At The Moda Hotel
Here at the Moda we pride ourselves in going above and beyond to provide excellent experiences to all of our guests. Like anyone, we also love getting recognized for it! So we’re honored to have just received a 2012 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.
One thing that makes our job easy in providing great travel experiences at Moda Hotel is our central location in the heart of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, and all the wonderful things you can enjoy close by.
When most people think of Vancouver, they think of 2 things..the Canucks and rain. What most visitors to our beautiful city don’t know is that we actually have AMAZING summers..when they eventually show up. Some years it takes a little longer than others. However when summer finally hits, there’s no better place to be soaking up the rays than in Vancouver, and enjoying everything this city has to offer. Here are some ways to spend your time in Vancouver (and hopefully with us) over the next few months:
We Vancouverites love to stay active, and on hot summer day there’s no better place to do so than the Seawall going through English Bay and Stanley Park. Whether you’re running, walking, blading, or biking – the Seawall is the perfect place to get some exercise and enjoy some incredible scenery- all while basking in the sun.
2) Kits Beach
Named the 3rd sexiest beach in North America, Kits is the place to go in Vancouver if you’re looking for some serious eye-candy. If you want to fit in with the locals, head down with a yoga mat, grab an Iced Venti Soy Sugar Free Vanilla Latte, and spend the day playing beach volleyball and lounging against the logs. If you’re all beached-out, there are tons of local boutiques, spas, bars and cafes to spend your time in the neighborhood.
3) Grouse Mountain
If you want to get away from the water and see Vancouver from above, head up to Grouse Mountain to experience BC’s wilderness at its finest. With the Wildlife refuge, Ziplines, Skyride, and more – you won’t be at a loss for ways to spend your day. If you’re feeling ambitious, try the Grouse Grind – the ultimate uphill climb that Vancouverites take on every year. For more information visit http://www.grousemountain.com/#activities-guide
4) Outdoor Movies
Over the recent years, more and more outdoor movies have been popping up all over the Lower Mainland in the summer. From classics (like Grease and Top Gun) to new releases, people love sitting in a park, enjoying a picnic, and watching their favorite films on the big screen. Here’s a list of all the outdoor movies in the lower mainland scheduled for 2012, from Vancouver blogger Vancity Buzz: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2012/05/free-outdoor-movies-vancouver-2012-burnaby-stanley-park-nat-bailey-surrey-langley-delta-richmond-new-westminster/
5) Granville Island
Always a top destination for tourists and locals alike, Granville Island is an ideal spot for eating, drinking, shopping, and checking out local art and theater. Whether you grab fresh cheese, fruit, seafood or baked goods from the market to have a picnic on the grass, spend your time wandering through local artisans goods, Granville Island is a place you could get happily lost in for days. http://www.granvilleisland.com/
We could go on endlessly about things to do and see in Vancouver – like the remarkable variety of great places to eat and drink, or the amazing nightlife! But better yet, we encourage you to come visit us and find out firsthand! We would love to hear about what you did and loved about our great city! We hope to see you soon at Moda Hotel.
If you’ve ever walked past the Moda, you’ve seen the breathtaking mural covering two walls of the building. Here is the story of how it came to be.
Unintended Calculations brought together a group of internationally renowned artists – Augustine Kofie (LA), Jerry Inscoe (PDX), Remi/Rough (LDN), and Scott Sueme (VAN) – in an exhibition exploring four very different approaches to abstraction. Working in a variety of mediums, these artists have evolved the letterform building blocks of their shared graffiti background – deconstructing and rebuilding them as compositions of colour, line, shape and movement.
The project consisted of two collaborative mural installations on two separate exterior walls of the Moda. It was the largest scale collaborative mural art installation of its kind in a major North American downtown city core location. The art installation took place over the course of 4 days (March 1st-4th, 2011) during which time the four artists had to deal with a multitude of challenges with respect to the weather – as that week in Vancouver saw rain, sleet, hail, high winds, and fortunately sun.
