We're kicking off Hotels Week officially with Curbed's Hotel 18, your answer to the question, "Where should I stay in Vancouver?" We've compiled a list of the most essential places to stay in Vancouver ranging from the super luxurious hotels to the slightly off the grid boutique hotels. We'll be updating the map several times a year to account for changes in the hotel world. If you have a favourite that wasn't included, please mention it in the comments or tip us for next time.Read More
Mapping The 18 Essential Vancouver Hotels
The Sylvia Hotel Vancouver
A West End gem, the Sylvia Hotel is a designated heritage building located right next to English Bay. It was built in 1912 and many of the original features remain today. Rumor has it there is a resident ghost, which doesn't seem all that surprising. Sip on arguably the best ceasers in the city while people watching on the perfectly located patio downstairs.
Times Square Suites
Times Square Suites is located in the West End/Coal Harbour area, steps from the famous Stanley Park. The location is a little ways from the downtown action, which might be appealing to some guests. The suites range in size and appear spacious and clean. Located right on Denman Street, the hotel is steps away from English Bay and all the restaurant options down the street.
The Loden Hotel is a relatively new hotel on the scene and is quite the hot spot for out of towners and locals alike. The rooms are ultra modern and luxurious. Beneath the hotel is Tableau Bar & Bistro, an award winning restaurant that is often listed as one of Vancouver's top restaurants. It has also hosted Vancouver's very own 'Real Housewives' that have partaken in many a cat fight on the street side patio.
The Shangri-La Hotel is Vancouver's tallest tower (for now), and offers the ultimate city experience. Located in the financial district, the Shangri-La rooms are decked out in Asian inspired decor with floor to ceiling windows for ample city views. There is a juice bar for breakfast and Xi Shi Lounge for evening cocktails and dinner.
The Fairmont Pacific Rim
Another Coal Harbour dream hotel, the Fairmont Pacific Rim is really like nothing else in the city. It is known for it's ultra luxurious spa and drool worthy harbour view. The Fairmont Pacific Rim has many different suite options ranging from 800 - 2,250 square feet - which, let's be honest, is bigger than most people's apartments. The city views are breathtaking and the ocean views are, well, also breathtaking. A must see in the city, even if you are just there to enjoy a few cocktails in the always bustling lobby bar.
Pan Pacific Hotel
Pan Pacific Hotel is known for its expansive views of the harbour and impressive spa with rooftop pool. The location is close to everything downtown has to offer but adjacent to the water to make it seem like guests are miles away.
Frequented by the 'in town on business' crowd, Hotel LeSoleil is a reasonably priced boutique hotel located in the heart of the financial district. The interiors are rich and luxe making guests feel like that are royalty.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
How could we make a list of the top hotels without featuring the classic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver? It is located in a centre ice location in one of Vancouver's most historical buildings. The spa, the luxury shopping (Gucci & St. Johns are located on the main level), the atmosphere, and let's not forget the 'Lady in Red' who is the resident ghost, this place can make any guest feel like royalty, even if they are just pretending.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia
As a registered heritage site in the city, the recently reno'd Hotel Georgia is something out of a dream. Perched in the centre of downtown Vancouver, the hotel features first class everything, down to the highly regarded Hawksworth Restaurant beneath. Not in the mood for a meal? Check out Reflections, a hidden gem accessible only through the hotel where the who's who of Vancouver are often caught shmoozing and boozing.
St. Regis Hotel
The St. Regis Hotel is located on the edge of the financial district and has been around for over 100 years. It is a boutique hotel with a ton of character. The suites are bright and clean and the lobby and bar are filled with rich interiors.
Consistently ranked as one of the top Vancouver hotels, the Wedgewood Hotel is something out of a movie. It is impeccably furnished with period pieces and over sized chandeliers. Beneath the hotel is award-winning restaurant Bacchus which has been a popular hang out destination for celebrities. Also worth mentioning is the world class spa that is reviewed very highly.
Victorian Hotel Vancouver
This renovated, boutique hotel is quite the charmer. Located on the edge of Gastown, suites have been renovated enough to make guests feel clean and comfortable, while still maintaining character elements like the Juliette balconies, original hardwood flooring, and Victorian furniture.
Consistently ranked as one of the best hotels in Vancouver, L'Hermitage is a 'must stay' for visitors wanting to be in the heart of the action. There is an outdoor salt water lap pool, expansive fitness facility and a outdoor garden area. Bonus points: A new wine bar/restaurant, Tappo, opened beneath the hotel recently. It replaced the always impressive Q4 but the new concept is definitely worth checking out. Not so bonus points: The Telus Garden mega construction site is across the street and depending which way the suite faces, alarm clocks will be replaced by jack hammering.
Another noteworthy downtown Vancouver boutique hotel is Moda. Located at a prime corner location, the hotel itself is small and quaint with the perfect mix of hip and historic allure. Head downstairs for some of the best cocktails at Uva Wine Bar (which also serves breakfast in the AM) before stumbling a few steps over to the award-winning Cibo Trattoria. Also in the building is a local wine and beer store with some of the most interesting items found in Vancouver.
A couple years ago, this 1950s era landmark hotel never would have made any 'best of' lists. Why is it worthy now? After new ownership took over a few years back, the place under went a complete reno which turned the cool factor up by at least a thousand points. Ultra-mod furniture, funky paint colours, and host to some of the best parties in the city (this year's halloween party was the place to be), the Burrard is a boutique hotel worthy of a reintroduction.
This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Yaletown (for better or worse) and provides a fresh, hip vibe among a host of uptight, flavourless hotels. The lobby and hallways are something out of a nightclub and the rooms feature brightly painted walls and shiny everything. The revolving list of bars beneath the hotel play host to events all year round and have often featured Vancouver's local celebrities (the Vancouver Canucks of course) who are known to pop in for a cocktail after a game.
Granville Island Hotel
The Granville Island Hotel is the perfect waterfront boutique hotel that is the perfect setting for those wanting to escape the business of downtown while still being within reach to the action. The rooms are modest but tidy and modern. Granville Island is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Vancouver so expect floods of people on the weekend. Evenings are quiet and the choice in dinning is endless. The hotel offers views of the downtown skyline unlike any other hotel in the city.
Formerly associated with the Terminal City Club, the hotel under went a rebrand in January 2014 and is now known as Auberge Vancouver. What makes this place great? The harbour and city views are enough to warrant a stay here, in addition to the swanky fitness and pool facilities.