Checking In: EXchange Resort | Vancouver Solar

Checking In: EXchange Resort |  Vancouver Solar

Boutique lodge cashes in on one-time inventory trade constructing heritage

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Oh, if this barrel vault foyer may discuss. There’d be fables of fortunes received and misplaced. Tales of scams and scoundrels. Tall tales of golden alternatives and whispered secrets and techniques of cannot miss ventures.

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From 1929 to 1947 this foyer witnessed the comings and goings of the town’s enterprise elite because the entranceway to the Vancouver Inventory Change Constructing at 475 Howe Road. The constructing opened in the summertime of 1929, simply months earlier than Black Monday and the inventory market crash, and was designed by Fred Townley and Robert T. Matheson, architects who a half-decade later would create their magnum opus, Vancouver’s artwork deco metropolis corridor . In response to This Week in Historical past reporter John Mackie, who wrote in regards to the constructing in 2020, the inventory trade constructing was described as ‘gothic’ on the time of its opening however at the moment is taken into account within the deco type.

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The Vancouver Inventory Change isn’t any extra, having ceased operation in 1999, however the wonderful constructing that served for its residence in the course of the Despair and World Struggle Two lives on because the EXchange Resort, a 4-star lodge with 201 rooms and suites, penthouses and an govt ground and membership lounge. And whereas valuable few touchstones to the one-time monetary middle stay, that wonderful foyer does and greets visitors who enter the lodge off Howe Road. The medieval English heraldry and symbols adorning the ceiling are as recent at the moment as they had been practically a century in the past because of the painstaking work of a volunteer who spent a whole bunch of hours recreating the unique. Her work was not in useless, as visitor after visitor coming into the foyer forged their eyes upwards as they awaited the elevator that might take them as much as the check-in ground. Some would even look forward to the subsequent elevator as they took within the unbelievable element on the vaulted ceiling.

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The EXChange Hotel Heritage Lobby has been restored to its original brilliance as it was on the day the Vancouver Stock Exchange Building opened in 1929. CREDIT: Pooya Nabei
The EXChange Resort Heritage Foyer has been restored to its unique brilliance because it was on the day the Vancouver Inventory Change Constructing opened in 1929. CREDIT: Pooya Nabei Photograph by Pooya Nabei

I do not what number of occasions I’ve walked by this constructing with no inkling that such a historic piece of Vancouver was mer metres away, so I too lingered slightly longer once I arrived for a staycation on the EXchange Resort. Because it turned out, it wasn’t the one shock encountered throughout my keep.

Boutique lodge hiding in plain sight

Undecided if it’s the historic façade of this constructing on the nook of Howe and Pender, or the glass tower that sits atop it now, however like that inventive foyer I had no thought {that a} hipster boutique lodge was at this intersection. However make no mistake, from the second you test in to the second you first open your room door and take within the environment, it is a trendy and complex expertise, with an artwork deco vibe combined in with each traditional and 21st century room trappings. There may be L’Occitane facilities, Egyptian cotton bedding, 24 hour in-room eating and a 50-inch LCD HD tv with Crave interactive and free high-speed wi-fi. Outdoors of standard rooms, there’s a suite membership ground and the Dividend non-public membership lounge providing gentle breakfast and night hors-d’oeuvres with bar service. And sure, it is pet pleasant.

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Attention to detail is a hallmark of the boutique hotel's guest rooms.  CREDIT: Levi Groeneveld
Consideration to element is a trademark of the boutique lodge’s visitor rooms. CREDIT: Levi Groeneveld Photograph by Levi Groeneveld

Downtown’s a factor once more

Simply because it was when it opened as a inventory trade in 1929, this location is true within the coronary heart of Vancouver’s monetary and purchasing district, the latter an enormous selling-point for staycationers who stay within the suburbs or additional afield and do not get downtown fairly often. However there is also, not less than to me, an surprising buzz across the downtown core on weekends. A part of that may be a results of the return of cruise ships. Eating places are rocking, the Coal Harbor sea wall is teeming with vacationers and particular occasions are again on the schedule. One which I hadn’t heard about took me shock as on a pre-dinner stroll I got here throughout an enormous see-through dice on Jack Poole Plaza surrounded by makeshift viewing stands. Seems the Canadian squash championships had been on the town and this venue was akin to middle court docket at Wimbledon. It definitely added to the vitality on the streets.

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Hydra Vancouver Estiatorio Mediterranean is the hotel's in-house restaurant and must do if you love great Geek food and wine.  CREDIT: Hydra
Hydra Vancouver Estiatorio Mediterranean is the lodge’s in-house restaurant and a should do should you love nice Geek meals and wine. CREDIT: Hydra Photograph by Hydra

A style of the Mediterranean

As with purchasing and exhibits, eating is an enormous draw throughout a staycation, and in downtown Vancouver the largest concern is deciding which implausible restaurant to spend the evening at. The excellent news for EXchange visitors who love Greek meals, the elevator is all of the transportation you will want. And once more, with its second-floor location, you needn’t be forgiven if you do not know a lot about Hydra Vancouver Estiatorio Mediterranean. I definitely did not, however now once I’m requested by somebody the place ought to they eat downtown, it is my first reply. That is fine-dining Greek meals in a bustling environment with Greek servers, a superb and in depth Greek wine listing, and an environment paying homage to an Athens’ taverna. My well-traveled eating companion proclaimed the calamari among the many finest she’d ever had, and the lamb predominant course on the quick listing too. The restaurant additionally serves because the breakfast location for lodge visitors, with conventional breakfast fare on provide.

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Particular, after which some

The ultimate shock for me was found in doing analysis for this story. Usually, a lodge has a handful of bundle offers, a few of them seasonal others extra customary. Take a look at the EXchange Resort web site ( and there are practically 20, starting from the traditional Romantic, Bubbly Breakfast and Ben & Breakfast to the extra eclectic Gasoline Card Package deal, Cruise into Consolation and Wine, Dine and Room is Effective packages.

After this staycation, I am going to by no means cross the intersection of Howe and Pender with out speaking within the EXchange Resort constructing — and if I am not in a rush I would simply pop in to take a look at the EXchange Resort Heritage Foyer.

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