The EXchange hotel occupies Vancouver’s iconic stock exchange building which first opened in 1929. Throughout the hotel, gold detailing gives a nod to the building’s past, while soft lighting and muted tones show off a rotating collection of artwork.
There’s art in the guestrooms too, in the form of colourful murals. Marble bathrooms have underfloor heating, back-lit mirrors and toiletries from L’Occitane en Provence. Slippers and fluffy bathrobes are standard, as is an Illy coffee machine.
Sustainability is at the forefront of the hotel’s design. Flooring is made from recycled materials, including plastic drink bottles. The air-conditioning is highly energy-efficient, while storm and groundwater are collected to supply the toilet systems. All lights are fitted with LED bulbs, to name a few environmentally friendly hotel policies.
The hotel’s restaurant Hydra is run by Athenian Ioannis Gerolymatos who serves Greek-influenced cuisine. Think grilled seafood and roasted legs of lamb, as well as sharing plates and vegetarian options. There’s also a café and mezze bar for lighter bites.
Set in Vancouver’s financial district, the hotel is a short walk from the waterfront. Head south to hire bikes and cycle Stanley Park and the nearby coast, while east will lead you to Chinatown.