Oru, the hotel’s locally focused restaurant, featuring sustainably harvested seafood
iPod wine lists include label images and food pairing recommendations
Rejuvenating spa with outdoor meditation pods and deep Japanese-style soaking tubs for couples
Pets are permitted at an additional cost of $30 per stay
What To Know
Kids are welcome, but the lobby vibe is distinctly grown-up
Located a few blocks from the heart of downtown, so bring walking shoes
The hotel pipes a lovely Indian jasmine scent into the lobby; beware if you’re sensitive
WiFi is an additional cost of $14.95 per day
Parking on site
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Arty urban escape with a locavore restaurant, slick digital services and a spa with outdoor meditation pods
Artful and modern. From the 17 stories of Liam Gillick-designed text wrapped around the building’s exterior to the 180-foot Joseph Wu origami light fixture in the restaurant, art is large here. Photography from the 1950s adorns the bustling Giovane café. That zebra-striped marble fireplace in the gleaming white lobby is 15 feet long, which means there’s always a leather armchair free nearby.
Bed and Bath
The plush pillows and perfect mattresses might not be novel; it’s what you can do from the bed with your coffee-toned room’s iPad 2 that adds luxury (and an aura of wizardry). Order dungeness crab eggs benedict, arrange spa treatments, or request valet services at the touch of a screen. Marble bathrooms featuring hologram-like in-mirror television screens also make the accommodations feel supernaturally techie. The hotel’s height and location make for great Vancouver views, but even if you don’t have a vista of the harbor or Stanley Park, each room is outfitted with an oversize backlit photo of the North Shore Mountains.
Oru, an airy, locally focused restaurant on the second floor, serves well-polished British Columbia fare (line-caught wild salmon, bison carpaccio) with occasional nods to Asian cuisine. Downstairs, the Italian-inspired Giovane café and wine bar is coffee klatch by day and casual grappa-soaked hangout by night — the right spot for a macchiato and a signature sugar bun when Oru’s braised short rib hash seems too time-consuming, or for bites when you just have a hankering for a salumi platter and a glass of Chianti. For upscale downtown car service, join the hotel’s frequent stay program and you’ll get free access to a fleet of new BMWs — not a bad way to travel. Visit the spa for treatments based on Canadian products such as maple lotion, Saskatchewan clay, and local seaweed — and don’t miss the firepits on the outdoor spa deck.