Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, Tour/Review of Suite #505, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Exterior, Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, Vancouver BC Canada

This review is of a suite at the Wedgewood Hotel and Spa located in beautiful downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.  It was great to return to the Wedgewood after an almost 10 year absence.  My memories were of an elegant hotel on a lovely, tree-lined street.  The hotel was then surrounded by great restaurants and shopping.  Well...  Very happy to report that things haven't changed all that much.

Lobby, Wedgewood Hotel & Spa Vancouver

If anything, the hotel and surrounding area are even nicer than before.  Located across the street from Robson Square Park and the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Wedgewood mirrors the elegance and sophistication of the nearby art museum.  The intimate lobby is warmed by a fireplace and brightened with lovely flowers.  My check-in was quick and accurate.  If needed, the staff will help you with your luggage due to a few stairs found between the main lobby and guestroom elevators.

Hallway, Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver

Throughout the property, it feels like you have entered a private home decorated with furniture and items collected over many years.  The original developer used her personal collection of antiques and artwork to decorate the Wedgewood Hotel. 

Door of Room 505, Wedgewood Hotel

Room #505 is a one bedroom suite with a balcony overlooking the street and park.  My three night visit was in June of 2016 while attending a cruise ship industry event.  This hotel is located several blocks from the Vancouver cruise ship terminal, but it is still an excellent choice if you are in town for the start or end of an Alaska cruise. 

Living Room of Suite at Wedgewood Hotel

The main living room is spacious and well appointed.  Lighting is good.  The very comfortable sofa folds out for additional sleeping space.  The suite's heating and air conditioning was very quiet and easily controlled. Nice big HDTV with a good selection of cable sources. 

Bar in Living Room of Suite.

A bar area includes a well stocked Mini-Bar and coffee/tea service.  Just behind the bar is a handy coat closet with umbrellas, safe, and iron & ironing board.  

Desk in Living Room of Suite #505

There was a nice desk with comfortable chair, lamp, and phone for getting a little work done.  It includes a handy PowerQube power strip on the desktop providing three USB outlets and two standard 120v outlets.  Plenty of power to easily charge your gear.

Hallway to Bath & Bedroom in Wedgewood Hotel

A passageway connects the living area to the bedroom and bath.   

Bedroom of Suite at Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver

The bedroom was large and offered plenty of storage.  The very comfortable bed included bedside lamps that provided great reading light.  A large HDTV was mounted high in the corner. 

Bedroom of Suite

One of my favorite features in the bedroom was the luggage shelf.  The low platform over the drawers offered a great space if you prefer to live directly out of your unpacked luggage.  The light directly above the suitcase area is perfectly placed. 

Closet of One Bedroom Suite

There was plenty of room in the bedroom closet for two guests.  The Wedgewood provides slippers and a bathrobe.   Note that another robe was located in the bathroom.

Bathroom of Suite at Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver

The elegant bathroom provided plenty of counter space and splendid L'Occitane amenities, hairdryer and a good supply of fine towels. 

Bathroom of Suite at Wedgewood Hotel

I always love choices...  Especially when it is between a large shower and an equally large and luxurious bathtub.  After a day on my feet, the tub wins every time. 

View from Balcony of suite #505

The balcony off of the living room looked out over a park and provided a beautiful view of Vancouver's skyline.  Also very little street noise made it into this 5th floor room.

Elevator Lobby of Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver

Public spaces are decorated in an classic elegance.  This is the elevator lobby on the Wedgewood Hotels main floor. NOTE: I was an invited guest of the hotel. My review and photos are accurate representations of the property during my visit. 

Bacchus Lounge area in Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver BC

The Bacchus Lounge found just off the main lobby is a delightful spot for a meal or drinks with friends.  Large windows open up on the the sidewalk offering an airy atmosphere.

Bacchus Restaurant in Wedgewood Hotel

Also on the main floor of the Wedgewood Hotel is the Bacchus Restaurant, decorated with warm woods, flowers and comfortable seating.  This is a fine dining restaurant and offers modern French cuisine featuring fresh, West Coast ingredients. Private dining spaces are offered.   The hotel also offers several small meeting / special events rooms. You can find the latest menus and hotel info on the Hotel Website.

Gym at Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver

Guests of the hotel have access to a small but well equipped gym. Unlike some city hotels the Wedgewood gym offers windows with a view. 

Lobby fireplace in Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver

I would recommend the Wedgewood to anyone visiting Vancouver and looking for a centrally located, upscale, classically styled boutique hotel.  If you are in Vancouver before or after a cruise, this hotel is perfect.  This elegant, award winning luxury hotel is uniquely decorated, well maintained, and offers excellent service.


