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The brand new beds have arrived to maximize your comfort!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Its been a pretty hectic week for us all at the Sunset Inn and Suites and we hope that all the hard work that has been put in by us will be rewarded by you!

To the regular tourist January and February is low season for the hotels and therefore seems to be a quieter time for us all, Well that is not the case for the Staff here at the Sunset. Starting November and throughout the Winter months we always get ourselves very very busy with the usual upgrades and touch ups that we feel need to be done. We do this every year so we can be sure that the hotel is in fine health and is in excellent shape so you, our guests, and of course our extended family, will always be very happy with your ‘home from home’.

For those of you who are regulars here, you will surely have seen the changes that have evolved over the years at the Sunset Inn, the hotel has transformed itself somewhat over the years – with some major refurbishments happening courtesy of our resident worker Bee Axel, it has to be said, without the hard work that Axel has put in over the years we would not be able to boast about what a great hotel we have to offer our guests, we strongly feel that he should be commended for all the hard graft he has put into this place, we say a big thank you and we really do appreciate everything he has done…we hope that you feel the same too.

It also goes without saying that a massive thank you should be directed to our very own General Manager Michael Wright. It has been through all his dedication, vision and hard work that has made the Sunset Inn and Suites the hotel it has become today….so please, if you see him and agree that he done a fantastic job…tell him, he is usually in the shadows and does not get the praise that he should!

So this week, the boys were all hard at work moving the new beds into the Executive One bedrooms (floors 7 to 11), and my oh my are they comfy…..I had to be cheeky and lay on one to see how comfortable they are, I had to get up right away as they were incredibly comfortable, if I had stayed on there for one second longer I think it would have rendered ourselves redundant!

The new beds that we have chosen for the hotel are the 4 Seasons Enlighten Series from Springair, they have been in existence since 1926 and are excellent! Not only are these Mattresses firm (but fair for the back) they are also the very first to be certified as ‘Asthma and Allergy friendly’ now that is pretty awesome!

http://www.springair.com/

So, next time you plan on coming to the Sunset, try out our Executive Suites for the maximum comfort, better views of the City and False Creek, all with a Fully furnished and fully equipped kitchen, with Hard Wire and Wireless high speed Internet, HD Flat Screen TVs, with a light Continental breakfast and parking all included in the price…..that is a steal for a hotel in a prime location in this wonderful city of Vancouver.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

New additions to the Lobby and Christmas cheer time!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Merry Christmas everyone, this is the 12 days before so lets get you in the spirit with our annual CHRISTMAS CHEER!

Running from December 13th until the 25th we will be setting up the breakfast area with holiday cheer!
Come along and enjoy complimentary Christmas Orange, shortbread cookies, spiced tea and more.
Every day until the 25th between 3pm and 6pm

Brand New Coffee Machine for the Lobby!
We are excited to present a new addition to our lobby. We will be installing a Van Houtte Latte Lounge Coffee Machine located at the front of the lobby by the brochure rack.

As well as the regular coffee at the breakfast station, this machine will be available 24 Hours a day. and at a cost of $.50 for 8oz and $1.00 for 16oz…….Beat that Timmies or Starbucks!!!

We have been wanting to install this for quite some time, and now you will get a choice of specialty beverages such as Expresso, Lattes, Cappuccinos, Hot Chocolate and more.

THE SUNSET INN AND SUITES HAS TALENT!
We have some hidden talents in the hotel, and no, its not just our Wit and blissful Sarcasm, its our very own Arabella Bushnell!!!

Arabella has been acting for quite some time now – as does her husband Kris Elgstrand. Kris is the host of the show SOCIAL ANXIETY HOUR. Which Arabella also features in from time to time.
This is a little blurb about the show….
“Kris Elgstrand’s Social Anxiety Hour, hosted by Vancouver’s own sad sack troubadour Kris Elgstrand, is a variety show for anxious times and Vancouver’s new home for celebrating your Sunday Night Panic”.

http://www.legstand.com/

If you want to come along and see the show, come down this Sunday at The Waldorf Hotel, 1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver. Show starts at 8pm, Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance (604 376 3729) or $12 at the door.

http://www.waldorfhotel.com/

So this is Christmas, what will you do?

