It’s handily close to the Vancouver International Airport and popular with hardworking business travellers as well as leisure trippers looking for a great place to stay. But there are lots of additional reasons to consider booking a stay at the casual-chic Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport Hotel.
From a fantastic restaurant and a pool-equipped gym to those famous Heavenly Beds, this shimmering glass property ticks a long list of desirable features and amenities for guests. And if you really fall in love with the place, you can even get married here using their function rooms and wedding planning services.
If you haven’t yet discovered the charms of this 15-floor, 188-room Richmond hotel, read on for 10 top reasons to visit. And keep an eye on their website: the Westin Wall Centre team is currently developing some enticing new packages for guests.
The hotel's exterior. | Photo: Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport Hotel
Location, location, location
You can easily walk between the Westin Wall Centre and the nearby Canada Line SkyTrain. It’s less than a 15-minute walk to either Aberdeen Station or Bridgeport Station, which means swift connections to wider Richmond and downtown Vancouver without having to drive. But while this rapid transit link to a multitude of shops, restaurants, and attractions is well-known, there’s another must-do that’s just a 10-minute walk away: the May-to-October Richmond Night Market.
An independent eatery fusing West Coast and international approaches, the apron restaurant is popular with guests and locals alike. Under celebrated head chef Robert Uy, seasonal, regional ingredients plus OceanWise sustainable seafood stud the menu, with standout dishes available throughout the day. Breakfast favourites include eggs benedict with smoked wild salmon, while lunch fans love the Cobb salad and artisan pizzas. But when it comes to dinner, the kitchen cranks it up a notch, adding sumptuous entrees of lamb shank, pork belly, and more.
The apron restaurant. | Photo: Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport Hotel
If you’re looking for the wall in ‘Wall Centre’ (the name actually derives from the developer Wall Financial Corporation), look no further than the hotel’s entranceway. Carefully planted and maintained since the property’s 2010 opening, the Living Wall is a cool vertical garden bristling with a multitude of luscious plantlife. Almost 60 feet wide and 16 feet tall, green-thumbed visitors enjoy identifying the diverse flora types on the wall—but it’s also a lovely green backdrop for snapping a selfie or two.
The hotel's living wall. | Photo: Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport Hotel
Leisure travellers are always well-looked after here, but the Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport Hotel is also renowned for going above and beyond for business travellers. Flying into YVR on a redeye for an important meeting? The hotel has a free 24-7 airport shuttle to pick you up and whisk you to your room as quickly as possible. Staffers are also highly adept at assisting travellers with complex business demands and, along with its full range of business centre services, there are five well-equipped meeting and events rooms here if you need to organize an onsite gathering.
Executive Club Lounge
Frequent business travellers especially enjoy the hotel’s Westin Executive Club Lounge, an add-on that can smooth the roughest of business trip schedules. If you’re booked on a trip that combines multiple meetings with a series of reports to write, visiting the inviting Club Lounge offers the respite of a private breakfast room as well as all-day refreshment options. There’s also space here for business meetings and working on projects away from your room.
The Westin Executive Club Lounge. | Photo: Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport Hotel
You can also escape work—or set yourself up for an energetic day—with the hotel’s top-notch exercise facilities. The Westin Wall Centre’s fully-equipped 24-hour gym allows you to work on your cardio at a time that suits you. Best of all, there’s a heated 34-foot pool to refresh yourself in after a full day of meetings or sightseeing. Prefer exercising outside? The hotel’s front desk can point you in the right direction for calf-stretching local runs and bike rides.
The pool at the Westin. | Photo: Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport Hotel
Heavenly Beds and more…
After all that exertion—or if you’ve simply overdone the sightseeing or business meetings—a comfortable room is key. The hotel’s spacious, light-filled guestrooms (many with scenic mountain or riverfront views) are designed with soothing hues and nature-themed artworks. But the Westin brand, of course, has also cornered the market in pampering. Its famous pillow-topped Heavenly Beds are standard here, while many rooms also include Heavenly Baths, complete with rejuvenating amenities.
An executive club guestroom with a view. | Photo: Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport Hotel
The Westin Wall Centre was also designed with accessibility as a key characteristic rather than an afterthought. Prominent features here include accessible parking, pool entrances and meeting areas, while dedicated guestrooms have lowered electrical outlets and specially designed bathrooms (bathtub grab bars included). Telephones for the hearing impaired are also available, while service animals are fully welcomed in all areas.
Not all dogs visiting the hotel are working, of course. If your pooch is the kind of pet that needs to be constantly reminded of his or her eminence, book them in to stay with you here. There’s no charge to check-in your four-legged family member (you do need to book ahead, though) and once you and your tail-wagging wonder arrive, your beloved canine will be treated to an in-room personal dog bowl as well as a canine-friendly version of the Westin Heavenly Bed.
If your pet isn’t the only love of your life, consider an additional Westin Wall Centre feature. With a wide array of event rooms—including a 4,100 sqft ballroom that also has outdoor areas—the hotel can host wedding parties of up to 500 people. They even have their own team of wedding planers and event specialists to help you create a truly memorable occasion—and a great reason to come back for an anniversary sleepover every year.