Vancouver the Treasure Called Hollywood North

Media Production, International Cuisine and a Lifestyle Hotel

Patsy Valdes

Opus Hotel’s Yaletown view from its Dede suite, Photo by Patsy Valdes

Conde Nast Traveler named it “The Best City in the Americas.” Vancouver is one of the film and television capitals of the world. It’s always attracted VIP clientele. And it’s only a three hour flight from LAX.

In the boom town surrounded by water, it houses Stanley Park, one of the largest parks in North America. “I like Vancouver – the relationship to the water, the calmness of the people,” said actor Wesley Snipes.

You can’t get any more über-chic than visiting Opus Hotel for either dinner at Elixir or accommodations/drinks named after fictional characters. The valets and guest service agents are so rad, they wear Porter shoes outfitted by resident, John Fluevog, who owns a colorful shop that bears his name. Angelenos can grab this fashion trend; there’s a branch on Melrose Avenue.

Named one of the world’s best hotels by Travel & Leisure, Opus donated Oscar gift bag invites to presenters/winners. Chauffeur- driven BMW 7-Series are available to transport all guests. The boutique hotel is a founding member of the Green Table Network.

Lady Gaga loved the “Dede” Penthouse suite (Dede’s an alter ego who’s a diva and resident party princess). Painted in chocolate brown, it has a wrap-around terrace with views of Yaletown and the harbor. Other rooms: Mike, a gay New York MD (raspberry red); Susan, the fashion exec (blue); Billy, a filmmaker (chartreuse); and Pierre, the food critic (goldenrod).

Ashton Kutcher spontaneously took over DJ duties at Opus Bar during a sleepover with wife Demi Moore. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Nikki Reed dined at Elixir?before hitting a club. Cher and Jennifer Lopez chose a more private stay.

Entrepreneur and developer John Evans, President of Trilogy Properties, owns the hotel. The marketing genius chairs the Dr. Peter HIV/AIDS Foundation.

A travel buff, he just returned from Morocco, where he was sidelined with recent ash residue. Evans’ daughter, Katherine, runs the Montreal Opus. Daughter Sarah, also wears a travel hat, is negotiating the closing of Trump Waikiki. Trump, as in Donald.

Dancing with the Stars grad Pamela Anderson frequents Sanafir, an Egyptian-themed eatery on Granville Street, a la Chef Mike Robbins. Bono and U2 serenaded a birthday guest at Coast, and gifted the stranger concert tickets. Ray Liotta headed for its kitchen, where Chef John Wolf allowed him to cook.

Hollywood power couple, Will and Jada Smith, dined in the wine room at C, a waterfront seafood haven. C’s restroom, looks like a luxurious private home’s salle de bain. There’s bubble bath and a variety of girlie products, as well as beads on the lamps. Chef: Rob Clark.

While dining at the new gastropub, Pourhouse, The BareNaked Ladies gave an impromptu concert as they drummed tunes with cutlery and dishware. When athlete Reggie Bush dined, he downed two entrees, plus appetizers, prepared by Chef Chris Irving.

The Blue Water Café hosted Twilight’s New Moon wrap and Eclipse’s kick-off parties. Pierce Brosnan has lunched solo at Nu, where each swivel chair cost a grand.

Halle Berry and Harrison Ford train at Studeo55. Salma Hayek; Cocoon Athletics.

Sylvester Stallone checked into a prestigious hotel as Mr. Sausage and requested that staff use that name. They could hardly contain themselves when accommodating his unusual request.

Just off White House Correspondents Dinner hosting duties, NBC’s Jay Leno, a car buff, jetted to Vancouver to host Cabriolet, BMW’s annual fundraising event.

Sue Facter writes about all things A-list. Her credits include USA Today, TV Guide, Los Angeles Times, People and publications worldwide.