Stéphane Mouttet, Chef Concierge of the Shangri-La Hotel and current director of Les Clefs d'Or, BC region
Stéphane Mouttet is the Chef Concierge of the Shangri-La Hotel and also the director of Les Clefs d’Or, BC region. Having spent his childhood and youth in Grenoble, France, and his adult life in Canada, Stéphane is the perfect embodiment of “old world meets the new world.” While he possesses the easy charm and warmth of North American hospitality, he was trained in the true traditional European sensibilities.
What do you recommend for a visitor who has just one day to sightsee in Vancouver?
Take a quick tour of the city to have a great overview, and explore local neighbourhoods such as Gastown (tourist area with a local vibe), Main Street (hipster) and Commercial Drive (Italian/European).
Or one afternoon?
Granville Island and Stanley Park or Grouse Mountain. (more…)
By SHANNON KELLY
If you’ve ever paid the standard rate for a hotel room, you’re overpaying, says hotel industry veteran Robb Engen in an article on cheap hotel rates for Moneyville. (more…)
The importance of Wi-Fi Internet access according to U.S. travelers. (PRNewsFoto/TripAdvisor)
Wi-Fi was reported to be the most important hotel amenity by travellers who participated in a recent TripAdvisor survey. After Wi-Fi, the most important amenities in the eyes of travellers were:
- free breakfast
- guest loyalty points
- shuttle to area attractions and airports (more…)
By Waheeda Harris
Quebec City scooped the Big Apple as the destination for North America’s first TRYP by Wyndham hotel on December 1, joining hot spots like Paris, Montevideo, Lisbon, Buenos Aires and Berlin. (more…)
Cats are not eligible to enter Wyndham's Horrible Holiday Gift contest, much to Furball's chagrin. Photo by alli.
By Carissa Bluestone
The Wyndham hotel chain is running a humorous holiday contest for its Wyndham Rewards members (joining the points program is free). Snap a photo of the worst sweater, the most useless electronic device or the most cringingly inappropriate gag gift you receive, and enter it in “My Horrible Holiday Gift.” The grand prize is 2 million Wyndham Rewards points (a value of approximately $10,000). Four runners-up will receive 25,000 points. In addition, every entrant is automatically put into the pool for weekly drawings awarding 12,500 points. (more…)
Minibar fees: one of the things Oyster.com hates about hotels
It’s the conundrum of the hospitality world: stay at a Holiday Inn and you surf the Internet for free; stay at a luxury hotel and you’re charged a per diem for Wi-Fi.
What’s the deal?
By Kat Tancock
There are hotels with quirks, and then there are hotels that are quirks, like the seasonal Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) in Quebec City, originally inspired by a similar structure in Sweden. (more…)
W Montreal. Photo by Henry Faber
W Hotels has hired a fashion director to help the chain partner with members of the industry on fashion shows and to forge relationships with up-and-coming designers who W would like to attend their events. (more…)
The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
We’re suckers for modern design, playful details and artful touches combined with personalized service. Often trendy, or featuring some kind of new twist on the old, Canada’s boutique offerings are sometimes heavy on whimsy or light on furniture, but always unique. (more…)
The Melody Sphere - Free Spirit Spheres Photo: Free Spirit Spheres
You may have stayed in a tree house or maybe even a yurt in your lifetime. But have you ever stayed in a sphere? (more…)
Want to learn where—and how—to make this your best ever stay in Muskoka? Check out these five amenity-packed resorts. By Viviane Kertész
Treat yourself to a locally sourced meal or a light snack in Niagara. —By Viviane Kertész
Chef Andrew Dymond dishes up local flavour at Escabèche.
Locavores rejoice at Escabèche at the Prince of Wales Hotel, where chef Andrew Dymond perfectly plates the county’s bounty. Sommelier Fred Gamula can advise a stellar pick from the resto’s 8,000-bottle cellar.
French dishes inspired by the best of Canada’s West Coast and the Niagara area are on the table at elegant Tiara Restaurant at Queen’s Landing thanks to ultra-capable chef James Olberg.
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
Eating at Elements On The Falls is the next best thing to picnicking on a magic carpet over the cascading water. Savour foods with an artisan twist amid unfussy elegance.
Afternoon tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel.
Delightful tiers of raisin scones, petit-fours, crustless cheddar-and-chutney sandwiches and jasmine tea await at the Drawing Room of the Prince of Wales Hotel.
TREATS FOR LATER
At retail complex Table Rock is Pop & Lolly’s (6650 Niagara Pkwy., 1-905-358-3268), a can’t-miss candy stop. There’s always a Lollyologist on duty handcrafting lollypops, confectionary apples or the shop’s famous caramel corn.