The Listel Hotel Vancouver, Canada

Location:

Turn left and you’re ten minutes from Stanley Park and the beach-based delights of English Bay. Turn right and you’re in the heart of the city’s high-end shopping district with diamonds and Dior galore. Walk two blocks down the hill and you’re on the Seawall where you can join locals running, biking or inline skating.  All that and just a ten-minute stroll to the City Centre station which goes direct to YVR Airport.

 

Style & character:

Clean lines and solid wood furniture allow the beauty of the in-room art (which comes from the UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, and local galleries) to truly dazzle. The bold First Nations artworks on display will likely whet your appetite to seek out more. Eco-initiatives in this ‘zero waste’ boutique hotel include refillable carafes from the water stations on each floor (still and fizzy), recycled paper in the loos, and solar panels on the roof. But don’t fret, saving the earth doesn’t mean losing any little luxuries, so the thread count remains reassuringly high.

Service & facilities:

Cheery helpful staff serve up a genuinely warm welcome – along with a nightly wine reception in the lobby. A compact gym caters for treadmill needs; passes to a neighbouring fitness centre is available for serious addicts. The on-site concierge is a treasure trove of local info although you can’t go wrong with the two dining spots on site.

  •  Parking
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room service
  •  Bar
  •  Laundry
  •  Wi-Fi
  •  Fitness centre

Rooms:

Each floor offers a different ‘gallery wing’ from the standard Modern Art floor to the spiffy Artist Series, and BC suites lavished with original art and bespoke furniture. But no matter which floor you’re on, you’ll still have a coffee machine, free calls within Canada and the USA, and high-speed Wi-Fi included. Some of the 129 rooms on the higher levels have peek-a-boo views over the North Shore mountains, but the rest allow excellent people watching over the vibrant West End neighbourhood.

Food & drink:

Forage offers a delicious take on sustainable Pacific Northwest cuisine from bison steaks to halibut cheeks, with a wine, beer and cocktail list. It’s open for breakfast, dinner and excellent weekend brunch  – have the bacon eggs, Benedict, it’s wonderful.

Next door, dive into full Canadiana at Timber, where staff wear plaid lumberjack shirts and the banquettes are lined with old Canada Post mailbags.

The menu skates pan-Canadian favourites with a nod to the country’s immigrant roots – from Ukrainian pierogis to fluffy oven-hot First Nations bannock bread. There are five different versions of Canada’s national cocktail the Caesar on the menu, including a Union Jack variety with HP sauce and cucumber gin.

Value for money:

From 199 Canadian Dollars (£125) in low season; and from 329 Canadian Dollars (£250) in high. Breakfast excluded. Free Wi-Fi.

 

All public areas, including the two restaurants, are accessible and two guest rooms are fully accessible too.

Family-friendly:

Little ones are more than welcome, and the restaurants have high chairs and a welcoming attitude to younger guests.

 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5, Canada.

00 1 604 684 8461thelistelhotel.com

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