In choosing a hotel for a weekend getaway in Vancouver, I knew I wanted a modern hotel that was close to great dining spaces. So after some comparisons, I picked The DOUGLAS. It was central, close to my favorite breakfast spot in Vancouver – Chambar – and seemed like a great vibe fit.
Upon arrival, check in was a lovely experience. While waiting for a front desk agent, a lovely staff member offered water. I loved the detail of the Douglas fir being incorporated into the front desk – both as a lighting source and an object of art. It was a great tie in to the hotel’s overall rustic, coastal Canadian theme.
The suite itself was wonderful. The end to end windows illuminated the beauty of the rain and light in. The side view of the BC Place was actually really cute. During the night, on the hour, the lights twinkled, reminiscent of stars twinkling on snow.
The design of the room simply – felt right. I’ve been in rooms that were large in size but felt off and utterly felt weird. In contrast, the junior suite at The DOUGLAS was well designed. It felt that there was enough space to walk around, relax and take up space within the room.
It could also be the expansive nature of the windows that let natural light in. But, the room did not feel closed in. It felt well appointed.
Another cute and unique aspect of this location is that they have Yeti coolers that you can use, instead of fridges. If one happens to walk away with you, you’ll be charged $800. Which is well above how much they cost at REI. But, as a tie in to the hotel’s overall theme, I thought it was super cute.
After dinner at per se Social Corner, it was fun to walk around the Parq Casino. I didn’t end up playing at the tables, as the $5 backjack tables were all completely full. Staying at The DOUGLAS, you also have access to restaurants at the JW Marriott next door. I didn’t access them, as all of my dining reservations were off site. But, it was great to have that be an option.
After a long day of travel and exploring, the bed was extremely comfortable, lending itself to a good nights sleep. I also enjoyed the modern, clean design of the bathroom. Aesop lotion and body wash products are always a plus in my book.
Parking is in the Parq parking structure, just beyond the hotel. Once you park, make a note of your license plate. You’ll need to give it to the front desk upon check in.
Overall, this is a great hotel and really helps make your stay in Vancouver comfortable and feel safe. It’s walking distance to everything awesome in Vancouver.
If I revisit, I’ll highly consider staying here again.
the DOUGLAS hotel
45 Smithe Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6B 0R3