We've stayed at this contemporary boutique hotel three times and about to make a fourth trip in a matter of weeks. We always have a comfortable and pleasant stay.
The service at both the Listel and the restaurant downstairs, O'Doul's, has been consistently above par in our stays here. During the Olympics when we were in town (we stayed elsewhere, however, due to Olympic committees booking 90% of the existing hotel rooms in the city) we had a few drinks in O'Doul's to watch the Canada/Russia game, and the restaurant manager wandered by and gave us tickets to a medal ceremony for no apparent reason.
The property is conveniently located on entertaining Robson street which is chock full of restaurants and shopping; we are big hockey fans and previously enjoyed the large sports bar across the street but on our last trip we sadly noticed it has been replaced by a Greek restaurant, which for most people will probably be a nice upgrade.
O'Doul's offers a very tasty breakfast and, apparently, live music most weekend nights. I wouldn't know because there are so many great restaurants in the area at which to eat at that I never have had dinner there. I can particularly recommend Joe Forte's on the corner of Thurlow and Robson which has a great rooftop dining area in the summers.
Of course, the hotel has a bunch of art in the lobby gallery and scattered around the building. Although they make a point of saying the rooms are also appointed with local art, most guests probably wouldn't notice--the room art is really not that conspicuously different from any other hotel of this caliber. One or two pieces in a room is not enough to make a difference. It does make the lobby more engaging, however.
The Listel is appropriately, possibly even well, priced. It is an elegant, quiet but not stodgy hotel. We are a young childless couple ourselves, so I never really noticed, but thinking back on it now I realize we haven't come across any families here.
Cars are valet-parked and are returned to you with a few cookies wrapped up with a thank-you note--a cute touch.
Highly recommended for business travelers or adults traveling with either mature or nonexistent children.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Listel Hotel, Vancouver is located on city's most vibrant shopping and dining street. It is also known as "Vancouver's most art-full" and eco-friendly hotel. The property features original and limited artwork throughout the 129 guest rooms and public areas. It also boasts two award-winning and popular restaurants - Forage and Timber. ... more less
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