Choosing a hotel is an part of planning a vacation. There is safety in chains like Radisson or Fairmont, but sometimes you may feel for something smaller and niche. I believe Opus Hotel in Vancouver fits that description. By definition, Opus is a boutique hotel and offers various rooms with different luxury feels. I had the opportunity to stay in the Deluxe King Room for the holidays and have some great photos and summaries to share. Are the eclectic paint jobs worth staying for or are they just a cover-up of something cheap? Read on to find out.
The Deluxe King Room:
Team Tastic stayed here on a Friday evening (~$240/night) and I found these to be the best standard amenities:
- Warm orange decor
- Down-filled duvets and pillows
- Deep soaker tub
- In-room iPad
- Fast Wi-Fi
The first thing you notice is the bright decor. The Deluxe King Room comes in either orange or green, and this orange paint colour made my stay feel extra comfortable. I didn’t notice any obvious blemishes on the paint job even in the corners.
The duvets and pillows are pretty magical. I’d been to the Pan Pacific before and found their pillows a little older compared to the pillowy and supportive fluffs of Opus. I only needed one pillow to support my head and the pillow stick included on the bed was pure bonus.
Over in the bathroom, you get both a long shower stall and a deep soaker tub. It’s important that the insulation around the tub is tight and the tub is deep enough so you can actually sink your body into it. I found both conditions were satisfied here. You’ll also find some higher end shower amenities, bath salts, and cotton swabs. I’ve never gotten cotton swabs from a hotel before!
I don’t find tablets to be much more than toys at this point so having an iPad in the room is pretty sweet as it comes fully charged and connected to the internet. Make sure you use a private browser in case you plan to log into any accounts and close the tabs after.
Last but not least, fast Wi-Fi. My girlfriend and I love watching movies together so I often have my laptop with me as well as an HDMI cable. I watch movies in high definition now and it’s hard to go back. When we were streaming Family Guy over Netflix, the picture was as crisp as it would get on a 1080p LED TV. We also watched The Little Prince (2016) which looked great in full HD.
The view outside looks down to Davie Street between Hamilton Street and Mainland Street. The Yaletown vibe is full of restaurants and salons so this is a good neighbourhood if you plan to have a relaxing vacation. Sadly there was no view of False Creek from our room and there were a lot of tall buildings around so not much in the way of nature.
The lobby is small but quaint with designer furniture and a concierge that greets you by name after initial introductions. Over to the side is the Opus Bar which looks swanky and deserving of a cocktail crawl for me one day.
One-liner: Swanky interiors and a full soaker tub make this boutique hotel a relaxing comfort spa to be in
Highlight: The eclectic paint job
Estimate cost per night: $250
Would I stay again? Yes.