While some hotels are working in earnest to destroy their tiki past (yes, I'm talking to you Fairmont hotel) others are embracing their history and treating it like an asset.
Vancouver's Waldorf Hotel, which has one of the oldest surviving Tiki bars in North America, sat untouched behind closed doors through most of the 2000s as owners and the city struggled with outdated structures that no longer met fire codes and rising real estate values that made the land more valuable than the building. Thankfully, new owners have taken over the space who appreciate it for what it is -- a living snapshot in time.
This Wednesday, March 23, 2001, Heritage Vancouver is sponsoring ”An Evening of Tiki at the Waldorf”, featuring a guided tour, talk and complimentary Mai Tai at Vancouver’s historic Waldorf Hotel. This nostalgic evening will begin with a presentation on Polynesian pop culture by Vancouver Heritage President Donald Luxton, exploring the social, cultural and architectural impacts of the Tiki movement on North America.
Tickets are $25 ($20 for Heritage Vancouver members, $30 at the door). Doors Open at 6pm, Talk at 6:30pm, tour at 7:00pm
1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC