The St. Regis is a luxury boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver, BC, central to some of the best the city has to offer. Built in 1913, the St. Regis has the character of a historic building with all the modern luxuries and conveniences. Decor is masculine and elegant with a slight edginess. We stayed in an Executive Suite, and it was perfect for a girlfriend’s weekend getaway.
As much as I love modernity, I’m a history buff too, and find it irresistible when the two cross paths. The St. Regis Hotel catered to miners and loggers back in the day when Vancouver was a wild and woolly port town. Now the city is a glistening metropolis and the hotel is a luxurious hideout for movie stars. The St. Regis has been there through it all, if only the walls could talk.
Bright, bold modern art by local Canadian artists gives the St. Regis pops of color throughout the hotel and that subtle and tasteful edge. The front desk is stately with a concrete counter. To the left is the Business Center with leather chairs, computers and printers. To the right is the back door for Gotham (more on that later). Staff behind the desk is knowledgable and helpful to the point where they will come outside and stand with you to make sure you get your taxi.
Our room was straightforward and comfortable with wonderful, high thread count bedding. Butter soft, charcoal grey furry throws are nice for that extra layer of warmth or to curl up with while you read a book (or watch five episodes of Fixer Upper).
A desk area with a multi-plug charging station keeps all your work stuff in one place and charged up. I love the textured leather-like wall paper that adds depth and refinement to the room.
The living room area is modern and stylish with a granite coffee table, geometric print chairs and a charcoal gray sofa bed flanked on either side by silver floor lamps. I would have picked that sofa myself, and it was plenty comfy for binge watching HGTV until the wee hours. My friend said she slept great on the hide-a-bed.
The layout works well for two people to have separate space because there are heavy sliding pocket doors separating the two rooms. We didn’t hear each other at all, even with both tv’s on.
Marble countertops, undermount sinks, plantation shutters, and an extra large bathtub make for a comfortable bathroom. Bath amenities are L’Occitaine en Provence Lemon Verbena which is has a gender neutral citrus scent that I can actually use because it’s not too perfumey, so it was nice to not have to pack body products.
The St. Regis Vancouver is in an excellent location in the heart of downtown, within walking distance to the waterfront, Canada Place, Vancouver Art Gallery, City Center Station, Gastown and a plethora of restaurants and shops.
Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar
You don’t have to leave the property to have access to good food and drink. Gotham is famous for steak, cocktails, and its celebrity clientele. It’s the perfect movie star hideaway because it’s very dark and intimate, with private booths. Guests include George Clooney, Halle Berry and Robert Pattison to name a few.
We wanted to sit on their gorgeous patio with a glowing fireplace, but the weather didn’t cooperate this time, so we thoroughly enjoyed a posh burgundy velvet booth and marinated in the sumptuous, decadent atmosphere while sipping cocktails and eating appetizers like Shrimp Cocktail and Crab Cakes. In the end, I was glad we sat inside.
We loved it and lingered, wishing we’d planned a full meal here because it was a pleasing experience we wanted to prolong. I felt like I was transported back in time a bit, to the 1920’s with that opulent, art deco ambiance. The great thing about not sitting on the patio, is that inside, the rest of the world is completely blocked out and it feels like a two hour vacation.
Breakfast is Complimentary
St. Regis Vancouver has a generous complimentary breakfast that includes omelets, bacon and eggs, fresh fruit, and organic toast. I’m not a breakfast person, but I appreciated fresh brewed organic coffee each morning. Above the dining room where they serve breakfast is St. Regis Bar & Grill for another dining option. I didn’t have a chance to try it out, but the atmosphere is cozy with dark wood and brick walls.
St. Regis Hotel Vancouver Bottom Line
The St. Regis Vancouver is a luxurious historic hotel in a convenient location for business travelers and people looking for easy access to what the city has to offer. Perks are generous and include complimentary Fiji Water, WiFi, movies, unlimited international phone calls, and a full made-to-order hot breakfast. Find out more on the hotel’s website.
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- We were guests of St. Regis Vancouver, opinions are my own.
- Image 1, 7, 11 courtesy of St. Regis, image 2 via wiki commons