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!
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.
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.
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.
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?