On Monday, Vancouver-based real estate developer Bosa Properties and Listel Hospitality Group jointly announced that the Listel Hotel in the West End of Vancouver is set for redevelopment, in what the two referred to as a "strategic partnership."

Listel Hospitality Group is a subsidiary of Listel Co., a hospitalty company that was founded in Japan in 1967, and manages the Listel Hotel, which sits at 1300 Robson Street, between Broughton Street and Jervis Street.

Through the 50/50 joint venture, the six-story Listel Hotel will be transformed into a 28-storey mixed-use tower. Following the redevelopment, the building will consist of 174 hotel rooms occupying the lower portion of the tower and 126 rental units — ranging from studios to three-bedrooms— occupying the upper portion.

The Listel Hotel originally opened in 1992 and is the recipient of the highest eco-rating for any Vancouver boutique property and is also a Platinum member of TripAdvisor's Green Leaders program.

According to the hotel's website, the Listel Hotel contains 129 boutique rooms and suites, each filed with limited edition and original pieces of art, along with modern amenities. The hotel is also home to Forage, a farm-to-table restaurant managed by Listel Hospitality Group.

The Listel Hotel 1300 Robson Street in Vancouver.The Listel Hotel at 1300 Robson Street in Vancouver.(The Listel Hotel/Facebook)

The redeveloped space will also add a pool, fitness facility, Japanese-inspired spa, games room, and several meeting spaces to the property. The announcement did not specify whether the amenities will be designated for the hotel or rental users.

The architect of the project is Vancouver-based Henriquez Partners Architects, who is also working with Bosa Properties on a new hotel set for 888 W Broadway in Vancouver.

In recent years, the City of Vancouver has placed an increased emphasis on bolstering its supply of hotel rooms ahead of a series of high-profile, large-scale events that Vancouver is hosting in the near future, most notably the FIFA 2026 World Cup. According to Destination Vancouver (formerly Tourism Vancouver), the City of Vancouver has a shortage of 10,000 hotel rooms. In September, Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung introduced a motion that would see the City amend policy to encourage the development of new hotels and also set development targets like the City does for housing.

redeveloped Listel Hotel 1300 Robson Street.A rendering of the redeveloped Listel Hotel at 1300 Robson Street.(Henriquez Partners Architects, Bosa Properties)

The two partners note that their partnership is a "significant departure from traditional redevelopment approaches," as it mixes hotel use with rental housing, rather than the hotel-condo mix that is more commonly seen, such as in the Shangri-La Vancouver.

"This project shows the power of relationships and what's possible when we work hand-in-hand with partners," said Wayne Vickers, Vice President of Partnerships at Bosa Properties. "Together, we're able to craft a vision for a unique hotel and rental housing offering that contributes to the continued growth and vibrancy of our city."

"I am incredibly proud of the role Listel plays and will continue to play in the Vancouver hotel market andeconomy," added Listel Hospitality Group VP of Hotels and Restaurants John Nicholson. "Bosa Properties' reputation for excellence and its track record of creating meaningful impact where it builds resonate with us, complementing our own commitment to our community, our employees, and ou rindustry."

As part of the redevelopment, the Listel Hotel will close down later this year, in November, with demolition to begin immediately after. Construction on the new tower is then expected to commence in September 2025, with the new tower expected to be completed sometime in 2028.

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