Review: Four Points by Sheraton Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
We don’t often make a point of staying at Four Points by Sheraton hotels in our personal lives. I get a pretty steady frequency of them on my work travel circuit around various towns throughout Canada.
I needed 2 last nights for renewing the next year’s Marriott Bonvoy status. When I looked at the cheapest Marriott Hotel property in the Vancouver area, this property or the Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport where the two most inexpensive choices. With this property having a softer rate, it ended up being the choice. As a result, I ended up booking a two night mattress run at this property to fulfil my year’s elite qualifications with Marriott Bonvoy.
Review: Four Points by Sheraton Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
“The Four Points by Sheraton Surrey is conveniently located off the Trans Canada Highway in the suburbs of Vancouver. It fits the bill for those looking for cheap & clean accommodations outside of the urban Vancouver area, that need a property easily accessible by vehicle”
This property started off as a Coast Hotel and was reflagged to a Four Points by Sheraton a few years back. Despite this, it presented a very viable budget offering in otherwise price expensive Lower Mainland District.
Planning and Getting There:
I am sure many readers here don’t normally chose a Four Points by Sheraton hotel as a first choice. However they may be a choice of some, when there is no other hotel option. The Four Points by Sheraton are positioned as the Select (budget) hotel of the Marriott portfolio line. As a property in Marriott’s Select (inexpensive) segment, the rates here are generally around the one hundred dollar mark. The rates here appear fairly consistent, with the rates highest in the summer at around the two hundred dollar mark.
I booked direct via the Marriott Website. For tonights’ stay, the best I could find was a AAA rate for $89 CAD ($70 USD) per night for a One King Bed – Traditional Standard Room.
On the points side, the property is currently a Marriott Bonvoy Category 3 property; the lowest valued category hotel in the Lower Mainland District of Vancouver. Rooms are available for 15,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points per night. Given that Marriott Points are worth approximately 0.005 cents per night ($75 USD), and the time and effort it takes to earn 15,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, I felt that paying cash was marginally the better route. Despite this, you’d actually be slightly ahead redeeming points at this property if the rate was greater than $75 USD; provided you were at peace with parting with that number of Marriott Bonvoy points.
About 2 days before my arrival to the property, I got a push notice from the Marriott app inviting a mobile check in. However, at about 24 hours prior to our stay, I happened to notice that I had been upgraded to an Executive Suite King. There is no better upgrade at this property given that it’s only king, two queens or suites with a Queen or King configuration. The room had a value of $136 CAD, ($106 USD) which even at a cash rate is great for a suite with a little extra space. It’s among the cheapest retail prices I’ve seen for suites in the Marriott program.
The Four Points by Sheraton Surrey is very much a highway hotel being located just off the Trans Canada Highway in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. It is plunked down next to an Holiday Inn Express across the street in a residential neighbourhood. All to say, aside from it’s convenient highway location, there is not much around the neighbourhood that is of interest. There is no restaurants or other attractions that are within walking distance. There’s frequently a taxi parked waiting for a fare out front of the hotel, which should tell you how far away from things this place is.
On arrival to the property, I self parked in their outdoor parking lot. The parking was complimentary and there was no additional charge. There was no wait at the reception this evening. I was greeted promptly and thanked for my Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status.
During check in, I accepted the Marriott Bonvoy Titanium welcome amenity of 500 points. While they did also offer a breakfast box as an elite welcome breakfast amenity alternative, I opted for the ease of the points as a welcome amenity.
I headed up to my upgraded room at #319. It was located on the top floor in the rear corner of the building. The decor for the Four Points by Sheraton Surrey are the usual Four Points browns and reds. While it is almost a cookie cutter style hotel, it appears like almost every North American Four Points by Sheraton that I have visited.
The Room: An Executive Suite, 1 King, Sofa Bed
Once at the room, I discovered a nicely sized upgraded room. With the Executive Suite at 350sqft/32sqm, it’s a reasonably sized suite, which is almost a third larger than the average 200sqft/18sqm-250sqft/23sqm room.
The Living Area:
After having entered the room, I entered into the living room space. The first impressions were that this was a larger space, if not a little institutional, in its composition.
The room space was a large square room with a sofa bed with plenty of room to manoeuvre around. The room would be great for those with children (or larger teenagers).
On one side of the living room, there was a flat screen television. There was also a working desk with Chargeport Charging Ports, which are always convenient for working and charging multiple devices.
The living area was pretty comfortable in a functional way for working or relaxing. You won’t have the most chic experience in terms of a stylish stay in this living space, but it’s an entirely comfortable place to work and live in.
The room was featured to the level of a Four Points. It featured nothing more and nothing less. This is both a good and bad thing.
There was a wet bar with a sink. This counter space contained a Danby half fridge, a Sunbeam coffee maker with unbranded coffee, along with a Danby Microwave. Two bottles of water were provided, which is always appreciated.
