Portland Monthly and Sherman’s Travel

News  |  07.22.2014  |  

 Vancouver boutique hotel

We’re so excited to be included in is Portland Monthly’s feature, “The Perfect Weekend in Vancouver B.C.” As you’ve probably guessed, we love Portland almost as much as we love Vancouver (which is a bucket-load). It’s a city that does good times, great eats, and all-out delicious weirdness in a way that we can’t get enough of. So we’re especially flattered that Portland Monthly mentioned us as not only a stylish place to lay your head, but also as offering “a taste of Portland funkiness.”

And now, The Burrard is no youth hostel, but if you’re looking for a great deal on a downtown Vancouver boutique hotel, we’re picking up what you’re laying down. Which is why we are flattered to be included in an article on the Sherman’s Travel site called “How to Visit Vancouver on a Budget.” We probably would have picked a word other than “budget,” since that implies a certain no-frills, sensible aesthetic and The Burrard is all about fun and awesome amenities. But we certainly like the shout-out to our “chic, mid-century modern rooms” and great downtown Vancouver location.

(Photo: Tourism Vancouver/Clayton Perry)


The Best Brunch in Vancouver

Things to do in Vancouver  |  07.15.2014  |  

The Best Brunch in Vancouver

Vancouver is a city that loves a great brunch. Whether it’s after a big night out, or a big sleep-in, brunch always feels like the right choice to us. Which is why The Burrard’s front desk gets asked over and over again, “Where can I find the best brunch in Vancouver?”

Eggs, crispy potatoes, some fresh-from-the-oven baked goods, maybe a meaty morsel or two, quite possibly something a little boozy. Throw in some good conversation or at the very least, a spirited re-hashing of last night’s antics, and we’re sold! So where should you go for the best brunch in Vancouver? The answer depends on what you did last night. Here are our top six picks, certain to cover most situations.

What you did last night: Had an early night so you’d be in good shape for your morning run
Brunch Destination: Heirloom, 1509 West 12th Ave
The fact that Heirloom is a vegetarian restaurant is actually beside the point. What they do is produce brunch magic, with items like their mushroom and leek benny and buckwheat pancakes with cashew cream. Lots of gluten-free options, plus it opens at 9am and is a short, scenic jog over the Granville Bridge.

What you did last night: Serious dining, followed by a nightcap that came in vintage glassware
Brunch Destination: MARKET by Jean-Georges, 1115 Alberni St
This may well be the swankiest brunch in town, especially if you can get a table on their covered patio. Their “Bubbles, Beats & Brunch” menu takes all three of those things seriously: order a glass of Louis Roederer Cristal to wash down a dozen oysters, and toast the live DJ.

What you did last night: Can’t remember
Brunch Destination: Score on Davie, 1262 Davie Street
If you can’t remember what you got up to last night, the only thing you really need to know about Score on Davie is that they will serve you a Caesar garnished with a cheeseburger, pork slider, chicken wings, a hot dog, onion rings and a brownie for dessert. Checkmate.

What you did last night: A thorough crawl through Vancouver’s finest craft breweries
Brunch Destination: Medina, 556 Beatty Street
One of Vancouver’s coolest brunches, Medina delivers on both ambience and really damn tasty food. With a bit of a Middle Eastern influence, you’ll find excellent egg dishes, but don’t miss their signature Belgian waffles with milk chocolate lavender dipping sauce. And in August they’re moving to 780 Richards Street, which is even closer to The Burrard!

What you did last night: Danced your face off at Celebrities
Brunch Destination: The Elbow Room Cafe, 560 Davie Street
Known as Vancouver’s original temple of “eggs and abuse,” this is no place for princesses. Expect to get your own coffee refills, and be served standard diner fare with a side of sass. Seriously, if you don’t finish what’s on your plate, you’ll need to make a donation to charity.

What you did last night: Had a sleep-over of the adult variety
Brunch Destination: Tap & Barrel, 1 Athletes Way and 1055 Canada Place
Assuming that “the morning after” inspires a desire for romantic selfies and scenic smooches rather than self-loathing, the Tap and Barrel is your spot. Both locations, one at Olympic Village and the other at Coal Harbour, serve up a memorable brunch with stellar views.

