Vancouver, BC – October 23rd, 2017 marks the date that reservations are open for Vancouver’s hottest hotels, both under the roof of new urban resort Parq Vancouver – an entertainment destination like no other in Canada.
The highly anticipated resort, situated on the shores of False Creek in the heart of downtown Vancouver, is
anchored by luxury and lifestyle properties: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and the DOUGLAS, an Autograph
Collection Hotel. Each hotel is designed to impress, offering a curated collection of experiences that combine
unparalleled luxury with grounding nature. Surrounded by the beautiful British Columbia coastline and
showcasing views of city, ocean and mountains, the hotels are connected by an elevated sixth-floor park,
seamlessly integrating the resort into the city skyline. The first of its kind in Canada, Parq Vancouver offers a
restorative, inspiring and unforgettable experience that will stay with visitors long after they have departed.
the DOUGLAS, an Autograph Collection Hotel
Conceptualized by Rob Wells from SixteenFifty Creative Intelligence, and designed by Toronto-born Vincent
Celano, the DOUGLAS joins the diverse and dynamic portfolio of more than 100 Autograph Collection Hotels
around the world – all independent, one-of-a-kind hotels that champion values of vision, design and craft. The
hotel is a carefully curated space that invites locals and visitors to reflect, relax and indulge in a wealth of
amenities that promote the growth of body and mind. The timeless retreat crafts a welcoming, inspiring
environment that combines raw nature with urban sophistication – a purposeful design that achieves a
balanced dialogue between nature and city.
Named for the original Douglas firs that laid the foundation for Vancouver’s thriving economy, the DOUGLAS
is rooted in the belief that accommodation has the power to enhance health and well-being in each person’s
life. As guests enter the building, they are welcomed by a living green wall that breathes fresh air into the
space. The elegant 6th floor lobby features an eye-catching front desk; a 25-foot replica Douglas fir encased in
glass that emits a warming glow. The adjacent D/6 Bar & Lounge features handcrafted cocktails, a hidden
lounge, and entry to Parq Vancouver’s outdoor park featuring more than 200 native pines and 15,000 local
plants. The DOUGLAS reconnects visitors with pure nature while catering to their every need.
The DOUGLAS offers 178 rooms and 10 suites, including three two-story lofts on the 16th and 17th floors, all
decorated with warm woods and task lighting. In-room amenities include purely natural Aesop products;
detoxifying charcoal water; Douglas fir-infused gin crafted by a nearby distillery; and locally sourced
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
Encouraging guests to discover their sense of play, JW Marriott Parq Vancouver delivers sophisticated design,
intuitive service and enriching experiences thoughtfully crafted by associates who truly love what they do. The
guest arrival path infuses local culture into the entrance experience with a locally-inspired art walk, while a
direct connection to Parq Vancouver offers guests seamless access to world-class gaming and dining. Guest
rooms are outfitted with residential-style comforts including illy espresso makers and internet-connected TVs.
Just outside the hotel doors, Vancouver’s stunning seawall offers running and biking trails inspiring guests to
feel like locals. The concierge team is at guests’ disposal to suggest memorable destination experiences suited
to individual tastes.
“British Columbia is an untapped market for JW Marriott, making Vancouver the ideal setting to introduce this
extraordinary luxury brand to the region,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott & The Luxury
Collection. “Vancouver’s reputation as a center of health, sports and recreation, as well as a thriving cultural
scene, makes it a perfect fit for our guests and we look forward to welcoming travelers and locals alike through
our doors this fall.”
Representing Marriott International’s luxury portfolio, Canada’s newest JW property occupies two towers on
the east side of Parq Vancouver. The hotel features 281 intuitively designed rooms and 48 luxury suites,
including a stunning two-floor villa, all which collectively create an energizing space that aims to elevate the
travel experience. Designed by award-winning, Toronto based Studio Munge, the hotel delivers a personalized
stay with intuitive service and enriching amenities.
