Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be sipping on a Negroni by a roaring fire only to see KJ Apa stroll in and sit down beside you? Well, if you visit The Gerard Lounge in Vancouver, that's a very high possibility.
During the months the cast is in town filming Riverdale, they can often be spotted having an evening refreshment in a dark, cozy corner at this historic bar in The Sutton Place Hotel. This is because of two reasons. First of all, it's right downstairs from where most of them stay. Convenience is everything after a long day on set. Secondly, the space is a magnet for celebrities and film and television industry professionals alike.
Vancouver, AKA "Hollywood North", has always had consistent spots for celebrity-sightings. But due to a long-standing history with the industry, The Sutton Place is usually the best bet. Whether you're in their upscale restaurant, Boulevard Kitchen, their expansive lobby, or at Gerard, you could very well run into Camila Mendes or Lili Reinhart. Just do your best to be respectful of their space. After all, they too want to enjoy it.
The Gerard Lounge isn't just great for star-spotting. It's also just a gorgeous English-style bar that's ideal for any time of the year.
In the warmer months, Gerard is a great place to meet-up for a fancy cocktail before a night out. Then there are those colder months where you can curl up by their fire and sip on a glass of champagne, a boulevardier, or an expertly made old-fashioned.
A ranking of the world's top 100 suites for 2021 has been released by Elite Traveler and only one Canadian suite appeared on the list. The Orchid Suite at the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver made the cut and it's a sight to behold.
The suite is bigger than a lot of Vancouver apartments, measuring at 1,395 square feet or 2,000 square feet if you expand to book two bedrooms.
In the video, we see perhaps the most luxurious bathtub in existence along with a massive private patio overlooking the city's skyline. According to Elite Traveler, the suite costs $3,000 to rent for two bedrooms.
Naturally, there's a stocked bar and an espresso machine so you can live in true luxury from morning to night.
Other suites around the world that made the list include ones from Italy, Tunisia, France, Thailand, and so many more. Who knew we had something this luxurious right here in Canada?
In their statement, the NHL team said, "Our organization does not accept sexual misconduct of any kind and the claims as reported are being treated very seriously by us."
They continue to say that Virtanen has been placed on leave while they conduct an independent investigation.
According to CTV News, the sexual assault allegations were made via Instagram as well as in an interview with Glacier Media. No further information on the allegations has been made available at this time.
#BREAKING: Workers Strike at Vancouver Federal Quarantine Hotel, Pacific Gateway, Over Mass Firings & Devastating R… https://t.co/CyPP8v8CU7
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According to the union's press release, the hotel has fired over 100 of its workers, with nearly two-thirds of those people being women. The women who are leading the strike say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "promised a 'feminist recovery' but won't protect the women at the hotel he controls."
"Prime Minister, I was fired this past weekend after 27 years of service. Is this what you call a feminist recovery? I have 3 girls - one in Grade 5, one in high school, and another in college. Pacific Gateway is outright attacking women and our federal government is doing nothing to stop it," said Pardeep Thandi in the release, a room attendant from the hotel. "You said you would prioritize women in Canada's economic recovery — but you've failed us. That's why I'm on the picket line today. We're not going to give up on everything we worked so hard for."
For nearly a year now the Pacific Gateway has been a designated quarantine hotel, which is a place for travellers to carry out the current government-mandated quarantine period. Since its designation, the Red Cross was brought in from the federal government and has apparently taken up many of the jobs the hotel's workers were already performing.
In an email statement to Narcity, Kevin Woolliams, Labours Relations Consultant, wrote that the current agreement between the hotel and the union expired in 2018, and that the employer has "offered bargaining dates to the union, only to have them rejected." "Negotiations have been stalled since February, and we are disappointed that the union has chosen to now strike instead of negotiating further."