Aug
27
2009

St. Regis Hotel

The best value sleep, with free breakfast for two, that has a combination between heritage and high tech located within walking distance of almost everything in the heart of Vancouver

Since its $11-million reno, the St. Regis is quickly earning a rep as the best value sleep in the city.

The restored 1913 heritage hotel, located within walking distance of just about anything in the heart of Vancouver, offers a unique take on luxury—Old World exterior, sparkling tech-laden rooms, high-end health club access, free full breakfast for two—that rarely appears anywhere, never mind in one of the country’s most expensive towns.

This is an urban headquarters, so views are eschewed for a buzzing hub where rooms and classic darkwood common areas are quiet enough to kick back, but food (an award-winning steakhouse), caffeine (onsite Starbucks), beers and sports (the street-level eponymous bar and grill, and a wine and spirits shop next door) are all within reaching distance.

And so is the facility to work it all off, courtesy of all-day access to the next-door Steve Nash Sports Club location for $15 per day—almost half off the regular drop-in rate.

Catering to today’s value-focused business traveller, the hotel has assembled a small, helpful staff obviously proud of their unique product and who are happy to point out even more amenities for the road warrior: the 24-hour free business centre with computer station, free wi-fi and a choice of complimentary international newspapers. The plush terry bathrobes, of course, are self-explanatory.

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Based in Toronto, Tom Gierasimczuk's work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Globe and Mail, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and OutPost magazine.

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