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Metropolitan Vancouver - Hotel Review

A Feng Shui Getaway in the Heart of the City

A doorman awaits guests in front of the Metropolitan Hotel in Vancouver
The entrance at the Metropolitan Hotel

No seaside metropolis sizzles quite like Vancouver. Maybe it's the Canadian addiction to a $2 coin called the toonie, or the lime- and puce-colored high-rises built by Hong Kong "zillionaires" to brighten foggy days, or possibly it's the runaway Hollywood productions shooting all over the landscape and cashing in on exchange rates. Or maybe it's just the fact that you can spend three glorious days at the Metropolitan Hotel.

This intimate refuge enjoys a prime downtown location in the heart of the entertainment and shopping district. Reflecting president Henry Wu's spiritual approach to the hotel business, the guest is greeted by black stone lions at the entrance which were quarried for a temple in Tien Jin province and guarantee to guard against evil spirits and bring good luck. A 12-panel Coromandel screen on the second floor landing also ensures good fortune. The Metropolitan's mission statement: build a Feng Shui refuge and they will come.

An Executive Suite at the Metropolitan Hotel Heated indoor swimming pool at the Metropolitan Hotel in Vancouver
An Executive Suite
Heated indoor swimming pool

Even Confucious said that man does not live by Feng Shui alone. There's also Diva at the Met, the highly acclaimed restaurant combining light wood, bronze detailing, and splashes of color to achieve a whimsical, almost dream-like effect. It serves contemporary, international food deeply rooted in the products of the Northwest. Chef Dino Renaerts leads the culinary cast behind the 140-seat restaurant and bar. The restaurant offers three tasting menus — $28 Lunch Prix Fixe, $38 Dinner Tasting and $65 Six-Course Tasting.

The Metropolitan is an ideal hub for walking along the Stanley Park seawall, skiing day or night on Grouse or Seymour Mountains, sailing on English Bay, or just admiring the mountains which embrace the ocean in one of the most beautiful port cities in the world.

Metropolitan Hotel
645 Howe St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2Y9, Canada
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