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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.
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]
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!
We've heard of hotels opening pop-up shops and pop-up spas and even pop-up hotels themselves but this is definitely the first we've ever heard for a pop-up hotel restaurant. And that's just what the OPUS Vancouver Hotel will be installing later this week after shutting down their fine dining restaurant, Elixir Bistro, this past Saturday.
In place of Elixir will be a pop-up restaurant called 100 Days, so-called because it will be open for 100 days.
The new inhabitants of 1OO Days will be stripping the space back to its raw industrial bare bones. The menu style will offer affordable plates with a food quality parallel to that of Elixir.
Play "Spot the Celebrity" at Opus Hotel's Elixir Bistro.
You may be out of luck if you're trying to find a vacant hotel in Vancouver during the Olympics, but that doesn't mean you can't party at a hotel. Head to the Opus Hotel in Vancouver’s popular Yaletown ’hood to be in the middle of the post-Games party scene.
If you are looking for stars, plant yourself at the hotel’s Elixir Bistro. Jennifer Aniston and Bradley Cooper both hung in the hotel restaurant when they were recently in town filming, so it’s likely you’ll see other big names here.
The Vancouver Pride Parade might only happen on August 2, but the Opus Hotel in Vancouver has Pride-related deals happening for much longer how festive!
The Pride 2009 Package runs from July 18 through to August 10 and includes a Superior Queen room (yes, they made it a queen room intentionally) and a "special welcome indulgence", plus a $50 credit to use in the Opus Bar or, if you need a bit more privacy, on your room's minibar.
And the final bonus: while you're out enjoying some Pride festivities, room service will be visiting you to add an "extra special pride downturn" to be there waiting for you. We don't know what these special additions are but if you stay there, please let us know, because we sure are curious.
You can take the romance of Pride a bit further if you like, because the Opus also has a Propose on Pride package as well. This one includes a bottle of champagne to toast your proposal (assuming it works out well), and breakfast for two in bed the next morning, finishing off with a late checkout of 2pm. Package costs vary according to the date so check directly with the hotel, but you're looking at upwards of C$320 a night.
As believers in the act of pre-gaming that is, tailgating before football games, sipping wine before heading to dinner, taking shots before heading to parties or clubs we can for sure get on board with, um, a year-in-advance pre-game for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Apparently, it has been determined that Vancouver's Yaletown neighborhood is going to be the 'Olympic Party Zone' when the games roll around, so a hotel in the area, the Opus (home of that let-everyone-know-you're-staying-here 7 Series we've mentioned), has gotten in on the action early to offer a party preview package for people who want to dip their toes into the vast pool of Olympic parties coming up next year.
Frequent on-the-ground Vancouver hotel spy Chrispitality helpfully demonstrated in his Flickr photo that when you ride in the BMW at The Opus Hotel Vancouver, everyone in town will know where you're staying.
Since this picture was snapped back in 2006, we thought we would just check-in to see what sort of series the hotel is driving these days. Indeed the hotel's car is still a 7 Series BMW that offers complimentary rides to "all downtown locations including all cruise ship terminals, 7 days/week subject to availability."
While we have no qualms about broadcasting our hotel when riding around in town, we imagine Twilight vampire Robert Pattinson, currently in town to shoot the "New Moon" sequel, would probably not do the same.
Yesterday we let you know that we would be uncovering blogs written by hotels and hotel employees and we gave you a little preview of the Opus Hotel blog, run by general manager Daniel Craig (unfortunately, not the Bond actor.)
Craig dishes on the strange and mundane things happening at this Vancouver hotel, along with general hotel news and lessons about how the hotel industry works. Craig also doles out some helpful advice for those looking for a career in the hotel industry:
Note, candidates must love smiling. Together with eye contact and guest name usage, smiles form the basics of great guest service. Of course, I'm talking about genuine smiles. Fake smiles, plastic smiles, vacant smiles and smiles that come across as obsequious, condescending or creepy don't quite cut it in this business. It also helps to know when to turn a smile off, like when a guest is yelling at you. But one must never turn off the "can do" attitude.
Craig does mention that "silent shoppers", mystery guests who evaluate the hotel service, showed up last month but would only note, "I'm happy to say that Opus fared exceptionally well. There is always room for improvement, of course, and the feedback from [the shoppers] will help us to get better."
So you won't find out any dirt on the hotel but it's always interesting to hear how a hotel operates from the perspective of the GM, especially one as dapper as Craig. We wonder if he actually does the dusting.
Everyone knows Van is one of the top movie-making centers in North America, but not everyone knows that until recently Vancouver lacked a true design hotel option. Enter Opus.
Opus opened a couple years ago in the fashionable Yaletown district (think SoHo in NY) and has become the place to stay in Vancouver.
The property is a comfortable modern environment with a sweet hotel bar (try the martinis).
Design wise Opus covers all the basics: Phillipe Starck bar stools, Arne Jacobsen egg chairs, and bright colored rooms. Furthermore, in what is quickly becoming a Canadian design hotel must have, Opus has voyeur showers. You know, a window in the bathroom that allows you to watch others shower from the comfort of your bed.
Oh, and Opus went ahead and put in heated bathroom floors, which are a huge bonus if you find yourself BC bound in February.
Unfortunately, you will have to pay for your Internet access, and upgrade to a deluxe room to enjoy the 42 inch plasma tvs.
The clincher for the LA set? Hand held oxygen dispensers in every room. What's next? Botox injections in the lobby?