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Last week, we reported on the untimely demise of one of Canada’s stars, Cory Monteith of Glee fame, at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. We were impressed with the hotel’s low-key and respectful response to the crisis for the sake of Cory’s family, friends and fans, many of whom flocked to the hotel to pay their respects and leave flowers and other memorials to the star.
But we thought we’d check-in with the Fairmont Pacific Rim this week to see what the plans were for all of the mementos and memorials being left outside the hotel.
We were told that the hotel is removing the flowers, but will be donating all other items to charity. This means that if you left a teddy bear at the memorial site, Teddy will be going to a better place too.
Meanwhile, it was discovered that one of Cory's last public meetings with his girlfriend and "Glee" co-star Lea Michelle was at The Crescent Beverly Hills during her photoshoot for Marie Clarie magazine. No memorials have been reported at the hotel yet but you never know.
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OK – so every city has its share of restaurants that serve local, sustainable cuisine, but believe us when we tell you that forage restaurant takes this concept to the nth degree.
Forage is located in one of Vancouver’s most eco-conscious hotels, The Listel. This hotel goes out of its way to be a good citizen in, arguably, one of the greenest cities on the planet (did you know that if a corporation wants to build a structure in Vancouver, they need to give something back to the community, like public green space or art?). The hotel has a zero waste policy, solar panels and a heat capture system. And in the late fall of last year, forage opened and continues that tradition of sustainability.
Chef Chris Whittaker attacks this philosophy with a vigor that is quite astounding. He grows his own vegetables, catches his own fish, make his own preserves, composts all of his food waste, hunts for the purpose of feeding his family, and forages to connect himself with nature and remind himself where our food comes from. Pretty impressive, right? The man evens keeps mason bees to pollinate his crops.
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Back in February we told you that rumors were swirling in cyberspace that a Trump Hotel & Tower might be coming to Vancouver. Well, stop the swirling because we can confirm that Mr. Trump is coming to Canada’s biggest west coast city.
The Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver is expected to open in summer 2016. Here are some of the tantalizing deets:
• 147 guest rooms, 218 residences
• Vancouver’s first pool bar nightclub (details on what this is all about are scarce right now)
• A champagne lounge
• A signature restaurant
• Canada’s first Mar-a-Lago Spa by Ivanka Trump, a new line of boutique spas
• Trump Attaché – a dedicated department that offers guests personalized attention with no service off limits (we can only imagine!)
Read the full story for some more pics!
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While they're slinging essential oil cocktails and providing live TV screens of the lobby installed at the whizzers in the bathrooms, Opus Vancouver is at it again! Now they're working with emerging artist Alana Rothstein on taking your souvenir to the next level, and we're talking serious art stuff.
If you don't know Alana, you soon will. She was one of the artists featured at LA's Carousel of Hope, hosted by George Clooney, and her EMERGE art piece sold for $10,000. Obviously she knows how to werk as a contemporary image maker. So what will she do for you?
With the new exclusive partnership with Opus, Alana is taking your vacation and putting it into her art. What you need to do is provide her with images of your Vancouver trip (or just any images you want, really) and she basically lasers it onto plexiglass for this uber unique souvenir. This comes after an initial consultation to determine what kind of mood, feeling and overall presentation you're looking to capture. We think this memorable art piece beats a postcard or chocolate from the duty-free but hey, that's just us.
There's a whole package around it so get booking before Alana becomes Damian Hirst famous.
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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.
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Yes, it’s winter and yes, Canada can be cold. But that also means fluffy snow and chestnuts still roasting by an open fire. Starwood Hotels & Resorts wants to entice you to visit the country with some “winterful” packages (yeah, yeah, we know!).
1) “Two Nights are Never Enough in Canada: Two for the Price of One” package –- This sweet deal lets you book a long weekend of your choosing at over 50 Starwood Hotels across the country so that you can cuddle up during those cold, dark nights of winter. You pay for two nights and they’ve got the third one covered. Rates in a Deluxe King at the Westin Calgary, for instance, will only set you back $179, but you need to arrive between Thursday and Saturday.