Photo by Erica Firment, via Flickr.



SELFIES: A long-term relationship with us pays off

Vancouver Hotel Deals  |  07.08.2014  |  

The Burrard's modern-retro guest rooms

Commitment-phobes, you might want to keep scrolling. Sure, we love a one-night stay as much as the next person: the thrill of new sheets, finding where the hairdryer is hidden, discovering a new brand of shampoo. We get it. But there’s nothing like the charms of a long-term hotel relationship where you’re comfortable enough to unpack your bags, plug in all of your gadget chargers, and put your razor in the shower.

We think long-term relationships should be encouraged, which is why we’re offering a special offer: book three nights in one of The Burrard’s modern-retro hotel rooms and we’ll give you a 4th night at 40% off. Nothing tricky here, just a good deal on a downtown Vancouver hotel stay. Book by July 31 for stays through until September 30, 2014. Rooms start at just $159/night, and this is one relationship where baggage is welcome. Click here for more info and to book.


INDECENT EXPOSURE: Gray Magazine’s Travel Issue Explores Vancouver

News  |  07.01.2014  |  

With our retro-cool rooms and funky courtyard, you’re probably not exactly surprised when we say we’re design nerds here at The Burrard. I mean, if you’re looking for a downtown Vancouver hotel that checks off boxes on your design list, then we have what you’re looking for. So with this in mind, we’re avid readers of Gray Magazine. If you haven’t discovered it yet, it’s devoted to design within the Pacific Northwest, which is to say, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Seriously, this magazine gets us hot and bothered over bathroom taps.

Anyway, their latest issue is devoted to travel, so we’re flattered to be included in their article, “Hotspots: The ultimate design connoisseur’s guide to the Pacific Northwest.” It looks at must-sees (and must-stays) in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver and we’re in great company!

Read the full issue of Gray below via their digital Issuu platform. The article starts on page 23.


TAKE-OUT: Things to do in Vancouver, July 2014

Things to do in Vancouver  |  06.24.2014  |  

So June might be when Vancouver “takes it outside,” but July is when Vancouver takes it to the beach! Three out of four of this month’s picks will leave you with awkward tan lines and sand in your shorts. You’re welcome!

One of Vancouver’s best deals, the Architectural Institute of BC offers walking tours of some of the city’s most fascinating and historic neighbourhoods throughout July and August. Tours are between 90 minutes and two hours, and cost just $10. Can’t make the scheduled tour? Download a self-guided version here.
Throughout July and August in various Vancouver neighbourhoods

Sunset Beach Social

From the people that bring you Vancouver’s Food Cart Fest comes a new monthly summer event at Sunset Beach in the West End, just down the street from your friends at The Burrard! Free to get in, food trucks galore, a sand castle competition, drag queen contests, hot people wearing next to nothing, and an art market. What more could you ask for? A roller disco, you say. OK, there’s a roller disco as well.
July 11 and August 15 at Sunset Beach

Joan Baez

We could try to convince you this folk festival is way different to what you’re picturing. We could mention that hipster faves Great Lake Swimmers and Wintersleep are playing one night. But at some point you would discover JOAN BAEZ is headlining, and all of your stereotypes would revert. So embrace the awesome folky-ness of this festival – pack your hacky-sack, grow some dreads and enjoy an outstanding line-up playing right on one of Vancouver’s favourite beaches.
July 18 – 20 at Jericho Beach Park

 Honda Celebration of Light

If we’re honest, having this annual event in Vancouver has kinda ruined all other fireworks for us. We’re spoilt. Three nights see three different countries (USA, France and Japan this year) compete with astounding displays of fire-power launched right off a barge moored in English Bay, all set to music. Pretty much all of Vancouver heads down to the waterfront to picnic, cruise around and take in the buzz. You might as well join them!
July 26 & 30, and August 2, hondacelebrationoflight.com