The Best Boutique Hotels in Vancouver

The view over English Bay, Vancouver
The view over English Bay, Vancouver | © All Canada Photos / Alamy Stock Photo
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22 January 2021

Sometimes a vacation rental doesn’t cut it. For those looking for an extra bit of style, these boutique hotels in Vancouver are experts in welcoming guests to Canada’s west coast. Whether you want spectacular views, a central location or a rich history of famous guests, each of these boutique hotels in Vancouver will show a different side of the city.

The Burrard

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A quick walk from the trendy bars and “restos” on Davie Street, this oh-so-hip hotel is located in a converted 1956 motor inn. Mid-century design meets sophisticated retro decor in this boutique property with inviting rooms, complete with Nespresso coffee machines. Dogs stay for free, and bikes are available to borrow. An on-site coffee shop serves casual meals, while the verdant outdoor courtyard is a nice spot to meet friends for a cold evening beer.

Skwachàys Lodge

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Canada’s first Indigenous Arts Hotel, this unique boutique property gets rave reviews for its friendly staff and homage to First Nations heritage. Each of the eighteen suites showcase Canada’s First Nations culture and are individually designed by local Aboriginal artists and Vancouver interior designers. Connected to the hotel lobby is the incredible Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery, which features original First Nations artwork. Simple fare and local wines and beers can be enjoyed in the Kayachtn Room.

Victorian Hotel

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Centrally located near the famous Gastown District, this stunning property is set in a converted 1898 Victorian home. Cozy rooms meld antique furniture with a modern aesthetic. Some suites also feature original hardwood floors and large bay windows with sitting areas. A daily continental breakfast is included. The hotel’s restaurant, Autostrada Osteria, is a small bistro that serves simple but tasty Italian cuisine.
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Opus Vancouver

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Located in the hipster haven of vibrant Yaletown, the stylish Opus adroitly offers a playful blend of whimsy and luxury. Incredibly colorful rooms have flat-screen TVs, iPads and minibars. Guests can personalize their minibars with hotel’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Bar) program. The hotel’s restaurant, Capo, is a favored spot among locals – the 36-hour-fermented sourdough wood-fired pizza is not to be missed. Cap the night off with a drink at The Spritz, the elegant cocktail bar just off the lobby.

Wedgewood Hotel & Spa

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This chic boutique hotel proves that the classics never go out of style. Formal but very friendly, this historic property offers stately, plush guestrooms with luxe, marble bathrooms and balconies. There is a well-stocked fitness center with cardio machines and free weights, as well as a full-service spa with a eucalyptus steam room. The fine-dining Bacchus Restaurant features attractive Venetian decor and showcases European-inspired dishes. The carefully curated wine list is sure to complement any meal.
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Times Square Suites Hotel

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For those all about location, the Times Square Suites Hotel is ideal. Located in the West End, the trendy neighborhood between downtown and English Bay, the hotel is within walking distance of local cafes, such as Milano and Breka Bakery, and the neighborhood’s tastiest ramen at Ramen Danbo and sushi at Momo Sushi. Best of all, its rooms have stunning views of Stanley Park, Vancouver’s evergreen-filled 405ha (1,000-acre) public park. Its rooftop also offers panoramic mountain views.

Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier

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Just across the Vancouver Harbour, Pinnacle Hotel is in Lonsdale Quay, which has easy access to North Vancouver’s epic parks, such as Lynn Valley and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The rooms have cozy spaces with views of the harbor or the mountains. There’s also a 25m (82ft) pool, jacuzzi, sauna and fitness studio, plus, the hotel offers complimentary bicycle rentals to explore the natural surroundings.

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Hotel Belmont Vancouver

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You can’t miss this hotel facing onto Granville Street. Painted in hot pink, Hotel Belmont is the most distinct downtown hotel. There’s no better place to stay for nightlife, as the city’s best clubs and venues are only steps away. However, you don’t even have to leave the hotel for a good time. Head down to The Basement, the hotel’s underground bar that has a dance floor, cocktails on tap and arcade games.

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Loden Hotel

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Loden Hotel is a dream for travelers who want a quiet space – with all the amenities – in which to unwind. This classy hotel in Coal Harbour has majestic mountain views, along with a central location that puts guests close to Stanley Park and downtown’s nightlife. In-room yoga mats and a cab drop-off service are among the thoughtful perks. It’s also among the city’s top pet-friendly hotels, with amenities like plush dog beds.

L’Hermitage Hotel

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L’Hermitage exudes luxury style. Its boutique studio-style rooms include solariums for soaking up as much summer sun as possible. For extended stays, L’Hermitage also offers one- or two-bedroom suites that are fitted with Parisian-chic style and kitchens. Downstairs, its lounge, L’Orangerie, serves afternoon high tea, but the hotel is also close to downtown’s diverse culinary menu, including Jinya Ramen Bar and the famous Japadog.

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  • Rosewood Hotel Georgia

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    Since 1927, Rosewood Hotel Georgia has been a fashionable spot right across the street from the Vancouver Art Gallery. The hotel has hosted legendary guests like Katherine Hepburn, Sir Laurence Olivier and John Wayne. British royals Edward, the Prince of Wales, and George, Duke of Kent, also stayed here when the hotel opened. Nowadays, Rosewood Hotel Georgia continues its top-class service and remains one of the best boutique hotels in Vancouver. Indulge in a treatment at the opulent spa or sip an award-winning cocktail in the speakeasy bar.
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    The St Regis Hotel

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    The St Regis Hotel has been serving west coast visitors for over 100 years. Built during Vancouver’s golden age of growth in 1913, it sports New York-style boutique accommodations. It is ideally situated near Gastown’s brick lanes, which are lined with craft cafes and chic clothing stores. Most importantly, its first-floor Starbucks means that no one will have to wait long for their morning jolt of caffeine.
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    Hotel BLU Vancouver

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    Hotel BLU has a distinct character, with neon blue lights glowing on its awnings, making it stand out along Robson Street. Its New York-style two-storey lofts feature the latest tech, such as Roxy (a speech-enabled personal in-room concierge), smart TVs and even an electric car charging station. Its sustainable practices also make it one of Vancouver’s most eco-friendly hotels. The entire second floor is powered by carbon-neutral energy, and it has five green roofs. A yoga class, pool and a daily breakfast buffet at the Azure Lounge add more comfort to your stay.

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    Lonsdale Quay Hotel

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    If the mountains are calling, then it’s best to stay at a hotel on the North Shore. Nestled right along the Vancouver Harbour, the Lonsdale Quay Hotel has the perfect combination of nature and city. Travelers can easily explore one of the best markets at the Quay and then spend an afternoon exploring the trails around Mount Seymour or Grouse Mountain.

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    Granville Island Hotel

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    The only hotel on Granville Island, this is a prime spot for enjoying theatre, comedy shows, diverse cuisine and natural beauty. The nearby market serves up fresh produce and enough sugary treats to soothe any sweet tooth. The local ferries also make it easy to get to downtown attractions, such as Science World and the Kitsilano neighborhood. Many of the hotel rooms feature balconies with waterside views of downtown and the mountains.

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    Sandra MacGregor contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on January 22, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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