Josiah and I (Raelene) love date night! It is especially important to us as Josiah works out of town, so when he is home we try to dedicate as much time to one another as we can. When we were given the opportunity to spend a night at The Vancouver Marriott in Coal Harbour, we were incredibly excited!
Josiah and I are both huge fans of Vancouver. Being in the city makes my heart so happy and my soul feel at home!
Before our stay-cation in Vancouver, Laura Heywood from The Vancouver Marriott helped us plan an itinerary. All the concierges would be more than happy to give advice and help you plan a trip that fits your style!
Huge THANK-YOU to Koreena Singh from The Vancouver Marriott for setting up our stay. We had such a fantastic time!
Check in time is 4:00pm so we started our getaway with a walk around Coal Harbour, we took a stroll by the Olympic Torch and wandered through the Vancouver Convention Centre. We stopped to take a photo with this lovely piece of art. I call him Keiko (like the whale from Free Willy).
When we were ready, Rodney at the front desk helped me check-in. He was very friendly! He gave us directions on where to park, what elevator to take up to our room and even let me know to call down if we needed anything at all! We parked our car on-site for a minimal fee.
The moment I opened the door, the first thing I did was gawk at the gorgeous view from our room!
Every time I get into a hotel room, one of the first things I do is start snooping around to see what is in all the cupboards and closets. I was happy to see a Keurig and I made a coffee right away! As I opened one of the cupboard doors I found an ice bin on a tray, with wine glasses and a cork screw! It's always the worst when you bring a bottle of wine and have no way to open it!
One of my favourite things that I found was an umbrella in the closet to borrow in case of rain! It had such a cute note too! "Your stay in Vancouver wouldn't be complete without a chance of showers.."
In the bathroom they had everything from hand lotion to shoe shine!
As I was getting ready for dinner, there was a knock on the door. Koreena had sent up a tray with sparkling water, brie, grapes, delicious crackers, some nuts and dried fruit. It was delicious! We cuddled up in bed and snacked away. :)
We had dinner reservations at the restaurant Showcase that is located in The Marriott. They are participating in Dine Out Vancouver, the menu looked delicious! There was no way we could eat such a full meal after the brie so we ordered off the regular menu. We ordered the warm spinach and artichoke dip that is accompanied by their house made tortilla chips. For our entree, Josiah ordered a caesar salad and I ordered tacos (I can never say no to tacos). I had the cajun shrimp and ling cod alongside a house salad. It was delicious! :) We will definitely be going back!
Our Server Angela, was SO friendly. She was chatty, knew all about the menu, recommended her favourite dishes, and consistently checked back on how our food was. It was a fantastic dining experience.
The Sous Chef Lisa, let us come for a peak into the kitchen. It was getting pretty late at that point so there was no food being plated. It was so great to meet Lisa though, she was very friendly. We had a great chat about my love of tacos and she recommended I try the taco food truck Tacofino. I seriously love tacos.
After dinner, Laura had recommended going to Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe for an after dinner treat. Josiah and I both ordered a cake and a piece of chocolate. Josiah had a chocolate mousse cake with a piece of maple ganache chocolate. I ordered a lemon pomegranate mousse cake with a piece of ginger ganache chocolate. It was so delicious! All the tables inside were full, but we were able to snag a table on the patio. It was so nice to be able to sit back, eat a treat, and just spend time talking to each other!
Once we got back to the hotel, we changed into our swimsuits and headed down to the pool (It's open till 11:00pm!) There is a sauna, whirlpool and a full gym in the health club alongside of the pool. (the gym is open 24 hours!). It was so nice to hop in the pool, splash around and relax in the hot tub! The pool has loungers and chairs around the deck with towels on them. You can also order food to the poolside if you wish!
When we got back into our room, I placed an order for room service the next morning. Josiah and I always wake up super hungry, which means we always check out early to grab breakfast. We were wiser this time around. Ordering some room service allowed us to enjoy the super comfortable bed and amazing view for a couple more hours. We ordered a continental breakfast, which had your choice of fruit, juice, hot beverage and an assortment of pastries.
It was the perfect start to our morning!
They also do a 'turnover service' where they bring you up some chocolate, a bottle of water and the weather forecast for the next day!
Laura had suggested that we go to Cafe Medina for breakfast, so after we checked out we walked over. (Your parking pass is good until 6:00pm on your check out day, which means you don't need to worry about paying for parking again!). We only had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. I ordered a cappuccino and waffles right away.
I tried the white chocolate pistachio dip and Josiah had dark chocolate.
Josiah also ordered the Harissa Pain Plat and I ordered their Frittata!
After Cafe Medina, we went for a stroll around the city for a little bit. Laura had given us some suggestions of places to grab snacks and coffee throughout the day! We were just so full from our brunch at Cafe Medina! BUT SERIOUSLY, the concierges have an ample amount of information from the best places to eat to what to do with your day. They will be able to help you plan a perfect weekend in the city!
Laura also suggested a few things we could do during the day; rent bikes and bike the seawall, head up to Capilano Suspension Bridge or wander around Granville Island. It was pouring rain, so we went with the latter. Off to Granville we went.
Josiah and I wandered around the Granville Island Market, snapping photos and enjoying the array of little shops. Of course I couldn't leave without some flowers! Oh, and also beware of seagulls!