This weekend I was showing my girl friend around Parq for her birthday. I am a fan of the casino, with its two hotels and 8 restaurants and lounges, so decided to treat her to a staycation.
I have already spent the the night at The Douglas prior, so thought it would be nice to book us a night at the JW Marriott this time around.
For the review of “The Douglas“, visit the link below.
Booking over the phone was a lengthy process, as you don’t do so with a clerk from the actual hotel you plan on staying at. Instead the process is completed with a Marriott telemarketer, representing the entire chain of luxury hotels. Therefore, although as patience and as friendly as the woman who was helping me was, there was a disconnect. She couldn’t describe the difference between the mountain or the water view, or what the suite would look like. She was however helpful in helping me sort through all the packages in order to find one that suited my needs and delivered on what I was looking for. And best of all the price she listed me was exactly what I was charged for when I walked out after my stay. There were no hidden charges to speak of.
My ask for a suite on a higher floor was granted. Our 21st floor room faced the mountain, which was unfortunately obscured by the giant roof of BC Place. None-the-less with wrap around windows, our accommodations offered us much to look at, from bits of water, streaks of colour, blinking lights, and the city’s sky scrapers all around. We made sure to keep the blinds fully open to be able to enjoy the view from dusk till dawn.
The living room and the bed room was separated by a wall. Each room had its own 50 inch flat screen mounted. We would spend majority of our stay in the living area with its lengthy couch. It was both great for sitting on, as it was to lay across of. The coffee table became our bar and the work desk across from it our storage table.
We retrieved the room’s ice bucket from the cupboard and called room service for another. Ice was available in pre-doled out packs in plastic. You retrieved it from the ice closet, one is available on each floor; kept cool in a mini fridge for self service. But once again room service is more than happy to send anything you need, your way.
The mini fridge and snack bar, like many modern hotels are set up on a sensor. You remove a bottle, a beverage, or a container and you get charged regardless of consuming it. Here, there were several cans of pops and beers, and miniature bottles of spirits. To snack on there were chocolates, nuts, and popcorn. There was even a sleep kit that included tea, ear plugs, and aromatherapy. We passed on those, but took advantage of the complimentary use coffee machine with pods, tea bags, and even a biscuit.
My girl friend and I shared a king size bed. Plenty of room and fluffy sheets for a great night sleep. Truly one of the most comfortable beds I have ever had the pleasure of resting my head on. And with the blinds drawn, not a stream of light infiltrated our darkened sleeping quarters. Each side of the bed had its own lamp and electrical plug with USB port, practical for the modern traveller.
But it was the washroom that was the show stopper. The suite granted us both a shower and a bath tub, with a completely closeted toilet. The shower was a walk it with marble underfoot. Complimentary shampoo, conditioner, and body wash was available in pump bottles. My guest enjoyed the shower with handheld shower head and a rain facet overhead.
For the tub you were given a bar of oatmeal soap and a scrub sponge to exfoliate with. I took my time in this, drawing a long bath that had me sweating from the heat.
The birthday girl was also gifted a cake in celebration of the occasion, from the hotel. A chocolate and red velvet layered cheesecake with fresh fruit. What a great way to welcome us and help be a part of her special day.
Truly this was a luxury suite befitting of their brand, a hotel I would recommend again, and one that I would easily visit for a future staycation. And next time around, maybe enjoy their spa that includes access to their steam room, roof top hot tub, and fitness centre with any massage appointment. They also have a beauty salon with hair washing and styling and full nail bar with mani and pedi services!
For a recap of what else Parq has to offer, check out my previous visit’s Vlog on my YouTube channel: MaggiMei.
For our dinner at “The Victor” this weekend, visit the link below.
Click the link for our late night snack at “Mrkt East”.
And for our brunch the morning after at “Honey Salt”, check out the post below.