Opus is a high-end boutique hotel frequented by notables from the fashion and film industries and youngish professionals in-the-know. It looks like something our of Wallpaper magazine: ultra-trendy, understated-modern punctuated with vibrant colours and a hip vibe.
My room was spacious with a glorious soaking tub and a walk-in shower. The king-sized bed gave me the chance to try the TempurPedic mattress (sheer indulgence and a great night's sleep). All the amenities are high-end: the l'Occitane toiletries, larger bottles of liquor on the desk, the softest bathrobe ever. Yet for me the most important part of the room was the feeling I got as I entered after a hectic day of sightseeing: It was tranquil and I welcomed the feeling of privacy and quiet. I could get used to this.
When I returned to my room at night, there was little card at my bedside that told me what tomorrow's weather would bring, along with a carafe of water. Where else would nightly turn down service come with an all-day sucker one night and a string of fizzy candy the next, instead of the ubiquitous chocolate?
That told me that I was staying in a place that takes its service, rather than itself, seriously. And that really made a difference, because I'm so far off the fashion/trendy grid that it's a non-fashion statement in itself. So I was worried that I'd be treated to pretentious staff looking me over and making me feel like I didn't belong.
Instead I was spoiled at and by Opus - starting with informed, cheerful and courteous staff and running the gamut.
The David-Bowie-does-Andy-Warhol decor of the restaurant (complete with silver walls, sprayed-on graphics, crystal chandeliers and disco balls) was so retro is took me back to my grad school days in NYC. Breakfasts there are really worth it: lavender-honey yogurt, chunks of fresh fruit, and thick, toothsome multi-grained toast really got my attention.
And it couldn't be more convenient: a few blocks walk to the pier to catch the Aquabus fro Granville Island market, walking distance to almost anything I wanted to see, and just kitty corner from the Yaletown-Roundhouse stop of the Canada Line to the airport.
So you think I liked Opus? I LOVED it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vancouver's only Four-Star Boutique Hotel as rated by Forbes Travel Guide 2015. Uniquely stylish and always fresh, OPUS Hotel Vancouver redefines the boutique hotel experience, blending contemporary design with warmth and intuitive service. Located in fashionable Yaletown, OPUS Vancouver Hotel is steps from the inner harbor, Canada Line rapid transit, outdoor recreation and Vancouver's best restaurants, spas and shops. * 2011 Conde Nast Traveler / Gold List Reserve* 2010 Conde Nast Traveler / Readers Choice Awards * 2010 Travel + Leisure / 500 Worlds Best Hotels. ... more less
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