What to do in Vancouver BC + Opus Hotel Review
Vancouver is a great vacation spot year-round for travelers looking to have a world-class experience with a laid back west coast vibe. Its proximity to the hiking 2 hours away in Whistler and Squamish is also a huge draw for those looking to have the best of both worlds- epic hiking and fine dining and shopping of the big city. The Opus hotel is the perfect place to spend your stay in Vancouver, not only is it located in the hip (and friendly) Yaletown neighborhood, it is a destination in its own right. Whether you’re in the mood for a martini at The Opus Bar (pictured above) or looking to nosh the Italian restaurant La Pentola next door, you don’t have to travel far to get a taste of the local flavor.
My fiancee and I arrived at midnight and since we were too tired to hit the bar scene we thoroughly enjoyed the Butler Service at the hotel, where you can order Aperol Spritz for two, delivered straight to your door on a tray decorated with beautiful flowers. There is nothing quite like enjoying an Aperol Spritz in the oversized soaking tub in your deluxe room. If alcohol isn’t your thing and the late-night munchies hit, the Butler Service can hook you up with warm brownies and milk or bring you some of La Pentola’s classic Italian fare.
We stayed in the King Deluxe room which was inspired by a man named Billy, a London based musician, and one of the hotels many muses. The interior designer of the hotel, Robert Bailey, was inspired by several muses and each room is designed to reflect the avant-garde tastes of those people. Our room was painted in an energizing shade of Liverpool green and accented with many eclectic textures and patterns to pull everything together. The room is equipped with a fully stocked mini-bar with awesome snacks and actual half and half for your morning joe, hallelujah!
If you are looking to explore the waterfront you’re in luck as The Opus is located only steps away from the gorgeous waterfront parks system where you can run, use the bikes they have at the hotel, or go for a nice jog. From the waterfront near the hotel, you can walk about 30 minutes to Chinatown and check out Dr. Sun Yat-Sen zen garden, a free garden that is a little piece of paradise right in the city.
Here are some photos of the outside wall (left) and the inside of the garden (right.)