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A little less grand in stature than their counterparts, boutique hotels offer something huge properties can’t: the personal touch. Boutique hotels in Vancouver range from the super hip to the super luxe – here are two standouts:
OPUS Hotel Vancouver boasts a design that reflects it’s stylish location – it is the only hotel in the hip Yaletown district. With brightly painted walls, a very popular lobby bar, iPad “concierges” in every room and one of the most enviable addresses in the city, this 96 room hotel is a lot of extras (like ergonomic desk chairs in every room) that can’t be found at even the most posh chains.
The Wedgewood Hotel is a long-standing favorite of both Vancouverites and visitors alike. It’s plush, opulent and boasts 86 rooms and loads of old-warm charm. Every room has a walk-out balcony and Gilchrest & Soames amenities, and the spa and the Bacchus Lounge are both renowned for their service and sophistication.
If eye-popping colors and bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling street-facing windows get your hotel heart pumping, book a room at the Opus Vancouver in Yaletown. Refreshed in 2013, the 96 sexy guest rooms are done in deep purples or pinks, vibrant lime greens, and bright oranges, and include modern amenities like in-room iPads and Herman Miller chairs. A complimentary car service will shuttle you around downtown, or you can hop on one of the free mountain bikes to explore the city on your own.
Traditionalists will gravitate to the serene Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, an 83-room downtown boutique property with a small but pampering in-house spa. Beyond the expected flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi, amenities include homemade cookies, morning newspapers, and twice-daily maid service. The hotel’s Bacchus Lounge is a popular spot for power breakfasts or cocktails with colleagues.
The Loden, in a steel-and-glass tower a short walk from the Vancouver Convention Centre downtown, operates under the radar. It’s not as flashy as the Opus or as stately as the Wedgewood, but its spacious earth-toned rooms feel like a contemporary pied à terre; the nicest units have private garden terraces.
While less posh than the other boutique options, the Listel Hotel on Robson Street distinguishes itself with the one-of-a-kind local artwork on display throughout the property. The hotel showcases west coast First Nations art on its museum floors and has partnered with the local Buschlen Mowatt Gallery to install original contemporary artwork in its gallery-floor guest rooms.