Those who know Vancouver will know the grueling Grouse Grind, a mountainous walk that tests fitness and endurance. Despite my lack of physical training, I put myself through the exhausting climb and arrived back in the city ready to collapse anywhere I could find. Luckily we were booked into the very comfortable and instantly relaxing St Regis hotel.
The sweet receptionist must have pitied my weary expression and sweaty clothes. He sped us through the check-in process and sent us upstairs to room 202, a smart executive suite. The décor reflects the business clientele of the hotel, neutral shades of grey with simple artwork on the walls. We had a bedroom with adjoining sitting room, with a large flatscreen TV in each space. In the bedroom a small window overlooked the streets of Vancouver. The bed was dressed with the finest bedding, so soft and cosy to fall asleep in. I was impressed to discover too that all calls, including international calls are free from the rooms, a brilliant incentive for business guests.
The bathroom was spacious and helped me to rest and refresh after my tiring day. With his-and-hers sinks and a bath-shower complex, it was almost as big as the bedroom. After a long bath with L’Occitane toiletries almost all my hard work from the day was forgotten. The thick toweling robes helped too!
Those in need of sustenance will find the dining room on the lower ground floor. But with little natural light and dated décor I would recommend venturing outside to the burgeoning culinary scene nearby in town. For breakfast I think it would be nicer to have a brighter space, perhaps they could move this meal upstairs where there is a much more attractive bar, which is a popular haunt in the evenings.
St Regis provided well for me as a blogger. The high-speed wifi is free throughout the building and must be very powerful as I downloaded photos and posted online in record speed. After a recuperating stay, I was sad to leave the comfort and facilities in the morning.
More information about St. Regis Hotel Vancouver here.