It’s been forever since I’ve had a staycation on tour. My staycation-relaxation stash was running low and I needed my fix. When I heard Autograph just opened a hotel in Vancouver, I jumped on the opportunity to check out The Douglas faster than you can say ‘room service.’ Because not only am I sucker for an Autograph hotels, I also love being able to see a hotel in the early stages as the energy is on fire from everyone involved in making it happen.
We walked through the hustling + bustling of PARQ to the tucked away elevators and were immediately transported to the hotel’s oasis. The lobby screams sophistication all while keeping those #cozy vibes present. We were greeted by smiling staff and a Douglas fir turned concierge desk. The hotel lobby is filled with warm tones, blue velvet accents, and touches of wood and gold throughout. Douglas’ space is open, inviting, while there’s a few different seating areas to rest + relax. I truly fell in love with this hotel in a way I haven’t with anywhere we’ve stayed in the past. I live for attention to detail + I seek out branding like gold. Within a few moments of stepping into The Douglas, I just thought to myself, “yes. they’ve nailed it.”
The lobby and bar are filled with small decorative accents that really bring the vision together. It feels very homey and sophisticated, then you step in the elevator and it’s the coolest photo-op.
We arrived into our suite with a MAJOR view. We were quite literally overlooking the BC Stadium. It was incredible to see such a landmark so close. The room is filled with plaid, marble, and gold juxtaposition in the best way possible. I was obsessed with all of the details in the suite bc hashtag branding. Instead of pens, The Douglas uses freshly sharpened pencils, welcome booklets that dive in-depth regarding how they merge Vancouver metropolitan life and British Columbia nature, funky gold mirrors and light fixtures, concrete walls, a wooden head board, and oh boy, did they hit a home run with Aesop products in the bathroom. I mean, even our welcome macaroons were chocolate mint – AKA brown + green, two consistent colors throughout the hotel.
Peep that view, tho!
The Douglas is located in downtown Vancouver, at PARQ – your one stop hub for all of the best things in life; food, drinks, hotels, and gambling, of course. With five restaurants, numerous bars, two hotels, and a casino, you could easily spend an entire weekend here + never leave the building. We dined at Honey Salt, a restaurant that specializes in seasonal farm-to-table cuisine. We had to get the full experience, (duh) so we ordered the BC Poke, Bacon Brussel Sprouts, Maple Hill Chicken w/ Mac n’ Cheese, and the Scallops – which were TDF. Anything with truffle has my heart forever. I finished off my food and still kept stealing bites of Joe’s mac. That cheesy ooey gooey goodness is too good to resist. The Smokey Paloma was the best cocktail I’ve ever had – the amount of spice was just right. And we finished it off with the Society Cake – their most famous dessert and it did not disappoint. The ambiance is extremely comfy. It reminds you of a stylish home in the south, which I’m all about. The service was top-notch, Alex was our server and he was extremely knowledgable about everything on the menu.
D/6 is the hotel’s lounge + bar where people get in line to get in, making it a hot spot on the Vancouver nightlife radar. Wanting to feel even more #extra? There’s a secret room behind the bookshelf that can be rented out for private parties + events. Talk about exclusive. The bar is heavily stocked for every kind of sip n’ stir and the stools make for a killer IG photo. In line with the rest of the hotel, D/6 feels elegant, yet modern and still warm. It’s where I’d spend an ideal Friday night – with a tasty cocktail. In good company. By a massive fireplace. And snuggling up on tasteful + plush furniture.
We woke up to order room service, because no staycation is complete without it. I kept the local seafood train going (British Columbia is known for their salmon) and ordered a smoked salmon bagel with a side of hash browns – because carbs don’t count on staycations, either. Joe got the avocado toast (his trusty go-to) + seasonal fruit plate. The almond milk latte was the best way to kick start the day!
I checked out of The Douglas and headed over to the other side of PARQ, up to the spa at the JW Marriott. I checked in, got dressed into my robe and waited for my facial with a warm cup of chamomile as I took in the city view. I opted for the Brightening Facial, where they used natural products to bring my skin back to life. My esthetician really gave me some knowledgable info about my skin – she pointed out problem areas I’ve always had + told me it was sun damage without me even asking! I had no idea it was from too much sun + I was able to shift my beauty routine to use products that protect + prevent for any future issues. The facial itself was so relaxing, I found myself dozing off at times, especially when she gave me a neck, head, and shoulder massage. Ah, I was so zen. After my facial, I headed home and spent the rest of the day daydreaming about the 24 hours I spent at PARQ, and can’t wait to go back!