Located in the former Vancouver Stock Exchange building, the luxurious and eco-friendly Executive EXchange is a 4-star hotel in downtown Vancouver.
The EXchange Hotel in the Vancouver Stock Exchange Building
The Executive EXchange is an elegant hotel located close to some of the liveliest parts of downtown Vancouver. The LEED Platinum building is a towering landmark within a couple blocks from Vancouver Harbour.
Representing an iconic part of Vancouver’s history, the Gothic-style building originally opened in 1929, but not as a place with overnight accommodations. Interestingly, the place was home to the Vancouver Stock Exchange up until 1999. Years later it was renovated and eventually converted into the modern hotel that it is today.
Much of the bottom half of the current building is the original structure. From the outside it looks pretty much the same as it did close to 100 years ago. The shell of the Stock Exchange, formerly called the Crown Trust Building, was maintained. The interior, as well as the upper two-thirds of the hotel towering above, is all very luxurious and comfortably modern.
The EXchange has a total of 202 rooms and 16 penthouse suites that vary in terms of size, furniture and amenities. The least expensive rooms include a queen bed, a 50-inch television and heated bathroom floors. Even more luxurious experiences are available in the pricier accommodations, some of which include patios, remote-control curtains and exclusive access to a private lounge.
Where is the Hotel?
The EXchange Hotel’s address is 475 Howe Street which is in the heart of the City of Vancouver. The building is less than a five-minute walk from some of Vancouver’s most popular tourist attractions.
Nearby Robson Street is great for trendy upscale shopping. The seawall along Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre features stunning areas for walking and cycling. Historic Gastown is also just a few blocks away, as is Vancouver’s Waterfront Station which connects with the rest of Metro Vancouver via the region’s network of SkyTrains and the SeaBus.
Amenities at the hotel include pet-friendly rooms, a fitness centre and a fancy Greek restaurant.
Newly implemented in 2020, all guests are charged an amenity fee of $10 per night. Internet access is included, as is one Crave tablet per room.
Pets are welcome to stay with their responsible owners at the EXchange Hotel, although at an extra cost of around $25 per night.
Hotel Fitness Centre
Access to the EXchange Hotel’s fitness facility is included in the amenity fee. There is a fair selection of weights and other fitness equipment including treadmills and stationary bikes. The fitness centre is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm. Drop-in classes are normally available on weekdays.
Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean Restaurant
The main on-site place to eat is Hydra Estiatorio, which is a Greek restaurant that specializes in seafood. Their menus focus on traditional dishes that are made with select ingredients, many of which are imported from the island of Cyprus. The brightly decorated venue also features a large cocktail bar.
Breakfast runs from around 8 am until 10 am every day. Lunch is between 12 pm and 3 pm on weekdays only. The dinner menu is available daily from 5 pm to 9 pm with happy hour specials offered from 3 pm to 6 pm.
To learn more about the hotel, visit the Executive EXchange Hotel website.
The property is part of the Executive Hotels and Resorts chain which is a locally-based company. Sister hotels in downtown Vancouver are Le Soleil at 567 Hornby Street and the Executive Vintage Park at 1379 Howe Street. The Seaside Hotel at North Vancouver’s waterfront and the Executive Inn in Whistler are also part of the same chain.
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