Shangri-La Vancouver | boutique luxury

I am writing this from my Corner Executive Balcony Room at the 119-room Shangri-La Vancouver. As beautiful as the picture is, it doesn't begin to capture the spaciousness and features of this room. My first impression upon entering was of the dramatic floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall picture window on the wall opposite the bed (much, much larger than the window beside the bed pictured above). The view of downtown Vancouver was incredible.

Opposite the "bedroom" half of the room is an equally large sitting area with sofa and easy chair. The room features a desk with ports for complimentary broadband internet access, a USB charging dock, a printer port, and power sources. It is equipped with a Sony LCD flat screen television, DVD player, and electronic controls for the lights, sheers, and curtains. There is a large walk-in closet and a great bathroom - and even a small television in the bathroom mirror.

The Shangri-La Vancouver occupies the first 15 floors of this contemporary Vancouver skyscraper. On the third floor is MARKET by Jean-George, an outstanding restaurant with signature dishes from his other restaurants as well as unique offerings that utilize the fresh ingredients available in British Columbia; it was full on Tuesday evening when I dined there, so do make reservations. Floor Five features Chi, a beautiful spa (again, reserve your time in advance), as well as a health club and outdoor rooftop pool and jacuzzi.

Upscale travelers who want luxurious accommodations in a downtown location will enjoy their stay at the Shangri-La Vancouver. As a member of Virtuoso, the Shangri-La offers exclusive amenities to guests who book through a Virtuoso travel consultant — a daily Deluxe Breakfast for two at MARKET by Jean-George; Afternoon Tea for two, once during your stay; and a room upgrade if available at check-in.

Shangri-La Vancouver (search here on Google)

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