Review: Residence Inn By Marriott Vancouver Downtown
After an unconvincing stay at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, I decided to spend my last night in Vancouver at a nearby hotel, the Residence Inn By Marriott Vancouver Downtown.
Also classified as Category 6 in the Marriott Bonvoy program – like most Vancouver hotels – the Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown hotel is accessible from 40,000 points per night.
For this COVID-19 pandemic stay, I preferred to pay for my night for $140 with my Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card. That’s how I got 5 points per dollar.
Residence Inn By Marriott Vancouver Downtown - Lobby
As in all the hotels visited, the Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown took care to establish different rules regarding COVID-19: the reception desk oversees the hotel entrance, floor markings indicate where to stand, and Plexiglas protect the employees at the desk.
A market is available to the right of the reception, which is convenient for a snack.
At the reception level, several computer stations are accessible (with printer) and there’s a rather pleasant lounge with large screens, as well as a fireplace.
Before my arrival, I reached out to the reception desk at the Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown via the Marriott Bonvoy application. As everything is in the art of negotiation when you have a Marriott Bonvoy status, I wanted to get the best room possible.
The hotel informed me that the 1 Bedroom Penthouse Suite was unfortunately not accessible, so I ended up in the Studio Two Queens, which was very comfortable for my stay with a friend in the city.
Residence Inn By Marriott Vancouver Downtown - Bedroom
The bedroom, with two queen size beds, is modern and pleasant.
Residence Inn hotels are known for the comfort of their facilities, especially for families. Each room has a fully equipped kitchen and a desktop area.
In the closet, there is a safe and an ironing board.
As a welcome gift, the hotel offered us a bottle of Pinot Noir. Very appreciated gesture!
Residence Inn By Marriott Vancouver Downtown - Bathroom
Although I’m not the biggest fan of the bath/shower combo, the showerhead was modern, and the bathroom had lots of towels.
Residence Inn By Marriott Vancouver Downtown - Gym & Pool
The gym is open even during the COVID-19 pandemic. But half of the devices were blocked off to ensure social distancing.
Close to the gym are a swimming pool and whirlpool, also open. I can imagine families with children having fun here!
Actually, I think that on a future family trip to Vancouver, this hotel will be on my short list (with The Westin Bayshore Vancouver).
Residence Inn By Marriott Vancouver Downtown - Breakfast
I had an early flight at Vancouver International Airport. Breakfast was therefore taken quickly thanks to the “Grab and Go” formula.
A plastic bag is provided, and you can take everything you want with you to your bedroom. And there’s no shortage of choice!