Vancouver makes for a great family vacation or long-weekend getaway, but with over 12,000 rooms in the downtown area alone, knowing where to stay can be tricky. Here are the best hotels in Vancouver for every type of traveler and budget. (Not only did I look at dozens of reviews for this list, three SmarterTravel writers personally visited three of these properties, so you can trust us.)
Best Hotels in Vancouver: Luxury
Whether it’s rooftop views or entertainment options, these luxury hotels in Vancouver don’t disappoint. With the downtown Four Seasons closing in 2020, look to book one of these three properties instead.
The Fairmont Waterfront
Fantastic harbor views, the downtown location, and a rooftop pool and terrace make this an ideal option for spring, summer, and fall stays in Vancouver. It’s also within walking distance to the main cruise port.
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Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
Reviewers rave about the exceptional service and attention to detail at the Shangri-La. The property also has a spa, and a location close to restaurants and shopping.
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PARQ Vancouver: DOUGLAS and the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
PARQ Vancouver is a new entertainment center next to BC Place Stadium complete with two luxury hotels here—the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection and the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver—as well as a casino and eight restaurants and lounges. The rooftop views from the complex are out of this world.
Best Hotels in Vancouver: Downtown
Vancouver is a popular cruise port come spring, summer, and fall. These hotels are all centrally located to make the most of a short trip to the city.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Any traveler will appreciate the historical details and decor of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. From the prohibition-style bar in the lower level to perhaps one of the best restaurants in the city—Hawksworth—you don’t have to go far for entertainment or fantastic food. Some rooms have views of the Vancouver Art Gallery across the street.
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Sutton Place Hotel
With a central location near popular sights, and spacious rooms with downtown views, Sutton Place is a good option for those looking for a mid-range hotel. SmarterTravel’s Christine Sarkis notes the property carries “unusually robust Gilchrist & Soames bath products … including lip balm.” There’s also an onsite wine merchant, large fitness center, spa, indoor pool, and restaurant with a raw bar.
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If you’re staying in Vancouver for an extended period, or with a group of friends or family, the suites at L’Hermitage are an economical option. Travelers rave about the exceptional service, and the outdoor saltwater pool is an added bonus.
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Best Hotels in Vancouver: Boutique
Boutique hotels are on the rise in Vancouver, and a stay at one of these more intimate properties complements the local feel of Vancouver’s neighborhoods.
With its own personalized wellness program, onsite restaurant, a popular bar, and convenient Yaletown location, OPUS is a place you stay for the experience. Partnerships with local brands and artists make your stay here feel like you’re living like a local for a few days, as opposed to just visiting.
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Blue Horizon Hotel
For a boutique hotel experience with a view, book a stay at Blue Horizon; all rooms are corner rooms with balconies. The hotel is located in the West End on Robson Street, near shops and restaurants. It’s larger than most boutique hotels, but reviewers still comment on the hotel’s personal service. Note that the aquatic center is undergoing renovations. While this hotel is of good value, rates drop dramatically in the fall and winter.
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This renovated motel has modern design details, an outdoor courtyard, and is really an urban oasis … I mean, do you see the palm trees? Reviewers note that The Burrard is less expensive than many other hotels in the area, and that it’s within walking distance to many tourist attractions, like Granville Island and local restaurants in trendy neighborhoods, like Yaletown. Insider tip: Ask for a non-street-facing room to avoid traffic noise.
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Best Hotels in Vancouver: Budget
If saving on accommodations is the name of your travel game, then book one of these more affordable hotels in Vancouver.
White House Bed and Breakfast
If you’re in favor of saving money over modern design and amenities, then this budget hotel is fit for your trip. Located near the airport, the White House Bed and Breakfast is an economical choice for travelers headed to Vancouver. Reviewers love the friendly and thoughtful hosts, as well as diverse breakfast selection and comfortable rooms and beds.
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For backpackers or hostel lovers, the Samesun Vancouver is the hostel in town. With a fully functional bar, restaurant, and ticket desk for hockey games, you’ll be fully immersed in the community. Private rooms are available. Other hostel amenities include free Wi-Fi, a movie room, kitchen and dining area, complimentary breakfast, a launderette, and lockers. Tourists sights, like Stanley Park and Granville Island, are under a 30-minute walk away.
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YWCA Hotel Vancouver
For a budget hotel in a convenient location, book the YWCA Hotel Vancouver—it’s located right next to the BC Place Stadium and Rogers Arena, and is about a 10-minute walk to the beach. You can choose to upgrade to a private bathroom if the shared style isn’t for you. All rooms are air-conditioned and there is a coffee shop, three kitchens, and a launderette on site.
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More from SmarterTravel:
- Destination Guide: Vancouver
- 10 Secret Places to Visit in British Columbia
- What to Pack for British Columbia, Canada: 32 Essentials
Ashley traveled to Vancouver courtesy of Hello BC and OPUS Vancouver. Follow all of her adventures (big and small) on @ashley_stravel.
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