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Vancouver is a panoramically spectacular city. Everywhere you turn the views are beautiful. Snowcapped peaks are reflected in the mirrored glass on one side of a skyscraper and the peaceful bay with its beautiful beaches on the other. Then there’s the city itself with its glittering glass and green space. So it won’t surprise you that our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Vancouver have some outstanding views between them.
But Vancouver is a lot more than just a pretty face, the magnificent terrain surrounding the city is ripe for skiing, biking, walking, sailing, kayaking etc., all over, the food is sensational - definitely try the Asian dining scene, there’s a vibrant cultural life rich with art, music, theatre and public art and there’s just loads to do here! So skip the step of agonising over where to stay by going with one of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Vancouver, and get on with planning your itinerary…
Vancouver has several really unmissable sights and attractions.
- Stanley Park is an obvious one, with its amazing seawall and the trail which encircles the entire park, plus a spider’s web of trails running through the park.
- Chinatown and Gastown, the city’s birthplace, is another, with heritage listed buildings converted into wonderful independent boutiques, restaurants and bars,
- then there’s Granville Island and its amazing covered Public Market, an incredible cacophony of bungee-inducing smells and sights.
- Grouse Mountain offers skiing in season, and views all year round, there’s also a grizzly bear refuge, zip lining and bird of prey displays. There’s also a gondola offering more of those incredible views.
When it comes to local sightseeing the Vancouver Art Gallery is a colourful place to start, then you might want to try Science World or the Museum of Anthropology - depending on your taste. The Hot Art Wet City is a lot of fun if you like modern art, or if you prefer nature, then the Beaty Biodiversity Museum or the Bloedel Conservatory are great places to start. Try out one of the world’s longest suspension bridges - at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - or relax in the botanical gardens.
Then there’s a wealth of choice when it comes to filling your evenings. And don’t forget to try the Asian dining scene. You’ll just be amazed by Vancouver as a whole.
Just don't forget to book early. This is a busy year round destination and if you want to be sure of a room in one of the best places to stay in Vancouver, you need to plan well ahead.
For a city break
- The Opus Hotel is a buzzing boutique hotel in Yaletown, so it’s a great spot for visiting artists, musicians and night owls. The decor in the 96 rooms is vibrantly coloured and modern - think ipads and marble bathrooms. Plus there’s an Italian restaurant.
- The Granville Island Hotel is a chic, modern hotel with great views of the waterfront and downtown Vancouver. There are 82 elegant rooms with large windows and private balconies and penthouse suites with their own kitchens, jacuzzis and fireplaces.
- L'Hermitage Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel in a great location just ten minutes from the art gallery in downtown Vancouver. There are 60 upscale rooms and suites, a trendy restaurant serving gourmet cuisine and a beautifully landscaped courtyard with a heated salt-water pool.
The most romantic places to stay in Vancouver
- The Rosewood Hotel Georgia is a beautifully restored 20s era hotel minutes from the waterfront. There are 155 elegant rooms with plush carpets and generous bathtubs, rooftop plunge pools and a wonderful 1920s prohibition style bar.
- The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa is a wonderfully sophisticated place to be spoiled! Luxurious, with a European feel, guests can expect a smattering of nice antiques, a piano bar and a gourmet French restaurant.
- The Sylvia Hotel has great views overlooking English Bay, and a collection of 120 modern rooms, suites and self catering apartments. You’re right on the water, so this is a great spot for swimming or skating or biking along the sea wall. Plus you’re close to Chinatown. And it’s great value, starting from around £75 per night.
The hippest places to stay in Vancouver
- The Loden has spectacular views of the city and the lake from its 77 luxurious, modern rooms, decorated in muted colours. There’s a 1940s inspired lounge with French cuisine and fine wines and a sophisticated air.
- The Shangri La Vancouver is an Asian-inspired skyscraper with 119 large, modern rooms with great views of both the water and the city. There’s a spa and pool plus a choice when it comes to onsite dining.
For great value
- The Burrard is a retro-minimalist boutique-y type creation with 72 basic, but stylish rooms arranged around a central garden. There’s a great cafe, you’re close to The Pacific, and you’re in hip company. Starting from around £80 per night.
