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Calgary's Hyatt Regency, Vancouver's Westin Hotels and more doors of hospitality
by Jerry W. Bird

Having worked in the Calgary media world for almost 2 decades, we share the city's pride in attracting a great name in hoteldom. That's why we were pleased to receive a news release from FWJ, Hyatt's Alberta public relations firm (my old Alma Mater) announcing that Hyatt Regency Calgary Hotel opened its doors for business. Adjacent to the new Telus Convention Centre, Hyatt Regency Calgary Hotel opened in time to welcome visitors to Calgary during the World Petroleum Congress and the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, the new 355-room hotel is part of a redeveloped city block, which includes restoration of several heritage buildings. Features characteristic of the adjacent heritage buildings are part of the hotel's unique architecture, including sandstone and signature roof profiles, window patterns and other exterior features. The 21-story Hyatt Regency Calgary Hotel offers Regency Club. The hotel also features a 165-seat restaurant, lounge, swimming pool and health club. More than 25,000 square feet of meeting and function space will be available for business and social functions. Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, consult Hyatt through the Internet at

Westin Grand Vancouver: Diamonds are Forever
We had the opportunity of attending an anniversary celebration at teh Grand and met their new head chef. The Westin Grand is an all-suite hotel in the heart of Vancouver's entertainment district, next to Library Square. Our host,has much reason to be proud - his hotel reached an impressive milestone, receiving the Four-Diamond designation by the American Automobile Association/ Canadian Automobile Association (AAA/CAA). It joined select company as one of only nine four-diamond properties in Vancouver. "These accomplishments represent the Westin Grand, Vancouver's obsession with customer satisfaction, and its commitment to building its business one customer at a time, " said Darling.

This was as the first hotel that Westin franchised, plus the first urban Strata-Titled Hotel offering in Canada. Three years later, it had already ranked Best in Class out of 110 City Centre Westin Hotels worldwide. The survey of 431 Westin North American Business Hotels also ranked the Westin Grand, Vancouver Number 1 in cleanliness and maintenance of guest rooms, Number 1 in cleanliness and maintenance of overall hotel and Number 1 in problem resolution. Recently, the Westin Grand, Vancouver affirmed its commitment to its corporate and high tech clientele by becoming the first hotel in Canada to offer guests three convenient high-speed Internet access options in all guests suites, plus a Internet option in all six meeting rooms. Contact: Toll-free 888 - 680-9393 Website

New Westin Bayshore Resort Hotel and Fabulous Seawall
We had the privilege of being invited along with the who's who of Vancouver, to help the Westin Bayshore Hotel & Resort celebrate its official reopening. Staged in early June, after a multi million dollar renovation for the new millennium, it was truly a gala event. Photos and further comments to come. As a follow-up, we celebrated Fathers Day with a seafood dinner at the newly opened Seawall Bar & Bistro, which stands on the site of the former Trader Vics. Even more than its famous predecessor, the Seawall offers one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas; Coal Harbour Marina and Stanley Park, Alaska Cruise ships pulling into dock at Canada Place, float planes and helijets taking off, and a splendid new waterfront that looks like it just came out of the gift box. By the way, the service and seafood were superb.

The Bayshore has been one of my favourites for decades and now there's even more reason to select and recommends this great inner city resort hotel. For more information call 800-WESTIN-1 or visit or


PANORAMIC WEB SITE: Best Western International, Inc. has a new feature on its Web site for its Downtown Vancouver property. The site,, now offers a 360-degree view of guest rooms and hotel facilities, providing guests with a clear picture of where they will be staying. The site also highlights package information and hotel amenities as well as online reservations. For more information visit the Vancouver Web site or the Best Western site at
Media contact: Joanne Thibault, Tel: (1-604) 669-9888.

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