What are the artists up to now?
What are the chances that exactly one year later another boutique hotel could say they have the ‘largest scale collaborative mural’ in a city core? Well, you’d think slim but it’s happened. Augustine and Remi, alongside Steve More and LX One, just completed 2 exterior walls of the 6 story high Hotel Megaro in London, England. For photos and more information, visit: http://wallkandy.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/agents-of-change-go-large-in-london/
Sueme, the Vancouverite, is heading off to South Africa for another project. To help him get there and for more information, visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/BIKES-SUEME-DO-AFRICA
Jerry, residing in Portland OR, is doing his own thing; painting, sketching and enjoying life. To keep up with him, visit his blog: http://jerryinscoe.squarespace.com/
Day One of Unintended Calculations (GroundedTV) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy3Z7rYHsCI
Recap (mntcloursUSA) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqng4B-Km5k&feature=related
Hey Vancouver, Moda Hotel is proud to announce it has just received Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award 2012 for being one of the Trendiest Hotels around! Click here to view the full list.
It’s that time of year when everyone looks for that special, just right, something to do on New Year’s Eve. Well, have we got some ideas for you! Light it up this New Years with ideas for all budgets and party goers: from the gala girl on the Harbour Cruise, to the festive family venturing up to Whistler for a special night! We’ve got something here for everyone, so from us to you – have a fabulous New Year’s enjoying one of our ‘just right’ ideas.
Harbour Cruise– December 31st, 2011
“Ring in 2012 in grand style aboard the Pride of Vancouver with luxurious modern facilities, first class food, wait-staff bar service and quality wine list. Your cruise includes our gourmet buffet, entertainment and dancing all in the true cruise ship tradition. From the romance of the sea, Vancouver’s spectacular skyline, the lights at night and a midnight fireworks show, it’s the only way to celebrate New Year’s!” – clubzone.com
First Night, Whistler- December 31, 2011
“Whistler’s First Night is a family-friendly, no alcohol New Year’s Eve celebration that takes over Whistler’s pedestrian only Village Stroll and the TELUS Conference Center. Say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new at this evening of family entertainment and celebration. Enjoy local arts, entertainment, and family-friendly activities at indoor and outdoor venues throughout Whistler Village from 7 PM to 11 PM. Between 11 PM and midnight, ring in the New Year with free outdoor entertainment in the Village Square and a fireworks display. Tickets are required for special indoor events and skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza.” — whistlerfirstnight.com
Tickets will be available at the Whistler Visitor Centre.
The Rockin’ Block At 900 Seymour!
For the Canucks fan looking to catch the game and get the best for their buck, or the wine connoisseur who wants to taste their way through the night, sparing no expense – the rockin’ block at 900 Seymour Street has two New Years Eve bashes planned that you just won’t want to miss!
You CAN – Red Card New Year’s Party 2012
Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery features over 40 beers from around the globe, including Asian bottled brands, American microbreweries and traditional sports-related favourites, so you’re sure never to go thirsty. Accompanied by an eclectic cocktail menu and hand-picked wine list with by the glass and celebratory selections, Red Card has revolutionized the Vancouver bar industry with its unique concept and immaculate execution.
Now Red Card is set to revolutionize your New Years! This year they are bringing you a New Year’s Eve Celebration in support of CAN – the Canucks Autism Network. It will combine your love of hockey with a rocking great time. Start your evening off by watching your Vancouver Canucks versus the Los Angeles Kings and move into the New Year dancing to the awesome DJ’s of Sundae Sounds.
There will also be:
Celebrate 2012 with Cibo
Executive Chef Neil Taylor and General Manager David Fert of Cibo Trattoria want to send you into 2012 with a memorable New Year’s menu and experience you won’t soon forget. An early and late seating are available and include: complimentary bubbles upon arrival, party favours, and of course the midnight countdown.