Vancouver, British Columbia - Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
Review by Mike Keenan
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa view, mist over North Vancouver, photo by Mike Keenan
Amenities: We are located on the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa's Corporate 27th floor, the King Studio offering approximately 400 square feet of living space and exquisite panoramic views of Vancouver, its inlets and mountains. In fact, this morning, we awake to the spectacular view of 13 cargo ships anchored serenely in English Bay. It's a great start to one’s day!
Our room includes a kitchenette, individually controlled air conditioning, which takes me some practice to figure out, an iron/ironing board, hair dryer, coffee & tea all of which I need no assistance with. There is complimentary high speed internet and local telephone calls.
Bathroom: Spa Binge Organic products are provided. They are green oriented one of their techniques - the re-use of soap. A water filtration system avoids the use of thousands of plastic water bottles each year.
Decor: The hotel exhibits fashionable contemporary decor with interesting artwork and neat lighting design that begins at the reception desk and
invites one to look up. Our room exuded comfy and cozy and made us feel right at home.
Hotel Features & History: Located on the 5th floor is a new 24-hour, fully accessible Guest Amenity Room that provides one with a comfortable, naturally-lit "one-stop" convenience area to help make your stay more enjoyable. Simply use your room key to access.
Enjoy a complimentary coffee or tea, and relax in comfortable seating while watching your favourite programs on a new 42"" television. Or, stay connected using the complimentary computer station.
For laundry needs, they have brand new coin-operated washers and dryers, including one set of high-capacity models. They also provide vending machines for change, laundry detergent and fabric softener. As well, there is a large sink available for hand-washing, iron & ironing board, and a large table for folding and sorting.
An ice machine is also located in this room as well as a coin-operated photo booth, with all proceeds being donated to Pacific Autism Family Centre.
Check out time is 11:00am; Pets are welcome! (Nightly fee and restrictions apply.); 100% non-smoking hotel; Indoor pool & steam room open from 8:00am - 10:00pm daily; Kitchenette facilities in all guest rooms; Portable queen inflatable beds available; Room Service available from 7:00am-10:00pm; Overnight parking available at $17 plus taxes; Maximum Vehicle Height: 6' 9"
Hotel Activities: Because the hotel is located downtown, you can leave your car in the lot and walk about or take a can or public transit.
Spa: The Spa is highly regarded, and there is an indoor pool and steam room.
C Prime Restaurant, photo courtesy Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
Drinks: Late in the evening my spouse and I sit by the fireplace in the hotel's snug Beyond Restaurant and Lounge, and we sip Red Truck ale, a local favourite.
Service: Just off the lobby in Beyond Coffee, a conveniently located coffee house, Mathew Lynman, Director of Sales and I chat about the city and this hotel which I have come to think, just might be the friendliest hotel I have ever stayed in.
Staff at every level engages one in pleasant conversation that appears natural and neighbourly. The concierge is attentive and helpful, perpetually alert in the lobby to lend a hand or provide an enthusiastic report about Vancouver embarking on a climate record with 14 straight joyful days without rain.
Housekeeping personnel smile and genuinely ask if you are enjoying your stay. Mathew helps explain this personal service ethos that he says is due to the hotel being owned by the same family (Cocchia) for the past 40 years.
Mathew acknowledges that one of my favourite comedy films, "Best in Show," was filmed in part at the hotel roughly 15 years ago. He also reminds me that the first "Rambo" movie was filmed in nearby Hope, BC.
Nearby Attractions: The Century Plaza Hotel & Spa commands an excellent downtown location, for example, we are within easy walking distance to Robson Square, but Mathew Lynman reminds me that although location may be a key factor, they never forget that it is service that keeps people coming back.
I ask for Mathew's top three tourist attractions, and he quickly responds: Grouse Mountain (they offer free bus service) for its stunning visuals often with magical fog layered between the slopes and the city, Stanley Park and the Art Gallery.
Room Cost: Range $137-$183
Room Tip or Suggestion: The higher up, the better view of Vancouver's incredible surroundings.
Proviso: I was a guest of Century Plaza Hotel & Spa; however, editorial material above is solely my own and not reviewed by my host.
The Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
The Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa entrance, photo by Mike Keenan
Mike Keenan is a travel columnist for Troy Media. He produces a travel podcast -
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Century Plaza Hotel & Spa view, ships in English Bay, photo by Mike Keenan
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Since founding Spa at the Century 12 years ago, Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia and husband Sergio Cocchia have grown the company from a single location into the award winning Absolute Spa Group, Canada's largest and most luxurious spa chain, with 10 locations to date. Having received over 57 awards for spa excellence, including Business of the Year, Lisogar-Cocchia's successful corporation has attracted many celebrity clients including Elle MacPherson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Buble and Zac Effron.
As chair of The Vancouver Board of Trade in 2011, Lisogar-Cocchia is excited to be the youngest female chair in the organization's 124-year history. Lisogar-Cocchia is also proud to have been appointed the first female trustee in 38 years on the Vancouver Police Foundation.
As a graduate of the University of British Columbia (1986), Lisogar-Cocchia was honoured to be invited to participate in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay on behalf of her alma matter, in acknowledgement for her philanthropic work.