Saturday, September 13, 2014

Postcard from BC: Listel Hotel Vancouver welcomes autumn with trio of packages

Sunset at English Bay - July 2014. ©SueFrausePhoto
It has been a beautiful summer in Vancouver. I took Amtrak Cascades northbound to Vancouver in July, spending three days that featured both sunshine and rain. But fall is one of my favorite seasons to spend time in the City of Glass -- the tourists are gone, the pace has slowed down and many hotels are offering reduced rates and packages for guests. With autumn looming on the calendar (September 23), now is a good time to plan a fall getaway.

Among those offering special packages is the Listel Hotel Vancouver, located on Robson Street near the West End (think Stanley Park and English Bay). I've been staying there since the '80s, and with the addition of Forage restaurant in 2012, it just keeps getting better. Heading up the kitchen is Chef Chris Whittaker, who earned the title of Vancouver Aquarium Oceanwise Chowder Chowdown Champion in both 2012 and 2013You'll find Chef Whittaker's award-winning chowder on both Forage's weekend brunch and dinner menus (they also serve breakfast seven days a week), along with other locally focused food and beverages. Here's a trio of Listel Hotel Vancouver packages for fall, with rates starting at $159. And for what to do when you're not dining and sleeping, go to Tourism Vancouver's website for a list of events.

Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage was named top Vancouver chowder maker two years in a row. ©SueFrausePhoto

Fall Into Savings with Breakfast
Non-refundable Fall Into Savings with Breakfast & $50 Gas Card
Full breakfast for two in Forage ($40 value). Select from a Standard, Museum or Gallery floor room (rates vary).

Fall Into Savings with Parking
Non-refundable Fall into Savings with Parking & $50 Gas Card
Underground, secured parking and valet service ($37 value)
Select from a Standard, Museum or Gallery floor room (rates vary)

Fall Into Savings (Room Only)
Non-refundable Fall Into Savings (Room Only) & $50 Gas Card
Select from a Standard, Museum or Gallery floor room (rates vary)

The Fine Print
Rates must be booked by October 12, 2014 and are available for stays through November 30, 2014.
Non-refundable packages are available for stays through October 31, 2014.
A Gallery floor room's separate bedroom. ©SueFrausePhoto