Vancouver for A Girls’ Weekend Part II: A Platonic Palm Tree Honeymoon

The Burrard Hotel: a hip, palm treed boutique hotel in Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: Martin Tessler

Old friendships are worth the trip. Recently one of my dearest gal pals and I stayed at The Burrard Hotel, in Vancouver, B.C., to kvetch and eat donuts. It was a low-key ending to a high glam, big chillax girls weekend – a chance for this mama to take a break from adulting and bond with some besties while my little man was spoiled by grandparents.

A third in a series of British Columbia/Washington area getaways, my gal pal and I were stoked to nab a room at the colourful and mega central hotel, The Burrard.

Last fall when I travelled to Vancouver for some much needed mama solo time (Read more here and here). One of my not-so-often travel opportunities became available: a hangout with one of my fave Torontonians: my pal Elly, writer of books, traveller of the world, eater of things and third time running platonic honeymoon** buddy.  Read more

Artful sleeps: 3 Gallery-esque Hotels in Western Canada

L-R: Hotel Arts, Renaissance Edmonton Airport, Skwachays Lodge
L-R: The stylish lobby of Hotel Arts, peekaboo into Halo Bar & Bistoro Renaissance Edmonton Airport, the exterior of Skwachays Lodge

I love a stylish slumber – a stay at a hip hotel that not only includes the comfort of high quality bedding or considered conveniences (think: bar fridge, room service menu, free wifi), but also curated aesthetics. Hotels might be there to party/sleep/love but they’re also a great place to be inspired/amazed/stimulated.

A artful hotel can be vibrate with the brash, independent art undercurrent of its hometown. Or it can be a homage to the masters. Or maybe it embodies a theme of place via room design and vibe. The three hotels below do all of these easily.

Author Joan Didion once said: “Of course great hotels have always been social ideas, flawless mirrors to the particular societies they service.” The three hotels below are mirrors of their city’s arty atmospheres. Whether you’re a winter-loving jet-setter, a honky-tonky hipster or anthropological wanderer, these properties are worth at least a night if not five: The Renaissance Edmonton Airport, Hotel Arts in Calgary and Skwachays Lodge in Vancouver.

When it comes to ooh-la-la factor, each of these art-filled abodes are as different as they come in terms of layout, ethos and locale. Join me for a wee tour of what it’s like to sleep in an art gallery, art hotel.

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