These top accommodations give guests breathtaking views of the ocean and mountains in this Pacific Northwest city – but only if their pockets are deep enough to foot the bill.
Vancouver has consistently topped quality-of-life rankings and travel bucket lists, making it one of the most coveted cities to visit. Its coastal topography of ocean and mountains, diverse food scene and scenic outdoor attractions make it a popular hub among affluent travelers.
From contemporary-chic rooms to dreamy European-style suites, here are the best luxury hotels in downtown Vancouver.
This waterfront property is the crown jewel among the three Fairmont hotels in downtown Vancouver, and for good reason. Completed just before the 2010 Winter Olympics, the luxury destination is a blend of modern architecture and classy decor, and was recently named the top hotel in Canada by U.S. News & World Report. Guest rooms and suites feature sweeping views of the harbor and North Shore Mountains, and are equipped with marble bathrooms, mirrors that double as television screens and lavish linens. On-site, the Willow Stream Spa is a must-visit sanctuary, while the award-winning Botanist restaurant never disappoints with seasonal dishes and expertly crafted cocktails. Stroll over to the nearby Canada Place or neighboring Jack Poole Plaza before returning for a drink at the Lobby Lounge, which features daily live music.
Arguably one of the most underrated luxury hotels in Vancouver, the Fairmont Waterfront is a hidden gem in plain sight. Situated right across from the city’s cruise ship terminal, its rooms are newly renovated with an elegant West Coast touch, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning views of the harbor, mountains and the hotel’s herb garden. Visit its in-house eatery, ARC Restaurant, for a delicious meal made with local and seasonal ingredients. A hotel within a hotel is found on the Fairmont Gold floor, which offers even more attentive care and privileges such as private check-in/-out, exclusive use of a lounge and garden terrace, and complimentary food, drink and rain gear.
Everyone checking into this luxury boutique hotel can expect an exceptional stay. Located within a stone’s throw from restaurants, theaters and arenas, L’Hermitage truly allows visitors to wind down in the heart of a busy cosmopolitan city. Each guest room includes fluffy bathrobes and an Italian marble bathroom, and some are also equipped with a fireplace and sofa bed. Don’t miss L’Hermitage’s amenities including a garden patio, library and heated outdoor saltwater lap pool with hot tub. There are also several dining options at this property awaiting hungry guests, offering everything from afternoon tea to a breakfast buffet with Belgian waffles.
Built in 1939, this iconic landmark inspired by French Renaissance architecture just celebrated its 80th anniversary. Despite the Fairmont’s old age, its five-year, $75 million restorations feature Art Deco interior designs and has given it an updated look since being completed in 2019. History fanatics will still find it hard not to roam through every part of the building to check out all the original finishing touches and details. In addition to its recently added restaurant and bar, which serves up dreamy cocktails and a famous afternoon tea, the hotel’s central location in the middle of downtown Vancouver makes it an attractive luxury hotel for out-of-towners and those looking for a staycation.
A waterfront property located at Canada Place, Vancouver’s cruise ship terminal, the Pan Pacific’s luxurious rooms and suites are a hot commodity year-round. Visitors will get to lounge in comfortable, plush linen while they enjoy sweeping views of the city, water and mountains in a space featuring Italian marble bathrooms and modern decor. The Pan Pacific is also home to several gourmet dining establishments, such as the award-winning Five Sails Restaurant and buffet-style Oceans 999 Restaurant. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness center and upscale spa for some pampering. The Pan Pacific Vancouver is also conveniently located near convention centers, shopping districts and the city’s financial hub, perfect for business travelers.
As one of the newest luxury hotels to open in Vancouver, the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver has everything a visitor needs: several dining options by Elizabeth Blau, a spa and fitness studio, an expansive casino and easy access to trendy neighborhoods like Yaletown and False Creek. After exploring the property and nearby attractions, retreat back to ultra-luxe rooms and suites with massive windows, designer toiletries and contemporary furniture. The hotel frequently hosts galas and events, so don’t be surprised to see a famous face here. We hear Oprah once stayed in the hotel’s 2,000-square-foot Sky Suite.
This elegant hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver and exudes both European charm and modern hospitality. Spacious rooms with refined furnishings and premium bedding make it easy for visitors to lie back and relax. The luxury property has top-notch amenities like an indoor pool, fitness center and a personal concierge. The Sutton Place Hotel is also home to a moody English lounge, a boutique wine merchant and a signature restaurant that has swept up many prestigious accolades over the years: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. Bonus points go to this hotel for being located a stone’s throw away from the shopping district Robson Street, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Scotiabank movie theater.
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