View From Our Balcony, Opus Vancouver Hotel, photo by Mike Keenan
Amenities: "Opus as in Wow-us!" We start with a welcome beverage in the funky registration area. We are in room 707, a standard king room in this attractive, inviting boutique hotel amidst Yaletown's funky restaurants, sidewalk cafes, spas and shops.
Our room features a king bed with comfy soft pillows and covers, and - how romantic, one can see through the curtained bathroom window.
The room is smartly appointed and stylishly furnished with a plush sofa chair, executive writing desk and ergonomic chair, iLuv dock featuring Bluetooth and USB charging cord for any Iphone or Android device, iPad and docking station, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi internet, coffee making and tea facilities, hairdryer, and an iron and ironing board.
Bathroom: Three-piece bathroom with spacious walk-in shower with Malin & Goetz amenity collection.
Decor: There are five fictional characters used to depict the rooms' decor and three different types of rooms in each category.
Trendy with a cosmopolitan atmosphere, there is an animated feel about the area, seemingly designed for the young, beautiful and affluent. Oh to be back in my 30s! There is also a strange see-through picture of a gun hung on the purple wall! Freudian symbolism, no doubt.
The hotel has a sophisticated feel and high tech perks abound such as free WI-Fi, smart TV, Samsung Galaxy S3 mobile phones and an i Pad for optimum neighborhood exploration.
Balcony: After registering and checking into our room, we see water (False Creek) from our balcony.
Hotel Features & History: From San Diego, we fly into Vancouver and take the convenient Sky Train only ten stops (20 minutes) to the Opus Hotel in Yaletown, directly across from the Yaletown Roundhouse station. How convenient is that!
I like the name, Opus. I associate it with a piece of music from one of the classical composers. Or perhaps a work of art by a Renaissance master. There are 96 suites here, themed with fictional characters to depict the unique room styles.
Opus was the first hotel in Canada to provide an iPad 2 in every room for on and off property use.
Opus is the only boutique hotel in Vancouver to receive the coveted Forbes Four-Star rating, and it was named in the "Top 5 Trendiest Hotels in the World" by TripAdvisor. I certainly agree. Opus is an exceptional experience. Congratulations to Nicholas Gandossi, General Manager!
Visit One of the Hippest Hotels in the World, OPUS Vancouver
Opus Hotel - Vancouver, BC
Breakfast: In the morning, we visit the popular Caffé Artigiano coffee house right next door to Opus and after a short walk, we visit Granville Island via the Aqua Bus.
Supper: Winner Silver: Best Restaurant in Yaletown, Vancouver Magazine, Restaurant awards,
2016 Visit the official La Pentola Website: lapentola.ca , or see their virtual tour for more.
Drinks: Chef Travis McCord's new Happy Hour at Opus Bar. Enjoy 6 items priced at $5 daily 3pm-6pm (7 days a week) along with wines by the glass and select craft brews all for only $5.
Service: Pleasant and affable service.
Nearby Attractions: New York has SoHo. Paris has the Left Bank. London has Kensington and Vancouver has Yaletown. There are three major streets to walk about here in Yaletown's 12-block historic district, home to over 60 of the city's most stylish restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, spas and cafes. This False Creek waterfront community experienced major revitalization, formerly a warehouse district with textile shops and train yards. Now, it's one of Vancouver's hippest areas.
Room Cost: : $289
Room Tip or Suggestion: We were in Room 707 - and it was lovely
Proviso: I was a guest of the Opus Hotel; however, editorial material above is solely my own and not reviewed by my host.
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