Last month our editor’s elderly pugs, Oscar and Grissom, were invited for a “#pugstaycation” at the award-winning Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver—a 119-room luxury boutique hotel that is strategically located in Vancouver’s vibrant city centre. (The hotel occupies the first fifteen floors of a 61-storey landmark building, which is currently the tallest in the city.) Pugs crave attention, so staying at this über-popular spot ensured their human interaction fix—how could you not want to cuddle a pug? And yes, in case you were not aware, the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is absolutely dog-friendly; there is a $50 charge per pet (under 50 lbs), per stay.
Opened in January 2009, the puglets’ mom has loved this hotel for many years due to its central location, noteworthy décor by B+H CHIL Design, phenomenal cuisine at MARKET By Jean-Georges, and ah-may-zing spa, CHI, that she’s visited on several occasions—the Royal Duality Massage is the ultimate relaxation experience with four (yes, four!) healing hands. The Mirza’s had not as yet had the pleasure of a sleepover, and were thrilled at the prospect of this special overnight visit.
The dynamic doggy duo were treated to a 15th floor corner unit with incredible views of the city.
As the pudgy pups entered their room, they were absolutely giddy to find an enormous Three Dog Bakery canine cake waiting for them, which mom had to immediately snatch up from the coffee table for fear of it being devoured within seconds!
The pooches’ Executive Balcony King room offered oodles of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the Mirza clan enjoyed stepping out onto the two separate balconies to watch the ant-sized people and cars zooming around below.
Mom is a sucker for a luxurious bathroom, and this massive space boasted a stunning marble bathroom featuring a granite vanity with recessed sink, separate glass-enclosed shower, deep-soaking tub and separate toilet. And the toasty heated floor was a hit with the entire family—the puglets warmed their precious paws on it a several times.
As Oscar and Grissom snoozed in their plush, over-sized bed (provided by the hotel), mom and dad lounged on the sleek B&B Italia furniture watching TV.
That evening as the four-legged fur balls caught up on their ZZZ’s, mom and dad dined on gourmet bites and sips on the third level of the hotel, in MARKET. Honouring its namesake, Executive Chef Ken Nakano and team offer a casual, upscale menu focused on seasonal, regional ingredients, and the incorporation of global influences. Every dish was beautifully plated and tasted incredible!
In a delighful food coma, the puggy parents passed out in their oh-so-fancy Stearns & Foster bed (swathed in buttery soft Frette linens), with the sweet sounds of pup-snores in the background.
After a morning stroll down to Coal Harbour, and before heading back home to South Granville, the family feasted on kibble (well, Oscar and Grissom did!) and a delicious selection of breaksfast goodies—like oatmeal with seasonal berries and freshly baked butter croissants and muffins—yum!
All good things must come to an end—sad but true; the Mirza family will definitely return for a getaway at the Shangri-La.
The Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is an ideal luxurious spot for a staycation, business trip, or a longer holiday, and Oscar and Grissom each give it, not just one, but two paws up!