Fodor's Expert Review Listel Hotel Vancouver
1300 Robson St., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6E 1C5, Canada See on Map
The Listel Hotel brings together carefully curated art and environmentally sustainable features (like solar heating) to create an eco-and-artist-friendly hotel experience unlike any other in the Vancouver area. Located on one of the city's most vibrant streets and just steps away from some of Vancouver's most exciting theaters and art galleries, The Listel Hotel is a can't miss for anyone looking for a cultural-centric hotel experience in the heart of the city.
The floors at The Listel Hotel are divided into gallery floors, with rooms displaying original art from a carefully curated selection of artists from around the world, and museum floors, which feature works by contemporary Aboriginal artists.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you want to connect to Wifi or use the phone in your room, be prepared to pay a daily facilities fee.
While the guestrooms have a heavy focus on art, the bathrooms at The Listel Hotel are more neutral and feature walk-in showers and separate soaking tubs.
The lobby at The Listel Hotel reflects the property's commitment to the arts, with plenty of interesting pieces (like the black rhino sculpture) that create an ambiance that feels more like a museum or gallery than a hotel lobby.
Stop by the lobby at 5pm daily for the hotel's wine reception.
The on-site gym has a few cardio machines and plenty of free weights, but it's definitely on the small side—if you need more space or equipment, ask the front desk for a complimentary pass to Steve Nash Fitness World Express, which is 3 blocks from the hotel.
In keeping in line with the hotel's commitment to sustainability, Forage, the on-site restaurant, emphasizes zero waste, reduction of energy consumption, and support of local farming and fishing communities. While this farm-to-table restaurant serves meals from morning to night, brunch is the definite standout of the bunch (make sure to order the brioche French toast and bison sausage).
Forage’s beverage menu features local craft beers, eight wines on tap, and cocktails made using locally sourced spirits.
Listel Hotel is located on Robson Street, one of the city's most vibrant shopping districts and an incredibly walkable neighborhood. You can also borrow a bike from the hotel (bikes are available in warmer weather months, from June through September) or take a quick 10-minute walk and hop on the Canada Line SkyTrain. If you do bring a car, it's $29 per night for valet.
Miku (21-minute walk) is a popular Japanese restaurant known for its eclectic seafood offerings and elegant dessert menus (be sure to try the green tea opera with green tea génoise, matcha buttercream, dark chocolate ganache, azuki bean cream, and hazelnut wafer—and leave room for some matcha ice cream!). If you're in the mood for Italian, try CinCin Ristorante + Bar (4-minute walk), which has an excellent selection of handmade pasta dishes.
Head to nearby Gastown and grab a cocktail at Revel Room (7-minute drive), where you can enjoy live piano music and $7 sours during the bar's daily "Sour Hour" from 4 pm to 6 pm. For a cocktail with a view, head to Lift Bar Grill View (12-minute walk), where you can sip a craft cocktail on the rooftop bar while you enjoy epic views of the waterfront.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Listel Hotel infuses their commitment to arts in everything they do, from the carefully curated pieces in the lobby to the themed "gallery" and "museum" floors. Add to that the fantastic location and dedication to sustainability and you have the recipe for a can't-miss hotel experience for your next visit to Vancouver.
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