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Posted July 16, 2012 by Natasha Jervis in Blogs
 
 

An Extraordinary Experience: Introducing the Loden Boutique Hotel

Located in one of the most popular neighbourhoods in downtown Vancouver, the Loden Boutique Hotel impresses visitors and locals with its impeccable establishment, not to mention its hard-to-resist charm. The Loden Hotel has come a long way and has been awarded the 5-Star Diamond, as well as the Conde Nast Readers’ Choice for Top 40 hotels in Canada.

“Hospitality at its Finest: Comfort, Excellence and a True Dedication to Guest Service”

The hotel offers guests unsurpassable mountain views, which influence the entire contemporary boutique hotel. When you book the Loden Hotel, you will fall into a world of hospitality excellence, custom-designed suites, floor to ceiling windows, fine dining and top-of-the-line amenities such as a 24-hour fitness room, luxury spa, room service, meeting space and more.

Loden Hotel Lobby, Vancouver BCThe Loden Hotel is just steps away from Vancouver’s vibrant entertainment district including pubs, nightclubs, galleries, museums, major attractions and so much more.

The hotel is also minutes away from one of the top shopping strips in Canada, known as Robson Street.

This pet-friendly hotel offers a large number of guest room and hotel amenities and services for guests to take advantage of.

The hotel amenities are as listed:

  • Private car service in the Loden’s London cab
  • BeFit Fitness Studio, complete with professional personal training and nutritionist services available upon request
  • Loden Spa, featuring a private treatment room and infrared sauna
  • Complimentary Cruiser bikes
  • Comprehensive business workstation with a full range of business services including a computer, internet access, printing capabilities and telephone
  • Wireless and wired high-speed internet access in all public spaces
  • Overnight valet parking
  • Pet-friendly accommodations featuring custom beds and dishes, freshly baked treats at turndown and the latest issue of Modern Dog Magazine and a doggie clean up kit

Read more about the Loden’s hotel amenities and services here.

The accommodations at the Loden Hotel are exquisite and comfortable. The colour scheme of hazelnut, chocolate and caramel creates the ambiance of the room. The featured rooms of the Loden Hotel are the Signature Rooms, Park Vista Rooms, Garden View Terrace, One Bedroom Suites and the grand Halo Penthouse Suite.

If you need to hold a meeting, wedding reception, function or any type of social event, the Loden Hotel has ample meeting space for you to take advantage of. The team at the Loden Hotel can also offer assistance in the catering of your event and create the menu you desire.

Fine Dining at its Best: Introducing the Tableau Bar & Bistro

Known as a popular neighbourhood bar and bistro, Tableau takes fine dining and French fare to a whole new level. The interior boasts classic bistro touches and the menu oozes the taste of France. Executive Chef Marc-Andre Choquette and his high-spirited and talented team go above and beyond to bring French culinary favourites to the people of Vancouver and our visitors.

Tableau Bar & Bistro also offers their guests a fantastic array of French wines, imported and local beers, as well as a colourful mix of cocktails and non-alcoholic spritzers. Tableau Bar & Bistro, located in sought after Coal Harbour and off the Loden Hotel lobby, is the perfect place for patio drinks, social gatherings, high-power lunch meetings or a Mother’s Day brunch.

A Memorable Experience at the Fashionable Loden Hotel

Loden Hotel Entrance, Vancouver, BCAs we drove up to the Loden Boutique Hotel we could only but admire the chic, attractive entrance that was lit up and enhanced with warm welcoming lights.

We were pleasantly greeted by a kind valet attendant and asked about our day and if we were coming in from out of town.

We approached the lobby, which was designed with a chic style in mind, not to mention the modern furniture and trimmings.

We were pleased to see the number of awards that the Loden Hotel has won in the past and as we were checking in we admired the stylish lobby from all angles.

We were given a Signature room with a king size bed, sitting area, floor to ceiling windows, deep bathtub, luxury shower and all the necessary room amenities to make our stay a comfortable one. We were greeted with an in-room treat of mixed nuts and sparkling water, which brought a smile to my face. (Nut lover here!) All guests like to feel special and if a hotel goes out of their way to add that extra touch, they have a thumbs up in my book.

