4 days in Vancouver Part 1: My stay at The Metropolitan Vancouver & Feasting at Diva at the Met

Ever since Clara and my trip to Banff & Jasper last year (I’ll write about that one soon), my need to explore more this beautiful Country we call home has skyrocketed. Living in Toronto for most of my life and spending my undergrad years in Halifax, the West Cost has always been on my list of cities to explore… and that’s exactly what I did last month! Packed light (well, to my standards) and off to Vancouver I went.

Since it would be a weekend getaway, I planned to focus my trip exploring the city (leaving the nature hikes and adventure for my next trip out West) and the great seafood scene that everyone talks about!

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First thing’s first, where did I stay?

I wanted to stay in a safe & convenient area that I can get to places easily by public transportation as well as the airport. The Metropolitan Vancouver is where I chose for just that!

The hotel’s across from buses, skytrains as well as to some awesome shopping: Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, numerous trendy and luxury shops on Robson St.  Also, it’s within walking distance from Yaletown, Gaston, and West end. I personally love walking around when I’m new to a city so I can see things along the way. I even walked all the way to the ferry to Granville Island and Stanley Park!

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Ok, back to the hotel! I mean, check out the spacious living room, bedroom AND bathroom complete with a shower and a soaker tub (perfect for soaking my feet after a long day of walking around).

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The bonus?

  • Fully stocked fridge & bar
  • Keurig machine for those early morning coffees (before I hit 3 cafes each day, lol)
  • 24-hr room service
  • Super comfortable King-sized bed
  • Huge, and I mean huge, closets so I didn’t have to live out of my suitcase. I am an organization freak so I really appreciate this stuff!

This boutique hotel also has a gorgeous indoor pool and a gym so if you’re staying long enough or is someone that works out everyday; it’s definitely good to take advantage of.

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What completed our stay at The Met Van was the dinner on our last night at their restaurant, Diva at the Met. I do enjoy dining at the hotels I stay in as a wrap-up of a trip.

Specializing in Pacific Northwest flavours means lots of fresh seafood (they are proud partners of Ocean Wise) so I went with an empty stomach and high expectations for my dinner by Executive Chef Ken Galley and the extensive wine list by Sommelier Steve Conroy. Oh boy, was I in for a treat!

To have had a satisfying meal is an understatement. Starting from the appetizers, to the main and the dessert (paired with wines along the way), I indulged in a surf & turf feast: scallops, cod, crab, filet mignon and pork belly. My favourites were the Seared Sea Scallops and the Filet Mignon. Scallops went really well with the pea puree and I loved the crispy pork belly portion of this dish. The steak was perfectly cooked to medium rare and delectably complimented with boulangere potatoes. Have you heard of or had them? They’re basically scalloped potatoes on crack – highly recommended!

 Pork Belly - Soy, sake & ginger glaze, carrot puree, orange, fennel & chicharron

Pork Belly - Soy, sake & ginger glaze, carrot puree, orange, fennel & chicharron

 Diva Smoked Black Cod - Pomme puree, grilled asparagus, fennel marmalade & celery nage

Diva Smoked Black Cod - Pomme puree, grilled asparagus, fennel marmalade & celery nage

 Filet Mignon - Boulangere potatoes, summer squash, morels & chimmichurri

Filet Mignon - Boulangere potatoes, summer squash, morels & chimmichurri

I will say that I was sad to be leaving on a Monday afternoon, just missing out on their weekday happy hour (3-6PM) where you can enjoy a glass of wine for $6, Caesars for $7, and beers for $5! If you’re in town, I’d recommend you stop by to catch a little buzz!

Interested in staying At The Met or dining at Diva At The Met?
You can check out rates & learn more about the hotel here.

Special thanks to The Metropolitan Vancouver team for hosting our stay and for the fabulous dinner!