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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.
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The newest version of the app is now available for download from the iTunes store or the Android market with Toronto and Vancouver hotel deals at the ready (not until noon local time, of course.) The app's update also now supports various forms of international currencies--including Canadian dollars, the British pound and the Euro.
A-ha. There's a clue right there about where else HotelTonight will be expanding abroad. Fingers crossed London is the next city where last-minute hotel guests can find a killer room deal.
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.
A St. Regis for around $200* a night? Yes, it's possible—in Canada! Of course, that room rate should be the first thing to tip you off that the St. Regis Vancouver is not actually a St. Regis of the Starwood variety.
As we found on a recent trip north, the St. Regis Vancouver is a charming boutique hotel with historic bones, a fantastic downtown location perfect for business travelers and tourists alike--and a ton of added extras that we bet you won't find at your local posh version of a St. Regis.
If you're wondering what a Non-St.Regis St. Regis looks like, just click through our gallery for a peek at what the Vancouver indie has to offer.