The hotel also offered a welcome amenity in the room consisting of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and a welcome letter from the manager. It’s always nice to have loyalty recognized. It’s little touches like this that show that management is actively interested in its hospitality obligations and incentivizing it’s higher value customers to return.
The Bed (A King Size bed):
The room featured a King Size Bed. It had two night stands. There was also a flat screen television in the bedroom.
There was a sliding closet that contained the usual luggage racks, an in-room safe and an iron. Heat and cooling from the room was through an in wall air conditioning unit that was thermostatic controlled. This can make for a noisy experience at times but I didn’t find it very intrusive.
With no overhead light in the bedroom area, I did find the bedroom area to be a little bit dark. The bedroom relies on the two night lights on each side of the bed and the window for all of its room lighting. This isn’t a major issue since the living room is very bright. However, in the Pacific Northwest, when it’s dark some 16 hours a day in winter, it can make the space a little less functional.
There was also a flat screen television in the bedroom for those to enjoy television in bed.
One of the best features of this property, which I haven’t been able to capture in these photographs, is the fact that the hotel backs onto leafy greenbelt. Usually, these types of discount hotels have pretty uninspiring views with rooms that over look car parks, light industrial areas or other swaths of highway. I was fortunately enough to be assigned a room that backed on to cedar trees between the room and the highway. This was a much better thing than looking at an unexciting low rise office building. Unfortunately up in Canada, being north of the 49th parallel, my stay was during winter when it is dark over 15 hours a day. As a result, I wasn’t able ever to get a proper photograph of the greenbelt.
The bathroom was of a Jack and Jill variety with access from the living room space, and the bedroom area. It contained a stand up shower along with a single vanity.
The room featured the usual Active – V toiletries in the in wall dispenser. I don’t mind these toiletries, but they are not super exciting in terms of “bathing excitement”. They are more functional than stylish suds.
The bathroom was large enough to accommodate two persons.
Hotel Floor Layout:
For those that are interested, the hotel floor layout is pictured. There are a few suites tucked away in odd ball places, but I wouldn’t anticipate great successes with upgrades here during normal times thanks to limited suite availability. Room #319 was in the bottom rectangular right hand side of the photograph.
Overall, I enjoyed the room thanks to it’s spacious layout. There is room for two or more persons to exist in this space, or a family with children, including in the bathroom. The only minus was that the bedroom was a little dark for staying in on any long term basis in the winter.
Around the Hotel:
Throughout the stay, I explored a little of the hotel. Being a small place, there isn’t all that much more to see.
The hotel featured a nice great room just off the lobby area. This was branded as the library, although there were few books here. It’s still a nice feature to have extra space to stretch out, in the event you need an escape from your room.
There were two computers available in the lobby for email checking. It’s always appreciated to have this feature, in the event you happen to get stuck on the road without working equipment or internet access that your phone is too small to accomplish.
There is a small gym off the lobby that contains a single treadmill and a set of free weights. It was occupied while I was here, so if you’re a runner, you may have to wait your turn on the equipment. It’s always better to have access to something, instead of nothing.
The hotel offers a pool that is seasonal. Based on signs on the door, it appears that it was closed in November for the winter season. It’s a pretty thin variety and should be considered as entertainment for the kids rather than a serious workout space.
Food and Beverage:
With the hotel being a short drive away from the Guildford Mall, the on site restaurant would be quite handy for anyone looking to stay on property. The property appears to be part of the Sheraton Best Brews program, as advertised by the oversized beer posters in the elevators.
Unfortunately, this space was closed on our visit thanks to local pandemic health limitations. Although separate arrangements for breakfast boxes were made available, we did not get the opportunity to try them on this stay.
Nearby the Hotel:
The hotel is reasonably situated at about 5 – 7 minutes drive to the Guildford Mall area for alternate food and beverage outlets. The brands nearby include Red Robin’s Burgers and Brews, Chipolte Mexican Grill, Milestones Restaurants and Famoso Pizza in addition to food fair within the mall itself.
Shopping is also located nearby to the hotel at same aforementioned Guildford Center Mall, anchored by the Hudson’s Bay and Walmart.
Comparing this property to other Surrey Marriott Hotel Properties.
There are quite a handful of Marriott Properties in downtown Vancouver. I’ve been fortunate enough to stay at a few of them, including the JW Marriott Parq, the Sheraton Wall Centre, the Westin Bayshore, and the Westin Grand.
This property is quite a ways out of town. It’s a suburban property that’s really only convenient if you are arriving by car. Still, this property might fit the need for some travelers that are looking for a cheap place to stay just off the Trans Canada Highway, for those that are headed too and from the Lower Mainland District.
My Thoughts on the Four Points by Sheraton Surrey:
The Four Points by Sheraton Surrey may not be everyone’s first choice for a hotel stay. Despite this, it delivered exactly what would be expected from a Four Points visit. The stay was comfortable, my loyalty was recognized and despite the freeway location, it was quiet enough without the highway being intrusive. The fact that it was backing onto a thin green belt only added to the peacefulness of the property. I ended the stay being satisfied and pleased with the price paid.