which is a neighbourhood that has tiny condominium apartment units starting at a $1,000,000 bucks, Harbor View and right nearby world famous Stanley Park. I'd pay full price for this place. Wow! I was treated like a preferred guest, not a Priceline bargain hunter.

Great fitness centre, welcoming staff, newspaper at my front door, in the new tower, great new renovated bathrooms with robes and I even had a terrace overlooking the Harbor through my sliding doors. Phenomenal.
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