AS SOMEONE ONCE SAID, PERFECTION IS IN THE DETAIL. JUST ASK THE PEOPLE BEHIND THESE LUXURY HOTELS. By Mark Keast
The only boutique hotel in Vancouver to hold the coveted Forbes Four-Star rating, and named “Top 5 Trendiest Hotels in the World” by TripAdvisor, OPUS is more than somewhere to stay, it’s somewhere to be. With striking design and personality plus, this 96 room hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of vibrant Yaletown, across the street from the Canada Line station, and steps to the seawall. Beautifully appointed rooms designed by Robert Bailey feature lush colour palettes and local artwork. OPUS offers award-winning Northern Italian Cuisine at La Pentola, where guests are encouraged to dine family style on fresh seafood, locally grown produce, hand made pastas and the finest imported Italian cheese.
322 Davie St., Vancouver
Tucked away from the bustle of Toronto’s tony Yorkville neighbourhood is the intimate Windsor Arms Hotel, a blend of historic nostalgia and new-millennium luxury. The original building dates from 1927 when the neo-Gothic style of architecture was considered a marvel in Toronto. The original proprietor, pulp and paper magnet cum hotelier William Arthur Price, had an idea — create a hotel that blended in with the nearby University of Toronto’s signature Victorian buildings. In 1995 the now derelict building was rescued by developer George Friedmann who envisioned a resurrection of the property and commissioned architect Sol Wassermuhl to ensure the integrity of the building’s original characteristics while upgrading the property to five-star luxury. The results were magnificent: mahogany furnishings based on 1920s French styles, intimate suites replete with fireplaces, and timeless limestone in the bathrooms. Today the Windsor Arms features 28 intimate luxury suites, conference rooms for business and celebrations, and a full spa sanctuary and pool.
18 St. Thomas St., Toronto
HÔTEL ÉPIK MONTRÉAL
Positioned in the epicenter of Vieux-Montréal in an historic building dating from 1829, Épik Montréal is a boutique hotel in the truest sense of the meaning. The hotel offers nine luxurious suites featuring large opening windows, elegant bathrooms with rain showers, and oodles of intimacy. For the “jet-set”, there is one “Épik” three-level penthouse suite that includes two bedrooms, full kitchen, and two terraces with unbeatable vistas of Vieux-Montréal. Morning brings a delicious Epikurean breakfast with fresh fruits, quiche, frittata, croissants, pain au chocolat, and coffees to be enjoyed in the dining room or on the intimate private terrace. Modern amenities like free wi-fi, valet parking, and an attentive staff ensure the required level of pampering.
171 Saint-Paul Ouest, Vieux-Montréal
W NEW YORK — DOWNTOWN
Surrounded by inimitable icons such as the Statue of Liberty and 1 World Trade Center, W New York – Downtown brings Gotham glam to Lower Manhattan. The hotel features 58 floors of urban extravagance with 217 fabulous guest rooms and suites; a sleek and chic fifth-floor Living Room Bar & Terrace where guests sip on signature drinks against a glittering Manhattan backdrop; and a state-of-the-art fitness center, FIT. W New York – Downtown offers up plenty to do this summer, all with the objective of energizing you: Cocktail Series on Mondays from 6 – 10 p.m., featuring seasonal cocktail creations; Revive on Tuesdays from 6 – 9 p.m., featuring an instrumental experience by Igmar Thomas and his contemporary big band sounds; DiscWoman on Wednesdays from 6 – 10 p.m., where you can feel the femme vibes with the all-female DJ movement, DiscWoman; Fabric on Thursdays from 6 – 10 p.m., with DJ Center as he spins tropical sounds alongside a live percussionist performance; Sunset Cocktails with The Deep, a collective of New York’s newest electronic cool kids, Fridays from 6 – 10 p.m.; Late Set, the go-to Friday party from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. featuring label showcases from Soulection, MixPack & Soo Wavy Records; and Mix (City) on Saturdays from 9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., where you indulge in sounds from cities coast to coast, showcasing one city’s musical talent and creative artistry.
123 Washington St., New York