After a good night’s sleep, we woke up [late] and meandered around Richmond, where Joann’s cousins live, and then headed in Vancouver to our next destination, the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. It’s located inside One Wall Centre, a pretty amazing building in the center of Vancouver. As per Wikipedia:
One Wall Centre is 48 storeys tall with a total height of 491 feet (150 m). The first 27 floors of the building are the 4 Diamond Sheraton Hotel. Floors 28, 29, and 30 are the Club Intrawest Resort floors; which are operated independent of Sheraton. The remaining 17 floors are residential condominiums. The One Wall Centre tower part of the Wall Centre complex owned by Wall Financial Corporation and was largely the vision of Peter Wall.
We checked in and my Starwood Gold status was recognized (I think) as I was granted the highest floor that I asked for at booking. Later in the stay, I also requested late checkout and that was granted quite promptly. It could be that the hotel was pretty empty, but either way the staff was very accommodating. This is actually the first Starwood hotel I’ve stayed at since getting my Amex Platinum card that comes with SPG Gold elite status. The reason that I chose the Sheraton Wall Centre is because it is participating in the SPG Triple Up promotion, where SPG members earn triple Starpoints if the stay includes a Thursday or Sunday night. That promo is still valid until Dec. 15 so if you’re interested, check out my post here.
We were in Room 2762, a west-facing room with great views of the English Bay through the floor to ceiling windows. The room was a decent with a King size Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed. Side note: After 2 nights there, I’m happy with our “W Bed” purchase as it is way more comfortable than this mattress. The room layout was a little weird. There was some dead space that they decided to fill with the closet and the TV, but that setup made the TV pretty far from the bed. Not so much a complaint as it struck me as a little poorly designed. There was a work desk with a 1-cup coffee maker. The coffee was Starbucks… nice touch! The best thing I found on that desk was the voucher to “Go Green”. It’s an initiative by Starwood saying that if you decline housekeeping, you are entitled to $5 or 500 Starpoints upon checkout. Well, yes, please give me 500 Starpoints! Hell I value them at $15 anyway!
The only other thing we really tried in the hotel was the coffee shop on the Lower Level. It had good lattes (not as good as the Canadian chain Blenz), but they were a bit pricey as expected. It was great for what we wanted – bringing lattes back to the room – but if you have time, walk a block or 2 and you’ll hit a Blenz.
On the morning of checkout, I called our next hotel on a whim, Shangri-La Vancouver, wondering if our room was ready. To our surprise, it was! We didn’t need late checkout from the Sheraton Wall anymore so we packed up our stuff to walk half a mile to the luxurious Shangri-La…