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Design Savvy Vacations with Jane Lockhart

Designer Jane Lockhart traveled the country to share with us a few hotel lobbies that took her breath away.



Halifax, NS

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This hotel is located in the heart of downtown Halifax and has been renovated into a hip urban hotel. The lobby has a slate grey wall treatment that is reflected in the stainless steel backdrop located behind the front desk. Cutouts in the backdrop let the blue and teal backlight shine through. The desks are simple in shape while the lighting is bold and full of contrast.



Montreal, QC

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This hotel is nestled in the heart of old Montreal, often attracting seasoned travelers looking for a unique experience. St. Paul has been converted from the former Beaux-Arts building to instill a feeling of luxury and modernism. The combination of innovation and opulence can be seen firsthand as soon as you step foot into the lobby. The bold colour scheme pairing royal purple with mossy green applied to modern clean-lined furniture offers lots of visual appeal.



Montreal, QC

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Located in Montreal’s Banque du Canada building, this lobby has been converted into a modern wonderland, full of bold colours, modern furniture and clean lines. Whimsical shapes can be found on the ceiling’s large round white lights and in the furniture. The contrast of red, black and white creates a
fun environment. The use of slate grey in the furniture textiles and on the wall cements the modern feel captured throughout this space.



Ottawa, ON

Upper Lobby

This boutique hotel lobby has walls lined with black and white prints while the décor mixes bold shades in violet and crimson. The city’s vibrant past is reflected through numerous large candles and natural elements, yet the oversized windows and mirrored surfaces add a youthful twist.



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Upon entering this exquisite hotel, guests will immediately notice the high ceilings, complemented by details in the wood paneling. Floor-to-ceiling black metalwork pulls attention to the black and white metal sculptures hung from the ceiling. Nothing is left to the imagination in this impressive Yorkville lobby.




This hotel has been part of the Edmonton skyline for a hundred years and has only gotten better with age! Upon entering, guests are swept into the early 1900s. There has been no detail overlooked. The early century architecture has been maintained perfectly and is only complemented by the traditional furniture. The classic wood paneling paired with marble details and high ceilings helps transport visitors back to the era this hotel was first built.



The grandeur of this hotel lobby pays homage to the magnificence that sprawls around it thanks to Mother Nature. Surrounded by vast mountains, its breathtaking views blend seamlessly with the interior. Stately stonewalls and arches give way to large chandeliers and staircases.



This lobby although small makes a big statement! Its walls are adorned with a dark-stained wood contrasted by a white treatment that peeks through. The chairs are dark and heavy, and lined with white leather. These are juxtaposed with the light tables made entirely of glass. Visitors of the Granville Island Hotel will be impressed with this grand design.



This hotel is situated at the heart of Vancouver’s downtown waterfront. Floor- to-ceiling three level windows give way to breathtaking views of the Vancouver harbour. This lobby’s stunning multi-level entrance features lots of open space, glass and white walls giving it an open feel.



Vancouver Island, BC


The beauty of this hotel lobby is not necessarily in the décor or architecture, but in the magnificent natural landscape surrounding the entire property. This hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby facing the ocean and accompanying wildlife that surround Vancouver Island. The décor of the lobby is understated and natural, allowing the beauty of the environment to speak for itself.

Traveling is incredible and the amount of breathtaking amenities offered to us across Canada only adds to the experience! No matter your preference in architecture or décor, there is bound to be something to suit your tastes.

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