I just completed a one night business stay at the SpringHill Suites in Vancouver.
The suite was nicely sized but didn't feel all that much bigger than a standard hotel room. The big difference here is that as a "suite", there are some extra walls which separate a "living room" area from the "bed area" and an impressively small but efficient kitchen area, but the only additional door is the one between the shower & water closet room and the bathroom sink area.
The kitchen area had a microwave hidden in one of the cabinets over the small sink. Under the sink was a small fridge which would easily hold a few days worth of items. There's a mini-pantry of sorts next to the front desk which also sells all kinds of cold drinks and even beers.
The flat screen was perfectly positioned between the living room area and the bedroom area, probably to allow it to be swiveled for proper viewing in whichever room you felt like lounging in.
In the closet I found an iron and a little luggage rack and an extra blanket and sheet (I didn't check to see if the couch folded out into a sofa bed). I was surprised to see there was no room safe hidden in the closet, but the front desk appears to have some mini safe slots designated for guests. The bed had four or five smaller and somewhat wimpy (i.e. not particularly firm) pillows on top of it.
I did get a chance to use the small exercise room, which is located to a slightly bigger pool area. The exercise room had a treadmill, an exercise bike, a stair master and a nifty (but very wacky) dual tracked treadmill (one belt for each leg, each belt going up and down independently) which simulated running on varied terrain. There was also a small free weight set and towels crammed in there as well. The Sunday night I stayed at the SpringHill Suites hardly had any guests staying in the property, but on busy business nights I can imagine both the exercise room and the pool being easily overwhelmed with people.
Breakfast options included different kinds of cereal (Cheerios, Frosted Flakes, etc.), little cartons of milk (skim, 1% and 2%), hot oatmeal, scrambled eggs with sausage or mini ham circles in the hot tray, two make-it-yerself waffle machines and mix, muffins and bagels, and different kinds of juices and yogurts. I can't recall actually seeing anything super healthy in there (i.e. fruit), but I might not have looked too closely enough. Yep, breakfast is included in every stay. There's a computer down in the lobby which I used to print out boarding passes for my flight out of Portland airport the next morning (only about 15-20 minutes away from the hotel, a surprisingly quick drive).
Was it worth the stay? It's close to almost any technology company doing business in Vancouver and if the price is right I'd say it'd be worthwhile. Myself, I spent $130 to stay Sunday night there, but I did see multi-night weekend package stays available on the website for less than $90 per night. I'd gladly stay here again if I were traveling with a family (i.e. with kids) or doing business, but I'd go for other options if I were doing a romantic getaway with my significant other (not too much in the way of hotel amenities or amazing scenery close by).
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