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Where to stay in Vancouver

posted January 4, 2017


Downtown Vancouver reflecting off the glass-like surface of False Creek early in the morning. The North Shore Mountains are in the background.

Vancouver isn’t short on fabulous places to stay. In fact, with 25,000 hotel, B&B and hostel rooms in Metro Vancouver, the choice can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Narrow down the options by getting to know Vancouver’s different neighbourhoods.

Take a look at our neighbourhood map below to help you find the perfect place to stay:

 

Downtown Core

Vancouver aerial view downtown office buildings

The downtown Vancouver area is very compact, but can still be divided up into neighbourhoods. Gastown, Yaletown and Coal Harbour are some of the favourites, which we’ll dive into later.

For now, if you’re just after a handy list of super-central hotels which are close to all the shopping and action, these are our top picks:

Fairmont Hotel VancouverFrom £119pp
This landmark hotel displays all the luxury and opulence synonymous with Fairmont.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia From £86pp
This Forbes 5 Star hotel is stunningly elegant, with an award winning restaurant.

Wedgewood Hotel & SpaFrom £81pp
A traditional and elegant hotel on Robson Square.

Four Seasons From £71pp
A luxurious hotel connected to the Pacific Shopping Mall in downtown.

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre From £58pp
A luxury hotel with indoor pool, jacuzzi, gym, spa and courtyard.

Georgian Court Hotel From £52pp
A beautiful, luxury, boutique hotel just steps from Robson Street.

Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel From £48pp
This all-suite hotel has classic and comfortable room with a living area and kitchenette.

Comfort Inn Downtown From £42pp
A charming, boutique-style hotel close to all the downtown attractions.

Holiday Inn and Suits Vancouver Downtown From £41pp
A great base between the shopping district and the beach.

Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre From £40pp
A contemporary hotel in the heart of the theatre district.

 

Coal Harbour / Waterfront

Downtown Vancouver At Dusk

This is the place to stay if you’re catching a cruise. Located right by the cruise terminal, you couldn’t be any closer to the heart of downtown than this little section of waterfront, but it’s a surprisingly chilled area. It starts at Canada Place – where cruises depart – and stretches over to Stanley Park. There’s plenty of seawall to walk along and it’s very easy to catch a hop-on, hop-off bus from the waterfront or stroll into the shopping district.

If you’re in Vancouver before or after a cruise, these hotels are ideal for Canada Place:

Pan PacificFrom £71pp
A hotel which feels like a luxury liner, located on Vancouver’s waterfront and right on the cruise terminal.

Fairmont Pacific RimFrom £159pp
A stylish, luxurious hotel overlooking Vancouver Harbour.

Fairmont Waterfront From £133pp
This luxury hotel sits right at Canada Place and has a contemporary but cosy feel.

 

Gastown

gastown

Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood is growing increasingly popular with young folks. Aside from its iconic steam clock, it now has some of the best restaurants in Vancouver. On top of stylish culinary spots, it’s bursting with bars and clubs too, making it a lively place to stay. Historic brick buildings mingle with wine bars and boutique shops and you can easily walk from here to the Waterfront or Granville Street.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Vancouver Suites – From £47pp
This smart and contemporary hotel has a great location in downtown, close to the waterfront and the charming neighbourhood of Gastown.

 

Yaletown

yaletown false creek

This upscale area is situated along a lovely section of seawall with ocean views. There are some great pubs and bars in this area so you’ll have plenty to do while you stay here. Plus, it’s convenient for a host of other trips and tours, too. There is a Skytrain station nearby, it’s handy for seeing a game at the stadium and you can catch an Aquabus from here to Granville Island. It certainly is the chicest section of False Creek.

OPUS Hotel – From £96pp
This lovely, boutique-style hotel is set right in the heart of the trendy downtown district of Yaletown.

 

West End

Bikes at Thrid Beach, Vancouver, Canada.

The West End is the place to stay if you want a taste of how Vancouverites live. This diverse area is packed with dining and has the nightlife of Davie Village, but it’s natural spaces are the real draw. It is a gateway to Stanley Park and borders the lovely English Bay with its sandy beach. Denman Street is a great spot for restaurants, cafes and brew pubs. You can hire a bike from here and go for a sightseeing cycle along the seawall.

Best Western Plus Sands Hotel – From £36pp
Just steps from the Pacific Ocean at the beautiful English Bay, this is in a great position for your Vancouver stay.

 

Davie Village

davie village

In the heart of downtown’s West End is this rainbow-coloured neighbourhood. If you’re looking for somewhere vibrant, chilled out, fun and with a thriving LGBTQ community, this is the place for you. Filled with pubs, clubs and nightlife, there is plenty going on. Where Davie Street and Bute Street intersect you’ll find the iconic rainbow crosswalk. There are plenty of budget dining options here including a lot of great Greek restaurants, and it’s an easy walk to the rest of the West End.

Sandman Suites Vancouver On Davie – From £48pp
This all-suite hotel offers plenty of space on vibrant Davie Street itself.

 

Image credits: Julian Schungel – Flickr, Harshil Shah – Flickr, Anthony Maw – Wikimedia

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