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Well you could do anyone of these…..

The Peak of Christmas and some ski and Snowboard action at Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain is one of the most recognizable peaks that loom over the city and is by far one of the most popular destinations to visit in the Winter or Summer.

Until December 24th you can enjoy the Peak of Christmas festivities all day and every day and there is quite a lot to do, some of the highlights include:

Antler Making from 11am till 8pm, you can craft your own Antlers and and get a reindeer tattoo too, why not!

Meet Dancer and Vixen A couple of Santa’s Reindeers will be enjoying the views on the mountain before they set off on Christmas for work around the world…aren’t we lucky they decided to prepare here before their big job!

Mountaintop Sleigh Rides 9am till 9pm

And an Outdoor Ice skating rink too!

http://www.grousemountain.com/events/the-peak-of-christmas-2012

The Robson Square Ice Rink
Located near the Vancouver Art Gallery under Robson st (part of the Robson St UBC campus) if you have your own skates you can come on down and skate for FREE!

Otherwise Rentals are $4.

http://www.robsonsquare.com/

For further information of festive events around the city, please ask the front desk, and while you are at it, take a look at our festive decorations, and we even have a wish list for you to write to Santa.

Enjoy the festive season with us at the Sunset Inn and Suites xoxoxo

Welcome to the Hollywood north…

Monday, November 26th, 2012

There has been quite the buzz in the air this week due to some very famous musicians coming to town. Last night we had Sir Paul McCartney pay our town a visit, and by all accounts he was pretty awesome, and tonight Vancouver welcomes ‘The Boss’ Bruce Springsteen to entertain us.

It was Mr McCartney’s first visit back to the city after he last toured here with a band he used to be the bass player and sometime songwriter with, you may well have had heard of them….

Back on August 22nd 1964 a British band called The Beatles were riding high as their meteoric rise to fame as the leaders of the British Invasion came to Canada for the first time at The Empire Stadium. Playing in front of over 20,000 people with a set that included just 11 songs 48 years ago. This set was very different, not only was he playing to an audience of over 60,000 – he also had plenty more songs to play with too, armed with material that spanned his whole career as a Beatle, Wings front-man and solo work it was to be a long set, 3 hours to be precise…not bad for a man in his 70s.

Vancouver and Toronto are known to many as the Hollywood north due to their locations being used for the film industry, but as you can see from the kind of musicians that come to tour here, it draws all kinds of entertainment in this very eclectic cultural scene. Vancouver really prides itself as the cultural hub of Canada, between Toronto and here you will do no wrong with the entertainment scene.

Many live acts that come to Vancouver use the city to either begin or end some of their mammoth world tours, the stadium used for some of the bigger acts are BC Place which is home to the BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps, or Rogers Arena which is the home of Vancouver Canucks Hockey.

The reference of Vancouver and Toronto being known as the Hollywood north is not something we say facetiously, it really is the case.
Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Film Studio, the largest studio outside of Los Angeles.

Many many films have been recorded in and around Vancouver and the biggest one that has many tourists flocking here is none other than The Twilight films. This film is currently flying high at the box office and Vancouver is very proud to be used to film this popular series.

So choose the Sunset Inn and Suites as somewhere to stay if you are here for an event, we are located close enough to these venues to walk and just outside the noisy buzz of the downtown core so you can get a well earned rest after the buzz has died down.

http://www.rogersarena.ca


www.bcplacestadium.com/

For the best listings of entertainment click on the links below to see what is happening in around the city, and also check the calender for listings and links.

www.straight.com

www.tourismvancouver.com/do/entertainment/

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours & Lonsdale Quay ‘Savour Saturdays’

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

The Vancouver Trolley Company will be running their annual ‘Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours’.

