Vancouver is a city that I love, and why not? It has a beautiful waterfront setting, scenic Stanley Park which I consider one of my favorite racing spots in the world, and fantastic food. Vij’s, for Indian cuisine, is definitely at the top of the list.
But Vancouver lacks luxury hotels that I’m happy to check into whenever I’m in town.
The new Versante hotel could finally change that. Located near the airport and about 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver but certainly not an airport hotel, Versante is a locally owned, boutique property that caters to the stylish ensemble.
Designed by Vancouver-based CHIL Interior Design, it has 100 guest rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain or river views and adorned with bold colors and patterns, including patterned rugs, floral wallpaper, and accessories with golden accents.
Even the entry-level Icon Room is a design treat with its mid-century aesthetic that includes an Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen and a Mrs. Poodle lamp.
If you’re splurging, opt for the Versante Suite. With an area of nearly 2,300 square feet, it has two bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views and a dining table that seats ten people.
Regardless of the category of your room, each bathroom has a large rain shower, heated floors and a Dyson Supersonic hairdryer. Most bathrooms also have freestanding tubs.
Then there’s the instantly instagrammable lobby that takes inspiration from a Chinese night market and features pieces by internationally renowned Vancouver artists Andy Dixon and Marie Khouri.
Now let’s talk about the dining room and the impregnation.
Bruno, open for breakfast and dinner (the latter is time to go see a scene) serves dishes that draw inspiration from local farmers and artisan producers. This translates into dishes like a duck truffled in lavender with foie gras and candied hazelnut crumb and roasted sea bream and lobster with mussels, pink scallops and saffron cream. Don’t miss the sleek bar cart that comes to your table and features oysters, caviar, and shellfish, along with assorted sauces like a Calabrian chili crunch.
Versante’s other food and drink outlet, a lounge called Alaia, will open this fall on the 12th floor and offer fantastic views of the city.
Other Versante highlights include the 24-hour gym with Peloton bikes, rooftop pool and contactless check-in / out and room entry through the hotel app you can also use to order room service. Oh, and guests get free airport transfers and loaner bikes.
Andrew Steinberg, advisor to luxury travel company Ovation Vacations, says Versante is a refreshing and needed addition to Vancouver’s hotel lineup.
“Vancouver is a premier destination for food and art, and now there is a hotel that reflects how cool the city is,” he says. ” It was time.
Contactless check-in and check-out and the technology as a whole are also major selling points, says Steinberg. “In the pandemic and post-pandemic world, they are essential,” he says.
With more than enough to attract luxury-seeking travelers who want a contemporary hotel with action, Versante is well positioned to be Vancouver’s “it” hotel.