Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Sampling all the British Colombian cheeses, seafood and beef at Bacchus Restaurant
- The impressive art collection, which includes two pieces by Salvador Dalí
- The deluxe martini menu, with drinks priced by type of alcohol, not brand
What To Know
- Twice-daily housekeeping keeps things spic and span
- The city’s power players can be spotted schmoozing at Bacchus
- Ask for one of the rooms with a balcony overlooking the gardens of Robson Square
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Any Relais & Châteaux property creates certain expectations: guests expect to feel tended to like delicate flowers, cosseted and charmed. This Vancouver property, from the doorman wearing a top hat to the secret garden, does the job and manages to feel like an exclusive hideaway in the big city all at the same time. Part old-world gentlemen’s club (deep carpets and hunting prints on the walls) with up-to-the-minute amenities (there’s iPhone integration in the fitness center equipment), this is a destination all on its own. Not to sniff at the fab location, which is conveniently central, but you might be tempted to spend afternoons taking high tea in front of the fire or getting an in-suite massage rather than actually touring the city. The rooms have Frette towels, Nespresso machines, and reproduction furniture, and the expansive Wedgewood suites have an extra bathroom, but it’s the common areas like the lounge and the lobby, brimming with portraits, fireplaces, and antiques, that are the epitome of old European elegance.
In the Area
Vancouver’s a very walkable city, and even more so when you’re staying at the Wedgewood. The hip boutiques and chic cafés of Gastown, with its historic buildings, are a ten-minute walk. Start with an espresso at Revolver, one of the city’s best third-wave cafés, then take yourself on a tour of the district, picking up chic minimalist garments at Oak + Fort before stopping for lunch at Nelson the Seagull, a gorgeous bakery and café with outstanding bread and simple dishes like poached eggs and “picnic boards” of hummus, pesto, and other treats. There’s plenty to see and do right around the hotel, too, like the impressive Vancouver Art Gallery just across the street, more museum than gallery and with a focus on British Columbian art. The hotel is around the corner from Vancouver City Centre station, which links to the airport.
How to Get There
We went into Vancouver for a couple of nights. We have lived in Vancouver for about 25 years but now live on the island. Knowing downtown we wanted somewhere that we could walk to restaurants and shopping. We even walked to Stanley Park from the hotel but we like walking. The hotel was as advertised a boutique adventure. We ate in the Bacchus restaurant and my wife went to the spa. All very nice and enjoyable. As indicated the doorman was a hit and you will enjoy his stories. A great way to visit, we valeted our car and never took it out until we left.
A sanctuary of charm, grace and calm in the middle of trendy Vancouver.
Guests immediately feel welcome from the street, through check-in, to their room, which we found to be large, plush and comfortable.
The bar is great... warm, welcoming and super-relaxing. Food is available with drinks.
Dining room is first class, but expensive.
The spa is also very user friendly, if sparse. Massage and other services are available, but they are pricey.
We had received GCs for this hotel, as we were in town to see Cirque, decided o stay over. The doorman was so gracious and helpful. They remembered our names, and did all they could to make our stay so comfortable. When we needed our car, it wa there immediately. Assistance with a was greatly appreciated. The room was spacious and well decorated and the bathroom was a work of art. We had a deck which overlooked Robison Square, with all the fall leaves in their fall glory