The tours will run from October 19th through to October 31st where you will be involved in a haunted evening filled with murderous tales and infamous buildings of Vancouver.
Your host will tell gruesome tales of troubled ghosts, how they met their end, and where they now occupy their time. You will be visiting locations such as the Mountain View Cemetery and the autopsy room at the famous Vancouver Police Museum where over 15.000 autopsies have been performed.
The 2 1/2 hour Haunted trolley tours will depart every evening from Canada Place at 5.30, 6.30, 7.30 and 8.30pm, returning once again to Canada Place. The tour is suitable for adults (13+) at the rate of $40 (including tax) per person. If you wish to reserve, full credit card payment is required, you can do tihs by contacting 604 801 5515 ext 100.
Book in advance as this is likely to sell out!!!

Lonsdale Quay Market – ‘Savour Saturdays’.
Every Saturday throughout the month of October is ‘Savour Saturdays’ at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. The market here is the North Shores version of Granville Island market, and it is one to visit – especially if you are making an excursion to see the sights such as Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain.
It is going to be a great food festival, where you can taught some amazing recipes with the help of some amazing Chefs from the area – the festival will have something for everyone so it will be a fun filled family event.
The Market itself has plenty to see and do, with an amazing selection of local produce, fine meats, cheese, wine and artisan stores.
It is also very easy to reach this area from The Sunset Inn and Suites – Just catch the Number 6 Downtown Bus to the very last stop at Waterfront Station, transfer here to get the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay, where you are immediately at the Market!!!

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours & Lonsdale Quay ‘Savour Saturdays’

Friday, October 5th, 2012


The Vancouver Trolley Company will be running their annual ‘Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours’.

The tours will run from October 19th through to October 31st where you will be involved in a haunted evening filled with murderous tales and infamous buildings of Vancouver.

Your host will tell gruesome tales of troubled ghosts, how they met their end, and where they now occupy their time. You will be visiting locations such as the Mountain View Cemetery and the autopsy room at the famous Vancouver Police Museum where over 15.000 autopsies have been performed.

The 2 1/2 hour Haunted trolley tours will depart every evening from Canada Place at 5.30, 6.30, 7.30 and 8.30pm, returning once again to Canada Place. The tour is suitable for adults (13+) at the rate of $40 (including tax) per person. If you wish to reserve, full credit card payment is required, you can do tihs by contacting 604 801 5515 ext 100.

Here is a video from their tour!

http://youtu.be/BP11CJLYSN4

Book in advance as this is likely to sell out!!!

http://www.vancouvertrolley.com/tours/seasonal/haunted-halloween

Lonsdale Quay Market – ‘Savour Saturdays’.

Every Saturday throughout the month of October is ‘Savour Saturdays’ at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. The market here is the North Shores version of Granville Island market, and it is one to visit – especially if you are making an excursion to see the sights such as Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain.

It is going to be a great food festival, where you can taught some amazing recipes with the help of some amazing Chefs from the area – the festival will have something for everyone so it will be a fun filled family event.

The Market itself has plenty to see and do, with an amazing selection of local produce, fine meats, cheese, wine and artisan stores.
It is also very easy to reach this area from The Sunset Inn and Suites – Just catch the Number 6 Downtown Bus on Davie Street (outside Dennys) to the very last stop at Waterfront Station, transfer here to get the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay, where you are immediately at the Market!!!

http://www.lonsdalequay.com/events.php

If you do plan to go here, please see the Translink.ca link below which give you bus options to the Quay…

http://tripplanning.translink.ca/hiwire

September is the best month for late season hiking!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012


Vancouver is enjoying a fantastic end to the Summer Season, its hard to believe that come the weekend the official start of Autumn begins.

Now, lets not get too carried away with this, it seems likely that weather will hold out for us for the rest of the month, and at The Sunset Inn we all pretty much agree that the month of September is pretty awesome in the city.

So as the Sun still packs in some welcome warmth and the air has a beautiful crisp feel to it, this will be a good time to check out some hiking trails before its too late. We will recommend some easy and not so easy trails for you too enjoy.

