I have been a resident of Vancouver’s West End for the last five years and it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I found out about a hotel on the corner of Denman and Robson. Discretely advertised yet prominently located, Time Square Suites caters to extended stays with all the comforts of home.
John and I were given a tour of one of the suites by General Manager Jacqui McMullen after we were buzzed in to the building. The hotel does not have a grand lobby, but an entrance similar to one you would find on any apartment building downtown (including buzzer numbers for the guests in each suite).
Once inside, you can take the elevator directly up to your suite. The one that we toured had washer, dryer, kitchen, living room, bathroom, two bedrooms and a juliet balcony that looked out over Robson Street, on the West side of Denman. The suite had all the comforts of home including a flat screen TV, alarm clocks, microwave, and plenty of wall outlets for charging gadgets. Updates are currently underway in some of the suites to upgrade to more modern furniture and amenities as well.
After the tour of the suite we were shown up to the covered rooftop patio where guests are welcome to lounge overlooking Coal Harbour. There is also a stainless steel BBQ where guests can have their own cookout meals.
Aside from cooking in-suite there are also plenty of dining options down on street level including Tavola (formerly Tapastree) which is directly beside Times Square’s Robson entrance.
We had never been to Tapastree so we didn’t do any comparisons and came in with a fresh set of eyes (and tastebuds). Wine flowed as bowls of pasta arrived, served family-style. The atmosphere was cozy and it seemed like a real neighbourhood establishment, where staff knew the regulars by name. The very popular Nook is also located within Times Square Suites, on the Denman side.
While we didn’t get to stay in Times Square Suites, we were really glad to know about this hotel alternative that is so close to home for us. We have relatives that would would love to invite to Vancouver however our 1-bedroom apartment wouldn’t be the best accommodation for them all.
Times Square Suites is currently ranked #8 of 106 hotels in Vancouver on TripAdvisor so it seems it was one of the best-kept secrets in the West End… until now.