Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Sampling all the British Colombian cheeses, seafood and beef at Bacchus Restaurant
- The impressive art collection, which includes two pieces by Salvador Dalí
- The deluxe martini menu, with drinks priced by type of alcohol, not brand
What To Know
- Twice-daily housekeeping keeps things spic and span
- The city’s power players can be spotted schmoozing at Bacchus
- Ask for one of the rooms with a balcony overlooking the gardens of Robson Square
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Any Relais & Châteaux property creates certain expectations: guests expect to feel tended to like delicate flowers, cosseted and charmed. This Vancouver property, from the doorman wearing a top hat to the secret garden, does the job and manages to feel like an exclusive hideaway in the big city all at the same time. Part old-world gentlemen’s club (deep carpets and hunting prints on the walls) with up-to-the-minute amenities (there’s iPhone integration in the fitness center equipment), this is a destination all on its own. Not to sniff at the fab location, which is conveniently central, but you might be tempted to spend afternoons taking high tea in front of the fire or getting an in-suite massage rather than actually touring the city. The rooms have Frette towels, Nespresso machines, and reproduction furniture, and the expansive Wedgewood suites have an extra bathroom, but it’s the common areas like the lounge and the lobby, brimming with portraits, fireplaces, and antiques, that are the epitome of old European elegance.
In the Area
Vancouver’s a very walkable city, and even more so when you’re staying at the Wedgewood. The hip boutiques and chic cafés of Gastown, with its historic buildings, are a ten-minute walk. Start with an espresso at Revolver, one of the city’s best third-wave cafés, then take yourself on a tour of the district, picking up chic minimalist garments at Oak + Fort before stopping for lunch at Nelson the Seagull, a gorgeous bakery and café with outstanding bread and simple dishes like poached eggs and “picnic boards” of hummus, pesto, and other treats. There’s plenty to see and do right around the hotel, too, like the impressive Vancouver Art Gallery just across the street, more museum than gallery and with a focus on British Columbian art. The hotel is around the corner from Vancouver City Centre station, which links to the airport.
How to Get There
We always love our stay at the Wedgewood. It’s an anniversary tradition we have enjoyed for a number of years. We make a weekend of it even though we live near by. A martini in the lounge, dinner at Bacchus and room service breakfast. Perfect!, many thanks!
My husband and I stayed at the Wedgewood for one night in November during our trip to Vancouver to celebrate our first anniversary. Overall our experience was fine except for a mishap at the end of our stay that really left a bad taste in our mouths.
We requested a quiet room upon checking in as I am a light sleeper but the room we got was facing a major street and there was a loud concert going on that night. Besides the noise, our room was excellent with complimentary bottled water, cookies, and a thoughtful box of chocolates (presumably for our anniversary). The next morning we enjoyed a couples massage at the Wedgewood Spa that was pricey but worthwhile for a special occasion. Our massage ended at 11 am and checkout was at 12 pm so within that hour after our massage we were busy taking showers and packing.
Within that one hour, THREE separate members of the housekeeping team pounded on our door to ask us when we were leaving. This was a huge turn-off for me as our official check out time was not until noon and each time I had to put on a robe or stop my packing to answer the door. By the third time we truly felt like their message was loud and clear: GET OUT because we need your room for the next guest. For a five star hotel, I certainly expected much more consideration and courtesy towards their guests. If your check out time is noon, don’t hassle your guests to leave starting from 11 am. My husband and I will certainly NOT be returning and we would NOT recommend this hotel to anyone who wishes for a peaceful, welcoming stay.
We visit Vancouver regularly and often stay at the Wedgewood. While not especially extravagant, all the right amenities are made available. Especially appreciate the quality beds and pillows. Turndown service includes a box of chocolates! Room size for a King bed room is good. The bathroom is not very large but well-appointed. We will return.