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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sandra MacGregor contributed additional reporting to this article.