The first feature of the hotel the NYT admired: a dramatic green-glass façade rising 14 stories above the Coal Harbor neighborhood that resembles “a spinnaker in a breeze, echoing Vancouver’s watery surrounds and catching this city’s ever-changing light.”
As for the neighborhood, Coal Harbor is mostly residential, and is located at one edge of downtown near Stanley Park (which guests can borrow a bike for free to take a tour of) and the waterfront promenade, so there is plenty to explore nearby. The other main hotel element is the 80-seat Voya restaurant, headed up by Chef Marc-André Choquette, and featuring a local, seasonal menu. We bet that means lots of seafood.
Of the 70 rooms and 7 suites, the article characterized them as “Pacific Northwest outdoorsiness meets Hollywood Regency elegance,” noting touches like brown marble floors, lots of mirrors (six in the room!), and a color palette of “caramels, umbers and washed corals.” The floor to ceiling windows were also a big draw—perfect for contemplating the city while you use the in-room yoga mat to stretch out with help from the yoga channel on your room’s flat-screen TV.
What caught our eye was the mention of Molton Brown products in the marble and wood bathrooms, which include separate tubs and marble-tiled showers. So be sure to get groomed before taking advantage of the hotel’s free car service to a day of shopping or an evening at the theater.
Rates at the hotel start at $219 CAD, or about $213 US, but don’t count on getting such low rates during the Olympics.