Friday, August 30, 2013

Checking-In: Shangri-La Hotel - Vancouver

Hello from Vancouver!
I had the opportunity to be in Vancouver last month for work and the only place I wanted to stay was at the luxurious Shangri-La Vancouver. I was familiar with the property in Toronto and I love their take on luxury living with an Asian twist, that I made it my priority to pay the Vancouver hotel a visit.
The Location - If you're looking to valet your car for the weekend and to explore Vancouver by foot - the location of the Shangri-La just can't be beat. The Vancouver Harbour is less than a 10-minute walk away and the perfect place for a stroll after breakfast. 
The Olympic cauldron is located right next to the convention centre with the mountains hanging in the backdrop and makes for a pretty picture spot. Gastown is also close by and full of hip + quirky stores and restaurants (think SoHo or Queen St.) and Robson St. is great for mainstream brands and is steps away from the hotel.
The Room - All of the decor has a distinct Asian influence with a modern zen-like aesthetic. What I loved about my room was that everything in it was automated. I didn't have to figure out how-to pull all the curtains closed, I just hit a switch and they *magically* closed for me. Same goes for the lighting, it's all clearly labelled and it's usually a switch. There's no fiddling around on the ground or around a lamp. Nothing is too overfussed and everything is clean, modern and streamline. It was a relaxing space to be in after a long day of shopping, sightseeing and work.
All the toiletries by L'Occitane contain natural essential oils. I always forget my toothbrush when I travel and I found two in my room upon arrival. They must have read my mind! Plush bathrobes and slippers were also waiting for me and I honestly felt like I was at the spa.
What really stole the show was the TV built into the washroom mirror. It never gets old.

I miss this fluffy bed
The hotel was built in 2009 and is Vancouver's tallest building at 61-storeys. The hotel encompasses 119 rooms and the remaining 80% of the building is made up of luxury condo residences. However the two sides are separated, so you rarely bump into residents unless it's at the pool or fitness centre.
A large sink and vanity area with lots of fluffy towels and bathrobes (above) and a deep-soaking tub made it very difficult to leave the bathroom. Soaking in that luxurious tub was the answer to a short-haul flight and three days of video shoots for me in Vancouver. My room had two balconies - one off the bathroom and one off of the bedroom. It was a great place to sip my Nespresso coffee from in the morning with a view of the water!
The Gym - If you're not so keen on working out (me), stepping into the light-filled gym overlooking the city may have you changing your mind. The space was refereshing and a nice distraction while I was lifting a few free weights in my down time. The fitness centre is open 24 hours for those who are adjusting to the time change with cold towels, magazines and water at the ready.
MARKET by Jean Georges - MARKET was the first restaurant for three-star Michelin rated chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten in Canada. My friend Mark and I found ourselves catching up on the outdoor terrace at Shangri-La's signature restaurant. 
Appetizers - The Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad ($12, bottom left) was like a stacked piece of Jenga art and a refreshing start to our meal. The Spinach Ricotta Ravioli ($18, top left) with basil butter melts in your mouth!
Main Course - Soy-Glazed Short Ribs ($32) were sticky and sweet, the meat falls off the bone and is very tender. The ribs sit on an apple-jalapeno puree with rosemary crumbs (very inventive!). My friend Mark opted for the MARKET Burger ($21) with black truffle dressing and brie. He loved every decadent bite!
Our Side - French Fries with Truffle Dipping Sauce
The dessert that dreams are made of - Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar with Caramel Sea Salt Ice Cream. Such detailed presentation!
Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries
From my walk along the bayshore
If you're traveling to Vancouver on business or looking for a romantic getaway, the Shangri-La Vancouver does not disappoint. It has everything you expect from a luxury hotel and then some! The central location, service and food are all top-notch. Even if you're not a guest, MARKET is worth a visit or even drinks on the terrace. I would definitely stay here again.

Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver
1128 West Georgia Street 
Vancouver, BC
V6E 0A8, Canada 
T: (604) 689 1120 

1 comment:

  1. I'm gonna dream about those ribs #omg