An elegant, world-class property set in the heart of Vancouver’s thriving and cosmopolitan downtown; the Wedgewood Hotel has been a well-kept secret to visitors of Vancouver since it opened in 1984. While the secret is definitely out, the elegance, charm and commitment to service remain.
Prior to the Wedgewood, Eleni Skalbania, it’s Greek born founder had the opportunity to manage the Devonshire Hotel for a group of Vancouver investors in the late 1970’s. Her hands-on style, commitment and hard work resulted in a dramatic economic turnaround for the property within eight months. Her next venture was the Hotel Georgia where she demonstrated her ability to manage a much larger hotel with true flair. Following the sale of the Hotel Georgia in 1983, it was time for her lifelong dream to open her own luxury hotel. In 1984, she purchased and re-worked the former Mayfair Apartment Hotel, and opened the doors of the exquisite Wedgewood Hotel.
In 1994, Elpie Marinakis Jackson, Eleni’s youngest daughter, found her passion for the Hotel business and decided to join her mother at the Wedgewood Hotel. Having been raised in the Hotel business, it quickly became second nature to her and is now the Co-Owner and Managing Director. She attended the University of British Columbia and the University of Reading, UK.
She continues her mother’s legacy, shares equal passion, flair and dedication as her predecessor. Her fine taste, years of experience in the hotel business and world travels have established the hotel as a leader for service, technology, comfort and luxury.
Its award-winning restaurant, Bacchus, offers an unforgettable epicurean experience in an elegant and romantic setting. Walk through the Hornby Street entrance, and Bacchus’ attention to detail is immediately apparent. You are instantly surrounded by luxury, with richly upholstered furniture, warm, dark cherry wood, and Murano crystal fixtures imported from Venice. A large School of Rubens Oil Painting depicting Bacchus himself, the Greek god of wine and revelry, presides over the lounge, the site of Vancouver’s most popular cocktail hour.
Executive Chef Lee Parsons is one of the city’s most talented chefs. Parsons brings real torque to Bacchus with a finesse that still allows opulent, slow-cooked textures and concentrated flavors. Service is polished and the hospitality warm and inviting. With food like this, one would naturally expect an outstanding wine list, and Bacchus does not disappoint. From the West Coast to France, Italy, South America and Australia, Bacchus takes oenophiles on a tour of the world’s finest vineyards. One recent hotel guest wrote a thank you note, referring to Bacchus as “mind readers – astounding!” Actually, it’s just par for the course at Bacchus, a diamond in the heart of Vancouver’s Wedgewood Hotel, downtown.
The Spa at the Wedgewood Hotel in downtown Vancouver opened its doors in the spring of 2003 and has since won numerous awards, including the 2012 Consumer Choice Award in the category of Day Spa for the city of Vancouver and surrounding areas.