What happens when a kitchen cares as much about breakfast as every other meal? Creamy scrambled eggs come studded with candied B.C. salmon, and the smoky bacon, ham and house sausages are cured on-site. Loden’s croissants, a throwaway in most places, are so finely layered that they shatter when you bite into them, leaving buttery confetti all over the chandeliered dining room’s floor. And to top it all off, they come with a little pot of house-made plum-and-peach jam. Good morning, indeed.
The Fairmont Empress Resort Hotel
Long before blender breakfasts and ham ’n’ egger wraps, this is how people (or at least some people) used to start their day: slowly, luxuriously, in high-backed chairs. The Empress hotel’s tea is served in polished silver; you almost expect Queen Elizabeth II to pop by for the Dungeness crab cake served with the Vancouver Island Eggs Benedict plate. Because nothing goes quite as deliciously with pomp and circumstance.
721 Government St., 866-540-4429, fairmont.com/empress
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With a front-row seat to the morning bustle of Burrard and West Georgia streets, the Hyatt Regency starts its days big and fast. While munching on our toast, we crunched the numbers; every morning, the hotel goes through…
Icons (Istock.com): Suzifoo (bacon, toast); Floortje (eggs); nycshooter (croissant); EuToch (toiletry); jfmdesign (telephone); zoomstudio (newspapers); groveb (juice); MentalArt (bathrobe); jaroon (melon); MiquelMunill (plate).
655 Burrard St., 800-633-7313, vancouver.hyatt.com
Nuvo Hotel Suites
Sometimes on a trip, all you really want is a few of the comforts of home: a piece of toast made exactly the way you like it and a simple soft-boiled egg. (Why do so few restaurants ever get them right?) At Calgary’s Nuvo Hotel Suites, every room comes with a morning-ready kitchen, including a toaster and a built-in coffee maker that’s hooked up directly to the hot water line, so the water boils fast and your cup is ready in two short minutes. With a Safeway across the street, it’s easy to live just like at home – except here you don’t have to make your own bed.
827 12th Ave. S.W., 403-452-6789, nuvohotelsuites.com