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It’s midnight when we return to the Fairmont Pacific Rim after a night out on the town in Vancouver. When we walk into the Lobby Lounge, the place is overflowing with well-dressed lookers--locals, guests and residents of the hotel. And we know why.
Yes, it’s partly because of the atmosphere – West Coast cool with loads of glass, some woody features and a clean white background overall – but mostly, ladies and gentlemen, it's because the cocktails are to die for.
We took it upon ourselves to try a few of the bevvies on order but we kept coming back to the seriously tasty Absolut Beta Martini. This cocktail was created by the oh-so-charming head bartender Grant Sceney. With it, he won the Absolut Vodka Martini Competition and is carrying the flag to compete in Sweden. If it’s not the winner, we think the competition’s fixed.
The cocktail is both tart and sweet but with complex flavors that make it impossible to discern any one element over another. If you think you have the wherewithal to re-create it yourself, here’s what you’ll need:
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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.
We've seen some pretty inventive cocktail concoctions in our time, but this one has us pretty intrigued. The Opus Vancouver has partnered with doTERRA Vancouver to create essential oil-infused cocktails. Yep, we can hear you now. "Huh"? We had the same reaction. Last time we checked essential oils were used in spa treatments or hokey feel-good remedies. But a drink? Nah, man.
Guess we needed to be schooled, and that happened when we asked for more info. Apparently these cocktails are made with dōTERRA's certified therapeutic grade essential oils that can be ingested (not all oils have that quality) by adding them to water or in this case, booze.
So, the hotel's Opus Bar created cocktails like the Opusition, a mix of passionfruit liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice, Brut sparkling wine, poached pineapple and grapefruit essential oil. And in addition to sipping this yummy blend, you're actually boosting your digestive and immune system and uplifting your mood. You can't be mad at a multi-purpose cocktail!
Then there's the Hugo, the bar's version of a gin & tonic made with Bombay gin, mint, soda and lavender and lime essential oils. Now, with this drink apparently relaxation is meant to occur along with natural aphrodisiac, mind calming and restorative feelings. We read this to mean you can drink a few, let your hair down, and maybe not regret it in the morning? We say cheers to that!
[Photo: Opus Vancouver]
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 ).
At HotelChatter, we see a lot of hotel rooms. Really a lot of them. Minimalist, maximalist, small and big, traditional and contemporary, generic or unique, we've come across everything from tired and worn down to so-new-it-still-smells-like-fresh-paint. But it's not every day we come across one that allows you to select a room based on your preferred color palette.
Such is the case though at Opus Vancouver, the boutique hotel in the heart of the city's trendy Yaletown. Six room types (from Standard Rooms to the Penthouse Suite) are decorated in five different color schemes. From cranberry red, deep orange, and taupe to vibrant green and warm blue, the general Opus modus operandi is: "we don't do beige".
If you've ever used the lobby bathrooms at the Georgian Court Hotel in Vancouver and thought to yourself, 'That was an experience I'd like to have again,' then it probably won't come as too much of a surprise that the hotel is up for an award in Cintas' annual "Canada's Best Restroom" contest. Yes, you may well have relieved yourself in an award-winning bathroom!
But don't congratulate yourself just yet. The winner still has to be picked—though we're certainly rooting for Vancouver, as it's the only hotel represented in the lineup of five finalists. Among the other contenders are: a fancy restaurant in Toronto, a graffiti-proof public toilet in Victoria, and a vocational school near Montreal.
May the best can win!
There’s nothing quite like eating fresh, local ingredients – when tomatoes actually taste sweet and tangy and aren’t some sort of tasteless, pulpy triviality. Is there really a vitamin of some sort in those things? We aren’t sure, and so we say, “Carry on locavore movement!”
Well, the Shangri-La Vancouver Hotel is doing just that. On Sunday August 19 and September 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., some of British Columbia’s best local food purveyors will be on hand at the MARKET restaurant’s terrace dishing up some of the best seafood, fresh fruit, organic veggies, baked goods, jams and jellies for you to sample. There’s even local wine on hand to taste.
While you nibble on the local products and purchase some goodies to take home with you, enjoy the live music brought in to entertain.
We like toys – especially high-tech toys that we get to use for free.
Yesterday, OPUS Hotel Vancouver gave us the scoop that they are now offering guests complimentary use of an iPhone during their stay at the hotel.
Now, besides being a nifty high-tech gadget to play with on the streets of Vancouver, why is this so much better than just that? Because, not only does the iPhone serve as the phone in your room, it’s programmed with a one-touch button that instantly connects you to all of the hotel's departments.
Plus, as an added bonus, all incoming and local calls are free, which means that you can save yourself those hefty roaming charges. And there’s more! If you book your stay directly through the OPUS Vancouver website, full Internet capabilities on the iPhone are yours at no charge. It just keeps on getting better and better.
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!
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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.