- The Listel Hotel is marginally more expensive, but it’s a fantastic choice if you like art, as there’s local art displayed everywhere. In the 129 modern rooms, in the restaurant, called Forage, specialising in local cuisine, and in the low-key public spaces.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Vancouver for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Vancouver, widen the net to include all our British Columbia recommendations, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Vancouver
The Burrard 72 rooms from $104Vancouver (British Columbia)
Retro downtown vibes of yester-year create a young at heart, minimalist-designed boutique. Basic, stylish rooms are crisp and sharp, set around a centralized garden for all day lounging. Relish your coffee and health-bagel fix at the cafe, or cruise into town for more bars and restaurants.Great walks - The Pacific Ocean is very close to the hotel and offering stunning views.Sights nearby - Take a water taxi to Granville Island for some local exploring.Lively - Hip and happening.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - CN Traveller
The Listel Hotel 129 rooms from $120Vancouver (British Columbia)
Love art? Local art everywhere to be seen at this downtown contemporary boutique. Modern, comfortable rooms offer breakfast in bed, or head to Forage for local cuisine and a casual yet vibrant atmosphere. Location is spot on for almost everything, so stay here for a low-key and enjoyable visit.Great walks - Head to Sunset Beach Park overlooking English Bay for a glorious stroll along the Pacific Ocean.Sights nearby - Barclay Heritage Square is less than a minute away.Full of character
Sylvia Hotel 120 rooms from $97Vancouver
A 20th century hotel overlooking English Bay, Vancouver. The comfortable rooms range from single suites to self catering apartments, with every modern convenience. Right on the water, this spot is perfect for swimming or skating and biking the seawall. City escape with a splash of seaside!Local markets - Explore the sights of Chinatown and in summer try to catch the Friday Chinatown Night Market.Great walks - Stroll around Stanley Park or the VanDusen Botanical Garden.Lively - Hip and happening.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Fodors
Granville Island Hotel 82 rooms from $166Vancouver
A modern chic hotel on False Creek with fabulous views of the waterfront & downtown Vancouver. Crisp white linens enhance elegant rooms with large windows and private balconies. Upgrade to a penthouse suite for kitchens, jacuzzi and fireplace, well worth it! A hip hotel in beautiful spot.Local markets - Check out Granville Island market, overflowing with fresh produce, breads, seafood and a bounty of other goods.Great walks - Visit Stanely Park, 400-hectares of vibrant green grass and majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees.Sights nearby - Check out Vancouver Art Gallery's collection of national and international contemporary art.Lively - Hip and happening.
Shangri La Vancouver 119 rooms from $241Vancouver (British Columbia)
Whether your agenda be luxury, business or exploring, this Asian-inspired skyscraper between sea and slope, offering a spa and pool, is the perfect place for all. Large, modern rooms include city views. Dining ranges from smart to casual plus there is a lively al-fresco bar in the evenings.Local markets - Head to Public Market on Granville Island - a daily market offering local produce and delicious bites.Great walks - The Pacific Ocean is only three blocks west of the hotel.Views - CityLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
Wedgewood Hotel & Spa 83 rooms from $274Vancouver
A luxury boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver. The private balconies, chic drapes and antique furnishings give the suites a European feel. This theme is followed in the piano bar, serving gourmet French cuisine in a elegant setting. Sophisticated and utterly spoiling. Make sure to try out the spa!Great walks - Forbidden Vancouver organises a multitiude of walking tours taking you through the history of the city.Lively - Hip and happening.OpulentLively area - In the thick of the action.Recommended by - Relais & Chateaux, Johansens
L'Hermitage Hotel 60 rooms from $277Vancouver
A luxury boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver. Upscale suites feature luxurious marble bathrooms, chic floating fireplaces and state of the art kitchens. Guests can enjoy gourmet cuisine in the trendy restaurant or landscaped courtyard. A grown up space for the discerning traveler.Sights nearby - The Vancouver Art Gallery and Queen Elizabeth Theatre are within a 10-minute walk of the hotel.Great walks - Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden's are only ten blocks away.Local markets - Chinatown only nine blocks away.Swimming Pool - Outdoor heated salt water pool.Recommended by - Tablet
Rosewood Hotel Georgia 155 rooms from $219Vancouver
This seamlessly restored 1920's hotel is just minutes from Vancouver's picturesque waterfront. The elegant rooms feature Italian linens, plush carpets and deep soak tubs. The roaring 20's prohibition bar and rooftop plunge pools perfectly embody the marriage of old school style with modern flare.Great walks - Explore Stanely Park whose stunning landscape combines beaches with old growth forest and even a First Nations totem pole.Kayaking - Enjoy urban views in False Creek and English Bay, or mountain surroundings at the base of Indian Arm in Deep Cove.Romantic - Good for couples.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
Opus Hotel 96 rooms from $302Vancouver (British Columbia)
Buzzy-by-night Yaletown makes this boutique prime real estate for visiting artists and musicians, party goers and couples. Vibrant colours and plush linens make up the modern rooms with city views, iPads and marble bathrooms. La Pentola della Quercia serves Italian dishes accompanied by fine wines.Great walks - Lake Ontario has a vibrant waterfront to explore.Sights nearby - Fase Creek is within easy reach.Views - Great views from hotelDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Tablet
The Loden 77 rooms from $314Vancouver (British Columbia)
A hotel version of a show stopper with city-lake panorama views, luxurious charm and downtown situ. Muted colours make up the modern, sophisticated rooms. Tableau 1940s inspired lounge oozes sexy, serving French cuisine and fine wines. Whether visiting for business or leisure, location is spot on!Sailing - Do not miss the opportunity of taking a ride on a water taxi to Granville Island.Great walks - Along Lake Ontario there is much to take in from views, city life and live acts.Sights nearby - A walk around Stanley Park and its picturesque lake.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet