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Best of Vancouver 2013 | Georgia Straight

BOV2013“Our readers have spoken and declared the best that Vancouver has to offer. Our 18th annual survey features over 260 categories and winners from all over the Lower Mainland.”GeorgiaStraight.com

We are proud to announce that our 900 Seymour neighbours are some of the best of the best in Vancouver:
#3 Best Private Beer Store – Viti Wine and Lager Store
#1 Best Wine Bar – Uva Wine Bar
#1 Best Sports Bar – Red Card Sports Bar

Congratulations to all of the 2013 Best Of Vancouver winners!

Trendy Historic Stay at Moda Hotel in Vancouver

March 12, 2013  |  traveldudes.org

Location isn’t the only thing that makes Moda Hotel in downtown Vancouver, B.C. a prime accommodation when visiting Canada’s west coast.

The quaint rooms, modern, contemporary style and restaurants featured on the property offer travelers a chic and trendy hotel stay.

Moda Hotel is a boutique hotel featuring 67 rooms in the heart of Vancouver’s Arts and Entertainment District.

Built in 1908, the hotel mixes historic charm with modern-day amenities to provide travelers a sophisticated yet cultural experience; mosaic tile lines the lobby’s floor and is throughout each room’s bathroom, original hardwood floors are present in some guest rooms and the design and crown molding outlining the lobby’s ceiling is just some of the 100-year-old architecture noticeable in the hotel.

While the rooms in the four-story building are simple with few amenities, the large windows provide travelers a look out at Vancouver, or to relax, the shades easily block out the busy city. Each room, whether a junior room, deluxe room or Moda suite, takes on a modern flair and features a flat screen TV, coffee maker, complimentary high-speed Internet, wake up service and a small desk with a data port outlet for business travelers.

The private bathrooms in each room of the historic building are small, but the restored showers and tubs and new fixtures give them a clean and comfortable feel. The cozy beds are dressed with luxurious bed linens and will have you sleeping soundly.

A few additional amenities depending on your personal preferences, but offered as part of your room include a mini bar, complimentary local calling and a daily newspaper waiting at the front desk.

Moda Hotel is also pet friendly. Any animal under 75 pounds is welcome in the hotel in designated guest rooms so be sure to ask when making a reservation.
Establishments on the property:

Room service is far from a missed amenity (not offered at the hotel) with the likes of UVA Wine Bar, Cibo Trattoria and Red Card Sports Bar and Eatery all located on the hotel’s property.

Located adjacent to the lobby of Moda Hotel, UVA Wine Bar offers a breakfast and lunch menu made from fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. And by night, a variety of B.C. wines, delicious homemade cocktails or rotating import beers can be paired with charcuterie and artesian cheese plates to snack on. The cosmopolitan feel inside UVA Wine Bar makes it a fancy yet comfortable place, which mixes European flavor with the historic culture of Vancouver.

Cibo Trattoria serves a variety of Italian-inspired entrees for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the entrance is located on the right-hand side of the hotel’s lobby. The artistic dishes use only the freshest ingredients paired with top culinary techniques to have you savoring that last bite. Also, a wide array of handpicked wines is available for you to enjoy.

Red Card Sports Bar and Eatery is the best place to experience the sports culture of Vancouver. With big screen TVs lining the interior and a long bar to grab a seat at and watch hockey or football, this is the place to come and root for your team. The friendly service together with the excitement from the bar patrons makes Red Card a favorite among locals and travelers. Their fresh salads and wood-fire pizzas gives this eatery a touch of gourmet with all the sports bar comfort.

Right next door to the hotel is Viti Wine and Lagers, a downtown liquor store with everything from specialty craft beers to trendy cordials. There might even be a special wine tasting or sake sampling going on right inside that you can become a part of on any given night. Whether you are looking to relax in your room with a bottle of beer or want to grab a specially-made liquor to take with you as a souvenir, Viti WIne and Lagers’s location to Moda Hotel can’t be beat.

The Madonna Room in Cibo Trattoria is a chic private room that can be reserved by any guest for any reason. With a large round table and posh dining room chair to seat up to 10 people comfortably, this is an options for special celebrations, personal get togethers or a place to watch a sporting event. Order off the restaurant’s menu and enjoy the special ambience reserved just for you.

Positioned one block from lively Granville Street and just around the corner from Yaletown, Moda Hotel is in walking distance to some of Vancouver’s popular districts and major attractions. The closest train station is just 3 blocks away, while bus and taxi stops are right outside the hotel to make getting around the city easy and stress-free.

The modern yet historical charm of Moda Hotel give travelers a trendy experience at an economical price. Whether visiting Vancouver for a night, week or looking for a long-term stay, Moda Hotel will fit just about any traveler’s style preference.

A Year Ago at The 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

 

Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in Canada

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. 

Thank you – Vancouver Will Thrive Again

After a sad ‘Stanley Cup Hockey Finals’ loss (but a magical and memorable 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs), we unfortunately faced devastation to the downtown core of our beautiful city last night.

On behalf of the staff at Moda Hotel, Red Card Sports Bar, Cibo Trattoria, Uva Wine Bar and Viti Wine Lager Store, we thank the Vancouver Police Department, the City of Vancouver and the thousands of volunteers who are helping to clean up downtown Vancouver today. We have also encouraged all of our staff to join the many volunteers today if possible and become the positive force that makes Vancouver such a wonderful place to live.  All of us at 900 Seymour really do love Vancouver, and want it to be restored as quickly as possible to what we are known for – the most beautiful city in the world.

On our block of 900 Seymour Street, we wanted to take a moment to praise and give a heartful thank you to our employees, security and the police crews last night for doing their very best in providing safety to our customers and visitors to the city.

In closing – Let’s all unite for a better, and brighter future for our beloved city of Vancouver. And, as true Vancouverites, we know “Vancouver will thrive again”.

A few statements we wanted to share as well:

Canucks Sports & Entertainment year-end statement

Thursday, 16.06.2011 / 2:06 PM / News
Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. – On behalf of the players and the entire organization, Canucks Sports & Entertainment would like to thank our fans for the pride and passion you demonstrated throughout our 40th Anniversary season and the Stanley Cup playoffs. It’s what makes playing and living in Vancouver special and is something we are all grateful for.

Canucks Sports & Entertainment encouraged our fans all season long to Celebrate Responsibly. The pride our fans showed in our team throughout the regular season and playoffs was incredible and we are very grateful for that support. The destructive actions and needless violence demonstrated by a minority of people last night in Vancouver is highly disappointing to us all.

As an organization we would like to thank the law enforcement agencies, fire and rescue workers who displayed courage and expertise during a very difficult situation. We are proud of the city we live and play in and know that the actions of these misguided individuals are not reflective of the citizens of Vancouver or of any true fans of the Canucks or the game of hockey.

A Message from Tourism Vancouver

The people of Vancouver are both deeply disappointed and saddened by the actions of a minority that caused damage to both property and our reputation after the Stanley Cup finals.  This was an aberration for which there is no excuse.  It is also not representative of who we are as a city.

Today, we pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off to ensure that visitors to Vancouver feel welcomed and safe, and that their experience here is both enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons.

Tourism Vancouver would like to thank the men and women of the Vancouver Police Department, ambulance and fire services , RCMP, as well as medical personnel, City of Vancouver employees and service providers from surrounding municipalities who worked diligently to restore our city to order.

Tourism Vancouver
http://www.insidevancouver.ca/