I usually stay at the Opus in Yaletown when visiting Vancouver for work. This time they were at capacity so I ended up at the lovely Loden. Naturally, I had to compare both hotels since they are relatively similar.
The Loden? GREAT location. Its in a semi residential area called Coal Harbor, which is roughly 10 mins walk to the convention center (I walked it each day and have shorter legs than the average Joe) and its MUCH quieter. There is a train station also about 10 mins walk - different direction (Burrard Station but requires changing trains if coming from the airport.). There are lots of Sushi eateries littered nearby and a 7-Eleven around the corner to top up on snacks. The Opus in contrast is in the trendy area called Yaletown and has lots of bars in the area so can get quite noisy at night. The Opus is across the street from Roundhouse station so is much more convenient to get to from the airport (straight shot to the hotel from airport. A 20 mins train ride). For the Loden, the most straightforward route is to take Canada Line from the airport to Vancouver City Station, then walk about 20 minutes west to the hotel or change trains as suggested above for a shorter walk. So Opus beats it in terms of getting there from YVR airport. That said, Loden is better suited if you are attending events at the Convention Center, want to be closer to the Harbor and want to be away from the hustle and bustle.
GREAT restaurant - their Tableau Bar Bistro which is a French restaurant is enough to keep you locally based. The best food I had during this visit was there. The food is simply flavorful! Huge compliments to the chef. From the steak fries, the chorizo omelette to the French onion soup, there wasn't anything that didn't taste great (and i am fussy with my meals). The Opus's La Pentola, an Italian eatery pales in comparison (Opus take note:).
Rooms- modern, furnished rooms with all the usual amenities (molton brown travel essentials (lotion etc) - hairdryer, umbrella (usually needed in Vancouver), iron. Love the speakers in the bathroom as it meant I could still hear the TV whilst in the bathroom. Keeping abreast of your fav program is important stuff! The Opus has much more splashes of colors in the room and a little more character design in each room. Their rooms have colorful palettes and retro pop-deco design and they have unique décor schemes and Loden seems dull in contrast but I have only stayed here once so... My only personal complaint with the Loden is the beds are not quite as comfy as Opus and the sheets are certainly not quite as soft so I didn't sleep as soundly each night as I usually do at Opus. For a hotel of its calibre I didn't expect a slightly sunken in mattress and rough thin sheets. Adding the Opus does have that complimentary IPAD in every room. Def a bug bonus and a notch for them.
GREAT customer service and the staff there literally aim to please and will kindly cater to your every whim with a smile. I am sucker for customer service so when I get doses of great service I will automatically rave about it. There is one concern that I do need to address. While there, I made 2 calls to the front desk -- one to order room service and the order to request their courtesy shuttle. I noticed a front desk charge on my credit card bill upon returning for $7.62. Not a huge amount but certainly concerning that a call to the front desk isn't free. I will be calling them to question.
I must admit, I do love the complimentary water or champagne the Opus offer you while you are checking in. After a long flight and travel its just a nice little gesture (Loden take note:). Both hotels do have the welcome snack in the room with your name printed/or written on a card (love that)- Opus has better snacks though.
Opus vs Loden? Food for thought! The bottom-line, its like comparing apples and oranges so unless you need an ipad, and want to be seconds away from all the action I would settle with the Loden and let the price be your guide.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LODEN is your Vancouver home. The perfect city sanctuary for pleasure, business or the two in harmony together. Feel refreshed and relaxed in a boutique setting that is CENTRAL. QUIET. BEAUTIFUL within a downtown residential neighborhood. Let us take care of you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Loden Hotel Vancouver
- Vancouver Loden Hotel