Fodor's Expert Review Executive Hotel Le Soleil
567 Hornby St., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 2E8, Canada See on Map
The vibe at the Executive Hotel Le Soleil is one from another time. Between the ornate furnishings to the rich colors and textures, this hotel has an old-world charm that will appeal to travelers looking for a more vintage experience—but the new-world amenities keep the place from getting too stuffy, which will appeal to younger travelers as well.
Each of the suites at the Executive Hotel Le Soleil offers separate sleeping and sitting areas along with richly colored fabric and furnishings (gold and crimson is the hotel's main color palette) sourced from both local and European artisans. Beds feel extremely luxurious, with silk brocade coverlets and down pillows and duvets.
If you can splurge for one of the two penthouse suites, it will be worth it—both units feature 24-foot ceilings and wraparound terraces, perfect for soaking in the views of the surrounding city.
Bathrooms are well-maintained, but definitely on the smaller side and come stocked with Aveda hair and body products.
The lobby, with its tall ceilings, large windows, and marble and wood check-in counter, is inspired by the Savoy in London and Le Crillon in Paris.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The lobby is elegant, but there's not a ton of seating, so this is probably not a place you'll want to spend too much time during your stay.
Guests have access to the YWCA facilities next door, which include a pool.
There's no spa at Executive Hotel Le Soleil, but guests can call the front desk and request an in-room spa treatment.
A limited, private cardio studio is open to all guests on the 2nd floor—otherwise, head to the YWCA next door.
The Copper Chimney Restaurant & Bar serves contemporary Indian-inspired dishes that are among the best in the city—make sure to try the Mumbai spiced meatballs with mozzarella for a particularly interesting fusion of flavors.
Choose from an impressive list of both local and international wine at The Copper Chimney.
Downtown Vancouver is extremely walkable, so you can easily get by without a car (you can also catch the SkyTrain at Burrard Station, just a 3-minute walk away). If you do bring a car, the Executive Hotel Le Soleil offers free self-parking or valet for $37 per night.
For one of the best upscale casual dining experiences in the city, head to Showcase Restaurant and Bar (6-minute walk), where you can sample local favorites like the West Coast Cobb or Albacore Tuna Tataki. For something a bit more adventurous, try Peaceful Restaurant (5-minute walk), where they split their menu into categories based on the main flavors of traditional Northern Chinese cuisine: sour, pungent, hot, sweet, bitter, aromatic, and salty.
For an after-dinner treat, head to Scoozis Bar and Grill (4-minute walk), which offers an impressive menu has an of specialty tea and coffee cocktails, like Alfredo’s Coffee with brandy, Frangelico and amaretto. If you're more in the mood for a beer, try Moose’s Down Under (2-minute walk), where you can sip on an Australian beer while you catch the day's cricket and rugby matches on the TV.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Executive Hotel Le Soleil is the perfect mix of old-world charm and new-world amenities and offers an almost-luxury experience without the luxury price tag. And when you throw in the convenience of being in the heart of downtown? You've got a winner on your hands.
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