Vancouver is home to an exceptional number of first-class hotels, including glitzy skyscrapers in Coal Harbour, renovated downtown heritage properties and hip Yaletown boutique hotels. One to look out for in late 2017 is Parq, a swanky complex with two hotels, a casino and multiple restaurants. There are also a good number of more affordable chains, particularly on and around Granville Street near False Creek.
The Vancouver hotels below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over C$350)
Moderate (C$250 to C$350)
Cheap (up to C$250)
These prices are for one night in a double room in summer, including tax but not breakfast. Prices can be reduced by as much as half at other times of the year.
Fairmont Pacific Rim
Lavish rooms in this Coal Harbour hotel feature luxurious Stearns & Foster beds, plush linens and roomy marble bathrooms with TV mirrors. The Willow Stream Spa offers nine treatment rooms, a massive fitness centre and an outside deck with meditation pods and private hot tubs. Or you can lounge by outdoor firepits next to the open-air rooftop pool.Address: Coal Harbour, 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver, V6C 0B9
Telephone: +1 604 695 5300.
Bright modern rooms and swanky two-storey loft suites, many with private terraces, come with high-tech gadgets and comfy pillowtop beds. You can relax in the indoor pool and hot tub or grab a complimentary bike to hit the town or ride the seawall. On-site eateries include a Japanese izakaya, buffet lounge and Bogart's, serving cocktails and small plates.Address: Downtown, 177 Robson Street, Vancouver, V6B 0N3
Telephone: +1 604 620 6200.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Meticulously restored Rosewood Hotel Georgia once hosted Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Today's guests are treated to elegant rooms and suites, with delicious nods to the 1920s and 1930s and vast, decadently luxurious bathrooms. You can nip down to dinner at upscale Hawksworth Restaurant, plunge into the saltwater pool, or sip cocktails on the laid-back garden terrace.Address: Downtown, 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, V6C 1P7
Telephone: +1 604 682 5566.
This 1908 heritage hotel in the heart of Downtown has been transformed into a chic contemporary boutique hotel. While the rooms and décor are very much of the 21st century, many of the building's original features remain, including the lobby's mosaic tiles and 80-year-old hardwood floors in some guest rooms. Uva Wine Bar serves espresso and wine downstairs.Address: Downtown, 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, V6B 3L9
Telephone: +1 604 683 4251.
A boutique hotel, fair trade gallery and aboriginal artist residence in one, this lodge is a social enterprise which also provides affordable shelter to aboriginal people. Each smartly kitted-out suite has been uniquely decorated by artists and designers, so you might find yourself sleeping beneath a beaded bear sculpture or a painting of salmon swimming upstream.Address: Downtown Eastside, 31 West Pender Street, Vancouver,
Telephone: +1 604 687 3589.
The Listel Hotel
Priding itself on its commitment to art, this hotel is handy for exploring Robson Street's shops. The rooms on the Museum Floor are fitted out with hemlock and cedar furnishings plus First Nations art. The Gallery Floor suites are more traditional in style, with cherry wood furnishings, chaises longues tucked in bay windows and original Canadian and international artwork.Address: Downtown, 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver, V6E 1C5
Telephone: +1 604 684 8461.
Sandman Suites Vancouver - Davie Street
Sitting on vibrant Davie Street in the West End, the Sandman Suites are just a few minutes' walk from the beach and within strolling distance of trendy Yaletown. One-bedroom and studio suites come with fully equipped kitchens and private balconies. Many higher rooms have city or ocean views. In summer, take a dip in the heated outdoor pool.Address: West End, 1160 Davie Street, Vancouver, V6E 1N1
Telephone: +1 604 681 7263.
This coolly renovated 1950s motor inn offers affordable retro chic with free Wi-Fi bang in the centre of Downtown. There's a lovely courtyard garden with a ping-pong table and free Brodie cruiser bike rentals if you fancy a spin around town. Grab breakie and an espresso in Elysian Coffee, the stylish café.Address: Downtown, 1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, V6Z 1Y7
Telephone: +1 604 681 2331.
The Sylvia Hotel
Overlooking English Bay and Stanley Park, this ivy-clad 1912 hotel offers good value for budget-minded travellers. The designated heritage building has been a hotel since 1936 and can lay claim to Vancouver's first cocktail bar, which opened here in 1954. Perfectly situated for exploring the West End, Granville Island and Stanley Park or hanging out on the beach.Address: West End, 1154 Gilford Street, Vancouver, V6G 2P6
Telephone: +1 604 681 9321.