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Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia 

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1128 W. Georgia Street
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6E 0A8
Tel: 888 818 1120 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 689 1120
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For its entry into North America, the Hong Kong–based Shangri-La chain fired a dramatic opening salvo. The 119-room Shangri-La Vancouver takes up the first 15 floors of a 62-story glass tower (Vancouver's tallest) located between downtown and the residential West End. The Asian-style hospitality is evident in the doting, singular focus on guests: After entering, you are greeted by a hostess in Mandarin-style attire, then led to a discreet check-in area on the lower level (and if you've booked a suite, you'll be served a pot of steaming tea on arrival). The interiors are sumptuous, particularly the three-story lobby with its limestone walls and floors, crystal chandeliers, rosewood paneling, and plush leather chairs. Rooms—there are seven different configurations—start at a spacious 450 square feet and have contemporary furniture with Asian touches and a Chinese color scheme of gold and bronze. Marble bathrooms are the biggest in town, with enormous walk-in showers and mirrors that double as ten-inch televisions. Food is covered by Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Market, and classic cocktails, Asian-inspired snacks, and a formal afternoon tea are served in the revamped Xi Shi (Iron Lotus) Lobby Lounge. The Chi spa pampers patrons with a range of Chinese and Himalayan treatments in six individual suites with fireplaces.—Kasey Wilson

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
This Asian hotel brand's first North American property resides in 15 stories of Vancouver's tallest building. It's "highly designed, a refreshing antidote to the other cookie-cutter hotels," with plantings on the rooftop in Mondrian-esque patterns, and use of bamboo, bonsai, and grass throughout. Rooms and suites in cream and chocolate tones have "mammoth bathrooms and balconies." "Staff exceed expectations." At Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Market, "the traditional Chinese breakfast is memorable."

(119 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 88.9
  • Design: 88.9
  • Food: 85.2
  • Location: 85.2
  • Rooms: 92.6
  • Service: 92.6

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
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, Market—an outpost of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Paris original—is a glamorous addition to the city's sophisticated dining scene. —2009 Hot List

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