VANCOUVER — Marriott has entered the Vancouver luxury market with a bang — now that the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and The Douglas, an Autograph Collection hotel, opened on Oct. 23.
With the two hotels, eight restaurants, 60,000 sq. ft. of meeting space a casino and a park six storeys up, all adjacent to B.C. Place, the Parq Vancouver development has created a new entertainment hub for the city.
“The amount off interest even before the opening, surprised me,” said Marion Harper Treskin, general manager for both hotels. “Initially, Marriott was very cautious and didn't book any group business before Jan. 1, 2018. But in September, closer to the opening, they opened up the books and have booked quite a bit of business between now and the end of the year, including smaller meetings prior to the large group meetings, retirement parties, and an after-party for the David Foster Foundation meeting Oct. 21.”
The largest private development in British Columbia, Parq Vancouver delivers everything in one place. The JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, features 281 rooms and 48 luxury suites with luxurious interiors designed by Ontario-based Studio Munge, as well as Canada’s first Spa by JW.
Its sister hotel, The Douglas, pays homage to Vancouver’s stunning natural environment, offering 178 rooms and 10 suites that pair original touch points by Rob Wells of SixteenFifty Creative Intelligence with thoughtful interiors by Vincent Celano of Celano Design Studio.
Neither JW nor Autograph are brands Canadians know well, Treskin noted. This is Canada's first urban JW, the only other one being the JW Muskoka, Ont., in Ontario's cottage country. The Douglas is Canada's third Autograph, while The Algonquin in Saint Andrews, N.B. and Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina are the other two. A fourth, the Autograph Civic Centre, will soon open in Surrey, B.C.
Treskin explained that the Parq Vancouver complex is more than 800,000 sq. ft. and looks like a whale, with the two towers of the JW anchoring one corner, the convention floor on level four wrapping the entire complex. The casino is on levels two and three in between the towers. Then, there's a 30,000 sq. ft. park, complete with 200 full-grown trees, occupying the sixth floor space between the towers.
While the two hotels share Marriott rewards, and benefit from the Marriott organization driving support to them, and both are built to LEED Gold standards, they are quite different in character.
When guests exit the elevators on the sixth floor to enter the The Douglas lobby, they are immediately faced with a 30-foot replica Douglas Fir for which the property is named.
“Autograph is a collection of hotels in which every hotel is like nothing else. It's great for a traveller seeking a bold, modern experience, independent in its feel.
“JW is your traditional, classic luxury hotel, delivering unparalleled service, cultivating culture and culinary excellence — elevating the travel experience,” Treskin said.