There's a reason they call this West Coast metropolis "Hollywood North." It's been the birthplace of many a blockbuster (Mission Impossible 4, Tron: Legacy, and Twilight: New Moon, just to name a few), so you can bet that the hotels in Vancouver are constantly at the ready for a drop-in from their celebrity clientele.
Film buffs might be intrigued to check the BC Film Commission's "In Production" List to see what's filming in the city before visiting. In fact, you could even rest your head in the same hotel as the actors while you're at it. A number of A-listers rent private homes (like the $20,000-a-month apartment overlooking English Bay Beach that both Dwayne Johnson and Jeff Bridges reportedly stayed in), but many do like to sample Vancouver's luxury and boutique hotels instead.
Reserve a room at one of Vancouver's finest places (or hit up happy hour at the hotel bar) and you just might brush shoulders with your favorite movie star.
The Sutton Place Hotel
When celebrities come to Vancouver, there's a good chance they'll be checking into the Sutton Place Hotel. Recipient of the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond rating, Sutton Place has hosted Ben Affleck, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert Pattinson, and Dakota Fanning, among others.
The hotel calls its ambience "cosmopolitan" with a "European charm," but if you can't afford the $500 base rate, there's always the English club-inspired (and open-to-the-public) Gerard Lounge to go for a drink and some celebrity spotting.
Located in trendy Yaletown and close to Rogers Arena, home of the Canucks hockey team, the Opus Hotel has played host to rock legends and sports stars alike. Past guests include Cher, Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera. The Opus Hotel could be described as the Sutton's hip younger sibling, which makes it a more budget-friendly option, too.
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Boasting some of the best views in all of the city, the luxurious Pan Pacific Vancouver is also where a slew of A-listers hang. Don't be alarmed if you see Brad Pitt, Jack Nicholson, or 50 Cent shuffling down the halls in their complimentary slippers.
The hotel's Spa Utopia is among the city's most renowned, so you'd certainly benefit from signing up for that massage stat.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia
You could call the Rosewood Hotel Georgia the old Hollywood of Hollywood North. It has not only hosted legendary celebrities, but also royalty. Queen Elizabeth II has stayed at this iconic location, as has Elvis Presley, John Wayne, and The Beatles. Errol Flynn was actually staying here when he died in 1959, albeit not at the hotel (no ghosts here). A night at the Rosewood will earn you bragging rights for sleeping in the same hotel as Louis Armstrong.
Any penthouse suite at a luxury hotel in Vancouver is destined to have some celebrity stories. Halle Berry, for instance, occupied the one at The Metropolitan for several months.
French-inspired décor and architecture is what you'll find at this downtown hotel, located between the city's financial district and a high-end shopping area (hence the luxurious atmosphere here). Even if Halle Berry's penthouse suite is out of your price range, you may just see a familiar face dining at the critically acclaimed Diva at the Met restaurant.