by Andrea Doyle | September 06, 2017
A LEED Gold urban resort with two hotels, eight restaurants, a casino, and 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space is opening in Vancouver at the end of the month adjacent to BC Place Stadium. 

The $600-million-dollar Parq complex features the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, Western Canada's first JW Marriott, and the DOUGLAS, an Autograph Collection boutique hotel. The complex will include 466 rooms and 51 suites.

"Our partnership with celebrated brands like Marriott and Blau + Associates, as well as the relationships we've formed in the community, create a tremendous opportunity for Parq Vancouver to have a lasting impact in the entertainment district and beyond," says Scott Menke, co-founder and CEO of Paragon Gaming, a developer and operator of gaming-based properties. "This is a world-class city, and visitors expect world-class hospitality. We cannot wait to bring that to them." 
The DOUGLAS, with 178 rooms and 10 suites, set between the seventh and 17th floors, joins a diverse portfolio of more than 100 Autograph Collection Hotels. The JW Marriott has 281 rooms and 48 suites located between the sixth and 25th floors, as well as Canada's first Spa by JW. 

The James Beard Award-nominated duo of restaurateur Elizabeth Blau and Canadian chef Kim Canteenwalla of Blau + Associates will debut eight restaurants and lounges at Parq Vancouver. The food and beverage portfolio draws inspiration from the cuisines of the Pacific Northwest, as well as the pair's international travels.

Meeting and convention space consists of 13 ballrooms, boardrooms, and meeting rooms, including the 15,604-square-foot Parq Grand Ballroom, the largest hotel ballroom in the city.

The second and third floor gaming levels feature natural light via floor-to-ceiling windows. They offer 600 slot machines, 75 table games, a poker room, and 11 private gaming salons.  
Other design features include a lush 30,000-square-foot rooftop park showcasing indigenous plants and a forest of native trees.