Hotel Life

Meet the Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown.

Meet the Residence Inn by Marriott.

THAT UNEXPECTED PENTHOUSE LIFE.  One of my more memorable hotel stays thus far.  I was feeling pretty spoiled when I walked over to my last hotel of my stay in Vancouver.  First off, when I walked in, they had already looked at my blog and the front desk staff knew who I was by looking at me.  That kind of personalized greeting really made me feel at home.  Secondly, the fact that I was suddenly giving the keycard to my complimentary upgrade

The penthouse suite.

That’s right!  I was given the penthouse all to myself to enjoy for my few nights at this hotel before heading south of the border.  My goodness gracious – what a luxury!

Meet the Residence Inn by Marriott.

Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown

  • 1234 Horby Street
    • Close to a few bus lines for easy access to the sky train or other downtown/Granville spots.
    • Right at the cusp of Davie St and all its local shops and restaurants.
    • Walking distance to the water ferry shuttles to Granville and False Creek.
  • 4.5-star rating
  • Official website
  • Rate:  Advanced booking (with free cancellation and buffet breakfast) starts between $270 to $370 per night, depending on the room and deal.
  • Rooms come with a fully equipped kitchen with appliances and are pet friendly.
  • Hotel has a self-serve laundry area with detergent (and all sorts of items and snacks) available for purchase at the Marketplace nook by the front desk.
  • There is also an attached restaurant.

Meet the Residence Inn by Marriott.


My room was basically staying in a very spacious apartment.  I had the floor to myself (penthouse perks) and had two generous balconies overlooking the mountains and buildings of the west end.  The amount of room to move around meant I could’ve had guests if I really wanted to – but this introvert reveled in her solitude.  My desk was roomy and little details like flowers made for a very lovely homey touch.

Having a fully equipped kitchen also meant that leftovers were a breeze to reheat and enjoy on actual dinnerware, not out of take-out boxes.  Mornings also meant enjoying the brisk air, warmed up with a mug of coffee on one of my balconies, in my provided bathrobe.  This was my life for a few nights.  I had it made.

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There is a 24-hour access gym that connects to a jacuzzi and pool area.  The gym also had a good amount of equipment for cardio and strength building.  Beside the gym was a feature that I personally booked this hotel for:  self-serve coin operated laundry.  What’s a long-stay hotel without a place to keep your clothes looking fresh?  As an added bonus, they had a take-one-leave-one bookshelf like what you would see at hostels – providing entertainment during your stay, or simply while waiting for your laundry loads to finish.

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Temporary Home Worthy?


YES, and not just for the penthouse, either.  I will certainly return for the laundry option and also for the feeling of having a temporary home.  Hotel life is exquisite, but sometimes it’s relaxing to feel at home and enjoy an evening in your bathrobe, while eating a meal you cooked yourself.  Or, let’s be real here, a meal you ordered, but can now eat using real utensils.  :p

Check this hotel out – great value for downtown Vancouver.  What hotel should I check out next?



Meet the Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown.

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