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Best Brunches in Yaletown

Brunch should be a food group - one of those essential components of nutrition that make our bodies function at the most optimal level. A weekend brunch reignites us after a long week and prepares us for the work days ahead. They are luxurious meals that condone sleeping in, socializing with friends, and cocktails before noon. Honestly, what’s not to love?

We’re lucky at OPUS Hotel to be surrounded by an abundance of delicious restaurants in Yaletown that cater to this decadent meal hour.

La Pentola: Located just an elevator ride away for guests, this Italian eatery is rich with a variety of brunch delicacies, including the traditional Northern Italian pancake, Kaiserschmarrn, colourful three egg omelets, and the refreshing Aperol Spritz cocktail.

350 Davie Street

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Kaiserschmarrn at La Pentola

Glowbal Grill: If you’re a sucker for mini donuts and bustling patio people-watching, this is the dining spot for you. Drink mimosas and pick from one of four Eggs Benedict options.

1079 Mainland Street

Provence Marinaside: With the sight of boats bobbing in the marina visible over your Baked Eggs Florentine, it’s hard to leave this idyllic brunch spot even after you’ve finished eating.

1177 Marinaside Crescent

Elbow Room Café: The best cure for a hangover after a fabulous night in Vancouver resides at this tasty greasy-spoon diner. Not only will the staff berate you for not finishing all the food on your plate, but they will collect a donation to support the AIDS charity A Loving Spoonful.

560 Davie Street

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

ART+IDENTITY+TRAVEL at OPUS Hotel

Everyone’s wedding should be a unique experience – an event that stands out and splashes across unblinking eyes with brilliant colours and captivating imagery. Heads should continue to turn long after the remarkable day.

Contemporary artist Alana Rothstein, a self-professed lover of hotel rooms, is recreating moments of celebration for brides, grooms, wedding parties, and anyone else staying at OPUS Hotel with the ART+IDENTITY+TRAVEL package. Think dashes of rock and roll, sprinkles of Studio 54, zests of decadence, and flavours of seduction fused together into a freestanding art creation of memories.

Using a collection of images, taken either by the group or by her, she captures a morsel of the guests’ lives to digitally transform onto Plexiglass. After collaboration with guests to ascertain style and vision, she layers the pictures with artfully-placed, vibrant colour.

The chic keepsakes are contemporary and personal, ideal for guests or as cool gifts. Show off a provocative boudoir side, dance off single life with girlfriends, or bond with a best man over scotch.

And if it’s not your wedding, celebrate you and life with an original piece of Plexi-art by Alana Rothstein. We’re so excited at OPUS to be working with her on this unique project.

Q&A with Alana Rothstein:

OPUS: Where did you find inspiration for ART+IDENTITY+TRAVEL?

ALANA: ART+IDENTITY+TRAVEL is the result of traveling and taking pictures that never saw the light of day. My work is usually large format, colourful, high-concept art combining multiple images and transforming them digitally onto Plexiglass. I came up with the idea of PLEXI-ART, a mini version or travel size, for the person that loves hotels. It is a souvenir, if you will, that is personal and attractive enough to keep on display in your home or office – not your average snow globe. I immediately knew that OPUS Vancouver was the perfect hotel for the project.

OPUS: What do you love about the project?

ALANA: It brings me in contact with people from all over the world.  In interviews with the guests, I get to experience their time in Vancouver through their eyes.  Their personal photos give me a glimpse into their world through their lens, and, in turn, it opens my eyes wider.

OPUS: What has been your favourite moment?

ALANA: One of the best projects was a bride-to-be from Vancouver and her bridal party of eight that came in from all over the world. Each one decided to dress as a favourite icon and we created a Vanity Fair-style cocktail party for the shoot in the DEDE suite. It was a night to remember…  And yes, there was champagne.

Find more info on the package here!

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

La Pentola’s Whole Roasted Branzino

Winter leaves us hollow and empty, and craving something warm and rich to fill the void. In contrast, after a hot summer’s day, our bodies bursting and beaming with sunlight, all we can imagine eating is the lightest possible fare.

On such a blazing day, a month before summer’s official debut, I sat in La Pentola at OPUS Hotel waiting with mouth watering for chef and co-owner Lucais Syme to present me with a succulent Northern Italian dish, the Whole Roasted Branzino, only available at the restaurant between Wednesday and Sunday.

Swimming in a pool of herbs, tomatoes, and lemon, the presentation of the flavourful white fish will cause conversation to pause as mouths slowly drop open and taste buds secrete. The tender meat slips off bones and deliciously moistens the mouth with its juices. Intersperse heavenly mouthfuls with a refreshing sip of white wine - we suggest the Suavia Soave Classico or Vietti Roero Arneis.

