Join our Vancouver stringer, Celeste Moure, for daily happenings from the host city.
When the last of the Olympians goes home at the end of the month, the Olympic Village, a onetime industrial brownfield site, will become Vancouvers newest urban hub, with restaurants, shops and a public access seawall for walking, biking and rollerblading. This was the last piece of the puzzle needed to link the citys west side with Stanley Park, a 1000-acre urban park featuring millions of trees (some over 100 years old) and hundreds of miles of roads and walking trails. Within spitting distance to Stanley Park in the tony district of Coal Harbour is the Loden Hotel, sister property to the Viceroy in Santa Monica and Miami. Inside are 77 modern but serene rooms decorated in blond-wood cabinets, boldly patterned rugs, velvet chaises and chocolate brown marble bathrooms. While the hotel is fully booked during the Olympics, well-heeled locals and out-of-towners are flocking to Voya. Dishes served in the forties-styled dining room pair fresh West Coast ingredients plucked from the local waters and organic farms. Reservations recommended.