Hotels in Vancouver run the gamut from rundown to romantic. You'll want to choose from Vancouver hotels that aren't just clean and safe but also offer romantic touches and restaurants where you won't end up with ptomaine poisoning. Select from this list of romantic hotels in Vancouver, and you really can't go wrong.
My top choice among Vancouver's romantic hotels is the Wedgewood. You won't find kids or conventioneers here. What you will find are spacious rooms with the kinds of amenities that romantics treasure. Big bathtubs that fit two comfortably, fireplaces, flatscreen TVs with DVD players, and freshly baked warm cookies to send you off to dreamland. The Wedgewood also has a charming restaurant/lounge, Bacchus, just made for quaffing and canoodling.
It's a hotel... it's an art gallery... it's both! This Vancouver hotel, which has no facilities for children, caters to sophisticated adults who appreciate art, music, and fine wines. The art stretches from the small lobby gallery to guest rooms, which contain multiple original works from one school of art or artist. The music -- live jazz -- starts nightly in the adjoining restaurant, O'Doul's. And the wine, a surefire romantic lubricant, also flows in O'Doul's.
Opened in 2009, the Shangri-La, Vancouver exudes high-tech Asian cool. Rooms are a calming chocolate shade with bedside controls. Ample rooms (many with a balcony) have a multitude of modern conveniences including state-of-the-art entertainment centers. You'll want to emerge, though, to indulge in the couples spa suite and savor a meal at Market, a rhapsody of Pacific cuisine by three-star Michelin star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Both the views and the tariff are tall.
Modern love can spread its wings at the Loden hotel, one of the newest in Vancouver. Totally trendy, the Loden attracts youngish couples who want to sample the latest the city has to offer. That includes its restaurant, Voya. Some may find the hip decor and attitude just right for romantic nights; others may complain the hotel's charms are skin deep. Even the basic rooms have king-sized beds backed by a mirrored wall and a mini couch covered in salmon-covered velvet. Bathrooms are Asian in design, and although the tub is deep it is also short and could not comfortably fit more than one small person, and perhaps a rubber ducky, at one time. Rooms are equipped for high-tech usage and feature a plug-and-play strip beneath the widescreen TV.
A contemporary hotel located in Yaletown (which means its not far from the terrific Brix restaurant), the Opus has well-lit, spa-type bathrooms and romantic Juliet balconies and fireplaces in select rooms. The hotel has been named one of the world’s top ones by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, and Travel & Leisure magazine voted Opus Bar “Vancouver’s Most Popular Nightspot.”
Another Vancouver hotel with an East Coast cousin in
, the Metropolitan is a nice combination of classy and contemporary that opened its doors in 1984. Geared more to business travelers than romantics, it's still boutiquey enough to satisfy couples. Especially those who appreciate a luxe marble bath, big bed, lofty duvet, pool, hot tub and fitness facilities. Diva at the Met, the in-house restaurant, wins kudos from Vancouver foodies.
Opened in 1912, The Sylvia remains the only hotel on the beach in Vancouver. It's right across from English Bay, providing direct access to one of Vancouver's most scenic spots. At sunset, there's no place more romantic.
Although Fairmont Hotels have a well-deserved reputation for quality and service that makes them a favorite choice of romantics, the Fairmont Vancouver isn't up to that standard. This property is a busy, big city hotel. The front desk staff was brusque and unfriendly, the charge for wi-fi use obnoxious (note: If you have to connect your computer to the phone to reach the Web, it’s not wireless) and were appalled that the restaurant served cold toast at breakfast. On the bright side, the Fairmont Vancouver features a house dog. Hopefully the staff is accommodating to her. (To experience the real charm and romance of Fairmont hotels, head over a province to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, which even has a dedicated Honeymoon Cottage.)