1 . Pan Pacific

Whistler, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (604) 905 - 2999

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It doesn’t get any closer to the water than this – the Vancouver hotel that earned our No. 1 spot is literally located atop a pier overlooking the deep blue water’s of the city’s waterfront. We think the magnificent harbour, skyline and mountain views offered by the Pan Pacific are perfect for anyone looking for change of scenery on their Vancouver vacation.

While the views are impressive, there’s so much more Vancouver to discover when you stay at the Pan Pacific. We recommend starting with Gastown, the birthplace of Vancouver. Here, you can stroll the original cobblestone streets, peruse the goods displayed in historic buildings turned boutiques and take part in international music festivals, classic car shows and an enticing nightlife scene. But why limit yourself to just one city when there’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored? Vancouver’s cruise ship terminal is just steps from the Pan Pacific’s doors and includes the spectacular Vancouver-Alaska cruise, one of the world’s most popular cruises! We admire the Pan Pacific for its versatility. From contemporary Royal and Pacific Suites that cater to discerning business or leisure travelers to the Cascades Lounge that’s relaxed enough for family dining, this waterfront Vancouver luxury hotel somehow manages to offer something for everyone. The secret to the Pan Pacific’s success seems to be its customized packages – a blend of the best Vancouver attractions and luxury accommodations with generous discounts and added savings.

Highlights

Vancouver natives don’t have to miss out on the fun. The Pan Pacific offers special packages tailored to those who are lucky enough to enjoy this delightful Canadian city year-round.

Related Onsite Offerings

More than 70 percent of Pan Pacific’s meeting spaces feature ocean views to inspire you and your group on your Vancouver corporate vacation.

Fun facts

Pan Pacific has been rated five keys by the Hotel Association of Canada’s prestigious Green Key ECO-Rating Program.

2 . Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Vancouver, Washington

CALL DIRECT: (604) 684-313

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Question: What has all the charm of an English castle, all the history of a beloved Vancouver landmark and all the amenities you could ever need (or want) on your British Columbia vacation? Answer: The hotel in our No. 2 spot, of course.

We can’t imagine a more perfect backdrop to a romantic Vancouver weekend. After all, what woman hasn’t dreamt of being swept away to a castle by her prince charming? When you cross the threshold of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver lobby, you’re essentially stepping out of everyday life and straight onto the pages of a fairytale. Here, you and that special someone will be treated to champagne and strawberries, oversized tubs filled to the brim with scented bubbles and the most inspiring views in town – and that’s just in the privacy of your suite! Step outside and you’ll find enticing onsite options, from couples’ treatments at the Absolute Spa to jazz performances in the 900 West Lounge. Whoever said seduction is anything but easy has obviously never stayed at this Vancouver luxury hotel. The spacious dining room and ornamental fireplace of the Fairmont’s Lieutenant Governor’s Suite lend an inviting air for entertaining, while views of the Vancouver cityscape beyond the parlor serve as an excellent conversation piece. Forgo the hassle of food preparation or catering and head to one of the Fairmont’s onsite dining options, including a traditional English tea service presented in the elegant façade of an equally authentic castle and accompanied by finger sandwiches, homemade scones and Devonshire cream.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Fairmont’s heath club is outfitted with a 50-ft. lap pool, free weights, cardio equipment and a children’s wading pool.

Fun facts

The Fairmont even offers a whimsical twist on traditional teas with a kid-friendly Children’s Tea, complete with PB&J finger sandwiches, fruit tartlets and chocolate chip cookies!

Highlights

The Fairmont’s 900 West Lounge was named Best Wine Bar by The Vancouver Sun.

3 . Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver

Vancouver, Washington

CALL DIRECT: +1 (604) 689 - 9333

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Tucked away between the mountains and the sea, the Four Seasons Hotel offers a sampling of both borders on your Vancouver vacation. From lofty vaulted ceilings to ocean-inspired cuisine, you’ll be treated to a world of pleasures both above and below on your British Columbia vacation.