The Grouse Grind.
One of the most challenging and famous of trails for people who are into hiking but are not the full deal, its a good beginners guide to people who are wanting to become more serious about hiking.
Every Wednesday there is the Grouse Grind Social, but you must hurry, the trail will soon be closed for the season as it gets a little too icy at the top.

Baden Powell Trail (North Shore).
This is a great tail that connects Deep Cove out towards Lynn Canyon and then onto Grouse Mountain, a very popular trail that hits the 3 major attractions of the North Shore. Deep Cove is a very beautiful small village that is a natural cove situated at the mouth of Indian arm, a very popular destination for kayaking. Lynn Canyon has its very own Suspension bridge, this is the locals favorite as it is free and not as crowded as Capilano, check it out!

Stanley Park/False Creek.
The majority of visitors that come to Vancouver will have heard of Stanley park, it is a huge park (same size as downtown) with amazing views of the North Shore districts of North and West Vancouver (where the trails above are situated) The Burrard Inlet and English Bay.
There are plenty of easy trails that criss cross their way through the park. If you are feeling energetic, you can even walk round the park, head towards False Creek and walk all along that area. A good tip is to hire bikes at English Bay Bike Rentals on Davie Street, this will get you around the park and the creek in no time.

So please make the most of it, as we now know we are on borrowed time, and with Vancouver being Vancouver, come October, the march of the Seasonal storms will be migrating from Alaska and knocking on our door….but this means something else…Ski Season!!!

For further information, please see the links and video below

http://vancouver.about.com/od/sportsrecreation/tp/Great-Vancouver-Hikes.htm

http://www.vancouvertrails.com/regions/vancouver-city/

This video really shows off the beauty of the wilderness that is pretty close by

http://youtu.be/AtIGOeVL-aM

Information and news on changes to the hotel

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The Summer season of 2012 is now slowly but surely beginning to wind down to a close, however, that does not mean we the staff here are so quiet.

September for us is still a relatively busy month and seems to end our summer season with a bang, it is also a time where we huddle together and start to look around the hotel in finer detail. We start to seriously look at what work we need to do with regards to keeping the hotel in shape, and more specifically, renovations, where we need to work on in regards to touch ups.

We have an expectation that The Sunset Inn and Suites continually maintain the high standards that everyone expects from us and the establishment, and that it keeps the hotel atmosphere as comfortable and unique as it always has been.
So how do we do this? The staff are all involved in the process of what we feel will always improve this hotel and help it evolve in time. Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg, the work cannot be achieved without our dedicated team of specialists that are available to us as and when we need help.

The Fall and Winter Season is where the fun begins for us, as the hotel occupancy drops quite considerably this is the best time for us to do the hard work, and we all do chip in, which means the staff know this hotel inside and out.

These are the changes that we have made…

A few years ago the hotel went through some major renovations inside and out, many of the rooms have been fitted with a more modern and user friendly hard wood floors – the response from regular guests have been fantastic, so for all of you who are new to us, we are sure you will agree that the hotel looks pretty awesome!

In the last year we swapped the hotel TV’s with the more modern Flat-screen Plasma Screen TVs, with all the executive rooms fitted with High Definition programming.This coming fall, the whole hotel will be uniformly fitted with these Plasma TV’s.

Also last year, all the older furniture was replaced with brand new Dressers, Dining Tables, Coffee tables and Chairs. Last month, we replaced more of the comfortable cushion chairs that more resemble our style and colour scheme, with that extra comfort for your pleasure.

This coming fall, the next major project is to update all the new beds and mattresses. Although they are still in excellent shape, we believe that these can be donated to a charitable cause and we can get in brand new bedding, we really want to be sure that you have the maximum amount of comfort as we do not believe in waiting for the wear and tear to kick in before its too late, not cool.

Finally we will like to add that this hotel is very environmentally friendly, we have an excellent recycling scheme that we hope all the guests will be mindful of, we have also replaced all out environmentally friendly Fluorescent bulbs with LED light bulbs, these are the best of the best!!!

