Bedding Down: Sunset Inn & Suites, Vancouver

by Chris on June 28, 2011

Looking for a hotel that’s high on value in Vancouver? A review of the Sunset Inn & Suites.

Sunset Inn & Suites, Vancouver

Where: Sunset Inn & Suites, in Vancouver’s West End residential neighborhood. 1111 Burnaby St., 800-786-1997

Why we’re there. Parking fees in Vancouver can be steep, so when I knew I was driving up to Vancouver for TBEX, I looked for a hotel that included a place for a car. Several of my fellow travel bloggers, such as Charyn Pfeuffer, Kirsten Alana, Kayt Sukel and Peter West Carey, were also staying there (although the weekend was so hectic, we never saw them – except when Kirsten and I took a pedicab back from downtown at 1 a.m. one night!)

Sunset Inn & Suites, Vancouver

Price point. $219 CAD ($222) for a one-bedroom suite on a summer weekend, $209 CAD ($212) for same during the week (in August). AAA/Senior discounts available, as well as 25% off for prepaid early bookings.

Room details. Located in a former apartment building, the Sunset Inn & Suites are true suites, with most rooms having a separate living room/dining room from the bedroom, as well as a private balcony. We loved the wood floors in the living room, as well as the granite countertops in the bathroom. It’s also quiet, which is saying something during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Sunset Inn & Suites, Vancouver

Wining and dining. Because it used to be an apartment building, the Sunset Inn & Suites don’t have a restaurant or bar attached. There’s tons of places to eat within a few blocks, however, and the full galley kitchen means you can bring in your own groceries, beer and wine. The dining room table seats four people.

Incidentals. Free parking! Free continental breakfast! Free Internet! Although the latter was spotty at times, it’s still nice to have it included as a standard feature. We found the front desk to be helpful with directions and information. Good social media presence (@Sunset_Inn).

Where’s the value? All of the extras mentioned above.

Sunset Inn & Suites, Vancouver

Where’s the luxury? Your luxury doesn’t so much lie within the rooms themselves, but the sheer amount of space you get for your money. Booking here means that you won’t just get a room. You’ll get an apartment.

Who will like it. People who like plenty of room for their money. The full-sized refrigerator means that it’s a good choice for families or anyone who wants to eat some of their meals in. Also great for longer stays (the Inn gives discounts for weekly and even monthly rentals).

Who won’t. People who want to be closer to downtown Vancouver’s waterfront. Also, while the Sunset Inn & Suites has many amenities, you won’t confuse it with the posher Fairmont hotels around the city. If you’re a luxe lover, you may want to go glitzier.

Go back: Don and I were divided on this. I would have preferred a more central downtown location and extras like a swank hotel bar. But Don liked the value and space, and said he would definitely return next time we visit Vancouver.

Thanks to the Sunset Inn & Suites for sponsoring my stay.

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donnadeau July 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Although not located downtown, the Sunset Inn has frequent public bus service two blocks away that goes near Stanley Park and the inn is within an easy walk of the little ferries that access Granville Island and the fine beach and huge saltwater pool (with fantastic views) at Kitsilano Beach.

On rainy days, there’s an indoor Olympic-size pool at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre five blocks away, adjacent to a popular beach on English Bay for sunny days, which rumors to the contrary notwithstanding Vancouver periodically experiences.

I am emphasizing the outdoors here, but in summer think of Vancouver not as a city but as a cosmopolitan seaside resort, where people spend every possible moment outside.

Not mentioned was the inn’s location two blocks from the center of Vancouver’s lively gay district. Many of the stores and restaurants in this area cater to that clientele.

Chris, good to see you and Don again in Vancouver. Wish you would have had more time!

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Jessica Festa December 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm

This looks hotel looks pristine and spacious thanks for the post! I will definitely keep it in mind for my next BC trip!

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