OPUS Hotel Vancouver
What We Love
- Hip Yaletown location
- Perennially stylish and celeb-frequented Opus Bar
- Heated floors, double-sided fireplaces and oxygen dispensers in rooms
- Free use of BMW for downtown errands
- Free mountain or city bikes
What To Know
- Rooms can be loud; use earplugs provided at turndown
- Pet-friendly, though not very kid-friendly
- No spa or pool
- WiFi is about $15/night
- The new subway line, opened during the 2010 Winter Olympics, connects the hotel directly to the airport
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Boring beige boutique-style? Not a chance at the Opus. The 96-room hotel enlisted interior designer Robert Bailey — who’s known for his playful, chic use of color, pattern-mixing, luxe-modern furniture and generally stylish decor — to oversee its recent renovation. From the check-in counter, where you’re greeted with a glass of bubbly upon arrival, to the iridescent Opus Bar, the hotel’s look is chill contemporary through and through.
Bed and Bath
Bailey was inspired by five fictional hotel “guests” when he established the various themes for the rooms. Mike’s room (he’s a New York City doctor) is raspberry red, with faux crocodile and dark wood, while Pierre’s — the food critic’s — has Hermès-orange walls, velvet bolsters and furniture, and a metallic gold faux-leather headboard. Regardless of the theme, acclaimed local artists’ work appears in every room. The beds are topped with down-filled duvets, bathrobes are made from luxurious Egyptian cotton and bathrooms are outfitted with L’Occitane en Provence amenities. Deep soaking tubs have walls of glass that separate the bathrooms from the bedrooms, so you can bathe with a view (or draw the curtain for privacy).
La Pentola, owned by the same chef duo that brought the award-winning La Quercia to the city, offers exceptional Northern Italian dishes including handmade pastas, parmesan soufflé, seasonal fresh fish and burrata cheese just flown in from Italy. It features an exceptional wine list and kick-ass servers who truly know their food and drink — without pretense. Opus Bar in the lobby serves cocktails and nibbles, and some of the best to-go coffee in Vancouver is at Caffè Artigiano, just next door to the hotel. Free car service, mountain bikes and cruisers are available for getting about town, if you so please.
In the Area
Yaletown is a few walkable blocks from the Opus and is jam-packed with restaurants, bars, spas and boutiques. Try Simply Thai for excellent Asian, the Flying Pig for a bit of a locals-only vibe, plus bars and boutiques like Marimekko, Goorin Bros. Hats, Bombay Brow Bar and Killjoy for a hot shave and a drink at the bar. From the Opus head straight out the door and down Davie Street until you hit the False Creek seawall for a scenic stroll, bike or run flanked by sailboats and quiet parks. For brunch nearby, try the French-Mediterranean Provence.
How to Get There
We were warmly welcomed with a "bubbly" beverage in the bar next to the small reception area. The hotel has a very casual vibe, and is very colorful with rooms in bright green, red, purple, pink, blue walls. Each room has an IPad and throughout the hotel we had access to WiFi. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom had a nice large soaking tub! We had family-style lunch in La Pentola, and it was delicious! The staff was very attentive to our needs and requests. The hotel is centrally located in Yale Town, close to public transportation and the Aquabus to Granville Island. Lots of shops and restaurants within walking distance. About 30 minutes from Canada Place. A nice gem in the city if want something different from the large hotels in town.
What a fantastic experience! Located just steps from anything you would want, combined with an amiable, caring staff, this is our go-to hotel for downtown Vancouver.
Dog-friendly and always helpful, the Opus is an easy choice for a stay downtown.
This is a great location for this hotel. It’s close to the railway and also the ferry taxis. It’s very close to a lot of places to eat and shop. We absolutely loved this property and would stay here again. The bikes were a huge perk as we rode all over the city.