Many hotels in Vancouver can boast breathtaking views — this town is nothing if not topographically gifted. However, the district of Coal Harbour on the north edge of downtown has a slight edge on the rest. Think of it as stadium seating for the panorama that unfolds across the Burrard Inlet. Coal Harbour itself is a tony spot well worth an evening stroll; recently redeveloped with parks and a marina, the neighborhood boasts a sophisticated collection of towers with a level of design not commonly found in North American cities, and in one of these sleek glass towers you’ll find the Loden Hotel.
Rooms at the Loden are available in five levels of understated fabulousness, the pinnacle of which is the Halo Suite, which comes complete with wrap-around terrace for superb mountain-ogling. Fabulousness is also to be found in memorably mid-century modern touches throughout, while understated-ness ensures an unpretentious experience thanks to a muted regional color palette (no forest-green bedspreads to be found) and exquisite service. The extra deep soaking tubs are a most welcome feature on romantically drizzly winter nights.
Tableau, Loden’s acclaimed in-house French restaurant, is just plain sexy, with a hint of late-1940s lounge atmosphere, which is echoed in the bedrooms. One would be as fortunate to spend several hours in the dining room as to order room service and dine in the soaking tub — stay two nights and you could do both. Save time to sip multiple cups of coffee, explore the city’s vibrant arts scene, and savor some pine scents from the source in nearby Stanley Park.