Renewal of One of Victoria’s Favourite Hotels Complete
Inn at Laurel Point celebrates their official reopening following a stunning transformation. The multimillion-dollar renewal project including lobby, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio, meeting and event space, and gardens, celebrates both the history and natural beauty of this award-winning property, bringing it into a new era of modern luxury.
This renewal project completes the vision of Inn at Laurel Point’s founders, the late Paul and Artie Arsens. “It’s an absolute joy and honour to fulfill the Arsens’ dream and realize the vision of renowned architect Arthur Erickson, and designer Robert Ledingham, from over 30 years ago,” says Ian Powell, Managing Director of Inn at Laurel Point. “We’ve taken an architecturally stunning waterfront building and completed the vision with classic modern touches and we’re ready for the world to see it.”
Architect John Graham, who was part of the original Arthur Erickson project oversaw the Inn at Laurel Point’s renewal. Doubling in size, the new lobby features floor to ceiling windows and contemporary fireplace. The lobby also features a new ‘grab & go’ that will be stocked with treats prepared by the Inn’s award-winning culinary team.
The entire transformation infuses modern, warm, relaxed and a serene design inspired by the area’s natural beauty. “We can’t wait to see the look on people’s faces when they arrive at the new lobby and feel as though they’re on the prow of a ship right in the inner harbour,” says Graham.
Recently unveiled to guests, the renewals first phase, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio has received rave reviews. With a revitalized interior and an innovative menu unique to Victoria’s hotel restaurant scene, this iconic waterfront restaurant boasts stunning panoramic views of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Award-winning Executive Chef Takashi Ito, Restaurant Chef Austin Lu and their talented culinary team created a globally inspired small plates menu that offers guests a variety of bold flavours. “Offering our guests, a unique culinary experience that combines farm-direct ingredients with international flavours that inspire them is what it is all about,” says Lu. “Small plates are perfect, since it means they can try a many dishes, which is always a fun way to dine with friends.”
With the renewal of Inn at Laurel Point complete, the hotel is once again poised to welcome the world.
About the Inn at Laurel Point
Find genuine hospitality and a breathtaking setting in downtown Victoria at Inn at Laurel Point. With stunning views of the city’s famous Inner Harbour and serene surroundings on the edge of the capital city, Inn at Laurel Point makes every stay a remarkable one. Our 200 water and garden view rooms, inspirational meeting and event spaces, award-winning Aura restaurant, mix with ocean air and tranquil gardens to create a rare retreat in the city. As a social enterprise and the first carbon-neutral hotel in British Columbia, the property is committed to caring for their team, community, and environment
About Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Set against the backdrop of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio is an adventure of bold tastes and beautiful small plates. Now open with a revitalized interior and an innovative new menu unique to Victoria’s hotel restaurant scene, Aura focuses on globally inspired small plates using local farm direct ingredients combined with international flavours. Created by Aura’s talented team, the new menu is matched with a sommelier crafted wine list and inspired cocktails, featuring BC’s finest spirit producers. Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio is designed for a quick bite after work, an evening out, or leisurely brunch with a spectacular view.
Media release and images provided by Suzanne Girard, SG Travel and Communications.