Gadget Review: Ventev Powercell 10000+ and Powercell 6000c Portable Battery Chargers

Ventev powercell 10000+ All-In-One Portable Charger Review

My first thought of the Ventev PowerCell 10000+ was "This thing is heavy"...  Then I realized that it replaces three must have items in my carry-on bag.  It would replace my transformer block that has high and low amperage USB outlets.  No more need to carry two cables, a USB to Lightning for my iPad, and a USB to Micro USB for my camera and other gadgets.  And I can leave my Anker 10000 mAh battery at home.  My normal power and charging gear for traveling.

Here you can see all the normal power/charging stuff I take need to carry.  It weighs in at 13.6 ounces.  The Ventev PowerCell 10000+, that provides all the same functionality weighs only 10.6 ounces.  Doesn't sound like much of a difference, but every little bit adds up when you are on the road.  Here are some output specs: Lightning cable 2.4A / Micro USB 1.8A / USB outlet 5V, 1.0A.  Not shown in my photos is the standard USB outlet on the back.

Ventev Powercell 10000+ Battery & Cables & Wall Charger

Here you can see the size of the unit when compared to a AA battery.  It isn't small but if I could measure the volume of my old power gear I'm sure it would come in much larger than this combo device.  Just like the AC plug the two power cables store nicely on the side of the unit when not in use.  Note that the Lightning charge cable may not work with some iPhone or iPad cases due to its size.  When plugged into an AC outlet for charging the PowerCell 1000+ came back to 100% charge just as fast as any other battery of this size I've used in the past. 

Ventev Powercell 10000+ Review

A digital display is provided to see the current state of the batter.  A power button beside the display turns on the charging feature.  The unit did a good job of charging my devices.  With the battery at 100% charge I plugged in my iPad Mini 4 and a HTC One Android phone for charging.  My iPad was at 38% and my phone at  48%  and I went to bed.  I did NOT TURN OFF my iPad or Phone, or place them in airplane mode for fastest charging.  In the morning I found the iPad and phone fully charged and the remaining battery charge at 44%.  Note:  If the PowerCell 10000+ had been plugged into an AC outlet it is designed to first charge the devices that are plugged in and then recharge it's internal battery. 

Ventev Powercell 6000c Portable Battery Charger Review

The folks at Ventev also sent me a Powercell 6000c for review.   Due to the smaller 6000mAh battery this portable charger is much smaller and lighter than the previous device.  When you first pick it up in its retail packaging it feels very heavy due to the plastic package but the unit weighs only 7 ounces.  Unlike the soft touch rubber feel of the 10000+ above this one has a metal case.  A four LED display shows it's charge level.   For my personal needs this 6000 mAh is better than my old, larger 10,000 mAh battery pack.

Ventev Powercell 6000c Charger

The 6000c came with an integrated Apple Lightning connector and a 5v 2.4A (12w) output specification.  The unit is also available with a Mirco USB connector.  The cable on this connector is much more flexible than on the 10000+ above.  Note that this Lightning charge cable may not fit some iPhones or iPads while in their cases.   This charger works with my iPad Mini case, but the 1000+ above has a larger plug and would not fit. 

Ventev Powercell 6000c Review

It charged at about the same rate as other batteries I have of this type.  You will see above that next to the Micro USB charging port is a USB outlet with a rating of 5V, 1A(5w).  In my test the Powercell 6000c charged my iPad Mini from 25% back to full charge overnight with appx 25% power remaining in the charger.  Note that my WiFi only iPad Mini was turned on while it was charging.  For faster charging turn your device off or place it in airplane mode.

Pros:  Well built units.  Perform as expected.  

Cons:  Charging cables may not fit your Apple device while in a case.


Matlali Hotel & Resort, Tour / Review of Suite 330, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Matlai Hotel / Resort, Logo

Matlali is a unique modern hotel / resort overlooking Banderas Bay and Puerto Vallarta, in the Punta Mita area of Mexico.  This property is a combination of 42 beautifully appointed villas and suites surrounding a main building with a restaurant and pools. 

Entrance Road

A beautifully landscaped private road takes you into the Matlali resort complex.  The lush vegetation  separates the villas, keeping them isolated and private.  Security gate at entrance restricts access.

Exterior of Matlali Hotel / Resort

The modern hotel's suites are located in a large building located at the top of the valley looking out over the rest of the resort and Banderas Bay.  

