Sunday, June 8, 2014

Special summer package at OPUS Hotel in Vancouver B.C.

The trendy OPUS Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia is defying conventional wisdom and offering a summer special during what is historically the busiest travel season of the year.

Located in the city’s chic Yaletown area, the four-star boutique OPUS Hotel is offering a Summer in the City package through September 15, which the hotel’s PR material describes as “celebrat[ing] the best of the city’s urban and outdoor experiences.” Owing to the hotel’s location at 322 Davie Street, just north and east of the Granville Bridge, a number of the package’s offerings are within walking distance of the hotel’s front door.

OPUS Hotel entrance
The package, which starts at CAN$399, includes round trip Aquabus tickets for two for a quick crossing of False Creek to Granville Island and its lively public market, artisan boutiques, galleries, coffee shops, street performances and more. It also includes a gourmet packed lunch for two and a two-hour stand up paddleboard lesson in picturesque Spruce Harbour.

Guests also have complimentary use of the hotel’s vintage style cruiser bikes to explore the city on their own. Vancouver offers bike trails along its sea wall, which includes nearly nine kilometers of waterfront views of English Bay and the nearby mountains. Stanley Park, a national historic site of Canada, includes 27 kilometers of trails winding through dense foliage and old-growth forest.

Deluxe King Pierre room
If those activities aren’t to a guest’s particular liking, the OPUS concierge team can help craft a personalized experience in and around Vancouver’s most vibrant neighborhood.

The hotel’s location is also mere steps away from the Yaletown-Roundhouse Skytrain station where visitors can catch a Skytrain on the Canada line to take them as far as Vancouver Airport (YVR) or the Richmond-Brighouse station to the south and the Vancouver Waterfront station to the north. At the Waterfront station, riders can transfer to the Millennium or Expo lines and travel to the eastern part of the metropolitan area.

Skytrain is part of the city’s extensive system of public transportation that makes a car largely unnecessary. Read my 2011 post on getting around Vancouver sans automobile here, but bear in mind that ticket prices are now somewhat higher.

La Pentola at OPUS
When the dinner hour approaches, guests can enjoy an aperitif or cocktail at OPUS Bar, then discover some of the city’s best dining and nightlife with more than 60 restaurants and lounges right on the hotel’s doorstep. Guests who don’t want to venture out can dine at the at hotel’s on-site Italian restaurant, La Pentola della Quercia.

Those inclined to test their luck can do so at the Edgewater Casino, located a kilometer east of the hotel near BC Place.

The Summer in the City package includes breakfast for two at La Pentola the following morning, and late checkout at 1pm.

The amenities included with the package make it an excellent value. For comparison to the hotel’s standard rates, I selected a two-night stay on July 18 – 20. The Summer in the City package that weekend was quoted at CAN$409 per night, while a standard room was CAN$379 per night.

Each of OPUS Hotel's 96 guest rooms features spa bathrooms with heated floors, Frette bathrobes, free Wi-Fi, and an iPad to use on and off property. Deluxe rooms and above also provide a Samsung Galaxy 3 phones. Pets are also welcome; the pet-friendly property does not levy an additional charge for bringing one's pampered pooch.

The property has won numerous accolades, including being named Vancouver's only four-star boutique hotel in the 2014 Forbes Travel Guide, one of Conde Nast Traveler's Top 20 hotels in Western Canada, and Best in Business Travel and a Top 500 Hotels in the World by Travel + Leisure magazine. With rooms done in vibrant colors and adorned with modern art, the hotel was also named the Trendiest Hotel in Canada, and one of the "Top 5 Trendiest Hotels in the World" by TripAdvisor.

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