For sheer, vibrant, grown-up fun, you cannot beat the Opus. It’s the only place to stay right in Yaletown, which means it can be a bit noisy, what with all the bars, clubs, and restaurants outside. All the rooms feature spa bathrooms, in-room iPads, Frette bathrobes, Herman Miller ergonomic chairs, and a nightly amenity of retro candy, which is all pretty cool. Even cooler? Each room fits into one of five “personalities”—and the lifestyle concierge can help you decide if you’re, say, “Mike,” the gay New York doctor, “Pierre,” the Parisian food critic, or “Susan,” the Toronto fashion exec. Each has a room designed just for their personality, in vivid colors (cranberry red, foxglove blue, daring taupe, Hermes orange, Liverpool green) with glamorous decor elements like animal print armchairs, faux-fur throws, silk cushions, and funky art. The cool Opus Bar is one of Yaletown’s liveliest hangouts, plus, after a few hits-and-misses (mostly misses), Opus has finally got its restaurant right: La Pentola della Quercia is the downtown outpost of a popular Kits eatery, with an award-winning wine list and exceptional Italian food in a bright, airy room.
- Joanne Sasvari