The Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in Vancouver, Canada

Stylish Hotel Belmont in Vancouver, Canada, is a popular choice with younger travelers on a budget
Stylish Hotel Belmont in Vancouver, Canada, is a popular choice with younger travelers on a budget | Courtesy of Hotel Belmont Vancouver / Expedia.com
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14 January 2021

Vancouver consistently ranks in the top ten most livable cities in the world. The allure of mountains and beaches in this Canadian destination means visitors are often left jostling for affordable hotel rooms. Demand is always high, but there are some diamonds in the rough. Whether you visit the city to explore Stanley Park or Granville Island, here’s the list of the most affordable hotels in Vancouver.

The Burrard

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The Burrard
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Motor hotels were the answer to a budget-conscious traveler’s prayer in the 1950s. The Burrard is still answering the call. Completely renovated and updated with new tech, this low-slung, three-story walk-up motel has moved the cars underground and transformed the central courtyard into a palm-tree filled oasis. The colorful neon, mid-century vibe is still there, along with low prices, proving that everything old can be new again.

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Skwachàys Lodge

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Canada’s original Indigenous arts hotel invites guests to explore the culture and myths of the First Nations people through a first-hand experience. Each room is carefully curated with furnishings and art created by 24 Indigenous artists-in-residence. Themes resonate with passion for the land, the ocean and the community of all living things. This non-profit venture supports the Vancouver Native Housing Society, along with sales from the art gallery that features crafts of all kinds, from beaded moccasins to prints and carved masks.

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Moda Hotel

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Heritage meets hip in this 1908 hotel that has been updated by the Italian owners. A bright graffiti mural covers one exterior wall, while the interior decor is a blend of original terrazzo floors, crown moldings and chic furnishings in a palette of grey and red. The location in the heart of the entertainment district is irresistible for millennials seeking a vibrant nightlife with a low price tag.

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Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown

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A value-per-square-foot choice, the Residence Inn offers larger than average rooms and suites, all with kitchenettes. A hearty continental breakfast is included, and there’s a complimentary grocery shopping service, perfect for home-away-from-home chefs. Most attractions, like the Vancouver Aquarium and Stanley Park, are within walking distance. Alternatively, grab a rental car, conveniently located onsite, to explore the far reaches of the city.

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Riviera Hotel on Robson

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Riviera on Robson Suites Hotel Downtown Vancouver
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A caring atmosphere and affordable prices make the Riviera the first choice for many couples and families on a budget. All rooms and suites come with basic kitchenettes; full kitchens are available for an additional charge. Ask about rooms with fireplaces, private balconies, and harbor or mountain views. For guests embarking on one of the popular Alaskan cruises, the ship dock at Canada Place is a short taxi ride away. Note that early check-in and late check-out are available at an additional cost.

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  • Sunset Inn and Suites

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    This former-apartment-block-turned-hotel is a favorite with families. It features separate bedrooms, always a plus when traveling with children, and a location near Sunset Beach. There’s a coin laundry for wet bathing suits and free parking, an almost unheard-of amenity in Vancouver. Breakfast is complimentary, but clean dishes should be returned to the tiny breakfast area.

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    Hotel Belmont Vancouver, Ascend Hotel Collection

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    A hotel with a sense of humor, the Belmont aims to make you smile. The pink and blue decor inside this historic building is thoroughly modern, with quirky touches like a “No Diving” sign in the bathroom. Toiletries are a notch above the expected, and the beds are comfortable. Hotel Belmont is the first choice for many younger budget travelers, who will enjoy the clubs and restaurants just outside the lobby.

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    Victorian Hotel

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    The Victorian opened during the Gold Rush of 1898, making it one of the oldest hotels in Vancouver. Guests who seek it out will be rewarded with completely updated rooms including high ceilings, exposed brick walls, soaker tubs and original hardwood floors. Newly minted Euro Rooms with shared baths offer the best value. Fluffy bathrobes are on hand in all rooms, and cleanliness is top-notch. There is no elevator, but friendly staff will assist with luggage.

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    These recommendations were updated on January 14, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.