Review: Westin Wall Centre – Vancouver Airport


This post is one chapter on our trip to Colorado, United States on Alaska Airlines. This trip was booked and credited to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan using a two for one Companion Fare courtesy of the Alaska Airlines credit card. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: The Westin Wall Center, Vancouver International Airport, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

This trip started with the drop off of the son on Friday at 5:30 PM. The previous administration sent him along with a separate carry on full of Warhammer models and paints. The previous administration is not a flyer and didn’t realize that liquid paints don’t qualify as carry on eligible items so I spent about 20 minutes consolidating the models into a regular checked bag. Even with Alaska MVP status, I didn’t have any extra checked baggage allowance after packing skis, boots, helmets, ski clothes and all the stuff that comes with a ski trip for 3 people. MrsWT73 had departed at around 3 PM for a Nexus rewewal appointment in Blaine Washington, and a drive to Seattle as she located a cheaper fare departing Seattle that was over $500 CAD cheaper by the time a hotel was covered. As a result, it was just WT73jr and I departing on from Vancouver; later intending to connect on the same flight from Seattle.

We packed up and left the house around 6 PM for the 30 minute drive to the Westin Wall Center. The Westin Wall Centre is less than 5 kilometres from the YVR international airport and is a newer property having been built in the last 5 years. The connection to the airport is via a shared shuttle bus with some other properties in the area. The check in was handled well and we were thanked for our SPG loyalty.

The Room: A Traditional Room, Two Queens

There were no upgrades available tonight so we ended up with exactly what we had booked; a 2 queen traditional room on the tenth floor with a view into neighbouring apartments.

Being a newer hotel, the room had a spacious bathroom. The shower was roomy.

This particular hotel is in no man’s land and although there is on site dining with Apron, we opted for the nearby all you can eat Richmond Sushi which has menus at varying price points. Son was happy as he was able to get absolutely stuffed on sushi and the dad was satisfied getting him to try all sorts of different things for little to no additional cost.

Back at the hotel, we raided the platinum lounge before going to bed. It was the end of evening hors d’hoeuvres and son was able to get a Lipton Brisk Iced Tea for later in the room. All in all, this is my favourite Starwood YVR airport property and we have stayed several times on our way in or out of Vancouver.


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