We know that there are a lot of things our guests love about The Burrard – free wifi and North American phone calls, Nespresso machines in every room, premium cable and movie channels… we could go on. But there’s always room for improvement! You told us what else you’d like to see in our great value downtown Vancouver hotel rooms AND WE LISTENED. So we’re happy to announce a whole slew of new Burrard Hotel amenities and comforts.
We’re always a little torn when we head off on vacation but have to leave our pets behind. I mean, what could beat strolling along the waterfront with our pooch, or a bedtime snuggle with a kitten? Nothing, that’s what! If you’re looking for a Vancouver pet-friendly hotel, look no further than The Burrard. For just $25/night, bring your dog or cat for a sleepover, and we’ll provide a pet bed, bowls and a treat so you can travel light.
To celebrate, we’re launching our #DogTiredBurrard Instagram contest, running April 7 – 22, 2015. All you need to do is log in to Instagram (you’ll need to have your own account), follow the @TheBurrard account, post a photo of your pet sleeping, and tag it with #DogTiredBurrard. Our favourite entry will win a two-night stay at The Burrard with their pet.READ MORE
We think The Burrard is a modern retro hotel one-off, but it’s also part of a real trend. Take a trip to Portland, Miami or Palm Spring, and you’ll find former motel properties that have been lovingly renovated and re-styled into cool little boutique hotels, big on value and character, and oozing mid-century modern charm. The Burrard is proud to stand alongside funky accommodation options like Victoria’s Hotel Zed, Portland’s Jupiter Hotel, and Miami’s Vagabond.
If we’re looking for a theme among the things to do in Vancouver in April, we guess it would be getting fat and happy! Looks like we’re obsessed with eating and drinking, and putting a smile on that dial. Without further ado, here’s our pick of things to do in Vancouver this month.
THE SUNDAY SERVICE AT THE FOX CABARET
We find that the end of the weekend is when we’re most in need of a laugh, so The Sunday Service couldn’t be timed better as far as we’re concerned. Improv is where it’s at, and the Sunday Service crew have it dialed, having niftily tucked more than 20 Canadian Comedy Awards nominations under their belt over the past few years. Doors are at 7:30 pm, which gives you time to sneak in a pre-chuckle pint or two at one of four craft breweries within a few blocks of the Fox.
Every Sunday: April 6, 13, 20 & 27; thesundayservice.ca
Step away from the syrup, people! When we talk about picking up the best Vancouver souvenirs, we’re not talking about a leaf-shaped bottle of maple syrup. Seriously, it’s produced about 3,500 km from Vancouver. Nor are we talking about the vacuum-sealed package of smoked salmon you pick up at the airport. We’re talking cool gifts that are made or designed in Vancouver that you’d be tempted to buy even if they weren’t from here. And these are not just for your lucky friends and family waiting at home. You’ll also want to pick up some (or all) of these Vancouver souvenirs for yourself.
Souvenirs you can drink
It’s no secret that Vancouver’s craft beer scene is very effervescent, and while you can’t really take a filled growler over the border, you can take the refillable glass bottles home empty. We love the swing-topped one-litre versions from Brassneck Brewery. Not into beer? A bottle of Odd Society Spirit’s beautifully floral Wallflower gin is an excellent alternative, as is Liberty Distillery’s Truth Vodka, which is made from 100% organic, BC-grown wheat. And while British Columbia makes some exceptional wines, the fact is you won’t find many of them outside the province because we tend to drink everything we make! Pick up a bottle of Blue Mountain Brut, Tantalus Riesling, or Poplar Grove Syrah from the wine shop, and you’ll be toasting Vancouver when you’re back home.
Souvenirs you can brew
What makes a coffee one of the best Vancouver souvenirs? Aside from the fact that the city has an excellent local coffee scene, there are the practical details – it’s shelf-stable, light, consumable and you won’t have trouble getting it past the folks at the Customs desk. A couple of Vancouver coffee roasters to seek out include Matchstick Coffee (which is also served at Container Coffee, just off The Burrard’s lobby), and 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters.
Souvenirs with history
The City of Vancouver is only 129 years old, so you might think that finding a historical souvenir would be tough. But thanks to the Museum of Vancouver, we can now find some awesome retro souvenirs that are authentic, produced by local companies and drawing from designs in the museum’s collection. We love the Fat Boy Coffee Bar t-shirt, Cabin + Cub’s coasters, and the bus scroll pillow.
Souvenirs in leather
Two of our favourite leather accessory brands are from right here in Vancouver. It was on a trip to Toronto that we discovered Erin Templeton’s soft, slouchy leather purses upcycled from pre-loved leather clothing. So imagine our surprise when we met the lady herself tending her unassuming Chinatown shopfront! Further east, the guys behind BB Gun ply their trade, turning out solid, ageless leather bags and unisex accessories that look like they’ll last forever.
Souvenirs you can wear
It used to be that we could proudly claim that something from Vancouver-born Lululemon would make one of the best Vancouver souvenirs. But now, you’re just as likely to buy a pair of their yoga pants in SoCal as in Kitsilano. Our new pick doesn’t fall far from the tree (pose) – it’s Kit and Ace’s technical cashmere. Founded by the wife and son of Lululemon founder Chip Wilson, the company’s easy tops and wraps walk the perfect line between looking elegant and feeling like you’re wearing your pyjamas. This souvenir will have you looking good on the flight home, and really, that’s one of the best Vancouver souvenirs you can buy!
If, after all of these suggestions, you still decide to opt for the salmon and syrup combo, we have a tip for you: head to a regular, neighbourhood grocery store. You’ll find better quality at half the price. You’re welcome.READ MORE