The Empire Landmark Hotel, particularly its top level Cloud 9 revolving restaurant, on Robson Street has views that few other hotels in downtown Vancouver can compete with.
It is also the only major hotel in the city where you can watch the sunset, even with all the new buildings that have sprouted around it in the decades since it opened.
But its era comes to an end after this Saturday’s sunset, as the hotel and all of its services and amenities, including the revolving restaurant, will permanently shut down.
- Parq Vancouver urban casino resort in downtown opens this month
- Empire Landmark Hotel closing forever on September 30
- Empire Landmark Hotel site deserves more than generic condo towers
- Cloud 9 revolving restaurant to close in September
- This is the last week you'll ever be able to eat at Chill Winston
The 42-storey, 394-ft-tall hotel opened in 1973 and instantly became one of the tallest buildings in the city.
It will be redeveloped into a residential complex with two towers – 31 and 32 storeys – and retail units along Robson Street. However, this new development will be shorter than the Empire Landmark Hotel, and the plans do not incorporate a new replacement hotel.
The closure also means Top Of Vancouver at Harbour Centre will be Vancouver’s only operating revolving restaurant.
While the closure this weekend is a major loss to Vancouver’s hospitality and tourism industry, it coincides with the opening of Parq Vancouver casino hotel resort next to BC Place Stadium.
The new resort opens Friday night and features two high-end Marriott-operated hotels with a combined 517 rooms, 8 restaurants and lounges, 62,000 sq. ft. of meeting and convention space, a 30,000 sq. ft. rooftop outdoor space, and a 72,000-sq-ft casino that replaces the nearby Edgewater Casino.
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