Vancouver is often called 'Hollywood North' for its billion-dollar film industry; big-budget movies (e.g., Mission Impossible 4, Tron: Legacy, and Twilight: New Moon), small-budget movies, and TV shows (including Arrow and Supernatural) are shot here. If you want to know what's shooting in Vancouver right now, the BC Film Commission's Film List lists current productions.
So, where do the stars stay when they're in Vancouver for a movie? While many A-listers rent incredible private homes (The Vancouver Sun reported that both Dwayne Johnson and Jeff Bridges rented a $20,000-a-month apartment overlooking English Bay Beach while they were in town), many do stay at Vancouver luxury/boutique hotels.
If you want to stay at the same Vancouver hotels where celebrities stay--or just hang out in the hotel bar to see if you can spot a celeb--these are the hotels to choose.
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When stars stay in Vancouver, there's a good chance they're staying at the Sutton Place Hotel. One of only a small number of hotels in Canada to win the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond rating, Sutton Place has hosted Ben Affleck, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert Pattinson, and Dakota Fanning, among many, many others. (Obviously, it's also one of the Top 10 Hotels in Downtown Vancouver.)
Even if you're not staying at the Sutton, you can always grab a drink at their English-club-themed Gerard Lounge, a hot-spot for celebrity spotting.
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Located in fashionable Yaletown and close to Rogers Arena, the Opus Hotel often hosts rock stars and sports celebrities; past guests include Cher, Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera. A personal favorite of mine, the Opus Hotel is more fun and colorful--and more affordable--than the Sutton; this is a hotel that was named one of the "Top 5 Trendiest Hotels in the World" by TripAdvisor.
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Boasting some of the best hotel views in the city, the luxury Pan Pacific Vancouver can also boast that it's home-away-from-home to many A-list celebs, including Brad Pitt, Jack Nicholson, 50 Cent, and Marlon and Shawn Wayans. The hotel's Spa Utopia is one of the Top 5 Spas in Vancouver, too (though if you spot a celeb there, you should be extra discreet).
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The luxury Rosewood Hotel Georgia is (generally) not a current hot-spot for celebs. But it was once the place to stay in Vancouver, hosting such famous names as Queen Elizabeth II, Elvis Presley, John Wayne, and The Beatles. Errol Flynn was staying here when he died in 1959 (though he did not die at the hotel, so you're safe from Errol Flynn's ghost). I'm including it here for fans of history (like me), film history, and jazz--by staying here, you can say you stayed in the same hotel as Louis Armstrong!Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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The Penthouse at...
Penthouse suites at Vancouver luxury hotels often host celebrities. Tom Cruise stayed at the penthouse at Shangri-La while filming Mission Impossible; Halle Berry stayed at the penthouse at The Metropolitan for several months. (The Metropolitan was a celebrity hot-spot about 15 years ago.)