Pre Cruise stay - Quiet and clean hotel
I had requested early arrival and our room was ready at check-in (nice touch) as were the readily available apples at the counter. The corner suite was comfortable and clean with a nice size bathroom and Aveda products. The bed was wonderful, as I like a firm mattress. I found the front desk to be somewhat distant, not a good morning nor a good evening but otherwise helpful with our inquiries. The hotel is a few blocks from Canada Place. And yes, the only ice machine is on the 3rd floor.
cleanliness seems to be an issue here
I was appalled at the poor condition of my room. The carpet was filthy, there were holes in the sheets, suspicious stains on the comforter, hair in the middle of a "freshly made" bed, and hair in the marble clad bathroom. The "data port" did not exist. Internet access was available via television at $13 for 24hrs. So much for plugging in the laptop... Descriptions of this hotel have raved about the fresh fruit platter and bottled water in the room. Housekeeping seemed to have forgotten that one too. The only drinks or snacks available in the room were outrageously priced. The housekeeping staff had little respect for the do not disturb sign, leaving messages if it remained on the door all day. Sometimes you just don't want to be bothered, especially if they are going to do such a horrible job!
This is our second time staying at Le Soleil. We love it. We saw no evidence of any cleanliness issues that a previous reviewer talked about. There were 4 families in our party and everyone was very pleased with the hotel and their rooms. Don't expect a huge suite, they are rather small, but still very nice. And it is nice to have a separate living room with it's own T.V. Bathrooms have very nice marble showers (big). The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful, as they were on my past visit. Valet Parking is extra ($22can) but you car is kept below in a parking garage. Location is also very good.
Good compared to other Vancouver boutiques
Although I live in Vancouver, I stayed at le Soleil for one day when I had an important morning meeting.
The hotel's decor is a neo-classical theme. Lots of gold. I personally find it tacky, but I prefer the minimalistic contemporary designs over the neo-classical style. Bed was comfortable. I believe when I stayed in October 2004, it was part of the Sheraton chain. The hotel may have undergone a change in ownership since then.
For a boutique hotel, it's lacking in certain amenities. No wifi. I don't remember if they even had high speed, but I ended up having to use modem dial up to access the internet. The wallroom paper appears to be peeling off. The ventilation system was loud.
It's located central to the business district. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your view), it's right near two high class gentlement's establishments (Brandys and Swedish Touch). Also there are homeless people around this area (mainly since they try to beg from the gentlement establishment's customers).
Although my review sounds negative, it really isn't THAT bad. I am overly critical of hotels in general, as I travel a lot for work. If you like boutiques, consider the Metropolitan. It's in the same area, in a slightly more central location. If you like contemporary style boutiques, consider the Opus. However, those two are generally more expensive than le Soleil, and it may be an important factor at the end of the day.
I highly recommend this place
While visitng vancouver I stayed at Le soliel suites in the downtown area. Excellent choice. If you like hotels that pay attention to detail and decorations this is a great place. The entrance is beautifully kept and decorated ( impressive), and all the staff are helpful and kind. When it rains the staff will offer umbrellas, and are always glad to give directions or info. I read several reviews of this place and thought that it would be a very uptight and formal hotel, but it is actually very elegant and down to earth, no snobbiness or attitudes. You feel like your at a four seasons without the attitude. Another thing i liked about the hotel is that unlike most giant corperate hotels, this one is small and personal, the place is small but very comforable. The elevators and the hotel hallways are well lit and elegantly decorated. The room - The one I stayed in, the standard room was wonderful. You get a small living room with sofa, chairs, and entertainment center, about 10x10 feet. Then there is a hallway with a closet, with a safe, and iron to your left and the bathroom to your right. Next to the closet is a small bar with the coffee maker and a fridge undernieth. The bedroom is about 12x14 feet with a small desk , another entertainment center, and two bed stands with clock radio, corddless phones, and wonderful lamps. The bedding is outstanding, conforters and pillows were the kind you would probably see at the ritz or four seasons, and the view from our room was excellent, and you can even open a small window to get some of that nice frigid Candian air. The bathroom was very well appointed, with lots of plush towels, bathrobes, and marble. For being a suite, most people would probably say this is small, but I Think the size is perfect, at least for two or three people, but not more. Besides, your going to spend most of your time outside. For the price, you cannot, im my opinion get a better hotel. The location is in the center of downtown close to banks, one block from Robson st. , and restaurants all over. The only downside is that they do not have a computer available to check your e-MAIL, however, there is a kinko's one block down the street.
Small, friendly, but average
Not worth the extra cost. My room was smallish, no-frills decorations, two twin beds in a small room. I'd pay $150 max. for this hotel.
Located in a questionable area...did not feel safe in that ares of downtown.
Resturant was very good, however. Stayed for 3 nights.
Weekend in Vancouver
Taking a trip to Vancouver with some friends for a long weekend. I would like to know how far of a drive is Downtown, Vancouver to Grouse Mountain? I figure downtown would be best for living accomadations since it should offer interesting night life. Maybe some golf too if possible.
Any recommendations or suggestions???
RE: Weekend in Vancouver
I did a travel report and tips for my May 2006 trip to Vancouver & Grouse Mountain and North Vancouver on my travel pages.
The trip was about 25 minutes only because we we going against the flow the commute traffic into town. Very nice drive and easy.
I hope that helps.
The Travel Slut
RE: Weekend in Vancouver
Yes, it's about half an hours drive from downtown Vancouver, through Stanley Park, over the Lions Gate Bridge, and on your way to Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver.
Want to have a hotel where all the action is? Try and get one near Granville Street - lots of restaurants, cafes, pubs, nightclubs, shops, etc. Some good hotels are The Best Western, Howard Johnson Hotel, and the Ramada Inn.
Public golf courses: University Golf Club (at UBC); Fraserview; and Gleneagles Golf Course in West Vancouver. Most scenic is Furry Creek on the way to Squamish on the Sea to Sky Highway, some of the holes are along the ocean.
Have a great time!
Petra M, Vancouver
RE: RE: Weekend in Vancouver
I just booked rooms at Hotel Le Soleil, which has five stars. It's right downtown (near Pacific Center) and there was an Expedia special so I got the rooms for only $130 CAD per night. I'm really looking forward to my visit.