When you plan to ring in the New Year in high-heeled style, you need the right room to rest your toes after the countdown. Suite 701 at Opus Hotel in Vancouver, with prosecco proferred upon check-in, fit the bill. Not only was the boutique hotel one of the hippest destinations in the city when it opened in 2002, it’s still keeping up with the Forbeses, achieving the mag’s coveted four-star rating from 2013-2015 — the only boutique hotel to do so in YVR. The rooms are each decorated for an imaginary muse. Taking it up a notch from the average imaginary friend, Opus’s hypothetical pals include a rockstar, a doctor, an actress and a food critic. The foxglove blue walls of 701 were inspired by Susan, a fashion exec from Toronto. I am happy to report that Susan prefers a padded headboard. However, she didn’t leave behind the Rebecca Minkoff bag and Cole Haan heels — those are mine.
The generously proportioned bathroom not only came with a walk-in shower and separate soaker tub…it also came with goodies I haven’t tried before. Verdict: yes.The Yaletown location means you’re walking distance from everything: the seawall, fabulous shopping, a kazillion coffee shops, restaurants and nightclubs.The proliferation of late-night partying in Yaletown at the aforementioned clubs means this view, while not that scenic, was especially soothing. If you’re a princess and the pea type of sleeper like myself, request a courtyard room. If I could change just one thing about Room 701, I would send the desk chair back to Office Max. I feel like Susan would want a different option to perch on while she perused the in-room iPad, waiting for her Keurig coffee to brew.Overall, a lovely stay, and a lovely way to ring in 2016. Happy New Year everyone!