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Hot List 2009
Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
1128 W. Georgia Street
Tel: 888 818 1120 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 689 1120
This 119-room high-rise seamlessly fuses Eastern and Western sensibilities. The main lobby, with its starlike crystal chandeliers, is sobered by clusters of low-back leather sofas and carved screens. Check-in is done in-room, and exceptional service, too, reflects the company's Asian roots. Rooms are comfortable cocoons: Earthy hues are accented by dark-wood paneling and tapestry wall hangings, while floor-to-ceiling windows look out on the downtown's glass towers. A buzzy lobby lounge serves tasty small-plate dishes along with Okanagan Valley wines, while the marquee restaurant, Marketan outpost of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Paris originalis a glamorous addition to the city's sophisticated dining scene.
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