I recently returned from a stay in Vancouver, the final stop of several throughout Canada (see also: Delta Hotels Downtown Toronto Bottom Line Review). I’ve been coming to Vancouver for years and have watched the prices of downtown hotels steadily creep up, especially during the Summer. But the Hyatt Regency is still a Hyatt Category 3, making it (for now) an excellent antidote to the soaring cash prices downtown.
The Hyatt Regency Vancouver has a great location a few blocks from the waterfront and about a 5 minute walk from the Canada Line train to the airport. As per usual for the brand, it’s a massive hotel geared towards convention business. The public areas are, overall, quite nice and the views from the guest rooms are terrific. Although the club lounge is still closed (unlike the other Canadian hotels I was at), they provide a very good breakfast at the restaurant and some attractive afternoon drink options. The hotel isn’t perfect and needs a little TLC here and there, but as a points/free night certificate option in downtown Vancouver, it’s tough to beat.
Hyatt Regency Vancouver Bottom Line Review
Bottom line: A very nice, if not spectacular, hotel. This shines as a points redemption, however, since cash rates in downtown Vancouver are approaching the stratosphere. It’s got a marvelous location, good views and is a great use of a category 1-4 certificate.
- Points Price: Category 3, 9,000-15,000 points per night. Bookable using a Category 1-4 Certificate from the Chase Hyatt Card.
- Cash Price: There is some seasonal variation. The nights that I was there, it was CA$500 (~$400), in other times it can drop down to as low as CA$250-300 ($200-$240).
- Points Value: Most of the time, it’s an excellent value for a points redemption or a category 1-4 cert. Rates are often $300+, making the point value well above our reasonable redemption value of 1.6 CPP.
- Resort Fee: None.
- Parking: Valet is CA$52/day (~$42) per night with in & out privileges. Self-parking in the attached garage is available for CA$41.66/day and includes in & out privileges as well (~$31.50).
- Turndown service: None.
- Housekeeping: Everyday for all guests.
- Internet: Very good. Able to stream, cast and zoom throughout the property
- Breakfast: There is a sizeable buffet breakfast with an egg station and numerous hot and cold items served from 7am-11am at Mosaic Bar and Grille. Cost is CA$40 including tax and gratuity (~$32). There is an a la carte menu as well as an in-house Starbucks with the usual array of breakfast sandwiches.
- Lunch: Mosaic Bar and Grille serves lunch M-F from 11:30am-2pm (midnight on Saturday). On weekends, there is a brunch menu from 10:30-2pm.
- Dinner: Mosaic Bar and Grille serves a small bite “appetizer” menu daily from 4pm-5:30pm and then a full dinner menu from 5:30pm-10pm (midnight on Saturday). There is also a cocktail bar in the main lobby called “Grain Tasting Bar” that has good happy hour from 3-5pm Monday-Friday and serves small bites and drinks from 5pm-11pm (12am Thursday- Saturday.
- Spa: None. There is an outdoor pool attached to the fitness room on the 4th floor.
- Fitness Room:There is a nice-sized fitness room on the 4th floor. It has an assortment of weight machines and free weights alongside 20 or so cardio machines (treadmills, and ellipticals)
- Hyatt Globalist Elite Benefits: Suite Upgrade: I booked a standard room and was upgraded into a huge, “Deluxe” 1-bedroom suite on the 30th floor. This is actually a premium suite, which would exclude it from being eligible for a Globalist upgrade. The property was sold out of standard suites, so provided the deluxe suite at their own, which was very kind.
- Club Lounge: Currently closed.
- Free Breakfast: Since the club lounge is closed, free breakfast is served daily at Mosaic Bar and Grille. Overall, both the a la carte and buffet items were high quality.
- 4PM Late Checkout: Applied automatically without asking.
- Free Parking: I didn’t have a car, but there is free valet parking on award stays.
- Would I stay again? Absolutely, especially if booking an award stay. This is a very well-located property right by the downtown waterfront and, given hotel prices in Downtown Vancouver, it’s a steal as a category 3.
- Hyatt Regency Vancouver pros:
- Great location in Downtown Vancouver, just a few blocks from the Waterfront.
- Guest rooms don’t start until the 5th floor, so there’s good city views from many of them.
- Good elite recognition.
- Overall, very efficient service.
- Excellent points/certificate value the majority of the year.
- Hyatt Regency Vancouver cons:
- Property is somewhat dated.
- Outside of getting a room on a high floor, there’s no way to experience the views (like a lounge or patio)
- The F&B options, outside of the good-value happy hour, are fairly expensive (albeit so is Vancouver).
- Standard rooms are on the smallish side at 380 square feet.