Walking through the doors of the Wedgewood Hotel and Spa, in downtown Vancouver, is a bit like stepping back in time. In a good way.
A liveried doorman and porter are quick to grab my bags before my feet exit the taxi and touch the pavement, I’m escorted into the elegant foyer and checked in with a level of service I would expect Kate and Wills to be happy with.
The service continues as my chatty porter delivers me to my room, compliments me and explains how everything works. And what a room it is, with oh-so elegant furniture, a four-poster bed and handy hot tub in the corner. Bliss.
The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa opened in 1984, the dream-child of Greek-born owner, Eleni Skalbania and its charm and elegance really are reminiscent of another era. The brochure might have said that but it’s true.
The hotel has been beautifully decorated under Eleni’s close supervision, with her own personal antiques and works of art featuring the public areas and guestrooms. I want to move in.
And then of course, there’s the award-winning restaurant, Bacchus. I wander in through the lobby to my table by a roaring fire, instantly surrounded by luxury, with richly upholstered furniture and crystal fixtures apparently from Venice.
I order the salad nicoise (it’s a personal test I have for restaurants – a good nicoise is the sign of a top-notch restaurant in my book). And it is good – tender seared slices of tuna, soft boiled eggs, just enough potatoes and just enough dressing. Washed down with a delightful merlot.
And I haven’t even mentioned the spa.