The pink lights on OPUS Vancouver’s exterior hint at how a stay at this boutique hotel in Vancouver’s Yaletown will leave you feeling absolutely optimal.
OPUS Vancouver in Yaletown
Chic OPUS Vancouver is in Vancouver’s chic Yaletown neighborhood, the almost-downtown district along False Creek’s northeastern waterfront.
Yaletown is known for its glass and steel condo towers and its brick warehouses turned into lofts, shops and restaurants. It was, in fact, a former warehouse district as the western terminus for the Canadian Pacific Railway. But Vancouver’s Expo ‘86 World Fair began the shift from industrial to commercial/residential and the neighborhood is forever changed. Yaletown is now full of parks big and small that glow pink with cherry blossoms in spring, hip restaurants and swinging bars, sidewalk cafés, boutiques selling exclusive goods, and residences and hotels including the 96-key boutique hotel OPUS Vancouver.
The MICHELIN Guide recently lauded OPUS, saying “in a perfect world Vancouver might have a half-dozen hotels like this—but in the real world we’ve got to make do with just one.”
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Staying at OPUS Vancouver
You’ll be in the pink with a stay at OPUS Vancouver, even if you don’t have one of its cerise or fuchsia rooms. The nighttime pink lights on OPUS’ exterior brick walls are echoed inside in the elevators and the welcome drink of rosé that’s offered on arrival is sure to cheer you. Other treats—like the OPUS-pink-wrapped squares of chocolate by Vancouver small batch artisan chocolate maker Mink Chocolates—will have you feeling all glowy too.
Each of OPUS Vancouver’s rooms and suites is unique. They’re painted in vibrant hues like tangerine, lime, periwinkle, and pink and have brightly colored accents and art. Some rooms have fireplaces, balconies, microwaves, wet bars, wine fridges, couches, four-poster beds, or even a garden courtyard. Most have windows that open to the street below and are kitted out with deep soaking tubs plus separate glass-walled showers, Herman Miller ergonomic chairs, Nespresso coffee makers, Frette bathrobes, JBL Bluetooth speakers, wireless charging pads, and all sorts of comforts to make your home away from home ideal.
Want to relax and rejuvenate? Grab an aluminum bottle of alkaline Canadian North Water from your fridge and put your feet up on the ottoman (there’s a soft blanket to cuddle with in your closet too) and hang out in front of your Samsung 40” LED television (I can attest that the picture quality is so good that Princess Leia’s Star Wars’ pink eyeshadow becomes distracting even though she looks fresh-faced on my TV at home). Or, better, borrow one of OPUS’ electric bikes for three hours to explore Yaletown and Vancouver or take your pooch out for a walk in one of the nearby parks (yes, dogs are welcome at OPUS).
Dining at OPUS Vancouver
In addition to room service, OPUS Vancouver offers both the Capo restaurant and The Spritz cocktail bar on the hotel’s ground floor. As well, off the lobby is the French pâtisserie Faubourg with its excellent coffees and proper croissants.
Capo is a collab with Autostrada Hospitality, Lucais Syme and Dustin Dockendorf’s Italian restaurants on Main Street, Pender Street downtown, and within nearby Vancouver House, Vancouver’s neo-futurist skyscraper that turns heads when crossing the Granville Bridge. Capo serves starters like Autostrada’s meatballs and salads plus pastas (including a fab bucatini cacio e pepe) and wood-fired pizzas made with Chef Syme’s 36-hour-fermented sourdough (gluten-free pastas and pizza dough are available too). Desserts are also Italian, like tiramisu, chocolate torte with almond, and affogato.
Capo’s menu is also available at sophisticated cocktail bar The Spritz, or you could just come in for some Italian libations. The menu has three different Negronis, several spritzes and aperitivos, plus OPUS inventions like The Lost Woods which may evoke the feeling you got exploring Vancouver’s massive Stanley Park. Be sure to ask your server about the day’s Cheeky Drink too, all shaken or stirred with skill behind the bar.
Want to take the libations upstairs? OPUS also has a Build Your Own Bar offer where you can get your mini fridge stocked exactly as you like it. The “beverage butler” might bring you, for example, The Vancouver Socialite that blushes with Four Roses bourbon and Campari or a Capo Classic Negroni.
More on Vancouver’s Yaletown
OPUS Vancouver is in chic and convenient Yaletown, walkable to almost all of Vancouver’s highlights (and right across the street from a Skytrain station for the fastest trips to the airport and other stops along the Canada Line). It’s just a few minutes’ walk to what’s called the Granville Street Entertainment District as well as the concerts and sports events of the Stadium District, as well as to the office towers in downtown proper.
In addition to Stanley Park—a half hour walk away along Davie Street or the Seawall—Yaletown’s green spaces include connected David Lam and George Wainborn Parks (right on False Creek where you can catch tiny passenger ferries to get to Granville Island). Fun photo scavenger hunt: snap a pic in front of the signs for the park pathways labelled King’s Landing and Existential Alley. Take a deep breath of Vancouver’s fresh mountain-and-sea air—in springtime it’s also scented with the city’s thousands of pink blossomed trees—to cap off your in-the-pink stay at OPUS Vancouver.