The Burrard Hotel, Vancouver BC

The Burrard Hotel Vancouver

The Burrard Hotel in downtown Vancouver, BC, has a unique and retro feeling to it, fitting since it first opened its’ doors in 1956 as the Burrard Motor Inn. Since then, they’ve done a massive renovation on the whole building, inside and out. While the hotel has been updated with modern amenities, they kept the mid-century modern character which keeps this boutique hotel an original choice.

Checking into the hotel was super easy and quick, the front desk was knowledgable and gave me all the information I needed to know about where to park and where my room was. Jay & I stayed on the fourth floor with our room looking into the lush courtyard of the hotel. It felt a bit like walking into a time warp, the carpet lining the walkways was astroturf, and the colour scheme screamed retro.

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Postcards on the bed at The Burrard

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A View into the Courtyard of The Burrard Hotel

The room was more cool and casual than lavish luxe, a large king size bed with mid-century modern furniture was the main feature in the room. The postcards on the bed featured photo shoots done in and around the hotel, while white walls were hung with well-chosen retro-inspired imagery of Vancouver. The bed was comfortable with a pillow-top mattress, and the pillows were plush.

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King-sized Bed at The Burrard Hotel

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Mid-Century Modern Furniture at The Burrard

Our Cozy Room at the Burrard Hotel

Our Cozy Room at the Burrard Hotel

While I adored the cozy room with all of its’ amenities, which included free WiFi, a Nespresso machine, a 42″ flat screen TV, Dyson Hot+Cool Fans, and a mini fridge with free bottled water, the bathroom was very small. There wasn’t much counter space, although there were shelves for your toiletries, and if you sat on the toilet there was no way of closing the door. What it lacked in space, it made up for in their spa-quality body care products and their sense of humour about their lack of swimming pool.

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A Cheeky Sign Directing You to the Shower at The Burrard

A Cheeky Sign Directing You to the Shower at The Burrard

The location of the Burrard Hotel is great – a couple of blocks away from the Entertainment District on Granville Street, a few blocks from the Shopping on Robson Street, and steps away from the Sea Wall at False Creek. This leaves visitors with plenty of things to do that are close to the hotel, by foot or riding Brooklyn Cruiser bikes, which The Burrard rents out for free.

The Courtyard at The Burrard is like a hidden oasis in the middle of the city. Fun coloured chairs spotted the courtyard, while plush greenery and tall palm trees accentuated the vintage vibe. The somewhat private courtyard is perfect for photoshoots and having some outdoor quiet time in the middle of Vancouver.

And, if the in-room Nespresso machine isn’t enough, Container Coffee is a cute little cafe found on the ground floor of The Burrard, and makes delicious Americanos and Lattes!

The Courtyard Oasis at The Burrard Hotel

The Courtyard Oasis at The Burrard Hotel

Retro Chairs in the Courtyard at The Burrard

Retro Chairs in the Courtyard at The Burrard

The Low-Down

If you’re looking for a hipster-chic spot to lay your head, The Burrard Hotel is a top contender of boutique hotels in Vancouver. Simple and clean rooms with a mid-century modern flair adds a charming and nostalgic touch to your stay, while the complimentary cruiser bikes allow you to check out the city in style.

Kid-Friendly

Kids stay for free at The Burrard and cribs are available for $15/night. I personally would keep this hotel to a couples-only night on the town, or a quick escape with the girlfriends.

Pet-Friendly

Yes! Pets can stay at The Burrard for $25/night.

Connect

The Burrard Hotel can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, and the staff were friendly and helpful. I would consider staying here again if I had events to attend in the Downtown Vancouver area.

Disclosure: This is not a paid post. I received 1 night stay compliments of The Burrard Hotel. Views in this article are my own.

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Laughter, Tears & Inspiration at Leading Moms 2014 #LMinspire

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I was delighted when asked to be a Blog Ambassador for the third annual Leading Moms conference, but I wasn’t sure what to expect or how powerful an experience it would be. Every speaker was more inspiring than the last, and each of them brought their own important message to the forefront.

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There were discussions on balancing our work-kids-mom lives, helping others, raising our children with knowledge, and personal life stories that were sometimes funny, and sometimes heart wrenching.

Taryn-Brumfitt

I was lucky to hear Taryn Brumfitt speaking about body image and the amazing documentary that she’s working on, ‘Embrace’. Check out the trailer for it below – and try not to cry!

Jen-SchaeffersI was giggling along with Jen Schaeffers mom talk – worrying about not being the mom who bring home-baked cupcakes made with beet juice to school! She was so relatable and fun!

Marnie-Goldenberg Have you heard of the Sexplainer? That’s Marnie Goldenberg, who’s mission is to ensure our children are knowledgable about their bodies and sex education. She really brought new insight to a topic I thought I knew more about.

