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With the Beaufort Mountain Range, False Creek and English Bay as a backdrop, the city of Vancouver has is full of natural scenery, trendy neighborhoods and cultural attractions. Visitors can explore the cobbled streets of historic Gastown and Chinatown, shop in swanky Yaletown or take a stroll along the picturesque seawall. Vancouver is a progressive city with a cutting-edge dining scene, eco-friendly businesses and an abundance of fresh, modern hotels. It’s also a cyclist-friendly place, and many of the boutique hotels in town offer bicycle rentals to make getting around town a breeze. Not sure where to bunk down? Here are the 10 best boutique hotels in Vancouver.
Best Overall: Grandville Island Hotel
With an outstanding location on Granville Island, fantastic service and convenient amenities, the 82-room Granville Island Hotel is a solid choice for a boutique hotel in Vancouver. Standard Rooms feature fresh, modern décor, stocked mini bars, luxurious mattresses and spa bath products, while balcony rooms also feature spectacular water views. The hotel is within walking distance to the public market and the peaceful seawall, or the convenient “Aqua Bus” runs to downtown Vancouver. Guests can dine at the Dockside seafood restaurant and watch the boats slip past, or unwind in the Jacuzzi or sauna. Bike rentals are also available for a small fee. TripAdvisor members appreciated the quiet rooms and helpful, friendly staff.
Best Location: Hotel Blu
Located in downtown on Robson Street near the hip neighborhood of Yaletown, the 75-room Hotel Blu is a five-minute walk from Vancouver's best bits, including Rogers Arena, Gastown and Chinatown (and all are accessible using the hotel’s free bike rentals). Take a dip in the indoor pool, or decompress at the Jacuzzi and sauna. Hotel perks include guest laundry, electric car chargers, a business center and 24-hour fitness center. Rooms and suites have Nespresso machines, bathrobes and premium bath products. Loft-style suites and designated pet-friendly rooms are also available.
Best Budget: Sunset Inn and Suites
If you need a little more space but are on a budget, the 50-room Sunset Inn and Suites is an affordable and comfortable option. Suites have cheerful, welcoming décor with hardwood floors, earth tone hues and at least 650 square feet of space. These apartment-style accommodations have full kitchens, dining tables, separate living areas, balconies and extra sofa beds. The hotel is downtown within walking distance to Yaletown, the seawall, Stanley Park, Sunset Beach, Gastown and other desirable tourist areas. A basic breakfast and secured gated parking are included in the price.
Best for Friends: Times Square Suites
Located steps from Stanley Park, Time Square Suites has several different categories of spacious rooms that are ideal for groups of friends. The 42, home-like accommodations have full kitchens with cookware and flatware, washer and dryers, balconies, sofa beds and separate living areas. The rooftop barbecue area is a perfect place to mingle and take in the views. A variety restaurants and shops are located on the ground level of the hotel, and a free membership to a nearby fitness facility is included with every stay. It is important to note that the hotel does not have a traditional lobby, and housekeeping service is on demand.
Best Design: Opus Hotel
The trendy, 96-room Opus Hotel is located next to the beautiful False Creek waterfront in the vibrant Yaletown neighborhood, which is home to re-designed warehouses, boutique shops and art galleries. Rooms have many different styles ranging from modern minimalist to opulent, with colorful schemes of lavender or ruby-painted walls, designer light fixtures, unique artwork and geometric patterns on throw pillows and upholstery. Added amenities include an iPad, a free car service, shoeshine, beverage butler and bike rentals. There’s also a wonderful restaurant that serves northern Italian fare and crafted cocktails. TripAdvisor members noted that the hotel honors its returning guests with upgrades, wine and other little extras.
Best Eco-Friendly Hotel: The Listel
If you’re a traveler with a green thumb who appreciates art and design, the 119-room Listel Hotel has it all. The downtown hotel doubles as a mini art museum, with a modern art gallery and limited-edition artwork in public spaces and guest rooms. The hotel has earned a platinum “green” rating, with eco-friendly accommodations that have sleek, modern designs, cherry wood furnishings, goose down duvets and Canadian artwork. The hotel has a fitness center, but also offers free passes to Steve Nash Fitness World Express, just three blocks away. The on-site restaurant, Forage, is open for breakfast, brunch and dinner and serves a unique menu from local farms and fisheries.
Best for Business Travelers: Auberge Hotel
Located in the Terminal City Tower within walking distance to the Vancouver Convention Centre, the 58-room Auberge is a popular choice for business travelers. A state-of-the-art fitness center has floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor patio for relaxation, plus a whirlpool, sauna, steam room and an Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool. Massage treatments are also available upon request. Light-filled rooms have outstanding city or water views, Keurig machines, iPod docks, kitchenettes, bathrobes and umbrellas. As an added convenience, breakfast is included. To easily get to the airport, public transportation is just one block away, otherwise TripAdvisor members noted that parking can be tricky.
Best Pet-Friendly: Loden Hotel
If your furry companion appreciates style like you do, then the 77-room, Loden Hotel is a great choice. Here, pets get their own plush bed, food bowls, homemade dog biscuits a dog walking map and even a dog magazine. When you're not taking care of Fido, relax in the infrared sauna, or squeeze in a workout at the premium fitness center, which features boxing equipment, cardio equipment, free weights, yoga and personal training. Guided hikes and free bicycle rentals are other options for active guests. The Loden Signature Rooms have moveable walls that connect to the bathroom, while Park Vista Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows for unbeatable views. The lobby features a French bar and bistro that TripAdvisor members rate as “fabulous.”
Best for Romance: L’ Hermitage Hotel
Located in the center of the shopping and financial district, the 60-room L’ Hermitage Hotel has special touches that make for a romantic stay. Elegant rooms and suites have Italian marble baths and plush bedding, as well as balconies and cozy fireplaces. Fruit, chocolate and wine packages are available upon request. Couples can zip around town using the free Lexus shuttle service (or test drive one) or borrow a bicycle from the hotel. Take a soak in the outdoor heated salt-water lap pool and hot tub, unwind in the steam room or relax on the outdoor terrace. A European-style breakfast is available for an additional charge.
Best Spa: Wedgewood Hotel
Those who need a little pampering on vacation can indulge in the fantastic spa at the 83-room Wedgewood Hotel. A member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux luxury brand, the hotel features Old World opulence mixed with modern amenities in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The spa has a long list of awards, with treatment options such as a cinnamon and brown sugar body wrap, micro-dermabrasion facial and the signature Thai fusion massage. The spa also includes a health club with a steam room, relaxation area, personal trainers and garden terrace. Rooms and suites have lavish dark wood furnishings and vintage upholstery, private balconies, iPod docks, robes and slippers. The elegant hotel restaurant and lounge serves international fare and afternoon tea by a cozy fireplace.