In between travels, I often enjoy a stay in one of our city’s numerous boutique and luxury hotels, recently spending a weekend at the Westin Bayshore.

Westin Bayshore Hotel loaner bikes

My husband and I borrowed a couple of their bikes to ride around Stanley Park, took a dip in the pool and jacuzzi, dined at H Tasting Lounge and H2 Rotisserie & Bar, worked out at the gym (love their Netflix-integrated treadmills!) and walked around Coal Harbour.

King Guest Room

The lobby is open and welcoming. Once we’ve checked in at the SPG desk, we make our way along the corridor past both restaurants and towards the spa and gym, where to the right is a set of elevators leading to the tower floors, offering super views of the harbour, mountains, Canada Place and all points in between.

Westin Bayshore Hotel King Room Westin Bayshore Hotel King Room


Modern with clean lines, the 499 rooms here have floor-to-ceiling glass windows with sliding glass doors to take advantage of harbour, mountain and city views.

Westin Bayshore Hotel Heavenly Bed


We got a couple of very fitful sleeps on our Westin Heavenly Bed, complete with box spring, mattress, sheets, down blankets, duvets pillows and pillowcases.

Westin Bayshore Hotel night view

Another wonderful aspect of the rooms is that when curtains are drawn, the room gets nice and dark, without light spilling from entrances and windows. There’s a tiny green light in the bathroom towards the corner close to the toilet, to lead the way at night.

Westin Bayshore Hotel fitness room


The Westin Bayshore has several ways to keep you moving, whether via their YogaWESTIN and BikeWESTIN programs or a visit to their pool (indoor and in season, outdoor) plus fully-serviced gym.

Westin Bayshore Hotel pool

Liquid yoga is offered at the pool on Saturday mornings and if you’re a runner, take advantage of the beautiful surroundings at your doorstep with Westin’s New Balance collab: rented workout gear and shoes can be delivered to your room for $4.95 per day.

H Lounge and logo


Inside the Bayshore, Art Deco-themed H Tasting Lounge is an ode to billionaire Howard Hughes, evoking Hollywood glamour and featuring a globally-inspired menu that changes every five to six weeks.


The lounge’s eye candy is a stunning chandelier created from $1M worth of Czech glass.

H Lounge

It’s rumoured that Hughes spent six months at this hotel in 1972, likely enjoying the very views that inspired his flights back in the day.

Westin Bayshore Hotel/H Tasting Lounge Westin Bayshore Hotel/H Tasting Lounge

Sleek and comfortable with a fireplace and cozy sofas, booths, tables and a bar up front, this is a great spot to unwind after a day working or touring around town.

Westin Bayshore Hotel/H Tasting Lounge

The menu is divided into shareable plates (Taxi), Starters (Take-Off), Entrees (In-Flight) and Desserts (Landing). Dishes are beautifully presented combining ingredients and flavours that knock it out of the park.

Heirloom Tomato & Cold Pressed Salad

Particularly wonderful is chef Alex Mok’s Heirloom tomato and cold-pressed avocado plate sitting atop a subtly-seasoned, thin Parmesan cake with cilantro-lime dressing and a sprinkling of crushed hazelnuts to either side.

A single diver scallop is served inside a metal rimmed, latched glass square container. A few taro chips, beet purée and sea asparagus add unique layers of taste to the inventive creation.

Howard's 28-Day Aged Striploin
[Howard’s 28-Day Aged Striploin]

And if you’re a poke lover, there’s something on the H Tasting Lounge menu to satisfy: a layered poke with salmon and Hawaiian kampachi, flown in fresh from Hawaii. It’s served alongside a seaweed duo of roasted nori and seaweed asparagus. The poke sauce contained throughout is dreamy.

Another big hit here is the table-side dessert cart, offering a choice of Crepes Suzette or Baked Alaska. Both selections get the flambé treatment and are served with ice cream.

Applejack Silver Fizz
[New York: Applejack Silver Fizz]

H’s global drink menu includes reds and whites, bubbles by bottle or glass, a wide range of whiskeys, rare cognacs, classic cocktails and a special cocktail menu dedicated Hughes’ 91-day round-the-world flight.

Alaska No. 2
[Fairbanks: Alaska No. 2]

Each of his stops are represented in drink, from Fairbanks to Moscow.

Westin Bayshore Hotel/H2 Rotisserie & Bar weekend brunch

H2 Rotisserie & Bar is a relaxing space serving upscale comfort food with views of the pool, gardens and Burrard Inlet.

