Top 10 Family Hotels in Vancouver, BC

Best Places to Stay in Vancouver With Kids

Vancouver, BC is a great destination for a family vacation; kids will love Vancouver's outdoor adventures, beaches, Stanley Park, and interactive kids' attractions

While planning your family trip to Vancouver, there are two things to consider: whether or not to stay at a Downtown Vancouver location and whether or not you should bring--or rent--a car.

Five Reasons You Should Stay in Downtown Vancouver: Generally, it's best to stay in Downtown Vancouver or near the downtown core. The closer you are to Downtown's Granville Street (map), the closer you are to the Canada Line / SkyTrain rapid transit (Vancouver's metro), which makes it easier to get around Vancouver without a car. Near Granville Street, you're also close to Downtown attractions, sightseeing tours, shopping, and dining, as well as supermarkets and drug stores.

Before You Rent a Car in Vancouver, Read This! Many families come to Vancouver in a car; that is, they drive rather than fly or take the train. If you are traveling to Vancouver with your car, be aware that most hotels and accommodations in Vancouver have a parking fee, i.e., an additional cost for parking your car on-site overnight, and that you will likely have to pay for parking everywhere you go in Vancouver. (Seriously: everywhere.) That said, for families with little kids--say, age ten and under--having a car is the ideal way to get around Vancouver.

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Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver

Room at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver
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Let's start with the fantasy. The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is one of the best luxury hotels in the city. Its amenities for families include rooms with two double beds (to sleep four), babysitting services, an outdoor pool, and a full-service on-site restaurant with a children's menu.

Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver
Location: Downtown waterfront at 999 Canada Place
Cost: High-end
Walking distance to: Canada Line rapid transit, casual dining, Downtown attractions, Gastown

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Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

Double beds at Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Hotel
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Also on situated on the Downtown waterfront, this luxury Marriott is perfect for families for kids, offering rooms with two double beds (to sleep four) or adjoining rooms with a connecting door, an indoor swimming pool and kids' play area (ideal for rainy days / winter travel), and help with babysitting arrangements. You can also request a crib or additional rollaway bed.  

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
Location: Downtown waterfront at 1128 W Hastings Street
Cost: High-end
Walking distance to: Canada Line rapid transit, casual dining, Downtown attractions

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Moda Hotel

Moda Hotel room interior, Moda Hotel, Vancouver
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This is another family-friendly Vancouver hotel with a great location: it sits between Downtown Vancouver and Yaletown, one of Vancouver's best neighborhoods. Yaletown is typically known for its (adult-oriented) nightlife and dining, but it's a great place to stay with kids, too. It's safe, there are neighborhood grocery stores and pharmacies, casual dining options, and nearby parks.

The Moda Hotel has rooms with two double beds (to sleep four) and adjoining room options, complimentary cribs, and will provide additional rollaway beds for a fee. 

Moda Hotel
Location: Downtown / Yaletown at 900 Seymour Street
Cost: Mid-range to High-end
Walking distance to: Canada Line rapid transit, Downtown attractions and shopping (it's close to Pacific Centre mall), casual dining, Yaletown

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Times Square Suites Hotel

Interior of a one bedroom at Times Square Suites, Vancouver, BC
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Located in the West End near Stanley Park, the Times Square Suites Hotel is a great budget option for families. It's highly recommended by Lora Shinn, who runs the travel site Cascadia Kids. There are one- and two-bedroom suites that can sleep up to six, and all of the suites have a full kitchen (stove/oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave), laundry, and a living room area.

Times Square Suites
Location: West End at 1821 Robson Street
Cost: Low-end to Mid-range
Walking distance to: Denman Street dining, Coal Harbour waterfront, supermarkets, drug stores

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Rosellen Suites

Rosellen Suites in Vancouver, BC
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Another budget-friendly option in the West End, Rosellen Suites is practically across the street from Stanley Park. (Which means you will want a car at this location.) Quiet and safe, this hotel has two-bedroom suites that can sleep six and a full kitchen (stove/oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave). There are coin-operated laundry facilities on-site. 

