When Parq Vancouver opened in autumn 2017, the colossal, bronze, Richard Serra-esque swoop of a building became an immediate local landmark. Inside its reflective walls, two distinct luxury hotels welcome guests—the hip, young The Douglas, with its selfie-ready mirrored elevators and D/6 bar and lounge, which thrums with bass and beautiful people come evening, and the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, an oasis of elegance and serenity with its flower-filled, cream marble lobby and spectacular east-facing, sunrise views over False Creek.
With 281 rooms and 48 luxury suites, the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver is appointed with residential-style amenities, decorated to foster tranquility in shades of dove, blue, and muted purple. The hotel’s relaxed atmosphere reaches its epitome at the Spa by JW, a 10,000-square-foot space with a relaxation lounge overlooking what must be one of the most beautiful views in the country. Sip tea while lying in a chaise style sofa overlooking the architectural spectacle of Vancouver’s Science World (a sparkling snowball on the water), small sea buses sailing to and fro, and the very lovely skyline, within which a sharp eye may spot the vermilion-hued mural, entitled “Vancouver Studio (After Matisse)” by local artist Andy Dixon, painted for the city’s 2017 Mural Festival. Once you’ve had you fill of the sights, allow yourself to be led to a treatment room and cozy up under a heated blanket for your treatment (which can be augmented with any number of add-ons, from a hot stone massage to a face mask or scalp rub). After your treatment, hop into the sauna, refresh with an iced eucalyptus towel, and prepare for the evening ahead.
The JW Marriott Parq Vancouver is an oasis of elegance and serenity with its flower-filled, cream marble lobby and spectacular east-facing, sunrise views over False Creek.
Evening is truly what the Parq multiplex is all about. Start with a meal; Parq is home to eight restaurant and lounge concepts, and while all have their charms, you can’t go wrong with 1886 or Victor for dinner. Named for the year Vancouver’s Chinatown emerged in the newly incorporated city of Vancouver, 1886 is a grand dining room decorated in lacquered aquatic tones and polished dark wood with cobalt velvet booths. Here, enjoy a thoughtful tea menu (the milky Oolong is their speciality) along with an evening menu of elevated dim sum (the super-crispy prawn and cuttlefish dumplings with Northern Divine caviar are a must) and Cantonese fare. Hunan-style wok-fried Nova Scotia lobster, light vegetable dishes like sautéed asparagus with lily bulbs and gingko, and a delicate egg white fried rice with seafood make for an elegant meal—with the house special dessert, a fresh fruit and tapioca salad topped with silky mango sauce. Feeling more inclined towards red meat? Victor, an American-style steakhouse has you covered for broiled steaks with fixings like triple-cooked fries, creamed kale, and mac and cheese waffles, with cheesecake and chocolate mousse for dessert.
Once full, one is at leisure to take to Parq’s vast casino—a feature that makes its hotel’s particularly attractive for staycationers seeking a night on the town. With 600 slot machines, 75 gaming tables, and 11 private gaming salons, there is something for everyone in this vibrant nightlife hub.
JW Marriott, 39 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC.
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