Posted May 9th, 2006, 11:21 PM
To GrannyNanny: I must admit I had never heard of the Times Square Suites before..but after looking at their website I know exactly where it is and have driven by the building many times. Although I can't comment on their service or hospitality, I will say that the location is a great one! Denman and Robson is in Vancouver's West End, known to locals for being the nexus of Vancouver's colourful and vibrant gay community, but the West End is really much more than that. The West End of the city is truly proof that a downtown core can still have beautiful residential neighbourhoods exist side by side with the hustle and bustle of the city. You'll be very close to some excellent restaurants and shopping along both Robson (Vancouver's answer to Rodeo Drive) and Denman Streets. Plus, you'll only be a short cab ride or a pleasant stroll from the heart of the downtown core including Pacific Centre Shopping Mall, the Vancouver Art Gallery and more. To the West of you is Stanley Park and to the South along Denman, you'll arrive at beautiful English Bay..a wonderful place to watch the sun set from a restaurant patio (may I recommend the Boathouse, if you have a penchant for seafood and an amazing patio!). I highly doubt that you'll need a/c in June..even with global warming
.. but then again, the need for a/c is quite subjective..one thing you'll note about Vancouver, though, is that even when it gets hot, there is very little humidity thanks to the moderating influence of the Pacific on our weather. As for your other hotel suggestions, they each cater to a bit of a different experience. The Best Western Sands is in the heart of English Bay at Denman and Davie, during the warmer months, this area of the city can get absolutely packed! so you may prefer the comparative calm of the Times location. The Renaissance is on W Hastings, just West of the financial district of the city..it's a beautiful hotel, but the location means you'll need to cab it a bit more to get to where you want to go..the financial district is fairly uneventful after five pm as you might expect! The Blue Horizon Hotel is East of the Times along Robson Street and thus is closer to the centre of the downtown core. It's an older hotel that has had some renovations done to bring its decor up to date. By luxury standards, it sits squarely in the middle of the pack..but not a bad option if you'd like to be closer to the city centre. Hope the info helps!