Rosellen Suites
Location: West End at 2030 Barclay Street
Cost: Low-end 
Walking distance to: Stanley Park

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The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

fairmont hotel vancouver exterior
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Situated in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, the luxury Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is one of the city's most historic hotels. (If you have older kids who will get a kick out of it--and not be spooked--you can tell them it's also home to one of ​Vancouver's most famous ghosts, the "Lady in Red".)

The hotel offers rooms with two twin beds, two double beds (to sleep four), and suites, has an indoor swimming pool, a kids' pool, and full-service on-site restaurants, and can arrange babysitting services.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Location: Downtown at 900 W Georgia Street
Cost: High-end
Walking distance to: Canada Line rapid transit, Downtown attractions and shopping, entertainment, and nightlife, casual dining

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Granville Island Hotel

Double beds at Granville Island Hotel
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Granville Island is one of Vancouver's Top 10 Attractions and so much fun for kids. It's home to the famous Granville Island Public Market (where you can buy fresh and local foods), Granville Island Kids Market (which has an indoor playground), grassy parks, a free spray water park (summer only), and you can use the Aquabus or False Creek Ferry to travel to Downtown or Science World.

The Granville Island Hotel has rooms with double beds (sleeps four) and a full-service on-site restaurant.

Granville Island Hotel
Location: Granville Island at 1253 Johnston Street
Cost: High-end
Walking distance to: Granville Island attractions, Granville Island Public Market, Aquabus / False Creek Ferry, play areas, dining, South Granville

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The Sylvia Hotel

Sylvia Hotel in Vancouver
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One of my Top 10 Hotels in Downtown Vancouver, the historic Sylvia is the only hotel in Downtown Vancouver that's on the beach. The Sylvia has one-bedroom suites that can sleep four and have full kitchens; you can also pay for a crib or additional rollaway bed.

Like the Rosellen Suites, you will likely want to use a car from this location, which otherwise requires a lot of walking.

The Sylvia Hotel
Location: West End at 1154 Gilford Street
Cost: Mid-range
Walking distance to: English Bay Beach, casual dining on Denman Street

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Days Inn Vancouver Downtown

Two double beds in one room at the Days Inn Vancouver
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To be clear: Yes, this is a Days Inn. In many cities, a Days Inn would be actually inexpensive, not just relatively inexpensive. In Vancouver, at this location, this Days Inn is only relatively inexpensive. Temper your expectations of price.

That said, the Days Inn Vancouver Downtown is in a great Downtown location, mid-way between the waterfront and Downtown attractions. It has rooms with two double beds (to sleep four) as well as suites, with cribs available for an additional fee.

Days Inn Vancouver Downtown
Location: Downtown at 921 West Pender Street
Cost: Mid-range
Walking distance to: Canada Line rapid transit, Downtown attractions and shopping, casual dining

Budget-Friendly: If you will have a car in Vancouver, check out Days Inn Vancouver Metro (2075 Kingsway). It's outside the downtown core, in southeast Vancouver, which means it's often half the price of the Days Inn Vancouver Downtown.

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AirBnB & VRBO

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Sometimes, the best family-friendly place to stay in Vancouver isn't a hotel at all, but an AirBnB or VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner). This is especially true if you're planning a long stay (over a week). With an AirBnB or VRBO, you can choose to rent an entire house or condo (complete with kitchen and laundry), which can be a better budget option for long stays.

If you want to search for an AirBnB or VRBO, read How to Use AirBnB in Vancouver first. (It works for VRBOs, too). In it, I explain how to search for Vancouver rentals using local neighborhood names and terms, so you get the best location for your needs.

Tip: Be sure to ask about parking. Some rentals will have complimentary parking, but not all do.