Get some R&R at these top 6 Vancouver hotels

by Emma Caplan
Vancouver Hotels

If you’re yearning for a fun city getaway, there’s no better spot than Vancouver. Surrounded by calm, inviting water, beautiful mountains, lush parks, and fresh, urban vibes and activities, you’ll never be short on anything to do. The tough part is choosing the best hotel for your stay, but these top picks are sure to help narrow things down.

Sylvia Hotel

Sylvia Hotel

1154 Gilford St, Vancouver, BC | Book now

If you love a laid-back beach vibe with all the conveniences and amenities a city has to offer, you’ll love the Sylvia Hotel, nestled in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood. With a gorgeous water view of English Bay, the charming, eight-story building from the early 1900s is quaint yet well-maintained with tons of character.

You’ll enjoy a large, bright room or suite with a separate sitting area and kitchen. But if you don’t feel like staying in or going too far away, just head down to the onsite bar and restaurant that overlooks the beach–perfect at sunset or post-seawall run or walk.

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver

39 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC | Book now

Vancouver’s super stylish JW Marriott is conveniently located on the False Creek waterfront near Chinatown, BC Place, and Rogers Arena–the perfect combination for a delicious meal and a fun night out. I can personally attest to the hotel’s jaw-dropping city views, elegant and quiet rooms with plenty of space to relax or work, and a luxuriously tranquil spa and outdoor pool.

Indulging here means you’ll get access to a private, 30,000-square-foot terrace garden, rooftop sun deck and hot tub, and a 24-hour gym. Between this slice of entertainment-district luxury and its sister property, the Douglas, you can also enjoy a fun, modern casino plus eight bars and restaurants.

Lonsdale Quay Hotel

Lonsdale Quay Hotel

123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC | Book now

Around the corner from the Lonsdale Quay market on North Vancouver’s waterfront, the renovated Lonsdale Quay Hotel is a unique stay, just north of the heart of Vancouver. The hotel has a boutique feel with attentive service and 70 spacious rooms, many of which overlook the harbour.

The best part is you won’t even need a vehicle – it’s quick and easy to zip across to downtown via the Seabus, or explore the north shore’s local Shipyards and Lonsdale districts on foot.

Wedgewood Hotel

845 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC | Book now

This independent, boutique hotel may be small but it’s mighty. Designed with a stately yet charming, intimate and understated, elegant European flair, the family-run Wedgewood Hotel has a dramatic view of Robson Square and focuses on high-end customer service and experience.

On arrival you’ll notice a formally attired doorman, a warm wainscotted wood lobby, and a grand chandelier. Enter your elegant room, and relax with quality bath products, robes and slippers (or visit the lovely in-house spa), then venture out for some nearby couture shopping or peruse the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Burrard

1100 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC | Book now

The Burrard is a unique and playful, locally-owned, independent property. Remodeled just last year from an original 1956 motor inn, it’s now adorably cool, comfy, with mid-century retro vibes–ideal for a group getaway or anyone looking to save a few bucks (which, let’s be real, can be quite helpful in a city like Vancouver).

This pet-friendly boutique hotel features bright colours, cork flooring, open-air spaces, throwback furniture on a smartly covered patio, complementary bike rentals, ping-pong, in-room Nespresso coffee, and a garden courtyard with palms and a firepit. You’ll love the location too–Davie Village is a quick 15 minute walk from the West End and Yaletown.

Opus Hotel

322 Davie St, Vancouver, BC | Book now

Vancouver’s former downtown warehouse district, Yaletown, is lively, funky, trendy, and chic–with tons of bars, cafes, restaurants, waterfront parks, and beautiful boutiques that have unique design flair. The stunning Opus Hotel is situated in the epicentre and it fits right in, with a colourful, quirky aesthetic, modern, versatile furniture and decor, and overall luxurious yet vibrant, urban vibe.

Amenities like heated floors and sleek Dyson hair dryers make this boutique property memorable–you can even play your own music through a personal Bluetooth speaker. And the in-house resto-bar turns into a convenient breakfast room each morning. Some of the 96 rooms even feature a private courtyard or city-view step-out terrace.

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Photos courtesy of the featured hotels.

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