A former member of Les Clefs D’Or Portugal (the highest concierge achievement possible), Philippe is the epitome of guest service satisfaction. His extensive background in the hospitality industry includes over 12 years of customer service in hotels around the world. Upon arriving in Canada, Philippe first worked at the Auberge Bonaparte in Montreal and then in 2008 he made the move to Vancouver and Moda Hotel. Multi-lingual, Philippe can greet guests in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Bulgarian. A guest favorite, Phillipe is known to remember faces and names for years and his compassionate nature endears him to all.
A proud Canadian of Korean heritage, Alan’s extraordinary work ethic stems from the values instilled by his loving parents. A graduate of the hotel administration program at Cornell University and the Educational Institute of American Hotel and Lodging Association, Alan’s skills have benefited many properties with his financial acumen and true love of the hospitality industry. Prior to his position of Revenue Manager at Moda Hotel, Alan gleaned valuable experience as director of operations, duty manager, guest services manager and general manager at a variety of properties in British Columbia. During his career he has been consistently been awarded with numerous marketing and achievement awards.
A true seeker of knowledge, Alan has many avid interests. He holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, has exhibited in many photography shows, and is currently completing wine fundamental courses from the International Sommelier Guild. And he finds time to be a wonderful father and husband to his young family!
Alan’s passion for the hospitality industry and the inherent desire to assist, serve and create the best possible guest experience is reflected in the following quote: “My childhood dream was to become a surgeon. I studied both arts and sciences and truly enjoyed them. I found out that the word “Hospital” and “Hospitality” share the same Latin word “Hospes” which means a “host” or a “guest.” The word hospital simply means a place of hospitality – so I guess I am not so far away from my childhood dream.”
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
One of our best kept secrets will be a secret no longer! — As a Moda Hotel guest there are a lot more perks during your stay than just a comfortable, relaxing get-away in our chic boutique hotel. If your travels bring you to our welcoming doorstep you will have the opportunity to spoil yourselves and save at Pink Lime Salon, Uva Wine Bar, and Red Card Sports Bar.
Pink Lime is in the business of making you look and feel good. Get a little spring in your step with any number of their salon and spa services or get the works with one of their supreme salon or spa packages. Pink Lime has been featured in magazines like Vancouver Lifestyle, Flare, Dream House Magazine, CBC Fashion Magazine, and Vancouver Magazine as the top salon and spa! Don’t miss your chance to get the royal treatment at a great price because Pink Lime Salon is offering our guests 20% off any of their salon or spa services.
Uva Wine Bar — Espresso Bar by day, located just off the Moda lobby. Cozy up and enjoy a rich Italian blend dark coffee, cappuccino, espresso, latte or mocha at their warm, modern, contemporary espresso bar. Pair your relaxing morning coffee with your delicious breakfast favourite made fresh at Uva with local, organic ingredients. For those “just 5 more minutes” people, you can sip away your afternoon wake-up call with Uva’s flavourful lunch menu instead. With mouth-watering entrees that change every day to incorporate the best seasonal ingredients you’re sure to get a mouthful of the freshest flavours of the day. Enjoy what Uva has to offer as a Moda Hotel guest and receive 15% off your food until 2pm.
But, it doesn’t stop there! Red Card Sports Bar is so much more than just a sports bar. With 18 big screen HD TVs, Red Card boasts itself as one of the best places in Vancouver to watch a game, and we have to say – it’s true. With its sassy marketing, “The best place to watch a game, especially if your in-laws are in town” this cheeky Sports Bar is a fun place to hang out and grab a bite with your friends. When every night is a special night, you can’t go wrong spending your evening there, especially when Red Card is serving up a 15% discount on their food for our guests too!
At Moda we like to spoil our guests. Now you just have to be one.
Perks only available during your stay.