Vancouver remains one of our favourite long-haul destinations, thanks in no small part to its appealing blend of contemporary urban living and coastal postcode. And although the Opus Hotel on Davie Street has long provided the best out-of-towner accommodation anywhere in the city, a new address in nearby Chinatown could be about to change all that.
Opening next month, The Keefer offers just four guest suites, although by "suite" we really mean 2,400 square feet of self-catering loft apartment fitted with twin bedrooms, Bulthaup kitchen, Douglas Coupland artwork, and private lift access. Added to this are an Orient-inspired bar occupying the ground floor, and a spacious residents' roof terrace featuring a glass-bottomed pool - which doubles as part of the penthouse ceiling. We're guessing the 'no skinny-dipping' rule will be fiercely enforced. From $800-$2,950 CAD per night
FYI, according to locals Keefer Street takes its name from George Henry Keefer, a railway contractor who accidentally caused the “Great Fire” of June 1886 which levelled most of Vancouver, and caused $1.3 million in damages. The unwitting fire-starter allegedly admitted his culpability many years later.