Roam+Board :: The Burrard

the burrard hotel vancouver[trip style = budget conscious + urban]

What Retro and restored, The Burrard had me at the lobby's original 1956 lava rock wall. This incited a perma-smile chain reaction as I glanced at every last detail down to the rooms' Nespresso machines, the palm tree-covered courtyard's replica Solair chairs and the still-standing 1960s neon sign.

Open in 2011 after a eight-month, multimillion-dollar refresh, The Burrard is one of Vancouver's last remaining midcentury hotels filling a HUGE void in the city's lodging scene; there's now an affordable AND hip alternative to the big and boutique set.

True to form, the entire establishment is kitted out in powder blue, canary yellow and gallery white veering toward vintage. More like a mod living room than a lobby, I'm hesitant to head up to my room in the elevator {playing lounge music, of course}, in fear I might miss a Don Draper sighting.

Rooms, many with enough space to stay awhile, continue the cheerful color palette, layering in grey tones for a nighty-night  feel. The furniture fits just so, and I later learn the lot is custom-built by a Canadian midcentury reproduction house. The petite bathrooms sporting penny tile floors and upscale Duravit and Grohe fixtures manage a BIG feel thanks to the all-white surround and shoebox-style sink. Bonus, there's a minty lip balm included in the bath amenities. Trip Styler approved.

Where Downtown Vancouver, Canada, approximately 30 mins from Vancouver's International Airport {YVR} by car or airport train {The Canada Line}.

When Vancouver's a sure thing any time of year, though best dressed with blossoms and brights in spring and summer. Fall and winter bring cozy, rain-filled days and muted tones.

Who/Why To you, a hot hotel cannot be attributed to a $500-per-night price tag. Knowing luxury doesn't equal style, you'd much rather stay in an indie, thoughtful and on-trend retreat.

Cost Rates start at $100 per night and include in-room Nespresso, bottled water, lip balm, WiFi and free North America-wide calling, as well as passes to a nearby gym and use of Electra cruiser bikes. Parking is $20 per night {though if you're crafty you can cruise into nearby street parking} and dogs are $25 per night.

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[photos taken by @tripstyler while staying as a guest of the hotel]