Friday, August 1, 2008

Vancouver Pride 2008: Opus Hotel, a cool place to stay in Vancouver

Should you at the last minute decide to attend Vancouver Pride 2008 and need accommodations, and are looking for a place catered for a hipster, I strongly recommend Opus Hotel ( in the Yaletown district.

It isn't uncommon that you'll bump into A-list celebs here, in fact years ago I met Sandra Bernhard at the reception desk as she was awaiting a taxi. The long list of artists and actors that have chosen Opus Hotel to stay at in Vancouver includes Jennifer Garner, R.E.M. Christina Aguilera, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cher, and J-Lo.

Not only is it a fashion-forward boutique property, but it's also tucked away on the east end of Davie Street. You'll still find weekend cocktailers and savvy diners walking around the area, but it's nothing like the expected huge crowds on Granville or Davie Village the next three days.

Opus Hotel is one of the very few hotels that created its clientele scheme based on characters that represent part of our very own society, including a trendy and quite social gay boy who visits the city of Vancouver regularly and is always in the mood for fun. Needless to say, but I'll say it anyway, Opus Hotel is not just gay-friendly it's gay-considerate. It knows gay men enjoy an upscale, hip experience when they travel for business or pleasure, and they provide it for them when they're here in Vancouver.

Complimentary business center with two computer stations (even for late night work assignments or Craigslist scroll-throughs), a fitness room, L'Occitaine bath products, colorful rooms, cordial staff, in-room coffee service, and a restarant-lounge called Elixir with good cocktails makes Opus Hotel a hit with locals and out of towners. My favorite part of the Opus Hotel experience is being greeted to and attended to by name, not by the number outside my door.

Call 1-866-642-6787 to inquire about a Pride special this weekend, specifically for Vancouver Pride 2008-bound travelers.

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