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Cory Monteith, star of the popular TV show, "Glee", was found dead in his hotel room on Saturday afternoon at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. He was just 31 years old.
According to Vancouver Police, Monteith was expected to check out on Saturday after a weeklong stay. However, after he failed to do so, housekeeping went into his room on the 21st floor and found him lifeless. Paramedics were called to the hotel but Monteith was declared dead at the scene. Vancouver police said no foul play was suspected yet Monteith did just complete a stint in rehab for substance abuse this past April, leading to speculation across the internet that drugs were to blame.
Shortly after the police held their press conference on Saturday night, Fairmont tweeted their condolences:
Together with our friends in the @VancouverPD we express our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Monteith— Fairmont Pacific Rim (@FairmontPacific) July 14, 2013
Classy and respectful. Unlike the Beverly Hilton after Whitney Houston died.
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Word on the street is the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver's tallest tower might finally be getting some company at the top--from none other than Mr. Trump himself. Rumors have swirled and Twitter has buzzed at the possibility of a Trump Tower rising up on Georgia Avenue, but despite the rumblings, there has yet to be any confirmation of the agreement.
The original plans for this location called for a five-star Ritz Carlton directly across the street from the Shangri-La, but the brand bailed when the 2008 recession hit, and the project was dormant up until a year ago when developers jumped back in and started hacking out a deal with Trump, apparently because they like the international appeal of his image to potential buyers across the globe.
There are a few things to finish up, like installing a quad lift next summer – but British Columbia's Red Mountain Resort'snewest peak, Grey Mountain, is officially open for business.
The opening comes toward the tail end of an 8-year, $50 million overhaul which includes the addition of slope-side lodging which begins at $159 per night. Slalom Creek offers mostly 3-bedroom accommodations, each with a private hot tub and high ceilings. The adjacent lodge, which was also part of the project, houses cafes and restaurants for easy-access dining options.
It appears Red Mountain Resort has been spending its money well: Last year, the New York Times named it the “Top Ski Resort for the Extreme Skier” in their Snow Guide and the Toronto Star spoke well of its powder, trees, and steep runs, ranking Red Mountain as the #2 ski resort in the world.
This is not so much a bar hop as a bar marathon that runs (get it?) the entire length of Canada. If you have the stamina, so do we.
First stop: The trendy bar at OPUS Hotel Vancouver.
To keep things cutting-edge fresh, OPUS Bar has decided to increase the health quotient of their delish cocktails by fashioning a new summer menu of beverages that are infused with essential oils. Read about the flavors below!
V-Day is now less than a week away and if you've planned on doing a romantical weekend in Vancouver with your honey but are clueless on everything else, then you should probably book a room at the OPUS Hotel where there's now a Cupid Concierge on staff. The cupid concierge even has their own email! (Cupid@OpusHotel.com)
This specialty concierge of love is a part of the hotel's Exclusively Yours romance package which has the standard love weekend amenities of bubbly at check-in, more bubbly in the guestroom, fresh flowers, breakfast in bed and a late check-out. The concierge will also set up a framed photo of you and your lovah along with a love note when you arrive in the room.
If you need help planning something a little more extravagant, the Cupid Concierge is the one to call whether it's to arrange a romantic experience about town, craft a handwritten love sonnet or plan a gourmet picnic with wine selected by a private sommelier.
The package starts at $295 a night (not including any costs associated with other romantic activities) and is available throughout the rest of the year. So any day can be V-Day at the Opus Vancouver.
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It isn't often that a hotel lets you have a say in the price of your stay. But that's exactly what Victoria BC's Hotel Grand Pacific is offering for the next two weeks. Running through next Friday November 11, prospective guests can visit the PayWhatYouWantVictoria site, answer some survey questions, and enter a price that they feel best reflects the "worth" of a one-night stay at the waterfront hotel.
When we first heard about this, we immediately thought of when Radiohead released In Rainbows in 2007, becoming the first band to ever release a digital album without an actual price—customers chose how much they wanted to pay, and that was that. By doing so, the band was challenging the conventional record distribution process, and the aging music industry in general. But in this case, the motives are a little more complex.
Boy, we knew Canadians liked their hockey but we didn't think that they would riot after losing the Stanley Cup Finals to the Boston Bruins. Like, full-on rioting too. Not just yelling and kicking tires and throwing the occasional Molson Ice bottle but flipping over vehicles, harassing the police and lighting fires throughout downtown.
Which makes this press release from the Renaissance Vancouver Harborside all the more unfortunate. The release hit the wires before the Canucks lost the final game with the headline, "Stay an Extra Night for Downtown Fun With Hotel Deals in Vancouver". Downtown fun, indeed! Oh we has a sad face for the Renaissance.
That said, clean-up efforts are underway in Vancouver and the area should return to normal pretty soon which means you can totally take advantage of the hotel's offer of a third night free when you stay two consecutive nights. Rates start at $390 CAD a night.
The Hotel Indigo Vancouver is such a tease. First, it was going to open May 6, then it was pushed to June 15. Now it looks like we won't get any hotel action until Christmastime: The hotel is accepting reservations after December 6.
We're Hotel Indigo fans—we named Hotel Indigo No. 1 for best WiFi in our 2011 HotelChatter Annual WiFi Report—so we are happy the brand is expanding. We're looking forward to having a free-wifi option in Vancouver.
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Way back in 2008, Fairmont Hotels began placing beehives on the rooftops of its hotels to produce honey which were then used by the hotel in desserts, teas, salad dressings and even cocktails. And now, the Fairmont Honey is yours to take home.
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is selling a 500 gram bottle of "liquid gold" aka Canada #1 Amber honey for $16.99CDN both in the hotel's gift shop and at a few stores in the Vancouver Airport. The honey is made by over a million bees that reside nearby the hotel as McDonald Beach Park and according to the Fairmont folks, its taste has a hint of cinnamon and apple.
Just be sure to wrap your honey jars carefully before sticking them into your suitcase as items will get sticky during the flight.
When we compiled the mother-of-all-hotel-openings list, the Hotel Indigo Vancouver was set to debut May 6. But looks like the hotel's opening has been pushed back, since reservations are only being accepted for June 15 and beyond.
In the meantime, let's dish on what we can expect when the former Plaza 500 Hotel reopens its doors. The downtown hotel's 153 contemporary rooms will have hardwood floors and the chain's trademark oversized photo murals on its walls. Less than a mile from Olympic Village, the 14-story hotel will offer views of the city and surrounding coastal mountains. Inside the room, you'll find perks like free WiFi and a 42-inch LCD television.
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It's about to get bloody in Vancouver. The cast of Breaking Dawn just arrived in the Canadian city to start filming, and their Twilighter fans are sure to follow. Of course you're wondering where on-screen and off-screen couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are shacking up.
Hotels are getting in a holiday mood! Usually around this time, we spotlight all the delicious holiday cocktails that hotels concoct for the season. Don't worry, we're not giving up the booze, but we are keeping tabs on all the wonderful, wild, and in some cases, weird Holiday Hotel Decorations that hotels put up this year. Seen some great holiday decor in a hotel recently? Send us a snapshot!
The wonderful, wild and weird edible hotel holiday decorations continue! Last week, we took a look at the crazy life-sized Chocolate Santa in Orlando and today we visit our neighbors up north at the Fairmont Vancouver who have assembled a Candy Castle in their hotel lobby.
Ok, so it's not a castle you can sleep in or anything. And really, it's just an archway into the lobby space but it is decorated entirely in red, white and green Christmas candy. (And like Chocolate Santa, you can look but not touch.)