Posted at 9:37 am , on July 16, 2017
Not to be confused with the luxurious St. Regis Hotels (which is part of Starwood chain), this is a standalone boutique hotel in Downtown Vancouver. The main draw for this hotel is the location. It is just next to the Granville station and just a stone throw away, Canada Place station (metro line to Vancouver International Airport and Glen-MacArthur outlet mall). There are also many bus stops nearby (you have a few direct buses to Granville Market from Granville Street). The hotel has many eateries nearby and also Canada Place, Robson Street and Chinatown are all within walking distance. There is a big Nordstorm nearby and many other shopping centres too.
Posted at 5:22 pm , on June 28, 2017
This would be my first time in Air Transat (and also my first Economy Class for this trip). I had a few options flying into Calgary (for my trip to Banff and Lake Louise) and Air Transat was the cheapest (at about $165 per person including seat selection and one piece of luggage). The drawback is the departure time at 915am. For a domestic flight, this wasn’t too bad. I left my hotel from Downtown Vancouver at 730am and we reached the airport at about 755am. After checking in and going through security check, we reach the gate at about 830am (which was almost time for boarding). I could have used my Priority Pass card for access to Plaza Premium Lounge. After a full breakfast and the time in hand, I decided not to utilize it.
Posted at 1:23 pm , on June 27, 2017
My flight from Montreal to Vancouver was initially booked on AC 309 which was scheduled to fly on an Airbus A330. The A330 features the classic pod (which I have reviewed here) in a 1-1-1 configuration, similar to that of the 767. Few months before my flight, I was switched to AC 307. Although the flight timing is better (5pm instead of 7pm), I got downgraded to an A320. The A320 uses the domestic recliner seat instead of the full flat seat. I tried to change my flight to AC 311 which uses a Dreamliner but I had no luck even up to 1 week before travel.
Posted at 7:10 pm , on April 20, 2017
Looking forward to my upcoming long trip (after my last one in 2015). Will be doing the following reviews: