New Vancouver casino & JW Marriott hotels open early 2017

The latest update on our JW Marriott parq Vancouver on Urban YVR

Brand new casino, two luxury hotels to replace aging Edgewater Casino

Feeling lucky? The $600 million replacement for aging Edgewater Casino at the Plaza of Nations is well under construction and preparing to welcome gamblers, revelers and hotel guests early next year.

Parq Vancouver is adjacent to BC Place Stadium and will feature 600 slot machines and 75 table games spread over 75,000 sq. ft., making it the largest casino in Western Canada when it opens in early 2017.

There will also be five restaurants, three bars and lounges, event and conference space, gym, spa, cafe and two brand new hotels.

In June, the Vancouver Sun reported that Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla, who are responsible for developing some of Las Vegas’ most successful restaurants, will be in charge of food and beverage at parq Vancouver. They’ve been responsible for food and beverage operations at the famous Bellagio, as well as the Wynn in Las Vegas.

The pair revealed that the flagship restaurant at the new casino will be a Chinese fine dining restaurant, similar to Wing Lei at the Wynn, the first Chinese food restaurant in the U.S. to be awarded a Michelin star.

There will also be a market, inspired by the night markets of Singapore, plus whiskey and tea lounge, an artisan coffee bar, and a cocktail lounge.

The JW Marriott parq Vancouver will feature “329 exquisite guest rooms; including 44 suites, 3 presidential suites, and a striking two-floor villa,” according to the hotel’s website, which is already online.

The Douglas autograph collection hotel, also by Marriott, will feature 188 rooms and suites, connected to an outdoor “parq” on the sixth floor.

It will be very interesting to see how the new casino transforms this somewhat forgotten part of downtown. The design is very Vegas, and was criticized during the approval process for its monolithic design and the fact it will block a significant part of the view of BC Place’s LED lighting feature.