The room had all the right features—such as a 42″ flat screen TV, comfy bathrobes and slippers, in-room safe, corner couch, in-suite yoga props and dedicated yoga channel, goose down duvet, cocktail and snack bar, Nintendo Wii and more! (If you’re traveling with kids, you can keep them distracted while you relax in a hot tub.)

The mix of decadent colours within the room and portrayed through the bedding, furniture and the carpet invoked thoughts of chocolate fondue, caramels and hazelnuts. The design was appealing to the eye, especially to anyone with a sweet tooth. The Signature room was immaculate, well-furnished and cozy, and definitely worth the stay.

After getting ready for the night, we headed downstairs where we were greeted yet again with smiles by the front desk staff. We were taken to our table in the Tableau Bar & Bistro restaurant and our server immediately attended to us. The menu is absolutely mouth-watering and I wasn’t sure where to begin. I took in the buzzing vibe of the restaurant on a Friday night and it was super busy! My advice would be to book in advance for a Friday night seating. After checking out the paintings on the walls and our surroundings, we began to focus on what we would like to sample while visiting.

My beau Shaun and I decided to sample a few appetizers, share some of our mains and then finish with a decadent French-inspired dessert. (This restaurant is also perfect for a romantic date.) Our appetizers included the French Onion Soup with Gruyere cheese and Croutons and Mushrooms on Toast (highly recommended!) Both were superb and I could definitely imagine bolting to Tableau on a colder, rainy Vancouver day, to warm up with the French Onion Soup.

The creamy Mushrooms on Toast was delicious and you can guarantee that plate was gobbled up without hesitation. We also tried some of the flat bread which was toasted perfect with all the right spices and ingredients. They offer a few different choices of flat bread and if you like pizza, I have no doubt you will enjoy it.

gnocchi-at-loden-hotel-vancouver-bcWhile Shaun sampled some of the finest Belgium beer known as Maredsous Abby Dark, I enjoyed the non-alcoholic spritzers and refreshing drinks such as the Seasonal Spritzer and the Spiced Apple Mule. They were so refreshing after a hot soup and definitely work as thirst quenchers!

For our mains, I chose the Gnocchi infused with mushrooms, basil cream sauce and toasted tomatoes, while Shaun chose the current market special, the Halibut collar that came with pan roasted vegetables and scrumptious scallops (see below).

Both dishes had an attractive presentation when they arrived at our table and we were impressed with the care and creativity that was put into each dish.halibut-collar-at-loden-hotel-vancouver-bc

Our dessert consisted of the sinful Creme Brulee with ginger vanilla-scented custard and caramelized sugar and the sugary-sweet Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae (sorry, no picture!) complete with chocolate and caramel syrup, candied nuts and whip cream. C’est la vie!

In Conclusion: A Final Thought

I have only great things to say about the Loden Hotel and the Tableau Bar & Bistro. They have a reputation for their hospitality excellence and we witnessed it throughout our visit. We were wined and dined, well taken care of and the staff were attentive and knowledgeable. I would recommend this hotel and the restaurant to any of my visiting friends and family and I personally hope to visit again in the near future. After all, this is Vancouver and the rain will return, therefore, I’ll need a cozy night sleep and a bowl of taste bud tingling warm French Onion Soup. Oh là là!

Media Review By: Natasha Jervis www.VancouverBC.com

 

Contact Information:

Reserve a Room at the Loden Hotel:

1177 Melville Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 0A3

Reservations: 877 225 6336 |Phone: 604 669 5060 | Fax: 778 373 1609

www.TheLoden.com

 

Book a Table at Tableau Bar & Bistro:

1181 Melville Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6E 0A3

Tel 604 639 8692 fax 604 662 8904

www.TableauBarBistro.com


Natasha Jervis

 
Natasha Jervis
Natasha Jervis is a dedicated and professional travel copywriter with over 14 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. Some of her past and current roles include the New York Times travel channel on About.com, Sunwing Vacations, CanadaTravels.com, Escapes.ca and a variety of other worldwide travel media resources.