Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Vancouver : New hotels on the rise

It's tough keeping track of all the new hotels/condos going up in Vancouver these days. The list seems endless and there's no doubt that the crane has become Vancouver's newest city bird.

Here is a sampling:

The L'Hermitage Hotel on Robson Street is one of Vancouver's newest hotels to open. As a member of the Boutique Hotels and Resorts of British Columbia (BHRBC), the Canadian architecture firms Lawrence Doyle Architects and Gomberoff Bell Lyon Group collaborated to create a sophisticated, 60-suite boutique hotel that offers personalized service and such amenities as iPod docking stations and complimentary WiFi in every room. Rates from $169.

Loden Vancouver, located in Coal Harbour, is Los Angeles-based Kor Hotel Group's first Canadian property. The 14-story boutique hotel features 77 contemporary rooms with upscale amenities and a wellness centre that includes an intimate day spa and fitness center. Voya Restaurant & Lounge, led by executive chef Marc-Andre Choquette, is the centrepiece of
Loden's food and beverage program. Opening Oct. 23, 2008 with introductory rates from $239 through Dec. 30, 2008.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
is officially the city’s tallest building. As the first North American property for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, the 119-room hotel occupies the first 15 floors of the landmark building. It is scheduled to open on January 24, 2009. The hotel integrates BC's West Coast style with Shangri-La’s Asian heritage, including CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, which features five individual suites and one couple’s suite (all with a fireplace and private bath, shower, changing and vanity area). The hotel's signature restaurant is MARKET by Jean-Georges, the internationally acclaimed chef and entrepreneur’s first foray into Canada and the West Coast. Rates from $349.

Hotel Georgia has been a landmark in downtown Vancouver for 80 years. Now part of
The Residences at Georgia, the 168 guest suites were created out of the former hotel's 313 rooms. Celebrated chef David Hawksworth, formerly of West, is opening his signature dining room here. Interior design by a team from Munge Leun and an outdoor pool with fireplace and cabana are just two of the heritage hotel's features. Scheduled to open in 2009.

The Residences at Georgia
Photo by Sue Frause