‘Character’ Makes Us Who We Are

The heading of this blog entry resonates strongly with us at the Vancouver Moda Hotel. One of the defining characteristics of this Vancouver boutique hotel is its landmark tie to Vancouver’s history.

If you have read our History page, you know that the Vancouver Moda Hotel was formerly known as the Dufferin Hotel, built in 1908 and named after the Governor General of Canada, Lord Dufferin. It was designed by famed, local architects, Parr and Fee, whose other noteworthy buildings include The Manhattan Block, and Hotel Europe in Gastown. During its 100 years of existence, it had fallen into some disrepair and had lost its luster and life.

One of our key goals when we purchased the property was to breathe life back into this wonderful, ‘old soul’ of a building to be shared, appreciated and enjoyed by all. As part of this endeavour, there was a tricky balance of modernizing the property with all the conveniences that present travelers require, but maintaining the character that defines the building. We freshened up the outside of the building with a new coat of paint, but kept its beautiful original brick façade and cornice detail. We exposed original hard wood, terrazzo and tile floors and wood beams wherever possible; we kept rooms sizes and layouts pretty much as we found them; and brought ceiling back to their original heights. Interiors were modernized, and given a contemporary feel that today’s travelers seek out.

The end result, we believe is a hotel that has its own character, style and personality. The building has its minor quirks – remember it is over 100 years old – but we love them! And if you value ‘character’, we are sure you will too!

Wedding Parties at Moda Hotel Vancouver

Your wedding day is one of the most significant days of your life and one that will be remembered forever. At Moda Hotel Vancouver, we want to make your wedding planning experience as simple as possible. To help you with the planning process, we offer customized options and benefits to help you plan your special day.

Our Sales Manager, Chantel Cook is happy to work together with you in welcoming your guests and achieving your vision for your special time. We are able to offer a number of flexible options to customize photography requests around our hotel property, your private dinners, meetings and any other gatherings to prepare for the big event. Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll try our best to accommodate.


We would be honoured to host you and your guests on your special day. For group bookings, we have plenty of benefits such as the following:

  • Complimentary wireless internet in guest rooms
  • Complimentary local and 1-800 calls in guest rooms
  • Covered secure guest parking at guest rate $14 per day + tax
  • Complimentary favours handling for group guests
  • Complimentary personalized group reservations link

For more information, contact our Sales Manager, Chantel Cook today at 604.683.4251 or chantel@modahotel.ca.


The team at Moda Hotel understands the importance of your special day and want to make it as memorable as possible. This special package includes:

  • Luxurious comfort: Deluxe accommodations for one night. Upgrade to a Deluxe Suite at no additional cost (based upon availability at check in time)
  • Decadence upon arrival: Champagne from Viti Wine and Lager Store and a chocolate treat by famed chocolatier Thomas Haas
  • Taking things slow: Too tired to pack right away? You’re in luck, late checkout privileges are extended until 3 p.m. (based upon availability)

For more information, contact our Sales Manager, Chantel Cook today at 604.683.4251 or chantel@modahotel.ca.


International Artists Join Us at Moda Hotel

On behalf of the entire Moda Hotel Vancouver team, we are ecstatic to welcome Tobi and Andy Fraser to Moda this weekend. These talented artists are coming to Vancouver during their national tour to raise awareness for the well respected cause, “Artists Support Japan.” We welcome the entire Mctrax group to Vancouver! Join us to support this cause and to meet the artists!

Mega hit songwriter Andy Fraser, along with Mctrax recording artist Tobi as they embark on a National Tour to raise awareness for “Artists Support Japan

Monday June 27, 2001
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

MODA Hotel
900 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9

In Uva Wine Bar

“I am honored to be asked to contribute to Artists Support Japan who I believe will keep fundraising and supporting the Japanese people long after the event has disappeared from our news headlines.”

After Mctrax recording artist TOBI made this statement having contributed the song and video “There’s Always Hope,” Mctrax CEO bassist and mega-hit songwriter Andy Fraser made it official that they intended to further support the “Artist Support Japan” cause by taking the message on a US/ Canadian promotional awareness tour.

“Both Tobi and I are honored, ready and willing to do our part, Fraser states “there are so many other things that keep us distracted, the world needs reminding.”

The Artist’s Support Japan website gives celebrity musicians of all genres the opportunity to contribute improvisational material for their fans. The first artist to post material to the website was the Tom Hollister Trio, and has since received contributions from a wide variety of such celebrity musicians as Glenn Hughes, Ron Sexsmith, Paul Rodgers, Rosanne Cash, George Winston and LA Guns, among others. “We’ve got 60 videos on Artists Support Japan yet Andy and Tobi have been able to create something that is unique, magical and a video that particularly appeals to younger Japanese people” states co-founder Graham Thomas. “Their message is imbued with sympathy but is uplifting and full of hope; it goes without saying that the song “There’s Always Hope” is beautiful and masterful.”

For more information please go to the following:
Andy and Tobi contribute “There’s Always Hope”

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Artists Support Japan” originated from former Satchi and Satchi CEO Graham Thomas and former Guns ‘n Roses manager Alan Niven and his partner Heather. The idea was to find a way to utilize the Internet in order to bring more awareness to the Japan tragedy. “Together we formulated the idea of a site where artists could post both messages and music in support of those in need,” states Niven. “The response has been amazing, and we thank all those who have contributed from the bottom of our hearts.”

Moda Hotel is Joining the WordPress World!

We’re ready to embark on a new cyberspace journey and use WordPress for our blogging! We are just in on the brink of launching our fabulous new website so while we wait, we’ll be spending this week posting some raving reviews our most valued guests have been saying about us at Moda Hotel Vancouver. We had a blast with our old blog, so click here if there’s anything you missed!

We would love for you to stay up-to-date with all the new and exciting things happening at Moda so follow us on twitter and like us on facebook!

And just in case you are stumbling upon us for the first time, here’s our short and sweet introduction:


At Moda Hotel Vancouver, we believe in making your hotel stay in Vancouver remarkable. We invite you to experience Moda Hotel Vancouver, our unique eccentricities in design and flavour—enlightened by our love for artistic magnificence and connection to our 1908 heritage—and our inspiring collection of establishments.

Moda Hotel, a downtown Vancouver hotel, offers a unique hotel experience for people from all over the world to enjoy. With its hip and historic allure, Moda Hotel Vancouver offers67 chic hotel rooms and suites and an inspiring collection of establishments including the award-winning Cibo Trattoria and Uva Wine Bar, the stylish Red Card Sports Bar and speciality beer and wine store, Viti Wine & Lagers.


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