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User Reviews (4 Reviews)
- Shangri-La Hotel, VancouverMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBackpackers+ 1First to ReviewOct 27, 2013
My expectations of this hotel were as high as its 63-stories. Maybe they were too high, because I was quickly disappointed to find out that, despite being in Vancouver’s tallest building, the hotel only goes up to the 15th floor (the upper 48 floors are residences). I was also surprised to open the curtains of a south-facing room and see an above-ground parking lot—not the kind of images that Shangri-La evokes. Good news it the lot is about to be torn down. Bad news is the inevitable construction for the next year or two (ask for a north-facing room instead, and enjoy views of the city and mountains).
Foodies will be delighted to find the Jean-Georges restaurant MARKET, but I preferred the more intimate setting of Xi Shi Lounge, which has live music every night from Monday-Saturday. I couldn’t help but to roll my eyes, however, when I saw the waitresses uniforms (you guessed it, Chinese cheongsams). Talk about cliché.
The rooms, the lobby, the dining areas were all luxurious, but none felt as unique as I hoped for. The one place, however, that made my jaw drop was the Shangri-La’s very own Chi Spa. Each treatment room had gorgeous Japanese sliding doors, a fireplace and a private steam room. Forget the guest rooms—I’d much rather spend the night here!
- Shangri-La Hotel, VancouverJul 05, 2012
Sitting in the tallest building in the City of Vancouver, this Shangri-La hotel promised some really cool views and on reputation of the hotel chain, top-notch accommodations. Unfortunately, I was disappointed on both accounts with the Shangri-La.
Don't get me wrong, the hotel is beautiful and the staff are very friendly. There is a scent apparent through the hotel which is a trademark of Shangri-La hotels worldwide, and the rooms are well-appointed with beautiful bathrooms and balconies available in select rooms. Unfortunately, there are some features that detract from what should be one of the best hotels in Vancouver.
First, the hotel portion of the building only has rooms up to the 15th floor. In a 62-storey building, one would expect something that resembles a view of Vancouver's beautiful scenery but there is nothing but City-view in Shangri-La Vancouver. Second, there is a strong Asian theme but it seemed quite overdone to me. As an example of the features that seems more contrived, the staff wear traditional Chinese jackets, even in Xi Shi lounge, and the rooms have kitschy decorations like silk boxes sitting on side-tables. One the other side of things, the Japanese-style wood-and-paper walls in the spa actually seem appropriate and welcome.
Overall, a hotel in the tallest building in the city had nice rooms but I was left wanting something else; mostly a better view.
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- Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
- Guests recommend this hotel for a romantic getaway.
- Wellness/Sportstop-notch fitness area, thought 100%.
- Service98% found the staff to be very friendly.
- Location95% liked the proximity to shopping.
- Hotel93% thought it was clean.
- Room87% were happy with the bathroom.
- Food82% found the breakfast to be wonderful.