Le Soleil Hotel & Suites

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567 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC

Le Soleil Hotel & Suites
LeSoleilVanExterior2.jpg

Exterior view of Le Soleil
Building Information
Developer Barry Hong
Architect Burrowes Huggins Architects
Management Company Crosby Property Management
Number of Units 130
Number of Floors 14
Year Built 1999
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Metal
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567 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 45 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

The sun sets on Le Soleil


Le Soleil Hotel & Suites, also known as Hotel Le Soleil or Sheraton Suites Le Soleil, is a five-star boutique strata title hotel in downtown Vancouver. This postmodern high-rise was completed in 1999 with 14 floors and 130 units. It was designed by Burrowes Huggins Architects of Vancouver in the French château style and developed by Barry Hong, president of Vancouver's Spectra Group of Great Restaurants.[1]

Hong is quoted saying, "What we wanted was to build the most intimate and luxurious boutique hotel in the world, on what must be one of the tightest building sites.”[1] This tight building site (75 by 120 feet) is located on Hornby Street between Dunsmuir and West Pender Streets in Vancouver's core business district. The suites have unique floor plans to maximize space while offering the Old World comfort that guests and residents expect from a boutique hotel with a French name like "Le Soleil." Other design features like four levels of underground parking help with space-saving efforts. Both the exterior and interior of the building reflect this Old World European architecture with its château-style roof and French Empire interior furnishings.

The sun is shining on Le Soleil as it has received numerous international accolades. In 2001, Conde Nast voted Le Soleil one of the top 50 best hotels in North America and JD Powers & Associates ranked Le Soleil the best hotel in the entire Sheraton chain for guest services from 1999 to 2002 when Hong was operating the Hotel.[2] Le Soleil is a four-diamond property (AAA) and was recognized as one of the top 25 luxury hotels in Canada by Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice in 2012.[3]


Location

Le Soleil Hotel & Suites is located on 567 Hornby Street in the central business and financial district of downtown Vancouver. This prime location is less than a block from the Burrard SkyTrain and a few blocks from Waterfront Station that connects to all three SkyTrain lines. Le Soleil is surrounded by landmark buildings such as the Art Deco Marine Building, the Gothic-revival Christ Church Cathedral, the château-style Hotel Vancouver, the Georgian-revival Vancouver Club, and the postmodern glass skyscraper Cathedral Place, to name a few.[1]

Le Soleil is located near shopping at Pacific Centre Mall and Robson Street. Robson Square, which currently houses the Vancouver Art Gallery, is two blocks away, as is Canada Place along the Seawall. Stanley Park is only a fifteen-minute walk away. The YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) sits right next to the hotel offering recreational programs, fitness facilities, and a pool. Residents at Le Soleil can easily conduct daily errands by foot or transit.[4]


Construction

Le Soleil Hotel & Suites was designed by Burrowes Huggins Architects in the French château-style. This style is noticeable in the traditional hip roof with setbacks at the third and 12th floors. The hotel is a classic tower on a podium that tapers from its small ground floor footprint into a peaked roof. The facade features a variety of materials such as concrete, brick, glass, and granite.

Glass curtain walls at the corners of the building help balance the concrete mass and give it more lightness and height, as do the recessed windows. There are no balconies on the building. Four underground parking levels lie below the building. Guests and residents step through a set of French doors from Hornby Street and find themselves in a luxurious over-height lobby with gold-painted ceilings, large Georgian windows, solid maple wainscoting, and a custom-designed fireplace. The lobby adjoins a restaurant called Copper Chimney Restaurant & Bar.[1]

Layout and Features

Red and gold bedroom decor
The look of luxury

While the rooms may be on the small side with all suites having just one bedroom except the penthouse floor that offers one bedroom and a den, the rooms certainly do not lack luxury. Louis de Araujo designed the interiors in the French Empire look with Louis XIV-style furniture accented in gold and crimson with satin-covered sofas, silk brocade bedspreads, and Italian marble bathrooms.[5]

Most suites feature a sitting room/living room area, bathroom, and separate bedroom. Large windows and mirrors help amplify the small space. Another factor to note is that there are no kitchens in most suites, only mini bars. It looks like residents who live or stay here don't usually do their own cooking.

The penthouse suites offer more space as they come with 16 foot vaulted ceilings and a roof top balcony perfect for hosting business meetings, social events, product launches, and even small weddings as the Hotel states on its website.[6] Le Soleil Penthouse also comes with a library/office, multimedia room with two flat screen TVs, a Bose Sound Dock digital music system and a kitchen with a wet bar.

Since Le Soleil commissioned original art and furnishings for their interiors, residents and guests get to boast that they are staying in literally one-of-a-kind interiors.

Floor Plans

Here are a few floor plans available at Le Soleil Hotel & Suites:

Amenities

Le Soleil Hotel & Suites provide the following amenities to guests. Most of these items are also available to residents but may require a small fee (such as parking).[7]

  • Copper Chimney Restaurant & Bar
  • 24 hour-room service
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Concierge
  • Same-day laundry & dry cleaning service
  • In-room dining
  • Business centre with four meeting rooms
  • Conference rooms and penthouse hospitality suites
  • Secure underground valet parking
  • Access to health club (YWCA) next door with state-of-the-art fitness facilities, swimming pool, personal trainers and drop-in group classes[8]

Bylaws

Le Soleil Hotel & Suites Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No


Rentals and pets are permitted at Le Soleil Hotel & Suites.[9]

There is no age restriction.

Barbecues are not allowed considering there are no balconies.

Sustainability

Le Soleil Hotel & Suites offers little in the way of sustainability aside from its advantageous physical location that makes it very easy for guests and residents to get around Vancouver without a car. The Burrard SkyTrain station is just steps away and most places are within easy walking distance including cultural and recreational facilities, shopping, and dining.

Trivia

  • The yellow and gold interior accents in Le Soleil are fitting considering the hotel was inspired by the French Empire style of Louis XIV who referred to himself as "the Sun King" or "le Roi-Soleil."[10]
  • Apparently Le Soleil is Christina Aguillara's number one choice for a hotel when she comes to Vancouver, as stated in a documentary video aired in 2004. Other celebrity guests have included former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson, actors Joan Chen and Selma Hayek, and rappers Moby and Eminem.[2]
  • The separately managed restaurant next door, Oritalia, offers a mix of Italian and Asian cuisine and serves both hotel guests and the public. It was named best new restaurant of the year by the Vancouver Sun and Conde Nast when it opened in 1999.[1][2]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Two Em Media Services Ltd
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 My Leaky Condo Blog
  3. Hotel Le Soleil - About Us
  4. Walk Score
  5. Destinia
  6. Hotel Le Soleil - Penthouses
  7. VanCity Condo
  8. Hotel Le Soleil - Amenities
  9. BC Condos
  10. Wikipedia-Louis XIV of France


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