For a waterfront city on the edge of the wilderness, you can’t do much better than Vancouver. British Columbia’s largest city is sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and North Shore Mountains, yet still boasts cosmopolitan flair. Avoid hotel chains by booking one of these plush vacation rentals with Culture Trip.
This two-storey suite comes with two bedrooms, plus a third bed in a private nook on the top floor. What sets it apart is the sunny top floor balcony that can seat six people, the under-floor heating, and the environmentally friendly green building standards. The suite also has a rotating collection of local artworks displayed throughout, as well as unique Canadian artefact displays.
This luxury loft is a 120sqm (1,292sqft) brick-and-beam space that includes modern furnishings, 6m-high (20ft) ceilings, hardwood floors, marble countertops and a steam room. The loft comes with a king bed and a sofa bed; it can sleep up to four people. It has responsive hosts, self check-in, and work/travel essential amenities. Gastown is known as Vancouver’s historic neighborhood, with many restaurants and bars located steps from the loft.
Hayley Simpson contributed additional reporting to this article.