Bang in the middle of super-stylish Yaletown (Vancouver's warehouse district), the OPUS Hotel provides an uber-chic base for exploring the wonderful city of Vancouver. Effortlessly cool, this is the place to see and be seen for tourists and locals alike. It's not for nothing that this hotel voted 'Trendiest Hotel in the World' by Tripadvisor in 2012.
What's to love?
Lots! Especially the fact that each room comes equipped with its own 3G iPad which you can take out and about around the city. Crammed full of tailored apps and links, these act as your own personal tour guide - perfect for helping you get your bearings! Your keycard is also a great perk - it allows for exclusive discounts with partners situated around Yaletown.
Friendly, stylish and lively. Staff were more than welcoming, offering local recommendations and tips as well as practical advice on navigating the city.
The hotel is pretty ideally located: you're right by the Yaletown-Roundhouse subway station and Yaletown dock is also a short walk away, providing a number of water taxis and boat services, perfect for exploring.
Rooms are vibrant yet eclectic, with floor-to-ceiling windows and designer furnishings. We were lucky enough to have a spa bathroom, featuring a huge rain shower and deep sunken tub. Small comforts such as l'Occitaine toiletries and bathrobes added to the luxury 'spa' feel of the room. Be warned though: the windows in the bathroom are huge – so make sure you close the blinds!
For fitness fanatics, the hotel also has a 24-hour health/fitness centre and free bike hire, perfect if you want to work off some your excess baggage.
This place is perfect if you...
...want a cool, boutique feel at a price that won't necessarily break the bank. Yaletown is also packed full of boutiques, restaurants and bars most of which are literally on the doorstep of the hotel – a great way to ease yourself into the city.
The OPUS also offers a unique Lifestyle concierge service which offers suggestions of activities, shopping, restaurants and bars tailored to your every whim.
We were also delighted to see that the hotel is pet-friendly – so you're guaranteed to make some cute furry friends.
Best rooms in the house
The hotel has 96 rooms and suites each decorated in a unique style. We stayed in an executive suite offering king bed (with Egyptian cotton sheets), huge sofa bed, two flatscreen TVs and a great surround sound system.
This place doesn't go in for chintz, so forget chocolates on the pillow and think playful lollipops and Pez dispensers.
Where to eat/drink
Eat at the hotel's great restaurant La Pentola, where chefs Adam Pegg and Lucais Syme specialise in North Italian cuisine. The queues give testament to the food: it's is a hotspot with locals at the weekend, so make sure you reserve a table to avoid disappointment.
If Italian isn't your bag, wander up Davie street - in particular towards the West End, where you will find a host of great Asian restuarants specialising in affordable sushi and noodle dishes
Further up Davie Street, 'Sunset Beach' is a great place to grab a drink at one of the local bars and watch the sun set over the horizon – a truly spectacular site.
Things to do, places to see...
Walk down to Yaletown dock and hop on an aqua bus to Granville Island (tickets cost just $3.25 and the trip is a perfect way to soak up the harbour views). This is a foodies' paradise, so make sure that you don't eat before you go! The market operates daily from 9am-7pm so allow yourself half a day to experience it. Don't miss beer tasting in the Granville Island Brewery – the Maple Cream Ale was a particular favourite of ours!
A great way to get around the city is by bike. The hotel offers free bike hire, so grab one and head down to Yaletown dock.
From here you can cycle all the way around the harbour wall to Stanley Park. This is a must for unrivalled views of the coast and the chance to work off some of the food from Granville Island market. Make sure you allow three hours for this leisurely cycle.
For information and listings on the local area, visit vancouverstraight.com
Doubles rooms start from £125 per night (room only)
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