Rotisserie Chicken Winter Squash Ragu
[Rotisserie chicken, winter squash ragu]

Here’s where you can enjoy rotisserie chicken, burgers, wraps, pulled chicken paninis, soups and salads alongside craft beer, milkshakes, wine, craft cocktails, fresh-pressed juices and a selection of coffee drinks.

Westin Bayshore Hotel/H2 Rotisserie & Bar weekend brunch Westin Bayshore Hotel/H2 Rotisserie & Bar weekend brunch

It’s also where on weekends you can indulge in either a breakfast buffet or brunch spread. And what a spread it is!

On the Sunday we were there, brunch was spread out across several tables with a global smorgasbord: French toast station, rotisserie chicken, salads, healthy toppings, egg dishes, meat and cheese tray, smoked and candied salmon, Indian chicken curry, dim sum, veggie spring rolls, BBQ duck, congee, fruits, muffins and breads, desserts, coffee, tea and juices.

Craft Beer Flight
[H2 craft beer flight]

There’s a good range of local craft beers on tap (with more available by the can or bottle), wine by the glass or bottle from an extensive list of choices, plus bubbly or whiskey. It’s all available from 11:30 to 3 on weekends and stat holidays.

Smashed Avocado Toast
[A most fabulous breakfast of smashed avocado toast]

If you’re here on the weekend, you may just enjoy the DJ at the other end of the restaurant spinning tunes in the early afternoon as you indulge.

Westin Bayshore Hotel/H2 Rotisserie & Bar weekend brunch

At dinner, a beautifully illuminated tree outside the window, soft lighting and a solo artist performing in the corner of the room adds a lovely ambiance to our dinner. We enjoyed H2’s sablefish, beef carpaccio, mussels and a fresh salad.

Westin Bayshore Hotel view


Want to enjoy a night here with breakfast and dinner at H2 Rotisserie & Lounge? We’re giving one lucky Vancouverscape reader a chance to do just that.

All you have to do is follow both Vancouverscape and H2 Rotisserie & Lounge on Instagram, find the Westin photo in Vancouverscape’s Instagram feed, and tag a friend you’d like to have join you! This contest is open internationally.

If you’re not on Instagram, please leave a comment below with your favourite weekend escape.

We’ll draw a winner at random on Monday, March 26 at 4 pm PST. Subject to availability and blackout dates.

Unwatermarked images courtesy of Westin Bayshore.


  • Comment by Chris @freshguru — March 12, 2018 @ 6:51 pm

    A true staycation – wining and dining at the Westin and enjoying food treats at the H2 Rotisserie & lounge. Might almost make me figure out instagram! Cheers.

  • Comment by Peter @yvrblogger — March 13, 2018 @ 10:17 am

    Staycation wunderbar sings–Sit! Stay! Westin wonderful!

  • Comment by melia whyte — March 13, 2018 @ 11:21 am

    my favorite weekend escape is to Tofino.. love getting away to the endless beaches!

  • Comment by Brandon Forsyth — March 13, 2018 @ 3:58 pm

    I love going to Kelowna for the weekend my best friend has a house there near the lake we go wakeboarding in the summer.

  • Comment by Deborah Skreslet — March 13, 2018 @ 8:37 pm

    Favourite weekend escape is to go from Vancouver to the Okanagan. Would be great to spend a night in downtown Vancouver as well.

  • Comment by Ron — March 14, 2018 @ 2:50 am

    Salt Spring Island is one of my favorite weekend escapes!!

  • Comment by Tammy Klym-Wolfe — March 14, 2018 @ 6:51 am

    Favorite weekend getaway is usually Whistler or Seattle. Would LOVE a staycation at the Westin Vancouver !! Thank you!

  • Comment by jane james — March 14, 2018 @ 12:32 pm

    My favourite escape would be Seattle or one of the small islands in BC.

  • Comment by Cindy — March 14, 2018 @ 5:52 pm

    I think Harrison Hot Springs is a nice but close getaway

  • Comment by Damon Adams — March 14, 2018 @ 8:57 pm

    Great place to stay!

  • Comment by Kevin Johnston — March 15, 2018 @ 12:20 pm

    Spend time at the Bayshore, walk in the park, jump in the pool, Vancouver to Victoria whale watching day trip, cool down in the lounge

  • Comment by FT — March 15, 2018 @ 6:56 pm

    Okanagan with lots of wine!

  • Comment by Linda — March 15, 2018 @ 11:31 pm

    My favourite weekend escape is Victoria on the Island.

  • Comment by jen james — March 16, 2018 @ 12:28 pm

    I would go out to the country. I would go to Ladner or go shopping in White Rock.

  • Comment by LM — March 19, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

    A dreamy stay at the Westin Bayshore along with amazing meals at the H2 Rotisserie & lounge would be a dream come true!

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