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Learn About Our History, Artwork & More

The St. Regis Hotel was established on March 15, 1913 and completed its most recent renovation in December 2008, rebranding as a New York Style heritage boutique hotel. The renovations brought the hotel to the highest level of modern comfort and finish, and each room is stripped and refurbished every winter to ensure that every guestroom is always in perfect condition.

Every room rate includes complimentary business class inclusions: full American breakfast for two, Wi-Fi, local and WORLDWIDE phone calls, access to the business center, printing and faxing, and FIJI bottled water replenished daily. 

Stunning rooms, the most perfect location, and award winning service make the St. Regis Hotel your first choice in Downtown Vancouver.
 

Historic exterior of St. Regis Hotel.

History

Opened on March 15, 1913, the St. Regis was designed by Canadian WT Whiteway, a leading architect also responsible for the Sun Tower at Pender and Beatty. Envisioned as a one stop destination for lodging, dining and entertainment, the swank property was well- positioned near the new Hudson’s Bay flagship as a top retreat for travellers to the young coastal metropolis. The hotel was an immediate hit and business thrived as the young city grew, until the Great Depression brought significant downturn in the local and international economies.

The war years were a boon to the lumber and shipbuilding industries, and the city came alive again with visitors from all areas of business and society. In the early 40’s, under the ownership of local businessman and sports enthusiast Coleman Hall, the St. Regis was fondly known as the Sportsman’s Hotel. Top NHL athletes, including NY Ranger player and coach Muzz Patrick, and the Habs’ Maurice “Rocket” Richard, made the hotel their home away from home. Hall was such an avid hockey fan he built the Vancouver St. Regis hockey team. The team competed in the Pacific Coast Hockey League from 1942 - 1944, where local hockey legend and Hall of Famer Cyclone Taylor was the inaugural president. “Coley” Hall would go on the be the first owner of the Vancouver Canucks.

In the decades following the post-war boom, while the city grew and changed, the historic St. Regis endured, continuing to welcome sports stars, celebrities and ordinary folks to the heart of the downtown business district.

In the early 2000s the hotel was purchased by the Macdonald family, with a vision to marry its proud heritage with a contemporary, big city aesthetic. To celebrate the 100th anniversary milestone in 2008, the St. Regis underwent an extensive multi-million dollar renovation. Top to bottom, no detail was spared as the hotel was lovingly refreshed. A true boutique property with 65 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, state of the art AV and business amenities, and proximity to world-class dining, shopping and cultural attractions, the St. Regis is a rare Vancouver gem.

Exterior of St. Regis Hotel.
Hanging wall art.

Artwork

As part of the complete $11-million renovation, original works were installed throughout the public spaces of the St. Regis Hotel. In total, the collection in our art in the hotel comprises over twenty-two pieces from five different artists. The selection of work tends toward the abstract, springing from a variety of sources and serves to simultaneously integrate and compliment the spaces adding depth, colour, and atmosphere throughout the Hotel.

The five artists featured at the St. Regis are Canadian, American, and British with a range of cultural heritages and influences from native and Hispanic to Asian and Irish. Whether you take the time to examine and contemplate this art, or whether you enjoy it in passing, we believe that it enriches the environment for our guests’ every stay.

Hilario Gutierrez
Born in Arizona but rich with ethnic heritage, he always identified with the spirit of the American Southwest. This unique identity became evident even as he produced his first paintings. “As an Arizona native, I possess an innate awareness of the quiet struggle and fragile balance of the Sonoran Desert. My abstract style expresses the harmony in the desert’s chaotic emotion of line, colour and form. Emotion is the soul of my work; inspired by the natural and man-made architecture of the Arizona landscape.”

Linda Murphy
Born in Cork, Ireland, of Canadian and Irish parentage, she spent her days immersed in the wild scenery of the west coast of Ireland. Her self-taught approach for her art has been through the act of painting itself – trial and error, struggle and reflection. She says, “For me, painting is both calm and explosive, coming from the gut. My work is done in acrylic, with rags, palette knifes, and by hand. Initially, large blocks of colour are laid down in a slow, rhythmic manner. I move around a lot when I pain and use generous amounts of pigment straight from the jar, allowing the vibrations of colour to activate my creativity. As the layers build, so does my energy and the density, interconnectedness and movement of the paint.”
 

Simon Addyman
Simon was born in Colchester, in Essex, England, to a family of successful artists. After training at the Colchester School of Art and the City and Guilds of London Art School, Simon developed his craft while working as a freelance illustrator and graphic artist. Simon’s painting techniques are inspired in part through close contemplation of the paintings of the Old Masters, with a particular attention to the mood and atmosphere invoked by the quality of aging suggested by their faded, cracked, and heavily varnished surfaces. Frequent sketches from nature are a primary resource that is later translated in a more abstract and interpretive vision of the landscape.

Liz Jardine
Growing up in New York City to a mother who was a docent at an art museum and who kept her enrolled in "every manner of art class," a career in art was almost inevitable. Liz gravitated toward her deep love and appreciation for nature as a primary source of inspiration. Early in her career, Liz says that her favourite time to work is late in the evening when everyone has gone home and the phone has stopped ringing. "I crank up the music and let go."

Jodi Mass
Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Jodi moved several times during her childhood and spent five years in Hong Kong. Jodi’s influences are as diverse as her nomadic childhood and touch the colour palettes of nature, magazines, meditation, galleries, museums and literature. Jodi describes her work as a spontaneous blend of harsh and soft application of pain – applied fast and furiously – coupled with slow and deliberate layers to create a contemporary urban feel. The subtle layers and rich depths are an invitation into an ethereal mystique, revealing unexpected details that delight and entertain.

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