Experience Downtown Vancouver at the Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver

Metropolitan Hotel
Happy hour at the Met
Exploring downtown Vancouver can be an exciting and a vibrant experience. As a first-time visitor in the city, I was ecstatic that my shiba inu and I were able to stay at the Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver, which is an easy two blocks walk from the Vancouver City Center metro station, so that we can easily access a range of downtown amenities and attractions, such as walking along the picturesque waterfront and trying different must eats in various neighborhoods.  
Truffle, the shiba inu, is very excited to explore downtown from Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver.
After checking in, I happily settled in my suite, which surprisingly has a small terrace highly suitable for sipping morning coffee while admiring the high rise buildings and not only one but two spots for a remote work setup.

One of the drawbacks of staying in any downtown area is the noise, like the ambulance in the middle of the night, but the soundproofing in Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver made my dog and I sleep soundly on the king bed. We also enjoyed a spacious bathroom with Aveda products -- I can attest that Aveda's line of products for hotels is highly moisturizing for a traveler's weary skin and hair. The hotel also had an indoor gym and pool, but alas, I wasn't able to use these amenities with my short stay.  

The best part at Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver is the hospitality of the staff. Everyone I met in the lobby and hallway are friendly and welcoming, especially to my dog. I was also elated to discover that I am able to receive a complimentary breakfast for being a Marriott Bonvoy elite member.

Once a diva, always a diva
Vancouver is known for its seafood fare given its proximity to the Pacific Ocean with an international cuisine playing a significant role in its culinary landscape. Undoubtedly, Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver's restaurant, Diva at the Met, is a reflection of that, starting with succulent grilled octopus that melts-in-your-mouth with a side of crunchy roasted potatoes that reminds me of chicken skin and then came the miso glazed sablefish on a bed of enoki mushrooms, edamame, and forbidden rice. Since this rice was served to royalty back in the day, my dining experience made me feel like a queenly diva for a night.  
Melts in your mouth grilled octopus. 
Miso glazed sablefish on a bed of forbidden rice fit for royalty.
I paired the seafood dishes with a light sweet pinot gris from Gray Monk Estate, which originates from the heart of British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. Finally, I ended my meal on a high note with an earl grey creme brulee topped with a delectable french macaron.
creme brulee
A sweet ending for a night as a queenly diva.

Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary stay at Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver and a meal at Diva at the Met in exchange for this honest review. 

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