Concierge Spotlight: Camilla Jadhav,
 Front Office Manager at the OPUS Hotel Vancouver

The OPUS Hotel

Image courtesy of the OPUS Hotel Vancouver

Who knows what’s happening in a city better than a hotel concierge? As the point of contact for hotel guests seeking information or assistance during their stay, they need to be extremely knowledgeable about a great number of things, from where to eat to what is the current hottest play to see to where to get a fabulous blowout. It’s a tough, but rewarding job.

Each month, Inside Vancouver will get to know one of Vancouver’s top concierges, by putting six questions to them. This month, Camilla Jadhav,
 Front Office Manager at the über-cool OPUS Hotel Vancouver, answers our six questions.
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Concierge Spotlight: Camilla Jadhav,
 Front Office Manager at the OPUS Hotel Vancouver

Concierge Spotlight: Alex Monetta, Concierge at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

Alex Monetta - Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

Alex Monetta; Image courtesy of the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

Who knows what’s happening in a city better than a hotel concierge? As the point of contact for hotel guests seeking information or assistance during their stay, they need to be extremely knowledgeable about a great number of things, from where to eat to what is the current hottest play to see to where to get a fabulous blowout. It’s a tough, but rewarding job.

Each month, Inside Vancouver will get to know one of Vancouver’s top concierges, by putting six questions to them. This month, we interview Alex Monetta, Concierge at the recently rebranded Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront (previously known as the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel). Continue reading:
Concierge Spotlight: Alex Monetta, Concierge at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

Aboriginal Boutique Hotel Opens in Vancouver

Photo sourced from Skwachays.com

Photo sourced from Skwachays.com

The first aboriginal boutique hotel in a Canadian city has officially opened in downtown Vancouver.

Skwachays Lodge, located at 29/31 West Pender St. in Chinatown, features 18 unique suites each decorated with a different aboriginal theme. The suites were designed collaboratively by aboriginal artists and interior designers and combine original artwork with high-end furnishings.

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Aboriginal Boutique Hotel Opens in Vancouver

Aboriginal-themed luxury hotel opening in downtown Vancouver

Aboriginal art will be on display at the Skwachays Lodge. Pictured here: a totem pole in the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Photo credit: Hendl | Flickr

Aboriginal art will be on display at the new Skwachays Lodge. Pictured here: a totem pole in the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Photo credit: Hendl | Flickr

Museums and galleries are great, but for a real taste of First Nations culture in Vancouver how about a night in the Water Suite?

Sculptures of salmon crafted from wood and steel swim above the headboard, while works of aboriginal art hang alongside handwritten lines of poetry inside the suite, part of a brand new hotel experiment in downtown Vancouver.

Visitors interested in learning more about Canada’s First Nations will soon have the option of staying in an entirely aboriginal-themed hotel. Opening in May, the 18-room Skwachays Lodge will be the first example of an “aboriginal boutique arts hotel” in Canada, according to an article by Kevin Griffin in the Vancouver Sun.

Situated on West Pender and Taylor Streets near the edge of Chinatown, the hotel will cater to travellers seeking higher-end accommodation that offers a cultural twist, with rooms going for around $225 a night.  And the aboriginal connection is more than just a marketing ploy.

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Aboriginal-themed luxury hotel opening in downtown Vancouver