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Where to Stay in Vancouver: Best Areas & Hotels

Written by Gregory B. Gallagher and Carri Wilbanks
Updated May 20, 2021

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Canada's largest port city attracts hipsters and traditionalists alike to a majestic perch set on a peninsula protruding into the Strait of Georgia. The city is surrounded by the snowcapped Coast Mountains to the north and Vancouver Island Mountains to the west, and the salty waters of the Pacific Ocean meet the mighty Fraser River on an enthralling delta.

Whether visiting with the family or for romance, the best place to stay in Vancouver is downtown. From here, you'll have immediate access to the top sightseeing at English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island, and Gastown.

Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada, highlighted by an active multi-ethnic populace, with more than 33,000 hotel rooms ready for tourists to experience the immense menu of outdoor activities and breathtaking sights of this West Coast jewel.

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Where to Stay in Vancouver for Luxury

Mountain backdrop on Vancouver skyline
Mountain backdrop on Vancouver skyline

The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, with only 83 rooms & suites, is the city's most alluring address. Member of the legendary Relais & Chateaux collection, their prime downtown Hornby Street location allows guests a bounty of sightseeing options and is literally steps to art galleries, museums, parks, and entertainment venues large and small.

L'Occitane bath amenities, Frette towels, bathrobes, and slippers top the chic inventory of accoutrements in guestrooms and suites. Seniors save 10 to 15 percent off regular rates on select days, as well as free valet parking and complimentary breakfast for two.

When views of the mountains and sea are your priority, the Fairmont Pacific Rim provides postcard vistas over this impressive city. The hotel is ideally located across from the Vancouver Convention Centre, cruise ship quay, and floatplane launch pad. Treat yourself to the Willow Stream Spa's private outdoor terrace, the meditation pods, and 24-hour fitness gym.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia reaches new heights in comfort from yet another era, spoiling visitors with graceful, contemporary décor; scrumptious cuisine; and concierge service reminiscent of the more sophisticated Jazz Age. Walk-in rain showers, complimentary cookies, and turndown service lead an exhaustive list of assets at this updated gem. The luxury of a perfect location tops all other categories, as guests may meander through Gastown to most attractions, sights, and venues without effort.

Where to Stay in Vancouver: Mid-Range

Downtown Vancouver
Downtown Vancouver

Completely redone from its days as a popular motor hotel, The Burrard, combines value, kitsch, comfort, and location to attract repeat visitors of all styles. Centrally located on the peninsula at the edge of downtown and Davie Village, its 72 rooms feature king or queen beds, flat-screen TVs, fridges, coffeemakers, bottled water, and free Wi-Fi. This charming, pet-friendly sanctuary also provides free bikes, umbrellas, a business center (free printing & faxes), and gym passes.

Meanwhile, the St. Regis Hotel is a magnetic downtown lodging option, attracting repeat customers for its complimentary a la carte breakfast for two, daily VIP gym passes to the mammoth Steve Nash Sports Club, daily Fiji water, Wi-Fi, and free local and worldwide phone calls & faxes.

Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre Broadway wins friends and influences visitors with its five-minute walk to the SkyTrain, the state-of-the-art rail system made famous during the World's Fair of 1986. Popular with families, groups, and couples alike, and within walking distance of Science World, Granville Island Public Market, Water Park, and Aquabus for local water tours, the hotel's sensational Kids Stay & Eat Free policy is tops. Check out the all-you-can-eat Japanese sushi shop, Tomokazu, also nearby on West Broadway.

Where to Stay in Vancouver on a Budget

Vancouver
Vancouver

Lovers of iconic Stanley Park and its legendary seawall and beach, should opt to reserve their digs at Buchan Hotel, the West End's European-style favorite, giving visitors access to the greenery of the park, ocean swimming, and the dining options of nearby Robson and Denman streets.

For a few dollars more than most budget hotels, the historic Sylvia Hotel, situated immediately on English Bay, is a city landmark offering families, couples, and business travelers tremendous value and location.

Apartment-style suites or family rooms accommodate all travelers, from sightseers to beachcombers, entrepreneurs to solo acts, and everyone loves the history shots covering the hall walls. Staying here is a memorable experience.

Sandman Suites Vancouver - Davie Street is at the higher end of the budget market but worth the extra cost for the clean and comfortable all-suite accommodation complete with kitchenettes (great for families, too!). In a 24-story building, the property occupies a great location within walking distance of Stanley Park. On-site amenities include a swimming pool and a workout room.

