Hey, Hotel Scoopers! I’m just back from Vancouver’s oh-so-cool Opus Hotel, and I’ve got pics and details to share.
First things first: When you check into this 96-room boutique hotel in Vancouver’s hip Yaletown ‘hood, the chipper young staffers greet you with a complimentary glass of bubbly or a chilled bottle of water.
But don’t get too cozy too soon. You’ll want to check out the neighborhood.
Yaletown’s restored brick warehouse buildings now house restaurants, boutiques, and nightspots, all surrounded by steel-and-glass apartment towers. Booking a room at the Opus feels like you’re settling into the Yaletown condo life.
The hotel will loan you a mountain bike to tool around town. You’re just a few blocks from the waterfront seawall path that circles False Creek and goes all the way to Stanley Park, an excellent excursion for a sunny day. (The Opus has a small, window-lined fitness room where you can work out when the weather isn’t cooperating.)
Or if you need to travel in higher style, book the hotel’s complimentary car service that will take you to appointments and attractions downtown.
TIP: The Opus is directly across the street from the Yaletown/Roundhouse Canada Line station, and from Vancouver’s airport, it’s a quick 20-minute ride. Much faster, and cheaper, than taking a cab.
Once you’ve settled into your room, you might want to put on your sunglasses, and not just for when you’re traveling around incognito. The eye-popping room colors — magenta, lime green, vibrant orange, purple — are bright!
To add to these playful designs, the Opus teamed up with four local artists, who created eclectic original artwork that hangs on the walls of each guest room.
Like a Yaletown condo, the guest rooms aren’t large; the least expensive measure only 250 square feet. But you’re not going to be running laps around your room, are you?
Many of the spacious, white-tiled bathrooms have a window into the bedroom, and the curtain is on the bedroom side. If you’re the shy type, better tell your partner not to peek! And if you’d rather that your partner watch you while you do your business, go ahead.
In other rooms, the bathrooms have a wall of windows facing the outside of the building. The windows bring in plenty of light — don’t you always want your bathroom to be brighter? In case you’d rather not parade in the buff in front of the entire neighborhood, close the shades.
The beds are comfy — you can choose a queen or king — with padded headboards and plenty of pillows. When the housekeeping staffs turns down your bed for the night, they leave old-time Popeye candies on the bedside tables.
The Opus rooms come with all sorts of high-tech toys, starting with flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, and iPod clock radios. All rooms have iPads that you can use during your stay, and the higher-priced rooms include mobile phones, too — handy for avoiding those nasty cellphone roaming charges. Wi-Fi is standard, and complimentary, of course.
You might think that the sexy little Opus is made for breakfast in bed — and it is. But whether you drag yourself down to the dining room or order from room service, don’t skip your morning meal.
One of the signature breakfast dishes is the “Kaiserschmarrn,” a thick, fluffy Northern Italian pancake served with fresh whipped cream and berry jam. Sardines on toast and cured salmon served on a mixed grain salad also join the expected bacon-and-eggs and yogurt-and-granola plates.
TIP: Book a dinner reservation at the Opus’ restaurant, La Pentola della Quercia, for some of the best modern Italian cuisine in the city.
Of course, you can stay by yourself at the sexy Opus Hotel. But it’s much more fun to share your stay with someone special.
Looking for for a sexy hotel in Toronto, too? Check out Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square.