So there you have it, and we can assure you that this truly is a never ending project in the evolution of this pretty awesome hotel, it is why you call it a home away from home, we hope you enjoy the stay here!!!

Check out this Summers last Hurrah…West End Fest & Fringe Festival.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The final throes of Summer are now upon us, and it really does say goodbye with a bang!

This week, starting on September 6th is the Annual International Vancouver Fringe Festival…this is by far one of the most famous and popular festivals where the majority of its shows are to founds in on Granville Island.

This festival is truly huge, boasting 754 performances this year, this particular Fringe festival is North America’s largest and boy oh boy is it fun. Anyone who is into Theatre, Comedy and anything that is truly an alternative experience then this is for you, so come on down to Granville Island…hopefully you will be one of the expected 30,000 expected attendees for the 2012 season.

The Festival runs from September 6th through to September 16th.

http://www.vancouverfringe.com/

Also this weekend is the West End Business Association ‘West End Fest’ (Formerly known as Davie Day) and more specifically Davie Street will be host to the final car free day of the Summer Season.

These events are pretty awesome, they are a relatively new concept to the city and since their inception just a few years back the car free days are now becoming a major hit for families and festival lovers alike….it is truly a staple in the Vancouver calender all over the city, and a great way to discover new areas of the city with a different perspective on Culture, Entertainment and vibes that this vibrant and colorful city has to offer. We will personally like to thank The Vancouver West End Business Association for making this such a successful event for the West End and The Sunset Inn and Suites.

The Festivities begin at 12pm and run right through until 7pm, the areas that will be closed off to the traffic will be along Davie Street from Burrard St right down to Denman Street and Davie St at English Bay, close to the The Laughing Statues!

The highlights of the festival include, DJ’s, Live Music, Roller Disco, Drag Shows an Active Artist Gallery and much much more for all the family to enjoy.

www.westendbia.com

A guide to the best Restaurants in the area Pt 2

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

As we are so spoiled for choice when it comes to dining, we had to spread this segment over a few blogs…so to continue the theme, please read on for some of the best restaurant choices in the area.

SEAFOOD
This is the Pacific Northwest, and this also means that we are incredibly lucky to be in an area that is literally swimming with delicious Seafood, most notably Pacific Northwest Salmon.

The majority of Restaurants, bars and cafes will have some sort of Fish Dish on the menu, but our pick for Seafood are the following..
The Boathouse – Located down on Beach Avenue/Burnaby St and overlooking the stunning English Bay, here you will find a fantastic menu that showcases a great and vast menu of seafood.

The Sandbar – A very popular establishment found on Granville Island, this is a real gem, and has an Asian infusion twist to the menu which sees Sushi and North American cuisine all together, so if one fancies Sushi, the other would rather go with traditional Fish and chips, and another needs a burger, try here and eat in style…its surprisingly affordable too!

Another alternative is The C Restaurant, wonderful creations and an expansive menu, ideally situated close to False Creek and Burrard Bridge.

GLUTEN FREE Restaurants and Awesome!
Quite often we are asked about the best Gluten free options in Vancouver, thankfully for those who need this there are a couple of great restaurants that will fulfill your needs and they are very good establishments too.
Lazziza which is located on Davie Street is fantastic, the menu is Mediterranean/Mid East style…it also boasts an excellent Wine and Beer list to perfectly compliment your meal.
Central Bisto, A great little place down on Denman Street, boasting the finest Organic ingredients and local produce with a seasonal menu to change things up, also a great place for Martini’s, craft beers and a little live Jazz if you fancy it!

Now, as we are an apartment hotel, you do know that you do have fully equipped kitchens at your disposal, (this includes an Oven and stove, Fridge, fully stocked with essential utensils, cutlery pots and pans – so please use them, and, for your convenience we have a few grocery stores that are in close proximity to the Sunset Inn and Suites.

Check out these stores, West Valley Market, Kins Market (good discounted produce at the back of the store) And then there is Largest Supermarket (formally known as Supavalu). If you are needing essentials there is also the Shoppers Drug Mart too.