The first thing you’ll likely notice upon entering this upscale boutique hotel’s bright lobby is the striking slab of gold and grey-streaked onyx serving as the check-in counter. Stylish, luxurious touches continue through all 43 spacious suites, including shockingly soft microfibre cotton bed linens, Thé Vert & Bigarade-scented L’Occitane en Provence skin care products, deep soaker tubs, and oversized balconies with views of the city or the South Saskatchewan River. Greet the day with a complimentary full breakfast of made-to-order omelettes, bacon, fresh fruit and flakey pastries. Work it off with a quick stroll downtown or hit the nearby Meewasin Trail for a brisk walk along the river. End your day in the James Lobby Bar sipping cocktails and snacking on small plates of beef carpaccio with truffle aioli or beets and blue cheese. Rates from $244.
Nearby: The Ukrainian Museum of Canada exhibits a diverse array of artifacts—farming tools, textiles and pysanky (Easter eggs decorated with folk designs).