We Finished Up With A Relaxing Stay In Vancouver
We finished our road trip around BC (British Columbia) with a relaxing stay in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver. After more than 4 weeks on the road, we were ready for a break. And we could not have picked a better spot.
We enjoyed all the hotel had to offer. And ventured out a few times. It was the perfect way to finish a busy 5 weeks in BC.
Back To Vancouver
After two weeks enjoying the natural beauty of Vancouver Island, it was great to head back to the mainland. We took the ferry from Nanaimo’s terminal at Duke Point to Tsawwassen. This landed us south of Vancouver.
On our ferry trip to Vancouver Island, the weather was grey. We upgraded to the SeaWest Lounge and worked in the lounge for much of the trip. On this return from the island, we spent much of the time on deck or at a window seat.
As we neared the shore in Tsawwassen, we had the most amazing view of Mount Baker. When we landed, we continued to catch views of the mountain as we headed towards White Rock.
It was a great way to be welcomed back on the mainland!
A Few Days In White Rock
During our visit to BC for 5 weeks, we stayed in a wide variety of accommodations. But our two days at the “Inn” in White Rock was not a memorable one. It was a reminder that there may be no truth in advertising. A noisy room in the basement of a house was not really what we expected.
It was a good thing we found lots of fun street art in White Rock. And more great mountain views! But we were glad we planned only a short stop before we headed into Vancouver.
Vancouver was like a second home for us. We spent the entire fall there one year. When our cruise ship to Alaska left from Seattle, we made a quick trip to visit Vancouver. And we went back for the Christmas season for a different view of this great city.
So when we planned our trip to BC, we chose Vancouver as the final stop. We knew we would be ready for a break. So we were happy we booked a relaxing stay at Westin Bayshore.
A Resort On The Water In Vancouver
There are so many hotel options in Vancouver. And we stayed in some good ones. For this trip to Vancouver, we looked for a new hotel. We loved our stay on Vancouver Island at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort. So we were delighted when we were able to book the Westin Bayshore Vancouver on Marriott Bonvoy points. We always loved when we could use our points for a wonderful splurge (see our stay for 16 days at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman).
The Westin Bayshore was located in the Coal Harbour area of Vancouver on the waterfront at the edge of Stanley Park. It was a healthy walk from the Skytrain stations. But a bus ran close by if we didn’t want to walk or take a taxi.
We were delighted when we found that all of our efforts to build our points and status resulted in an upgraded room with an amazing view over the harbour. There was a small french patio so we opened the doors for fresh air. And looked out on views to the west and north. Was it any wonder that we never wanted to leave the hotel?
And at the end of the day, we knew we could catch the best sunset. Without ever leaving our room!
Westin Bayshore Had Lots To Offer
The hotel had a resort feel to it. A large green space at the back had a heated outdoor pool. And lots of outdoor space. There was a second indoor pool with a hot tub and large exercise room.
The Vida Spa was a wonderful surprise. From the outside it did not look impressive. But once we crossed the threshold, we were swept up into a pampering haven. My spa pedicure relaxed me in the morning. And then David and I had deep tissue massages. Before we spent time relaxing by the fire in the quiet room.
There were no end to the temptations for a relaxing stay in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore.
We Ate And Drank Well
There were times when we were tempted to just enjoy a hotel and not wander far. When it was frigid cold in Montreal, we enjoyed several days being pampered at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. So when we found great food options at the Westin Bayshore, we knew we did not have to wander far in Vancouver either.
Breakfast every day was in the large, sunny H2 Rotisserie and Bar. Our Marriott status gave us access to a large cold buffet. For a small amount we upgraded to a full hot buffet which included made to order omelettes and eggs. On our first night, we had a chance to sample the “old” menu. And later in the visit, we tried the “new” menu. Everything we ate was delicious.
When we wanted to try something a little different, we went to the H Tasting Lounge. We had drinks and a meal one night while we sat in front of the fire.
Both the H2 Rotisserie and Bar and the H Tasting Lounge underwent renovations prior to our visit. I don’t know what they were like before. But we found the food and environments to be a great way to enjoy our relaxing stay in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore.
We were delighted with the amazing attention to customer service and satisfaction. The restaurant leaders kept a watchful eye on all details. And they were never too busy to help out. Or stop to chat with the guests. That was hallmark we looked for in world class organizations.
Afternoon Tea At The Westin Bayshore Was A Treat
You know that we love to do Afternoon Tea when we travel. On this trip, we had our first Afternoon Tea experience at the iconic Fairmont Empress in Victoria. When we read about the Afternoon Tea at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver, we knew we had to add it to our list.
Afternoon Tea was served at the Westin Bayshore in the H Tasting Lounge. We reserved the table by the fireplace. But still had a great view out to the patio. The table was set with an elegant gold touched tea set. There was a good selection of teas. David and I chose different ones as usual. And a glass of bubbly added to our Afternoon Tea enjoyment.
We loved when an Afternoon Tea provided a new twist on traditional tea services. At the Westin Bayshore, the Afternoon Tea had a carnival theme. The awesome selection of tasty treats were served on a rotating ferris wheel. The treats even came with a cone of cotton candy!
We had a slow and leisurely Afternoon Tea at the Westin Bayshore. The large sweet selection defeated us and we took a box back to our room to enjoy later. Such a great way to enjoy a relaxing stay in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore.
Biking Stanley Park
Our room with a view overlooked Stanley Park. On the corner of Stanley Park was a big cannon. At 9pm every night, we heard the gun go off.
We stayed close to the hotel for our lazy last stop. But one day David enjoyed a bike ride around Stanley Park with our daughter Erika. They stopped on a regular basis and enjoyed the nature and artworks.
When we planned a relaxing stay in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore, we made sure to take out the free bikes and rode around Stanley Park. Walking paths also went around the 10km route. And there were even buses that went into the park if we needed a ride back.
A Return Visit To Port Moody
One of our day trips took us back to Port Moody. Our son Nick lived in that suburb area. Earlier in our trip we enjoyed beer tasting in Port Moody. This time we headed out for seafood.
We were pleased to learn at the Vancouver Skytrain ran right to Port Moody with only one transfer. We returned our rental car. And a cab would have been very expensive. The Skytrain dropped us right in downtown Port Moody. And it was a short walk to the waterfront and the Boathouse Restaurant.
After our meal, we walked out along the shore. It seemed that everywhere we went in Vancouver, the tide was out. In Port Moody, there was a vast muddy area with the tide receded. But the birds loved the chance to walk around on the mud flats.
When we stayed in downtown Vancouver, we knew we could travel quite a distance on the Skytrain. We loved that we were able to visit Port Moody for one last time before we left.
We Enjoyed Our Relaxing Stay In Vancouver
It was a very busy 5 weeks in BC. When we finished “at home” in Vancouver, we wanted nothing more than to relax and spend some time with our kids. We certainly ate well for our last stop!
We loved the resort feel of the hotel. The hotel offered so many options for a relaxing stay in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore.
Did you have a relaxing stay in Vancouver at Westin Bayshore Vancouver? Was it a great pampering stop?
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