There’s a buzz on Keefer Street, in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. And it’s not the usual chemically induced suspect that has plagued the culturally rich yet down at the heels area for so long.
The whiff of neighbourhood renewal is heady at the new Keefer hotel, a 1908 heritage building that has morphed from derelict former gas company service headquarters through to delightfully seedy booze can to sleek new Gair Williamson/Wendy Williams-Watt designed boutique hotel.
The vibe at the four storey Keefer – with each floor a 2400 square foot two bedroom loft – is decidedly film noir chic. A ground floor bar designed by David Battersby, reveals existing old growth fir beams – ebonized for effect – and set off by blood red lightbox/drink trays and vaguely sci-fi industrial style chandeliers.
Art work by Douglas Coupland, a roof deck with a gorgeous city view and a voyeuristic swimming pool that dips into the top floor loft add to the charms of this authentically Chinatown yet luxurious abode- already the pied a terre of choice for Vancouver’s new cine-class.