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New Vancouver casino, parq Vancouver, opens Fall 2017

Construction continues on the massive new Vancouver casino, parq Vancouver, and two luxury JW Marriott hotels next to BC Place.

The $700 million development and its new casino is on track to open in the Fall of 2017 and is currently the largest private development in Western Canada.

JW Marriott and Autograph Collection at parq Vancouver

parq Vancouver will feature two luxury hotels (a 24-storey JW Marriott and a 15-storey Autograph Collection hotel named the DOUGLAS), eight restaurants and lounges, a new casino, a 30,000 square feet outdoor urban park, and conference space with the city’s largest hotel ballroom.

Property aims for September 29, 2017 opening

Bloomberg News reported on the casino and hotel on July 7, 2017, asking the question: Could This Be North America’s Most Fun Business Hotel?

The article offered a few new tidbits of information, including that the property is hoping to time the opening of the new casino and hotels with a September 29, 2017 Coldplay concert date at BC Place.

The 329-room JW Marriott hotel will also have three luxury suites with private outdoor entertainment spaces, which will reportedly be priced at $10,000 per night in high season.

High-end dining and restaurants

The new casino will also be popular with diners, and will be home to a farm-to-table restaurant showcasing local ingredients; a signature rooftop restaurant; a Chinese restaurant developed by two Las Vegas veterans, featuring dishes from China’s four culinary regions; a neighbourhood tavern, and an outdoor lounge.

The Globe and Mail reported in January 2017 that the casino will be home to the following restaurants:

  • Honey Salt – Farm-to-table restaurant showcasing B.C. ingredients
  • MKT East – Asian food hall inspired by Singapore night markets
  • BC Kitchen – upscale tavern serving comfort food
  • The Victor – steak and seafood restaurant
  • 1886 – Chinese food, named for the year Vancouver’s first Chinatown emerged
  • D6 – Indoor/outdoor sky lounge and bar on 6th floor of The Douglas hotel tower
  • Lotus Whiskey and Tea Lounge – tea lounge by day, whiskey bar by night
  • Casino Centre Bar and Lounge – cocktail lounge on gaming floor

JW Marriott Vancouver already selling room nights

The new JW Marriott hotel will be the chain’s first in Western Canada. The two hotels will offer a combined 518 rooms.

According to parq Vancouver, 16,000 room nights have already been sold at the JW Marriott, as of September 2016. The hotel’s website has been online since the summer, and is accepting reservations for September 2017.

JW Marriott Vancouver hotel website
Website of the new JW Marriott Vancouver hotel.
Parq Vancouver casino construction
Progress of construction on the parq Vancouver urban resort, as seen on December 4, 2016.

Gaming floor to feature 600 slot machines, private salons

The gaming floor will be 72,000 square feet with 600 slot machines and 75 table games. There will be 11 luxury private gaming salons, and operators are betting on a steady flow of high-net worth Asian tourists.

Once the parq casino is open in the Fall of 2017, the Edgewater Casino across the street will be closed to make way for a mixed-use redevelopment project.

The new casino will have 1,072 underground parking spaces, as well as car share spaces and a taxi pickup area on the new Smithe Street plaza.

Skyline garden of pine trees

The casino will feature a 30,000 sq ft. open air park with hundreds of pine trees and a spectacular view of the downtown Vancouver skyline and False Creek.

Paragon is currently asking the city for permission to relocate two liquor licenses from the Edgewater Casino to the parq Vancouver in time for the grand opening.

Las Vegas influence

The casino is being developed by Las Vegas-based Paragon, who also operate the Hard Rock Casino in Lake Tahoe, California. Paragon has committed to hiring 10 per cent of all staff from the Downtown Eastside and nearby communities.

Thousands of positions to be filled

Hiring for thousands of new staff members is now underway. Over 1,000 positions, from entry level to executive need to be filled, including at the casino, the two Marriott hotels and the eight restaurant and lounge concepts.

Job fairs will be held at BC Place Gate H at the following times:

  • Saturday, July 15, 2017: 11am-4pm

  • Monday, July 17, 2017: 12pm-5pm

  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017: 1pm-6pm

For more information, visit: parqvancouver.com/work

Casino floorplans

New Vancouver casino level 2
Level 2 showing centre bar and lounge, as well as Asian cuisine area, which will have a street market atmosphere.
New Vancouver casino level 3
Level 3 showing the fine dining Chinese restaurant and a whisky and tea lounge at the new Vancouver casino.
New Vancouver casino level 6
Level 6 lobby lounge, showing cocktail bar and outdoor lounge at the new Vancouver casino.

For more info on the dining options coming to the parq Vancouver casino, click here to read our previous coverage.

Last updated July 8, 2017

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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