We spent a long weekend in Vancouver and selected this Sheraton property for its location and views. While I would recommend the hotel for weekend warriors, extremely poor wireless Internet holds it back for business travelers.
As I reflect on our weekend stay at the centrally located Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, I've distilled my experience here for you, just in case you were looking for a Vancouver base for your gateway.
+1 Stuck in the middle
The hotel, while not located on the water, felt like it was a short walk away from most of the spots we wanted to hit while in the city.
- A short walk downhill to water taxis bound for Granville island;
- A leisurely walk through the gay village to English Bay;
- 10 minutes and you are on Robson Street and ready to shop until you drop, and
- A further 15 minutes from Robson and you are by the water at Canada Place.
+2 Views for days
Our room was on the 32nd floor, facing the water. We even had a small deck where we sat and stared at the city and the bay. Container ships leaving Vancouver port on their way to Asia, cruise ships arriving for the day and the sound of seagulls all added to the feels. The Sheraton Lounge on the 25th floor also offered nice views of the city, free breakfast and hors d'oeuvres until 8 p.m.
+3 Upgrades for Marriott Bonvoy members
The advantage with a large hotel is that no matter how busy, Marriott Bonvoy members can usually score an upgrade. While small, our upgraded room was a corner unit with a lot of natural light.
-1 Unacceptable "premium" wi-fi
I'm writing this short review from a local coffee shop as the hotel "Premium" high speed Internet was simply unusable. I don't think a business traveler would be able to work using this shoddy Internet. I tethered to my phone for a while and eventually burned through my data and gave up. I went to a coffee shop. Really unacceptable.
-2 Bathrobes "sold out"
The hotel didn't have bathrobes, even if you asked for one. So far this year, we've stayed at hotels for over 50 nights and this has not happened before... ever. Is this a big deal? No, of course not. Is this something notable... yeah!
A "central" hotel for a long week-end
As long as you don't need a reliable Internet connection for work, the Sheraton is a wonderful property in Vancouver. The rooms offer nice views and while the decor is a bit dated (I'd say early 2000s), the beds are comfy, the showers decent and the Sheraton Club Lounge well- appointed (no free wine).
Have you stayed here before? I'd love to hear about your experience.