Eat slowly and lingeringly to appreciate the sensations, and bustling Yaletown will quickly be replaced by the breezy Mediterranean with each bite consumed.

~ Sandra O’Connell

Art at OPUS Hotel

Upon the vivacious walls of our OPUS rooms hang a collection of artwork that have as much personality as our lifestyle muses. They make one stop to stare, provoke an emotion, and reflect the creativity we so adamantly encourage. OPUS is proud to have these prolific Vancouver artists featured in our rooms.

Every generation has its pop icons and we all have nostalgic references that awaken memories so vivid they may still live. Michael Miller’s youth spent absorbed in video games is evident in his ‘The Nintendo Generation’ series, which depicts characters of that era in all their animated glory.

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Tiko Kerr’s vibrant colours and electric, yet somewhat contorted images were created as a reaction to government cuts to the arts. The luminous cityscape paintings from his Lush Life series are a peephole into his immense imagination and creative breadth. image

At first glance, one may be offended by the guns used as imagery in Mark Mizgala’s art, but if you stand still and stare a little bit longer, it’s apparent that the guns are, in fact, broken water pistols. The iconographic paintings appear ironic and childlike, yet portray another message under the surface layers of perception for each individual viewer to decipher.

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With his series of urban shopping carts, Taizo Yamamoto forces us to acknowledge an often ignored object present in all cities. The images are a study in street anthropology, portraying homes and possessions packed into metal cages on wheels.

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Alana Rothstein’s pulsating images of sensual colours and provocative scenes are a glimpse into another person’s life. Her art is an expression of a memorable moment in time captured in its most brilliant light. We are honoured to have her contribute to our ART + IDENTITY + TRAVEL package.

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- Sandra O’Connell

What we’re listening to this month

Stop everything immediately. Turn up the volume. Close your eyes. And let these musical treats for the lobes wiggle their way inside you.

The Futures League – Mojo Back: (featured above)

New to the Los Angeles music scene, this band’s sound is commanding attention across North America. Most recently, The Futures League knocked people over with their wave of music at SXSW. 

Alex Hepburn – How does it feel:

Wrapped in a musical cocoon of soul, rock, and blues, London-born Alex Hepburn’s voice is a juxtaposed blend of the robustly tender.

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Scratch Massive – Paris:

Comprised of Maud Geffray and Sébastien Chenut, this French duo hypnotizes listeners with their seductive beats. Zoe Cassavetes, known for her indie love story Broken English, directed this melancholic video narrating the story of a trio of lovers. 

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- Sandra O’Connell

Behind the scenes at the OPUS Revamped photoshoot

After revamping our rooms at OPUS Hotel, it’s only natural that we show them off. Last month, we gathered a few creative minds and eyes to capture scripted acts unfold in the hotel.

Joined by Melbourne photographer Laura Manariti, we traipsed about the hotel creating scenes of mischief, amour, and amusement. We put ourselves into the lives of our diverse guests and set up scenarios that may ordinarily remain behind closed doors.

Racks of clothing containing items from Wear Else, JC Studio, Stylista Clothing Co., Scotch & Soda, Shoe Phix, Sienna Ray & Co., Boys’ Co., and Shine Jewels descended upon the second floor meeting room, filling the space with brilliant colour, opulent textures, and the odd sequin twinkling from the depths of fabrics. There were more clothes than the average man or woman has in their closets, and all were fit for one of our lifestyle muses.

With the help of stylists Crystal Carson and Gian Carlo, and makeup by Emily Cheng, our models, Sandra Laratta, Allyson Grant, Leanne Lewin, Nickeil Marcelle, Matthew Chambers, David Chin, and Josh Kalender,were magically transformed into guests.

We staged scenes of lust and desire in hallways, cheeky rendezvous in rooms, illustrious nights in the bar, and luxurious mornings welcoming the sun. We played Peeping Tom to our models, forgetting they were merely portraying characters as we felt ourselves fall into each setting.

Keep a curious eye out for images from our revealing shoot and imagine yourself in each divine scene.

A big thank you to everyone involved!

- Sandra O’Connell

A restyled hotel. A revamped blog.


At OPUS Hotel we hope to tease you with creativity and caress you with personality. It only seems fitting that with the redesign of our rooms, we should redesign our blog.

Welcome to the new OPUS Hotel blog – a collection of items that tickle our fancy and hopefully yours.

Curated by our OPUS Insider, Sandra O’Connell, the blog will include news from the rooms and bar of OPUS, art, music, fashion, film, and other morsels of the aesthetically and culturally arousing.

Here’s a glimpse of some of our newly redesigned rooms.

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