Apr192015

Radisson President Hotel Vancouver Airport

Radisson President Hotel Vancouver Airport is a good location in Richmond, British Columbia, the city south of Vancouver where YVR Vancouver Airport is located. The hotel has a complimentary airport shuttle. There is a phone to call the hotel from the hotel shuttles pick up stop outside the terminal.

My room was a suite on the 11th floor.

Radisson YVR-1

The public transportation SkyTrain is adjacent to the hotel, along with several shopping centers and markets catering to the predominantly ethnic Asian population of Richmond, a city of 200,000 residents.

 

Radisson YVR view

View from Radisson President Hotel Vancouver Airport. Vancouver is nestled beneath the mountains about 10 miles north of Richmond. SkyTrain light rail tracks in bottom right corner run adjacent to Radisson Hotel with the Aberdeen station platform a couple minutes walk from hotel. $4.00 CAD and 25 minutes to downtown Vancouver. Fare is less at $2.75 CAD on weekends and after 6:30pm. Day passes for unlimited travel around metro Vancouver are $10.

Radisson Room 1117-1

The complimentary suite upgrade gave me a double size room with a comfortably large space. The desk chair was better than most hotels I stay.

Radisson TV

The bed is a Sleep Number bed. I did not play around with the Sleep Number remote since the bed was firm, fine with me and I was tired when I finally plopped down for the night.

Radisson bed

Bathroom was large, but nothing too special for the shower.

Radisson bathroom

One of the odder aspects of the room was the coffee maker next to the main room door in a vestibule with no wall plug outlet. I moved the coffee pot to the floor.

Radisson Coffee pot

Mezzanine Level Fitness Center and Pool

Fitness center and pool are open 5:30am – 10:30pm.

The main access to the indoor pool and hot tub is through the fitness center and down some stairs.

Radisson Fitness Center   Radisson Fitness-2

The swimming pool is five feet deep and a decent size for actually swimming.

Radisson pool

I had to remember this is Canada and apparently no regulations similar to Americans with Disabilities Act, since the pool did not appear accessible without walking down a flight of stairs.

Pool access stairs

Radisson Pool

Changing rooms are in the pool room.

A sign in the elevator listed several dining discounts available when charging meals to your room.

Radisson Dining discounts

I arrived at the hotel around 4:30pm and a weekend Happy Hour special for $5 pints of beer ran from 5-9pm at the Fresh Restaurant and Lounge. On top of that was a special for 50% off appetizers with the purchase of a drink. I stacked discounts for dinner with a large Caesar Salad at $10 CAD and a beer for $5 CAD, being discounted to $10 CAD all-in. That was $8 USD for a hotel salad and pint of Granville Island IPA.

I never thought of Canada as a bargain place for food before.

Fresh lounge in lobby

My curiosity killed the 12th floor elevator

The hotel has 12 floors. The 12th floor is a bit odd to reach with the main elevators only going to the 11th floor and a small manually operated elevator to reach the 12th floor. By manually operated, I mean you have to keep your finger pressed on the button during the entire time it takes to go from the 11th floor to 12th floor. Signs tell you this in the elevator.

Radisson 12th floor elevator

Being the curious hotel guest I am, I wanted to see the 12th floor and test out the miniature elevator.

There was nothing special to see from the 12th floor hallway. So, I got back in the elevator and pressed the button to go down. Out of curiosity, I took my finger off the button midway through the descent.

Guess what happened?

12th floor

The elevator stopped midway between floors.

And would not start again.

A phone button in the elevator put me in touch with the front desk and I explained I was stuck in the elevator. They told me an engineer was on the way. Then, the elevator light went out.

Being stuck inside an elevator was a first for me. The engineer came after a couple of minutes and he was able to open the door from the outside and I jumped out.

Remember to follow the directions and hold the elevator button.

Radisson YVR view at sunset

View of Vancouver Island mountains at sunset. YVR airport is on Sea Island between Richmond and the city of Vancouver. The views from Radisson President Vancouver Airport were a definite bonus I had not expected based on previous stays at other hotels in Richmond.

Radisson YVR sign

Radisson President Hotel & Suites Vancouver Airport.

Club Carlson category 4 hotel at 38,000 points per reward night.

I booked the Radisson MegaPoints rate for 10,000 bonus points through the Club Carlson mobile app for $149 CAD ($121 USD).

If points post as predicted, this stay will also earn triple points credit 60 points/$1 + Club Carlson Visa 10 points/$1 + Gold elite 7 points/$1 + 1,000  mobile booking bonus points + 30,000 bonus points for Club Carlson Visa payment offer after the announcement by the program last month that beginning June 1, 2015 the free night on award stays for Club Carlson Visa card members will be discontinued.

Loyalty Traveler – Club Carlson Triple Points April 6 to June 28, 2015

Loyalty Traveler – Club Carlson Visa eliminates bonus award night benefit June 1, 2015 (+ 30,000 bonus points offer for stay by August 31 paid with Club Carlson Visa).

I expect to earn over 50,000 Club Carlson points from this one night stay at Radisson President Vancouver Airport.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. There is a little devil inside me that was so happy that you actually got “punished” for testing the special elevator.

    In the US, someone might sue for what you experienced…In Canada, you probably should be thankful the darn elevator didn’t drop to the ground floor when you let go! 🙂

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