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February 11, 2009
A Peek inside the St. Regis Hotel

Last night we were able to take a quick tour of the newly refurbished, 95-year-old
St. Regis Hotel (Dunsmuir and Seymour Street) and liked what we saw.

The downstairs areas may be upscale British pub/sports bar in atmosphere, but the rooms and suites upstairs impressed us with their soothing design scheme, functional details, and most of, reasonable prices. During the opening period, a standard room will go for $119 a night, and suites for $229.  Taking that into account and number crunching the 11 million dollar reno tab (including 150 k) for the original artwork on display, and one has to wonder how many years it is going to take the owners to earn their investment back.

Not that guests will have to worry about it. As General Manager Jeremy Roncoroni explained, the hotel is targeting the business traveller who needs a convenient downtown location, options for making doing that business much easier, and who also values a restful, stylish and good quality environment without paying an outlandish price for it.  To that end, hotel guests will enjoy complimentary continental breakfasts; free local telephone calls; spacious marble bathrooms, all the expected niceties such as robes, personal vaults, irons, hair dryers, coffee makers, bottled water in the rooms, etc.; plus the free use of a state of the art, in-room, Internet media hub and WiFi that could easily turn a room into a temporary virtual office away from home.  

There is no in-house dining room, however the Gotham steakhouse is right next door and other restaurants such as the Shore Club are only a short block away.

A note to our international readers: Anyone thinking about coming to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics should seriously think about booking one of the St. Regis suites for the duration of the games. But don't think too long.  There are only six of them left.


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