Michele-Kambolis

Listening to Michele Kambolis speak about anxiety and worries in our children really hit home for me. With a daughter who is so intelligent and aware, there are times when she can get seriously overwhelmed and anxious, and it’s difficult for me to connect with her. I just picked up her book Generation Stressed, and am excited to try out some of her ‘tools’ to help children relieve their worries and fears.

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The Leading Moms keynote speaker, Tamara Taggart, made all of us laugh (She’s funny! Who knew?) and then brought us to tears as she told her story. I wasn’t aware of her health struggles before this conference, but her journey through it all was so touching, so inspiring, and left me in awe of her strength.

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She spoke of the importance of being an advocate for ourselves than just for others, putting our families first, saying ‘No’ when possible, and to stop acting like being Busy is where it’s at. Because it’s not. Her message of slowing down and enjoying the everyday moments really touched me. I’m so guilty of hurrying my kids all the time, trying to always be ‘perfect’, and I put myself last and family isn’t always first.

I walked into the Leading Moms conference ready to meet other moms like me, women who want the best for their children, women who want to follow their dreams in career and in life, women who want a happy and balanced life – and I did! And I walked out of there smiling and full of hope, inspiration, and amazement.

Find out more at the Leading Moms website and be sure to Like them on Facebook to keep informed of the conference in 2015!

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A Tale of Two Weekends

The View From Our Hotel Room

The View From Our Hotel Room

A King Size Bed in a Red Room @ The Opus Hotel

A King Size Bed in a Red Room @ The Opus Hotel

My favourite piece of art in our hotel room @ The Opus

My favourite piece of art in our hotel room @ The Opus

Last weekend Jay & I took off to the city to have an adventure. Grandma came over to watch the kids, we took the roof off of the Jeep, and drove along the oceanside into Vancouver. We promptly checked into the Opus Hotel, where we were married 3 years ago, checked out the gorgeous room, then jumped onto our complimentary bicycles and took off to the seawall for a ride around False Creek.

The weather was beautiful. It was a perfect Vancouver day.

We rode our bikes down to Vancouver Craft Beer Week‘s last festival day, found a couple who were selling their tickets, and in we went! Jay & I LOVE our beer festivals and this one certainly ticked off all the right boxes. It was outdoors in the glorious sunshine, and with over 80 breweries to sample and delicious food to munch on (sausages AND pretzels!), we spent our whole Saturday afternoon there until they shut it down at 7pm!

My favourite beers weren’t actually beers at all – I’ve discovered a new love for ciders and radlers, both were delicious and refreshing in the hot sun. I think my favourite booth was the Jupiter Hotel booth, straight from Portland. We stayed at that hotel on a visit a few years back, and Jay is constantly trying to coerce me into moving down to Portland – the owner of the hotel was trying to sell me on how amazing and child-friendly Portland is… I swear he paid her to say it all!

Afterwards we rode our bikes back into Yaletown and met up with friends at The New Oxford. We ordered the pork spring rolls and a bit too much alcohol, and shortly after I was riding the bike back to the hotel, alone. Let’s just say that a day of drinking takes its’ toll, and I was not feeling so swell that night.

Vancouver Craft Beer Week Sampler Mug

Vancouver Craft Beer Week Sampler Mug

Brats, Beers, and Pretzels at Vancouver Craft Beer Festival

Brats, Beers, and Pretzels at Vancouver Craft Beer Festival

Our Mode of Transportation in the City: Complimentary Bicycles from Opus Hotel

Our Mode of Transportation in the City: Complimentary Bicycles from Opus Hotel

The next morning I woke up feeling surprisingly good, and we enjoyed an absolutely delicious brunch at La Pentola. I had the Roast Beef Panini and Jay had Eggs Benedict with fingerling potatoes – both were absolutely scrumptious. I highly recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for somewhere special to eat in Vancouver, every bit of our meals were perfection and I can’t wait to come back for dinner.

Spending a weekend without the kids can be amazing. Of course we miss them, they come up in conversation constantly, and we’re both reminding each other to have a dialogue that didn’t involve the kids…! But it rekindles a bit of romance, allows you to flirt without wiping faces, sticky fingers, making sure everyone is eating enough…

This weekend will be quite the opposite of last!

With Father’s Day this Sunday, we’ll be spending almost every minute of this weekend together. I foresee a trip to Whistler, an outdoor brunch, time spent by the campfire and loads of snuggle time. There will be tears and tantrums and tired faces, there will be laughter and joy and sweaty, sticky hands to hold. There will be smiles and yummy food, and dancing – always dancing!

This weekend will be much different than the last, yet I know I’ll love them both just as much!

Are you looking for a boutique hotel in Vancouver? I highly recommend the Opus Hotel. When we’re heading into the city we love to stay there, the service is spectacular, the lobby and rooms are very well designed, and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine upon check-in is just divine! I have not been paid to say this, it really is one of our favourite hotels for a city staycation!

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