Dining Living Room area of Suite 330, Matlali Hotel

Suite #330 is a two bedroom suite with lots of room for a family of three or four to relax.  It includes a large living/dining area, small kitchen with bar, two bathrooms, and a large balcony with plunge pool. 

Living Room Area of Matlali Hotel

The living room area is comfortable and well appointed.  It is a great spot to enjoy the view while staying inside with the air conditioning when the window wall is closed.

Living Room of Suite 330 of Matlali Hotel, Puerto Vallarta

The kitchen is small and efficient.  The staff will help you fill the full size refrigerator.  The management suggests you Do Not Drink the tap water.  Bottles of water are supplied in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Plunge Pool on Balcony at Matlali Hotel, PV Mexico

The plunge pool on the private terrace quickly became my favorite spot for letting the time pass by.  And the outside dining table was used much more than the table inside.  With the fast WiFi provided by the hotel, this spot became an office.

Sitting area on balcony of Suite 330 Matlali Hotel

A long nap is the best use for this quiet spot on the balcony.  Sometimes doing nothing can be hard work, and you need a rest!

Master Bedroom of Suite 330 Matlali Hotel

The large master bedroom has a very comfortable mattress with soft, smooth sheets.  Before I arrived the room had been sprayed with a sweet perfume, which was not to my liking.  Ladies may enjoy it.

Small balcony off of master bedroom

The master has a window wall that opens out to a small but usable balcony. 

Master bathroom area.

Large sliding doors in the master bedroom open to the bathroom area.  These large doors can be closed for visual privacy, but they don't quiet the noise that might be made.  As you can see, across the hall, a second small bathroom is provided. 

Guest room of suite 330 Matlali Hotel

Both TVs in the master bedroom and in the living room had good reception.  The desk was comfortable, but when I needed a desk, I used the table on the main terrace. 

Natural pool in the valley of resort

The Matlali has several pools.  This one is located deep inside a valley on the resort's property, a short walk from the villas and suites.  It blends effortlessly into the forested valley setting.  Of the pools provided, this was my favorite. 

Main pool area of Matlali Hotel / Resort

Just off the main building is this set of two pools surrounded by lots of lounge chairs and umbrellas. 

Pool side bar area.

Adjacent to one of the central pools is a small bar.  It was quiet during my visit, but it looked like the pools had plenty of space to handle a full hotel.

Gym area at the hotel.

The Matlali has a small but well equipped gym for guests who want to work up a sweat. 

Tennis & Basketball courts at Matlali

Feel like a little game of basketball or tennis?  The resort offers both. 

Path on the Matlali property

A beautiful walking path connects the various pools and sports courts on the property. 

Restaurant at the Matlali Hotel / Resort Puerto Vallarta

The hotel provided me with two meals, dinner and breakfast, in the restaurant at Matlali.  Enjoyed both of these meals.  Quality was excellent and service was very good.   

Restaurant & bar at beach that Matlali runs.

The hotel offers a shuttle that will take you down to the water and to Matlali's beach club.  This club is run by the same owners that operate the hotel, and must be taken advantage of.  

Hotel has great beach side services.

The club is just a 10 minute shuttle ride from the main resort.  The bar serves a delicious menu of tacos, local fresh catch of the day, and the required margaritas.  Now this is the way to spend your day!

Beach chairs at Matlali beach club.

Mexico's beaches are beautiful, and the waves here are minimal and great for swimming.  On the other side of the Bay is Puerto Vallarta.  Matlali is actually located in Punta de Mita, Nayarit, Mexico just a short drive north of PV.  If you are interested in the region, here is their website

Spa bungalows at Matlali hotel.

Matlali offers guests Makawe Spa with four treatment rooms, two of which can accommodate couples. 

Matlali offers a variety of spa services.

Spa services are based on local Indian cultures.  Signature treatment is the Hikuri Therapy.  During my stay I did not try the spa.

Evening view Puerto Vallarta from hotel.

For more information on this hotel and its services, visit their website www.Matlali.com

Balcony plunge pool after dark.

Ended my day here in the private plunge pool on my terrace.   The lights of Puerto Vallarta can be seen twinkling in the distance.

One of several villas on the property.

This is one of several luxurious private villas that are available.  Note: This property provided the writer one night's accommodations and two meals.

Matlali Hotel & Resort, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Matlali is a beautiful, modern resort just waiting for those who are looking for a relaxing getaway.  It is more of a condo/villa resort providing the services of a traditional hotel.  They take very good care of their guests.  The separate beach club is a great amenity and shouldn't be overlooked.