Fodor's Expert Review Westin Bayshore
1601 Bayshore Dr., off Cardero St., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6G 2V4, Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada See on Map
The waterfront is, hands down, one of the most beautiful views in all of Vancouver—and the Westin Bayshore is the perfect hotel for travelers who want to soak in as much of that view as possible. Steps away from the water and just a short distance from all the activity of downtown, the Westin Bayshore offers the best of both worlds—the serenity of the waterfront and the hustle and bustle of the city.
Make sure to bring your pups along on your next trip. The Westin Bayshore doesn't charge any additional fees for pets, and the property is right next to two local parks—Marina Square and Cardero Park—that are a great place to take your four-legged friends.
Located right on Coal Harbour, the Westin Bayshore has excellent views of the waterfront and West End. The epic views—which, depending on the room, you can enjoy from a private balcony or floor-to-ceiling windows— makes up for the somewhat boring decor and furnishings.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is Wi-Fi available in the guestrooms at the Westin Bayshore, but it's not free—so if you need to connect, expect to shell out a few bucks.
The bathrooms are pretty basic in the standard guestrooms, but larger rooms do have a walk-in shower, which adds a nice dose of luxury.
The lobby feels a bit like the inside of a cruise ship, with a combination of patterned carpet, wood paneling, and white accents. It’s spacious, but the seating is limited, so it's not necessarily a place you're going to want to spend a ton of time.
The Westin Bayshore has pools for all seasons—a small indoor pool to enjoy in the cold winter months or a more spacious, circular outdoor pool (with stunning views of the harbor) where you can lounge and enjoy the summer sun.
Vida Spa will indulge you in the art of Ayurveda with to-die-for massages as well as an extensive menu of body wraps, facials, and couples treatments. Post-treatment, make sure to spend some time unwinding in their relaxation lounge (complete with a fireplace) or opt for a 60-minute restorative yoga session with a certified instructor for $160.
The fitness center at Westin Bayshore has everything you need to get a solid workout in, including plenty of LifeFitness exercise machines, free weights, and medicine balls. They also have complimentary headphones on hand in case you forget yours in your room.
H2 Rotisserie and Bar (open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) is known for its signature rotisserie free-range chicken, served with a challah bun, gravy, and your choice of sides for just $22.
H2 Rotisserie and Bar has a rotating kombucha on tap, which bartenders can easily whip into a cocktail like the vodka-based West Van Sour. If kombucha isn't your taste, try something a little more tropical like the Let’s Splash, a refreshing cocktail made with local vodka, lemon juice, watermelon, cucumber, and cane syrup.
The Westin Bayshore offers self-parking for $38 per night or valet for $42 per night. If you don't want to bring a car, the Waterfront Station, which is about a 20-minute walk away, has access to SkyTrain subway lines, West Coast Express train, and SeaBus ferry, or you can catch the SkyTrain at Burrard Station, a 15-minute walk away. There's also plenty of bus stops in the neighborhood if you need to get to other spots in the city.
Grab lunch at 6 Degrees Eatery (2-minute walk), a relaxed spot with some of the best sandwiches in town. Make sure to hang back after lunch and grab a drink at their popular outdoor happy hour, which runs every day from 3 pm to 6 pm. walk to the 6 Degrees Eatery for breakfast, lunch, or to try one of the teas from their vast tea menu. Afterward head over to True Confections (8-minute walk), where you can enjoy some of the city's most decadent desserts (their pie is to die for). They serve cake and pie slices along with classic English trifle, paired with a cocktail if you’re feeling extra indulgent
If you're a beer drinker, make sure to check out Tap and Barrel (15-minute walk), where you can enjoy an impressive selection of craft brews right on the waterfront. If you want to try some local specialties, try Forage (11-minute walk) and sample from their curated list of local beer and wine on tap.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The prime location, harbor views, and walkability to waterfront dining make the Westin Bayshore a fantastic hotel option for visitors to Vancouver. The property's nautical theme and close proximity to waterfront activities make it a great option for families while the convenient location, which has access to plenty of restaurants, bars, and nightlife, is a perfect fit for travelers looking for a more sophisticated experience.
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