The best hotels in Downtown Vancouver offer visitors more than just a relaxing and chic stay. Aside from their proximity to the city’s top attractions and coolest neighborhoods, some of the hotels below celebrate local cuisine, art, history, and culture. From boutique to blow-out, here are nine of the best hotels in Vancouver.
Vancouver’s hippest hotel refers to itself as your perfect city basecamp. The Burrard was converted from a 1956 motor hotel, so it oozes with character and retro vibes. The Burrard’s excellent downtown location (it’s minutes away from the bars and restaurants of Davies Street and Robson Street’s upscale shopping), rooms for every budget, perks like in-room Nespresso machines, free bike rentals, Steve Nash gym passes and even umbrellas for rainy days, makes it one of the coolest places to stay. The tropical courtyard alone is worth a visit.
Skwachàys Lodge, Canada’s first Aboriginal arts hotel is where culture meets hospitality. The boutique hotel features eighteen one-of-a-kind guest suites, all of them are designed by local Aboriginal artists and Vancouver interior designers. Every detail in this hotel from the rooms to the public spaces tells a visual story about First Nations culture. Centrally located in the historic and popular Gastown district, an ideal location in Downtown Vancouver, you won’t be short of things to see and do.
When St. Regis first opened in 1913 it was popular among miners and loggers. After a renovation in 2008, the hotel resurfaced as a New York-style heritage boutique hotel replete with sleek interiors, and some of the original character. It’s in a great downtown location, and room rate includes complimentary breakfast, local and long-distance phone calls, and gym passes to the Steve Nash Sports Club. If you’re a meat-lover, be sure to grab a bite to eat at nearby Gotham, a steakhouse restaurant in Vancouver’s oldest art deco building.
A registered heritage building and architectural landmark, the Renaissance-inspired Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is often called the “Castle in the City.” You can’t miss the hotel’s charming chateau-style green copper roof in their prime downtown location. If you love labels, your dog and living in the lap of luxury, then you’ll enjoy staying here, especially with boutiques like Dior, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton on the lobby level and canine pet ambassadors waiting to welcome you.
Located on a quiet street in the very heart of Vancouver’s shopping, financial and entertainment district, and steps from Canada Place, L’Hermitage is considered one of the city’s most stylish places to stay. The hotel is part Parisian chic and part West Coast sophistication, and you can expect to be greeted by your name as well as complimentary valet car service. After a day of sightseeing, there’s no better way to kick back than by taking a swim in their saltwater pool or having a drink on their patio.
Loden Hotel offers a luxury experience that checks the boxes for location and ambience, plus it offers special touches like yoga mats and Nintendo in some cases. As far as upgrades go, you could also go the whole nine yards and book the penthouse suite which comes with a rooftop terrace. Nearby attractions include the harbour (which means scenic views) and Stanley Park. Because it’s Vancouver, the hotel offers visitors free bikes for guests who are keen to wheel their way around town.
OPUS Hotel’s colorful statement rooms are conveniently located in Yaletown, one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods. Cheerful suites aren’t the only thing happening here, this chic property is bang in the middle of Vancouver’s nightlife scene, but before you head out for the night grab a cocktail in one of their sleek on-site bars.
Another of one of Vancouver’s luxury hotels, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is a retreat within the city. Apart from its spot-on location, visible grandeur and elegance, the hotel has everything you could need for a holiday in the city. With its original 1920s décor, six restaurants, a spa, saltwater pool, seasonal garden terrace, and even a prohibition-style speakeasy bar, it has all the makings of an unforgettable stay.
The Shangri-La Hotel is a light-filled urban sanctuary in one of the city’s top downtown spots. During your stay here, indulge in everything from fine dining to Ayurvedic spa treatments. While many of the suites offer balconies with views across the city, all of them have marble bathrooms, luxury linens and floor-to-ceiling windows which bathe the rooms in natural light. With Asian-inspired touches and superb hospitality, it’s one of the best places to stay while visiting Vancouver.