|VANCOUVER, B.C - Oct. 18, 1999 - The $36-million, 122-suite Hotel Le
Soleil is Starwood’s first luxury, boutique hotel in North America and
has become a fashion and style Mecca in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown
financial and business district.
At $650 per square foot for the new property, Hotel Le Soleil has stepped
out of the traditional Starwood realm as the most expensive to build, chic
hotel in Vancouver.
“Style, elegance, romance and a certain ‘sensuality’ are the key French
ingredients that differentiate Hotel Le Soleil in a city known for an abundance
of Five Diamond properties. I drew my inspiration from the Savoy in London
and Le Crillon in Paris. The decor is sumptuously appointed, even theatrical,”
says Hotel Le Soleil interior designer, Jose-Luis de Araujo.
Le Soleil owners Barry Hong and Julius Pataki say it is not your typical,
upscale hotel. “Every piece of art, furniture and fabric was hand-picked
from the best local and European designers. From our satin sofas to our
floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms, we went to every expense to create sensual
Le Soleil’s “Old World” style reflects a neo-classic theme with high
vaulted ceilings, crystal chandeliers from Schonbeck, fluted columns, Nero
Portorro Italian marble and Louis XVI-style furniture purchased from Sedital
in Italy. The guest suites are luxuriously appointed with Aveda toiletries
and fresh orchids.
Starwood Hotels Resorts Worldwide, Inc., through its St. Regis,
Luxury Collection, Westin, Sheraton, Four Points and W subsidiaries, is
one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than
700 hotels in 76 countries and 130,000 employees at its owned and managed