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!)
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.
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.
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.