Parq Vancouver brings a pair of swank hotels...

Vegas-level gaming and a suite of remarkable restaurants to British Columbia

MICHAEL SHULMAN

A little bit of Las Vegas came to British Columbia last fall with the opening of Parq Vancouver. Anchored by a casino bathed in natural light, the enormous, futuristic resort contains two hotel brands: The Douglas (named aft er the majestic fi r), whose dark woods and leathers call to mind a glam Pacifi c Northwest tree house; and the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, with expansive waterside vistas and a contemporary decor in shades of ivory and beige. Located a few blocks southeast of the city’s lively Granville Strip, Parq Vancouver has introduced an element of glamour and imagination that is already having a transformative eff ect on the area. Scott Menke, CEO of Paragon Gaming, a developer of the project, says that the property is “about connectivity between people and places.” In addition to the lush rooft op park that joins the two hotels, Parq Vancouver also serves as a link between downtown and the equally ambitious BC Place stadium. The curation of the resort’s culinary collection was entrusted to Blau + Associates, the Las Vegas-based firm helmed by James Beard-nominated restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla. Among the eight splendid dining and drinking options is the couple’s signature eatery, Honey Salt, which has been reimagined for Vancouver with an emphasis on ingredients sourced in British Columbia. Overlooking False Creek is The Victor, a classic steakhouse featuring a number of specialty cuts and an array of Pacific Northwest seafood. The upscale lounge BC Kitchen off ers gourmet comfort food: burgers, fi red-to-order pizzas and (because this is Canada) poutine. Meanwhile, MRKT East, styled aft er Asian night markets, serves food from China, India, Japan, Thailand and Singapore. And off the high-limit fl oor is the exquisite 1886, with its sublime Cantonese fare (see sidebar). While the resort’s public areas are sensational—the elevators that whisk guests of The Douglas to the sixth-fl oor front desk are outfi tt ed with bulbs and mirrors arranged so of lights—the rooms and suites are just as swank, with fl oor-to-ceiling windows, luxe accents and artisanal products. Of all the things that stand out, however, it’s the att itude of the staff that stays with you, and this is due to the charming city Parq Vancouver calls home.

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