I admit that I know little about great art. So when my friend informed me we were booked into The Listel Hotel, Vancouver, B.C.’s ‘art hotel,’ I wasn’t sure what to expect. What we found was a sleek, modern hotel with top-drawer amenities decorated with gorgeous, engaging artwork.
The Listel is located on bustling Robson Street in the heart of downtown Vancouver just steps from Vancouver Harbor. You wouldn’t know it for how incredibly quiet this hotel is. There’s a small lobby with a fireplace and seating where guests tend to gather during the hotel’s free afternoon wine tasting events.
The emphasis on original artwork is apparent from the moment you step in the door. The lobby and hallways are dominated by huge, colorful modern prints. And, on each floor by the elevator, is a large, glass case that displays rotating artworks. When we visited some of the art included incredible Native Canadian wood masks from the Natural History Museum of B.C.
Our room was one of the Artist Series King suites. They call them the ‘Artist Series’ because each room is decorated with the work of a particular artist, along with information on the artist and the work.
Big Room, Plenty of Amenities
The room was huge—as large as a good-sized, one bedroom apartment. The front room was furnished with a large work area, a sectional couch and coffee table, large flatscreen TV, and good light for reading. The room was so big it was easy to use the floor for a bit of yoga and Pilates after a long drive.
There was also an in-room coffee maker with both coffee and tea. However, The Listel offers another lovely amenity—free coffee or tea delivered to your door at whatever time you wish. Since we had an early flight, I skipped the in-room brew and opted for some delightful French press coffee and my partner ordered black breakfast tea, all delivered by 5:45 a.m.
The bedroom featured a comfy pillow-top king bed with luxe, hypo-allergenic linens and duvet. There was an I-pod docking station and alarm clock as well as another TV. Rather than use the alarm, I requested a wake-up call that rang just as I’d ordered it.
Too often, hotels seal up rooms so there’s no chance of getting fresh air. Not The Listel. Our large windows offered a peek-a-boo view of Vancouver Harbor and the top portion of both windows opened to allow in blessedly fresh sea air.
The bathroom was especially impressive with a tall, Japanese-style soaking tub complete with luxury Eco toiletries and a glassed-in rain-head shower. We’d just completed a long road trip and both of us appreciated the big, hot spray of the rain shower. We also loved the over-sized, fluffy towels, hair dryer, safe, fast, free WiFi and free phone calls throughout North America.
Additionally, The Listel is a ‘green’ hotel so you can feel especially good about staying here. The property employs a zero waste program that aims to cut 170 tons of carbon gas emissions annually. They also use solar panels and an impressive high-tech energy recovery system that reduces energy.
You don’t have to go far for great food if you stay at The Lisel. Just a steps away is Forage restaurant, a local, sustainable, small-plates restaurant that gets rave reviews from foodies (see our review) and the hotel’s new, causal, sports-oriented eatery/bar, Timber.
Real Bottom Line: The Listel is one of Vancouver’s top hotels offering visitors not only modern ambiance and amenities in the heart of the city, but some beautiful art. You’ll not only stay in an uber-comfortable hotel just steps from the water and the city’s attractions and restaurants, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous artworks. My only regret I staying at The Listel? I didn’t get to stay longer. – by Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor; Photos by Anne Weaver, RFT Editor