Where to Book to Stay in Vancouver, Canada, for a Local Experience

Rosewood Hotel Georgia is home an inviting outdoor dining space that draws visitors from across Vancouver
Rosewood Hotel Georgia is home an inviting outdoor dining space that draws visitors from across Vancouver | Courtesy of Rosewood Hotel Georgia / Expedia.com
Debra Smith

Known as Hollywood North, Vancouver is home to some captivating, historical streetscapes that have been the Canadian stand-ins for New York City and Chicago in many movies. You may find yourself rubbing elbows with celebrities in these hotels or discovering secret local hangouts. Wondering where to stay in Vancouver? Delve behind the scenes with a stay at one of the top hotels in this corner of Canada, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Spa Hotel, Luxury, Hotel

A modern, elegant sitting area with a fireplace in a wood-panelled room at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
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Hosting A-listers since 1939, this former Canadian Pacific Railway hotel underwent a five-year $75m renovation, completed in 2019. The lobby, the Heritage Suites and the Fairmont Gold floor sport new modern decor, with nods to the hotel’s historical roots. From here, walk to the Stanley Park Seawall and the trendy restaurants of Gastown. Back at the hotel, visit Ella and Elly, the hotel’s canine ambassadors, and explore the lower-level boutiques for luxury goods such as Hermès and Louis Vuitton.

2. The Listel Hotel

Hotel

The Listel Hotel elegant lounge area with fireplace, sofas and large windows
Courtesy of The Listel Hotel Vancouver / Expedia.com
Equal parts sophisticated hotel and art gallery – complete with interactive sculptures spinning in the lobby – the Listel has adorned each of its hallways and 129 rooms with original artwork by established and emerging artists. Each floor has a single artistic theme, and suites feature works curated by one individual. With an eco-friendly philosophy, the hotel has solar panels providing power and a 100 percent zero-waste policy, and it doesn’t have a pool, conserving water, chemicals and energy.

3. Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Spa Hotel, Luxury, Hotel

Luxurious pool area at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, with sofa seating around the edges and large porthole windows.
© Rosewood Hotel Georgia / Expedia

Since its opening in the 1920s, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia has hosted many celebrities, including Marlene Dietrich, Sir Laurence Olivier and the Rolling Stones. Here, you’re surrounded by discreet service and old-world glam, from the warm, wood-paneled lobby to rooftop suites with private gardens, plunge pools and fireplaces. Explore the city from this central location or allow the concierge to arrange a Forbidden Vancouver walking tour, led by local actors and entertainers, for a deeper dive.

4. Opus Vancouver

Boutique Hotel

Opus Vancouver stylish bar area with marble construction and design wallpaper
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Backdrops in refreshing shades of lime green, mustard yellow and mango orange energize the guest experience at Opus Vancouver. Fashionistas will appreciate the upscale Yaletown shops just outside the front door, while aspiring chefs can bob over to Granville Island Public Market in a tiny Aquabus to stock their modern kitchenettes with organic goodies. It’s dog-friendly to the max, with pups staying for a small fee and friendly staffers happy to take them for a walk.

5. Loden Hotel

Hotel

Room at Loden Hotel with a checked carpet and a view through floor-to-ceiling windows to a terrace and greenery
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Get your Greta Garbo on at this serene spot in a quieter part of Vancouver’s West End district. The Loden Hotel is where simplicity meets elegance. The Garden Terrace spaces have patios with reflecting pools and waterfalls to induce a Zen-like state of relaxation, and the sixth floor, which is pet- and feather-free, caters to sensitive souls.

6. Skwachàys Lodge

Boutique Hotel

Double room at Skwachàys Lodge, with a reclaimed wooden headboard, step-style shelving and a small desk.
© Skwachàys Lodge / Expedia

The First Nations people recognized the site of this hotel as a place of transformation centuries ago when it was still a salt-marsh fed by fresh springs. Honoring that spirit, Skwachàys Lodge became Canada’s first Indigenous arts hotel in 2012. Each room features original artworks by a First Nations artist, many of whom are artists-in-residence in one of the 24 studios above the hotel. Crowning the historic building is a rooftop sweat lodge with a 40ft (12m) totem pole guarding the entrance. As a guest, you’re welcome to take part in a sweat or smudge ceremony for your own transformative experience.

7. Level Vancouver – Yaletown Seymour

Apartment

Pool area at the Level Vancouver, with a separate sunken hot tub, and panoramic city views.
© Level Vancouver – Yaletown Seymour / Expedia

Act like you’re putting down roots at this long-stay hotel with all the modern conveniences. Live like a Vancouverite with a private balcony, spotless full-service kitchen and in-suite laundry. Weekly housekeeping service and a 24-hour concierge will have your back. Pick up groceries from nearby Granville Island Public Market, or order something from the great Belgian waffle shop next door.

8. The Douglas, Autograph Collection

Boutique Hotel

The Douglas trendy bar area with geometric ceiling design, tile floors and futuristic sofas
Courtesy of The Douglas / Expedia.com

If you’re looking for stars, you’ve come to the right place. With Rogers Arena and BC Place nearby, you may find yourself elbow to elbow with a Vancouver Canuck hockey player or a touring musician at one of the hotel’s several bars and restaurants. The decor is contemporary industrial, with marble, wood and leather accents, and rooms range from simple doubles to lavish, split-level suites. DJs turn the lobby into a dance floor on Friday and Saturday nights.

9. The Burrard

Boutique Hotel

The Burrard garden area with table tennis, palms and colourful easy chairs
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Neon lights and palm trees set the stage at this former 1950s motor hotel. Renovated and ready for its close up, the low-slung, three-story building surrounds a lush garden courtyard that was once the parking lot. We give it a big thumbs up for value and its location in the heart of downtown. Cruise around on one of the hotel bikes, or sip local Four Winds Beer alongside Vancouverites in its sidewalk cafe.

10. Blue Horizon Hotel

Independent Hotel

Double room at the Blue Horizon Hotel, with wavy wooden headboard and lofty city views from the window.
© Blue Horizon Hotel / Booking.com

Panoramic views of English Bay, the North Shore Mountains and Vancouver await you at Blue Horizon. Each of the spacious rooms has corner windows – a rarity in the area – where you can watch the sunset or the twinkling lights of downtown. It’s close to the shops and restaurants of Robson Street and within walking distance of Stanley Park. Make sure you grab coffee and cake from Breka Bakery and Café across the street – it’s a local favorite.

11. O Canada House Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

Decked area at O Canada House Bed and Breakfast, with outdoor sofa and armchair seating around a black rectangular table.
© O Canada House Bed and Breakfast / Expedia

Based on the way guests sing its praises, this tall, Queen Anne-style bed and breakfast should have its own musical. This place has a lyrical past – it’s where Ewing Buchan wrote an early version of Canada’s national anthem. Amenities are modern, while the original fireplaces, antiques and replica period furniture put guests squarely into 1897. The Gastown Historic District is minutes away, as is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, a green sanctuary in the heart of Vancouver. Join time travelers from around the world for sherry at sunset.

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