Opened in 2009, The Loden’s floor-to-ceiling windows are designed to echo the waves in nearby Coal Harbour, with the timber-and-patinated-copper exterior reflecting the Pacific Northwest forest. A blend of Dornbracht and Philippe Stark designer chic meets New Age hipster—with its fleet of complimentary cruiser bikes, rooms with yoga mats and props, inspirational karma cards, and even a turndown service with herbal tea and a take-home Buddha—The Loden makes it easy for guests to dip into the famously laid-back West Coast lifestyle. It even has a dedicated yoga channel on the in-room flat-screen TVs. Rooms glow with earthy coral, chocolate, and caramel shades, and up on the second floor is a green space sanctuary complete with its own reflecting pool and waterfall.
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The Loden is on a leafy street in Vancouver’s West End, home to the famous Stanley Park. The park is a huge urban oasis—larger than New York’s Central Park—where visitors can run along woodland trails, enjoy swimming pools or a trio of sandy beaches, and cycle along the serene seawall, which stretches 13 miles around the city’s waterfront. The Loden is also handily placed for the buzz of downtown and the financial district, just a few blocks away from the daytime shopping and late-night eating of Robson Street.
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Rooms: 77 rooms, 6 suites; from $200. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Tableau Bar Bistro blends a French-inspired menu with West Coast ingredients. Daily specialties include bistro classics from duck confit to braised lamb shank. Sunday brunch is always cheerily packed with locals and guests tossing down zingingly fresh Vancouver Island oysters and the ever-popular chicken and waffles. Spa and gym details: The airy fitness center is open 24 hours, and in-room massages can be booked. There is a one-room "spa suite" that has an infrared sauna.
Who's it for: Business travelers seeking a change from cookie-cutter corporate hotels; health-conscious leisure travelers; families liking the idea of suites that include Nintendo Wii. Our favorite rooms: The Garden Terrace Rooms have terraces with views of the reflection pool and waterfall. The Park Vista Rooms have two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows with peekaboo views of the north shore mountains and Stanley Park. Start your stay right: The Tableau Bar's house cocktail is the 1181, a fresh take on a French 75. It's made with prosecco, plus orange, lemon, pink and pomegranate lemonades, Beefeater gin, and elderflower syrup.