Where to Stay in Vancouver for Couples

Sunset in Vancouver
Sunset in Vancouver

The design team creating Executive Hotel Le Soleil, an intimate city-center hideaway favored by the cinema set, culled the best elements from top European hotels to accomplish their original recipe for success. A rich, romantic ambiance prevails, with easy access to prime sightseeing attractions.

Travelers choose from 119 carefully appointed suites with separate bedrooms and sitting areas. Relax, enjoy in-room dining, and experience the surrounding neighborhoods of Yaletown, Gastown, or the West End. Concierge service is impeccable and will arrange limousine airport pick-up and departures, plus a mind-boggling list of other services.

The Loden Hotel lies steps from Canada Place (cruise connection), Vancouver Art Gallery, Granville Island Water Taxi, and an entertaining harbor community, mesmerizing guests with a panoply of sights, characters, and travel mementos. Moveable walls create amazing dynamics inside designer units and feature curved walls of glass opening to the fresh sea air.

Vacationing couples especially love the rainfall showers, deep soaking tubs, and king beds, and the hotel's dreamy cuisine guarantees healthy relaxation and positive spirits during a Coal Harbor neighborhood stay.

Irresistible views are visible from almost any vantage point in the rooms, suites, and Gold level at the Fairmont Waterfront. The hotel also offers an impassioned sustainability program. Staff members proudly present their rooftop aviary, herb gardens, and Zero Waste efforts, and the hotel's ARC restaurant espouses an Ocean Wise seafood philosophy.

Perhaps the most romantic hotel location in the entire city connects guests directly to Canada Place and the Cruise Ship Terminal via a covered walkway. Luxuriate in a splendid menu of creature comforts geared to rejuvenate, relax, and inspire the senses while overlooking Vancouver Harbor.

Where to Stay in Vancouver for Families

Fall colors in Stanley Park
Fall colors in Stanley Park

One of the top hotels in Vancouver, L'Hermitage Hotel is a family-friendly luxury property in the heart of the city's shopping and entertainment district. This boutique property features well-appointed and stylishly designed studios and suites that are comfortable and modern. Larger families can check into the one- and two-bedroom apartments, which add more space and full kitchens with high-end appliances. There is also a workout room and a swimming pool on-site.

Located just two blocks from Stanley Park, which is a great place for kids to run out their energy, is the Times Square Suites Hotel. This all-suite property is excellent value and has just 42 suites with plenty of space for families to spread out. The suites also boast full kitchens and washer/dryer combos (great for infant travel). Booking a room here also grants you access to the local fitness center, which has an indoor pool and yoga classes. On-site amenities include self-serve laundry and a rooftop patio with a barbecue.

Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is another luxury property that is popular with visiting families. The hotel offers 119 rooms and suites in a variety of styles and sizes, but all are elegant in decor and come with swanky marble bathrooms featuring soaking tubs and high-end toiletries and amenities like Nespresso machines and quality linens on comfy beds. The suites are what families usually book, as they have separate living space and often kitchens. On-site amenities include a restaurant serving modern Pacific fare that will be too formal for young children but great for a parents' night out. There is also an outdoor swimming pool and a gym that stays open 24 hours.

Hotel Blu is another family-friendly option in downtown Vancouver. Rooms are generous in size and modern and come with plenty of high-tech amenities, like personal tablets and the ability to tailor your room temperature to the amount of body heat it is producing. This eco-conscious hotel also offers amenities like free loaner bikes, an indoor swimming pool, and gym.

Where to Stay in Vancouver near the Airport

Aerial view of Stanley Park and Vancouver
Aerial view of Stanley Park and Vancouver

With many flights landing late or arriving early at Vancouver's busy international airport, it can make sense to book a hotel as near as possible to it. The absolute closest option is the luxury Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. It is located right above the US departures terminal and just a few minutes' walk from baggage claim.

The luxe hotel has soundproofed rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows offering runway views (great for kids!). Amenities include a restaurant, indoor swimming pool, and a full-service spa.

Also very near the airport and in a slightly lower price point, the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport is another good option. It offers free transport to and from the airport. The rooms are contemporary and comfortable. If you're traveling with the kids, there are interconnected rooms available. There is a restaurant on-site as well as an indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, and workout room.

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