If you may know, I have been go, go, go for the past few months. Spain, France, Canada, New York, California, Oregon, here, there…and I am on the verge of saying everywhere because it quite literally feels as such. I have been in and out of hotels, sleeping in different beds, getting ready in different bathrooms, and unpacking and repacking my ridiculously overpacked suitcases in unfamiliar closets for the past 3 months. You’d almost think I’d be dying to get home to my own comfortable bed (and lay on that comfortable air mattress I bought from unclutterer, even if the sleep was ephemeral), especially after my whirlwind of a trip to NYC, right? Just like any travel aficionado though, I decided to wind down with yet another vacation, finding myself at the Opus Hotel in beautiful Vancouver BC.
Seems crazy, but the Opus truly felt like a second home, even after being in so many different places. You’d think I would have forgotten what home felt like! From the moment of checking in with champagne in hand to our balcony overlooking Vancouver to the Opus bar where I fell in love with their rosewater martinis, I was convinced this was the best way to unwind from all the craziness.
Keegan and I were upgraded right away to one of their Deluxe King Rooms on the 7th floor which was known for being one of the quietest rooms in the hotel-just what I needed! One great thing about the Opus is that each room is designed after one of their “fictional muses”, so each room has its own flare and unique charm. Our room was designed by Robert Bailey after muse Susan. “Susan’s calming foxglove blue walls provide an oasis from her busy life as a fashion executive in Toronto.” UM hello…how perfect is that? The best part about the room however was the closet space! Even though it was just for an extended weekend, I brought too much. How typical. It wasn’t an issue though as they had optimal space for all my clothes, shoes, and accessories!
Our favorite place to frequent at the hotel was the Opus bar for happy hour. All beer, wine, and small plates were $5 CAD, so really like $4 USD…what a deal! We even decided to go down a little later one night and I ordered their Rosewater Martini that I am still dreaming about it! So light and refreshing. Keegan tried is first Manhattan there too…LOL!
If you know anything about Keegan and I it’s that we LOVE sushi, so much so that we ended up basically going to the same sushi place two nights in a row. Our first night we went to Minami and the next night we went to Miku. Turns out they are the same owner and many of the dishes were similar…we didn’t care though because each night was so good! We decided at the last minute though that we wanted to go to Miku and didn’t end up getting a reservation until 9:30-note to self for next time. It ended up working out just fine though as we were able to take the Opus hotel luxury Jaguar car service. We hopped into the XJ and had the most comfortable ride to our restaurant. *If you end up going to either of these restaurants you have to order their signature seared salmon dish-DELISH!
Our last night we decided to dine at La Pentola, the Opus restaurant which offers a classic Italian cuisine. The vibe of this place was great-modern, relaxing, and trendy, and the best part of all, the meal did not disappoint. We started off with the beef carpaccio and burrata with prosciutto, and if it couldn’t get any better I got the hanger steak for my entree and Keegan got scallops and pork belly. Everything is so fresh and flavorful and they pride themselves on their farm to table ingredients. Highly recommend making a reservation there even if you are just in the area.
I cannot wait to be back in Vancouver to do it all over again. Thank you so much to the Opus Hotel for having us!
Thank you to the Opus Hotel for providing some of these images.