The 7: Loden, Vancouver
1. The décor. This striking 14-story hotel on the hem of Coal Harbour opened in October 2008 and has got everything right. The glass, stone, and copper hotel exterior envelops 77 lush guest rooms, a gracious restaurant, and a handsome lobby. With an eye-catching palette that brings to mind Coal Harbour’s color scheme on a gorgeously moody day, it’s the ideal perch for the design-savvy visitor to Vancouver. Sink into an utterly comfortable couch and admire the lobby’s dashing layered glass tree silhouette panels and onyx marble fireplace.
2. The perfect address. Loden Vancouver is just an amble from the water’s edge or from the cruise ship terminal, Helijet port, floatplane docks, and Seabus. It’s also within walking distance of Davie Street bars and clubs, the business district, and downtown shopping. If the weather turns on you, a luxury car service can drop you anywhere downtown.
4. Thrilling rooms. Views of the city, Coal Harbour, and the North Shore Mountains await outside the floor to ceiling guest room windows. Rooms boast chocolate brown stone foyers and hues of chocolate, caramel, and coral, as well as 42 inch flatscreens and iPod docks. A clever sliding partition gives bedroom/bathroom privacy or allows light to flood through the sexy bathroom from the bedroom’s floor to ceiling windows. The side-filling bath is an additional thrill. Decadent Molton Brown amenities are on hand to add to the experience.
5. Hot dining destination. Eighty-seat restaurantVoya offers a delicious throwback to 1940’s glamour with generous booths, three spectacular chandeliers, white lacquer top tables, and mirrored walls in an ice-blue room. Chef Marc-Andre Choquette creates French-Asian delicacies to die for. In the lounge, star mixologist Jay Jones muddles up marvels, such as the classic French 75.
7. Hot rates. Rooms start at $299.