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The Best Room At... Wedgewood Hotel & Spa

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The Best Room At... Wedgewood Hotel & SpaWedgewood Hotel

Vancouver, one of the most diverse cities in Canada, is distinguished by its modern architecture. That's what sets the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, located in the city's downtown area, apart. Instead of leaning into the modern aesthetic of the city, it goes in the complete opposite direction, channeling an old world feel.

In 1984, Eleni Skalbania, an entrepreneur from Santorini, Greece, opened the Wedgewood Hotel—the first woman-owned boutique hotel in Canada. Since then, the hotel has remained in her family (it's now run by her daughters, Elpie and Marousa). The hotel features art and antiques from the family's collection, and each of the 82 rooms is uniquely decorated.

Her granddaughter, who is also named Eleni, is the property's Operations Manager and Director of Public Relations. She gave T&C a tour of the hotel, and chatted all about the unique appeal of the downtown Vancouver boutique.

What do you consider to be the best room at the property and why?

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A view of the sitting room in the penthouse suite.Wedgewood Hotel

The Balcony Penthouse; it is exquisitely furnished with European-inspired luxury décor, with accents of silk, leather, fine artwork, and antiques. This room features a separate living room with a gas fireplace and wet bar. The bedroom offers a lavish, spa-inspired bathroom with jetted soaking tub, walk-in shower and heated marble floors. A spacious balcony off of the bedroom features an outdoor lounging area with panoramic views of Robson Square.

How much does it cost per night?

It ranges per season, but starts at $1,200 CAD.

How would you describe the guests and the vibe at the hotel?

The vibe at the hotel is approachable luxury, and we aim to exude old school exclusivity while still being charming and accessible to all. Our guests seek high-level hospitality without the stuffiness or formality of a large hotel.

What feeling about Vancouver do you hope to impart to guests?

That this hotel is like a home, and all the staff and guests are family. As a third-generation female owned and operated business, we have a passion for hospitality and a dedication to service that is unparalleled in the city. Our ethos is "above and beyond."

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A view of the cozy lobby.Wedgewood Hotel

What's one thing about the hotel that you think first-time visitors will find surprising?

How central the location is; how bright and airy the lounge is when the large bay windows are open on a summer’s day; the serenity of the spa; and the hand-selected art in every room.

What’s a local attraction that you always recommend?

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Tourists on Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver.Peter Adams - Getty Images

A few: Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Museum of Anthropology, and biking or walking the Seawall loop trail through Stanley Park.

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