Our Centennial Celebrations
March 18, 2013
The St. Regis Hotel opened its doors for the first time on March 15th, 1913, and exactly 100 years to the day later, we celebrated our centennial with a reception welcoming friends, media and dignitaries to join us to mark this great occasion.
We were pleased to welcome such dignitaries as Geoff Meggs, City Councillor; Rick Antonsen, president of Tourism Vancouver; and Charles Gauthier, Executive Director of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, along with a number of friends from the media and Vancouver’s business community.
The guests were treated to a spectacular spread from Chef Gerry Kleinhout and his St. Regis Bar & Grill team while drinks were poured by a number of wine and spirits suppliers on hand like the Mark Anthony Group, Select Wines, Brown-Forman and Phillips Brewing.
One thing that everyone knows is that surprises can turn a birthday into a truly great birthday. We got a great surprise present in the form of a proclamation from the City of Vancouver that March 15, 2013 was St. Regis Hotel Centennial Day. We’re looking for the perfect place to display the proclamation in our lobby.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday party without cake and world-famous chocolatier Thomas Haas, who created a chocolate cake along with a chocolate sculpture of the Hotel. With so much chocolate to be had, we donated the sculpture to our friends at the Strathcona Community Centre who run a number of food safety programs in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side and they were able to turn it into 250 chocolate treats for downtown kids and families.
For many attendees, the words of hotel owner Rob Macdonald resonated loudest when he spoke of his mission during the hotel renovations of 2006-8 wanting the St. Regis Hotel to become one of the “best boutique hotels in the World”. It’s rare that any business can start its second century at the peak of its game and still improving and while we won’t be around to see it, we hope that the St. Regis Hotel will be around in another 100 years to throw a great bicentennial party!
To see photos from the event: CLICK HERE