2) It’s Hockey Night in Canada –- With the “Hockey Night Special” package at the newly-reno’ed Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, you get a special rate of $139 for a Traditional King on home game nights. Montreal’s Bell Centre is across from the hotel, so if you have that beer swagger going on after the game, you’re nice and close.
In anticipation of the St. Regis Hotel Vancouver’s 100th Anniversary next March 15th, they’re starting the celebrations off early with one hell of a sale. Rooms will go for just $100 per night.
Now, we had to do a double take, because like you, we thought this was a new Starwood brand hotel (we've been through this before, so we had to double check). It's not. But, it's a good rate, all the same, if you're doing the Canadian winter wonderland thing.
There are just 1000 rooms available for this awesome rate and the sale starts TOMORROW for bookings from December through April. That means, don't slouch, we predict these rooms will go fast.
The prepaid vouchers for this offer will be sold through the website on December 1st and can be redeemed for any night up until April 30th, 2013. Simply call or email the hotel to make the reservation. Buy two vouchers for $200 and you’re staying in a St. Regis Suite ( though that particular deal is subject to availability, non-refundable, and not available Dec 31, Jan 30-Feb 9, or Apr 3-5 ).
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Recent snowfall in Colorado and Utah have kicked off an early ski season sparking a storm of deals and packages from resorts across the country. It's not uncommon to see early-bird discounts this time of year, but it appears there's an extra bit of excitement after last year's flop of a season.
It seems every mountain resort imaginable is offering some sort of bargain, whether it's ski and stay discounts, kids ski free, or complimentary hotel nights, so check around before checking in.
Here’s a sampling of some of the best deals from major areas in the US and a few from afar:
Winter Park, Colorado: This local favorite owned by the city of Denver rewards guests who book a five-night stay ($169/night) at the Vintage Hotel before December 12th with a free season pass. The resort puts icing on the cake with a snow guarantee - previously booked nights can be rescheduled if snow conditions are not up to your liking.
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Last summer, Vancouver’s historic gem of a hotel – the venerable Hotel Georgia – became part of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts following a major top to bottom reno of the 155-room hotel. It is now one of only two Canadian hotels listed on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Hot List.
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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.
We were cruising around VegasChatter this morning when we pictured the glittering lights of the Vegas Strip and our train of thought, naturally, wandered back to hotels, which made for an entire morning filled with visions of sparkling hotels dancing in our heads. And then we remembered: a sparkling hotel is going to exist soon.
Here's what the latest renderings of the interiors of that Swarovski crystal hotel up in British Columbia, Canada officially called Sparkling Hill are looking like. These should be ready for us to look at in real life when the hotel opens in March 2010, but for now we'll have to make do with these semi-blurry and not-so-sparkly sketches. But! We thought this place was going to have some crystal accents, not be totally blinged out with Swarovski. We're happy to report that we were wrong.
Also, rumor has it that the hotel will have a cold sauna for Whole-body Cryotherapy, where you spend up to three minutes in a chamber set at -110°C. Apparently this is a popular spa treatment in Europe (huh who knew?) that helps reduce pain and releases mood-lifting endorphins.
Damn. That's a lotta ice! (Get it? Ice? Like bling? Okay.)
Well, it's official: we're just gonna give up and move to Canada, the land of good hockey, positive attitudes, yummy chocolate, delish beer and now, apparently, sparkly Swarovski crystal fantasy hotels.
As we watch the financial rug being pulled out from under developments all over the U.S., we can't help but want to high-five our Northern neighbo(u)rs for going ahead with plans for the Sparkling Hill Resort and Wellness Hotel, the first hotel project in North America to incorporate Swarovski Crystal elements into every aspect of its design. This does not appear to be a joke.
According to a press release announcing the official unveiling of the hotel's design, Andy Altmayer, head of Circle of Innovation at Swarovski, is overseeing the Vernon, British Columbia project.