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The building is more than a century old, but the rooms are beautifully up to date. This lovely boutique hotel is in a great location near the financial district, SkyTrain, and shopping, and it boasts all the amenities both leisure and business travelers crave. It recently underwent a major 18-month, C$12-million renovation, reopening in December 2008 to rave reviews. Guest rooms retain historic details like the crown molding, baseboards, and windows that open, but with a contemporary coolness thanks to a soft gray palette, modern art, sleek furniture, and beautiful bathrooms with double sinks and miles of counter space. Plus this placed is truly wired, with fast, free, easy Internet access, and all the plug-ins you could possibly need for all your devices. The lobby features a curved granite counter and vibrant works of modern art, and the pub downstairs is a popular local hangout. Best of all, a stay here gets you a proper breakfast. What’s not to love about that?