I'm torn. On one hand I liked the Opus for its convenient location, comfortable room and friendly staff. On the other hand, I could barely stand the pretention and wannabe-hipster vibe. I appreciate interesting design, and I'm all for a hotel trying to fit its neighbourhood, but...elevators bathed in red and blue floodlights? C'mon. I've stayed in plenty of hotels, like the Gault in Montreal or Le Germain in Toronto that ARE cool, without resorting to parlour tricks like that. I appreciated the function, comfort and design touches (like the Aeron desk chairs and raindrop showerheads) of the hotel but I found it hard not to snicker at all the awkward attempts to be funky.
Two issues I had: 1) if you stay on the 2nd, or even 3rd floor, expect street noise. We live in downtown Toronto and are used to it, but on Saturday night at 2AM there were literally people outside our window having screaming contests. Ask for a high floor. 2) Charging $14.95/day for an internet connection is ridiculous. For a hotel that claims to be cutting edge, that's some pretty 2002 thinking. If you stay here and you need to check your email or do a web check-in, just go down to the business centre on the 2nd floor. It's free.
I would happily recommend the Yaletown neighbourhood to someone visiting Vancouver, but I don't know if I'd recommend this hotel to most people. I like boutique hotels, and recommend them often, but this isn't one.
Nearby: Yaletown's a great neighbourhood to stroll around. You can borrow bikes from the hotel, or rent them at the bottom of Davie Street, and bike along the waterfront...or walk, or rollerblade. It's easy to get to the other side of downtown as well, with all that entails, or to get to Stanley Park & the seawall, etc., etc.
Restaurants: the restaurant in the hotel seemed ok (we only had breakfast there) but the hotel bar itself was trying desperately hard to be trendy. If sitting on bean bag chairs and drinking cocktails bathed in purple light is your thing, then this is the bar for you. If not, there's a great brewpub around the corner on Mainland, or lots of nearby places in between those extremes. Same goes for food...you can easily walk to anything from a sports bar to thai to italian to a Rob Feenie restaurant, or take a cab to everything else. Vancouver's limitless when it comes to good food. Also, Yaletown has just as many coffee shops as other Vancouver neighbourhoods (if not more) and there's a great grocery store near the foot of Davie Street.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vancouver's only Four-Star Boutique Hotel as rated by Forbes Travel Guide 2017. 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. * 2016 Conde Nast Traveler / Gold List Reserve* 2016 Conde Nast Traveler / Readers Choice Awards * 2010 Travel + Leisure / 500 Worlds Best Hotels. ... more less
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