Welcome!

News Feed Item

New Hotel Zed in Victoria Digs More Modern Than Retro

With an Original 1967 VW Bus for a Free Shuttle and Mid-Century Rotary Dial Phones Alongside High-Tech Hubs, This Mid-Priced Experience Brings Back the Years Yet Flings You Into the Future, All for Fun

VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwired - May 01, 2014) - Stylish Mayfair Mall on Douglas Street will have some stiff competition in the cool factor, right across the street, when Hotel Zed officially throws open its doors on Thursday, May 1st and revs up its revamped 1967 Volkswagen Bus to shuttle guests around town for free. The hotel's opening signifies the almost-complete transformation of the former economy-level and basic blue-and-white Blue Ridge Inn into the mid-priced, mid-century-savvy and colourful Hotel Zed.

"We're too excited to share Zed to wait to finish to a tee," says owner Mandy Farmer, one of BC's best-known hoteliers for her family business, Accent Inns. "Zed has a lot more leeway and rebellious fun, starting with the mega-watt colour palette in the rooms and all over the property. The painters told us drivers stopped every 20 minutes to say thanks for brightening the 'hood and their day!"

Farmer's entrepreneurial vision has resulted in seeing through not only a preservation of mid-century architecture -- one of her many passions -- but also an opportunity to create, almost from scratch, a retro-modern-and-back-to-retro accommodation experience, if there ever was one. This property takes all the fun of the last century's gadgets, brings them up-to-date and into utility in engaging ways, yet maintains a firm future-forward grip on reality by offering 21st-century technology in the rooms and the ultra-interactive lobby.

The 62-room hotel was re-designed by Farmer, her staff and Kimberly Williams Design, a Brentwood Bay-based firm. While the rooms were being deconstructed, unordinary ideas sprung from Zed staff -- many of them long-term employees -- such as comic books in bathrooms, high-tech media hubs, refurbished Tanker steel desks, and working vintage dial phones that come with QR-code instructions in the rooms. The stand-alone lobby screamed out for a vinyl-record listening station, a Ping Pong Lounge, typewriters to whip up postage-paid Hotel Zed postcards, free Wi-Fi and Wii games. Rent-free, vintage-style bikes to get you to downtown or nearby Galloping Goose Trail, a favourite cyclist and pedestrian route amongst locals.

While guests can already get a bed at Zed, Farmer expects the final touches to the hot tub, waterslide and extensive indoor and outdoor poolside patios, as well as final finishes to the lobby, to be completed by June 1st. A hotly-anticipated addition to the heart of the lobby is the restaurant partner, to be announced soon.

What will be immediately served up for sure is Farmer's signature style of award-winning teamwork and customer service. Zed goes even further, promising indelible interaction amongst guests by serving up coffee in the ground-zero lobby, instead of the standard offering of an in-room coffee machine. But, "our free coffee is totally awesome!" quips Farmer, who couldn't be happier that a decade's worth of percolating this property prototype is finally reaching fruition.

ABOUT HOTEL ZED

We're a ridiculously fun and eclectic hotel in Victoria, BC, Canada that is so awesome your mind will be blown. We've got bold colors, retro-style and modern technology. Plus, typewriters, record players, comic books, ping pong lounge and the coolest '67 VW shuttle bus. Our laid-back lobby lets you make friends with others or your own inner Zed. We are rebels against the ordinary! Doors thrown open in 2014 by Mandy Farmer, one of Profit's Top100 Canadian Women Entrepreneurs, aka President/CEO of Accent Inns -- Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Employer-of-the-Year, BC Business Magazine's 5th Best Company To Work For in 2011.

EDITORS/PRODUCERS

  • Media kit available upon request

-The Why of Zed

-Zeitgeist of Zed

-Style & Design

-Rooms

-Amenities

-'Hood

-Top 10 Activities

-People

  • Interviews with CEO Mandy Farmer available by phone or skype

VISUAL EDITORS

  • Included - image of the transformed property w/CEO Mandy Farmer and refurbished 1967 Zed Bus
  • More internal and external image options available

The following files are available for download:

MEDIA CONTACT

Sheri Wisnowski
secretweapon.pr
Vancouver, BC, Canada
text or call 604.728.6160
[email protected]

John Espley
Director of Marketing & Communications
Hotel Zed & Accent Inns
Victoria, BC, Canada
text or call 250.213.9605
[email protected]

[email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Five years ago development was seen as a dead-end career, now it’s anything but – with an explosion in mobile and IoT initiatives increasing the demand for skilled engineers. But apart from having a ready supply of great coders, what constitutes true ‘DevOps Royalty’? It’ll be the ability to craft resilient architectures, supportability, security everywhere across the software lifecycle. In his keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Jeffrey Scheaffer, GM and SVP, Continuous Delivery Busin...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
Multiple data types are pouring into IoT deployments. Data is coming in small packages as well as enormous files and data streams of many sizes. Widespread use of mobile devices adds to the total. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the tools and environments that are being put to use in IoT deployments, as well as the team skills a modern enterprise IT shop needs to keep things running, get a handle on all this data, and deli...
In recent years, containers have taken the world by storm. Companies of all sizes and industries have realized the massive benefits of containers, such as unprecedented mobility, higher hardware utilization, and increased flexibility and agility; however, many containers today are non-persistent. Containers without persistence miss out on many benefits, and in many cases simply pass the responsibility of persistence onto other infrastructure, adding additional complexity.
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Aruna Ravichandran, vice president of DevOps Product and Solutions Marketing at CA Technologies, has been named co-conference chair of DevOps at Cloud Expo 2017. The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. The company co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure network...
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists will examine how DevOps helps to meet th...
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
@GonzalezCarmen has been ranked the Number One Influencer and @ThingsExpo has been named the Number One Brand in the “M2M 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands” by Analytic. Onalytica analyzed tweets over the last 6 months mentioning the keywords M2M OR “Machine to Machine.” They then identified the top 100 most influential brands and individuals leading the discussion on Twitter.
Translating agile methodology into real-world best practices within the modern software factory has driven widespread DevOps adoption, yet much work remains to expand workflows and tooling across the enterprise. As models evolve from pockets of experimentation into wholescale organizational reinvention, practitioners find themselves challenged to incorporate the culture and architecture necessary to support DevOps at scale. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Anand Akela, Senior...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Twistlock, the leading provider of cloud container security solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Twistlock is the industry's first enterprise security suite for container security. Twistlock's technology addresses risks on the host and within the application of the container, enabling enterprises to consistently enforce security policies, monitor...
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound e...
Quickly find the root cause of complex database problems slowing down your applications. Up to 88% of all application performance issues are related to the database. DPA’s unique response time analysis shows you exactly what needs fixing - in four clicks or less. Optimize performance anywhere. Database Performance Analyzer monitors on-premises, on VMware®, and in the Cloud, including Amazon® AWS and Azure™ virtual machines.
Automation is enabling enterprises to design, deploy, and manage more complex, hybrid cloud environments. Yet the people who manage these environments must be trained in and understanding these environments better than ever before. A new era of analytics and cognitive computing is adding intelligence, but also more complexity, to these cloud environments. How smart is your cloud? How smart should it be? In this power panel at 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, pane...
SYS-CON Events announced today that T-Mobile will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc., is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 67.4 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on ...