Vancouver is blessed with choices when it comes to renowned, name-brand hotel lodgings. Still, you may be looking for something other than just another chain, and the good news is that the city boasts more than a few unique-experience accommodation options. Here, a selection of four: The top-drawer quality of the rooms is assured, but the following boutique hotels distinguish themselves in so many other ways, too.
The Loden Hotel
Located in Coal Harbour, downtown Vancouver’s most exclusive district, and right near the city’s biggest and best park- the world-famous Stanley Park, the Loden Hotel is perfect for those who want to get out and breathe in the fresh air. There is a 24-hour fitness studio available here (just in case the rain keeps you in), as well as an infrared spa suite bookable for $25/half hour and on-call massage therapists. The hotel’s restaurant has just been redone, and now features excellent French bistro-style cuisine. Treat yourself to a plate of steak frites after that run around Stanley Park. 1177 Melville Street, 604-669-5060.
Moda Hotel Vancouver
Built in 1908 and recently upgraded, the Moda Hotel Vancouver blends history with contemporary urban chic. The lobby boasts 100-year-old mosaic tiling and the elevator is the original machine, but the rooms and amenities are strictly modern. If you’re interested in long-term stays or need that extra bit of room, “moda suites” offer 600 square feet with King-sized beds, two flat screens (just so there’s no arguing over viewing purposes) and a spacious desk with two outlets. Food and wine lovers will appreciate the fantastic Italian food at Cibo, coffee and pastries in the a.m. at Uva, wine and beer choices at the liquor store, and pizza and cocktails at the hotel’s sports bar, Red Card. 900 Seymour Street, 604-683-4251.
Vancouver’s newest of this group: L’Hermitage is located smack dab in the middle of the city’s shopping and entertainment district. With standard amenities including an Italian-marble bathtub, iPod docking station and complimentary WIFI and Nespresso coffee machines, you’ll feel like the king that you are. Some suites include a Bosch appliance-equipped kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows and furnished patios. Bonus: The hotels’ restaurant, Q4 Centro, which serves some of the best Italian cuisine Vancouver has to offer. 788 Richards Street, 778-327-4200.
Opus Hotel (pictured)
Serving both corporate and leisure needs, the Opus is located in the hip Yaletown area of Vancouver, amongst some of the cities hottest restaurants, boutiques and spas. Along with knowledgeable concierge services, fitness centres and business centers, the hotel also offers the ability to ride in style with its complimentary BMW7 Series VIP Chauffeur Service. If you’re looking for a great brunch, the 100 Nights is legendary, and the lounge also rocks late into the night, attracting more than just the occasional film star. 322 Davie Street, 604-642-6787.
Image courtesy of OPUS Hotels.