I researched boutique hotels in Vancouver, and the Loden Hotel kept popping up in blogs and on Tripadvisor. I put a lot of faith in Tripadvisor, so when I saw that the Loden Hotel was ranked #2 of 92 hotels in Vancouver, as well as receiving the Travellers’ Choice award for 2019, and 5 stars with over 3000 reviews, I knew that I was making the right decision.
I booked fairly last minute, but was happy with my “Signature Corner” room. Since it was located at the corner end of the corridor it was super quiet, and I was able to get a good night sleep.
The highlight of the room though was the BATHROOM! The deep soaker tub with waterfall spout! The separate and enclosed rainfall shower closet! And did I mention the tub!! (The photo below is courtesy of the Loden Hotel Website as my photo did not turn out.)
The location was perfect. The hotel was just a few steps to a Starbucks for my daily oatmeal breakfast fix. It was close to the waterfront pedestrian path and Stanley Park was within walking distance. I walked for a couple of hours around the urban park soaking in the much-needed Vitamin D.
I ordered room service from Tableau, the adjacent restaurant that offered French Bistro cuisine. I wasn’t feeling well, so I stuck with an American staple – A burger and fries. I wasn’t disappointed.
I had a bad migraine, so was just trying to relax, and I decided to have an early bath. I couldn’t resist the call of the deep soaker tub! A couple minutes in, the doorbell rang. And rang. And rang. They were not giving up, so I had to get up and grab a towel to go to the door. It was a hotel staff member there to welcome me to the hotel with a water bottle and bag of almonds. Nice gesture, but they forgot to think about their guests’ actual needs. One doorbell ring would have sufficed. Their guest could have just come off a long flight and taking a much-needed nap, or as in my case, not feeling well and in need of quiet darkness. I did note for future use that there was a privacy button inside the room that I had missed earlier since it wasn’t by the door.
I am chronically early for meetings, so I had the chance to relax in the comfortable lobby while waiting for my rides each morning.
The staff were all friendly and made helpful suggestions around timing for getting to airport during rush hour, and had a taxi waiting for me within minutes. (NOTE: Vancouver does not yet have UBER).
VERDICT: Despite the price tag, I will be back for my next business trip stay. That tub is still calling my name!