A Place to Meet
Parq Vancouver’s 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space is easily accessed from both hotels.
Restricted entirely to the fourth floor, the multipurpose spaces include 13 boardrooms and ballrooms,
including the Parq Grand Ballroom – the biggest hotel ballroom in Vancouver at 15,604 square feet. Whether
guests wish to use the meeting spaces for business or pleasure, JW Marriott’s dedicated events team is onhand to help create customized events that flow effortlessly and make work feel like play.
Spa by JW
There is no health-focused amenity the modern traveller won’t find in the JW Marriott’s 17th-floor spa – the
calming space features holistic treatments with Aromatherapy Associates products inspired by the natural
environment, a steam room, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre encased by glass windows where specialized
staff sculpt personalized fitness programs. The Spa by JW experience is anchored by a myriad of personalized
signature treatments focused on delivering four distinctive benefits: Calm, Indulge, Invigorate and Renew. The
adjacent outdoor Aqua Lounge offers an al fresco yoga space among a quiet haven and invites guests to relax
in a hydrotherapy tub surrounded by views of the park, mountains and ocean.
Bringing People Together
A premier luxury resort unique to Vancouver and uniquely Vancouver, Parq Vancouver is a leading
entertainment destination enveloped in the vibrant pulse of the city. The resort offers two levels of world-class
gaming, a stunning rooftop park for all seasons, and eight restaurant and lounge concepts conceived by James
Beard Award-nominated restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and Chef Kim Canteenwalla, all combining seamlessly
to offer guests a transformative experience. Built to meet LEED Gold standards, the resort’s vertical multitower
design occupies a boutique-scale footprint, creating a seamless connection to downtown’s
entertainment district and surrounding neighbourhoods.
For more information on the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and the DOUGLAS, click here.
About the DOUGLAS, an Autograph Collection Hotel
Paying homage to the original Douglas firs that laid the foundation for Vancouver’s thriving economy, the
DOUGLAS, an Autograph Collection Hotel, masterfully reconnects people and place, while seamlessly
introducing nature into an elegant, urban environment. The 188 rooms and suites are attentively appointed,
with careful consideration to the needs of the modern traveler. The hotel impresses with a curated collection
of social spaces, including an exquisitely furnished lobby bar leading out into the elevated sixth floor park. the
DOUGLAS spares no attention to detail, pairing original touch points from Rob Wells of creative agency
Sixteenfifty with thoughtful interiors by Vincent Celano of Celano Design Studio.
About JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
Rising to greet the majestic mountains of Canada’s Pacific coast, JW Marriott Parq Vancouver provides guests
with enriching experiences and anticipatory service within masterfully designed, modern interiors by
acclaimed Studio Munge. The hotel offers 329 rooms and suites, a tranquil Spa by JW, modern fitness studio,
and over 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Additionally, a smart location within the cultural hub
of Parq Vancouver allows guests effortless access to eight discerning restaurants and lounges, an elevated
sixth floor park, and built-in nightlife.
About Parq Vancouver
Fresh on the scene as a leading international entertainment destination, Parq is at the heart of downtown Vancouver’s energetic entertainment district. Built to meet LEED Gold Standards, Parq Vancouver’s dynamic offerings include two luxury and lifestyle hotels within one complex, Western Canada’s first JW Marriott Hotel and a first-to-market Autograph Collection Hotel, the DOUGLAS. Parq Vancouver offers locals and guests instant access to a wide range of amenities, including 72,000 square feet of world-class casino space spanning across two floors and featuring 11 private gaming salons, a 30,000 square-foot rooftop park, more than 60,000 square feet of well-appointed, flexible meeting and event space, and eight chef-driven restaurants and lounges from restaurant developers and James Beard Award nominees Elizabeth Blau and her Canadian husband, Chef Kim Canteenwalla. For more information or reservations, please visit parqvancouver.com.