Your tour of Vancouver’s borders begins in the Four Seasons Hotel’s signature YEW restaurant + bar. From vaulted ceilings that scrape the sky to a floor-to-ceiling sandstone fireplace that graces the restaurant walls, this distinctive dining experience is a feast for the eyes. Your palate will be more than pleased when you sample the assortment of gastronomic delights served here, from the finest fish selections at the raw bar to custom sandwiches at the Panini bar. We were impressed with the unbelievable amount of space, not to mention style, enjoyed in our Fairmont suite. Sure enough, someone else took measure and the Four Seasons accommodations are some of Vancouver’s largest! But space is nothing without substance, and fortunately, the Four Seasons has been generous when outfitting these stylish suites. Appointed with a diverse mix of design elements like frosted glass French doors, overstuffed armchairs and sleek bedside tables topped with stacked glass lamps, these look little like standard hotel suites and more like glossy magazine pages. Beauty like this is worth sharing, so bring your friends, family or that special someone to one of the sprawling two-bedroom suites for an unforgettable Vancouver group vacation.

Fun facts

The onsite YEW restaurant + bar was designed to capture the essence of B.C.’s natural environment.

Related Onsite Offerings

You’ll love the upscale vanity, soaking tub and enclosed shower included in your room or suite’s marble bath.

Highlights

The Fairmont’s family-sized suites feature a fully-stocked private bar, one to two bedrooms, three TVs and a remarkable six telephones.

4 . Loden Vancouver Hotel

Vancouver, Washington

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Located on the corner of Vancouver’s most established upscale neighborhood, Coal Harbor, the Loden Vancouver Hotel pairs the best of British Columbia’s natural side with modern style. It’s all the sophistication you’d expect from an urban retreat, with the added luxury of Vancouver’s finest earthly displays just minutes away.

Here in Canada’s most vibrant city, you’ll find an array of natural elements at work. Bordered by the best of them, including mountains, forest and sea, the waterfront Loden Vancouver Hotel maintains an admirable balance between eco-friendly and fashion forward. You’re even treated to hints of British Columbia’s natural wonders in the Loden’s guestrooms and suites. An earthly-inspired color palette of rich chocolates, vibrant corals and buttery caramel tones creates a warm, restful ambience in these luxury retreats. But the two-bedroom Halo Penthouse Suite is the crowning touch to this glamorous Vancouver hotel. With nearly 1,600 sq. ft. of luxurious indoor and outdoor spaces, this deluxe penthouse space takes British Columbia’s natural good looks to a whole new level. You’ll find striking displays of post-modernist style around every corner of the Loden. Like the backlit, sandblasted glass bar in the Loden’s lobby – a dramatic contrast to the marble fireplace, low-profile tables and minimalist furniture scattered throughout. But for a true showcase of Vancouver’s splendors, we recommend adding one or all of the following to your sightseeing itinerary: the VanDusen Botanical Garden, a whale watching tour beyond the city’s harbour or a stroll across the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Related Onsite Offerings

Executive Chef Marc-Andre is a master of sous-vide cooking, a method of low temperature preparation that enhances flavor and preserves nutritional elements.

Highlights

BAMO, a leading San Francisco-based luxury hotel design firm, is the creative genius behind the Loden Vancouver Hotel’s eclectic design.

Fun facts

The Loden’s sleek exterior was designed to mimic the ocean waves with elements of curved glass, natural stone and copper.

5 . L'Hermitage

Vancouver, Washington

CALL DIRECT: +1 (778) 327 - 4100

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The name of the Vancouver hotel in our No. 5 spot comes from the French word for isolated dwelling. Indeed, L’Hermitage offers a peaceful sanctum in a tranquil setting, without sacrificing any of the modern comforts. It’s Vancouver’s newest luxury hotel and the latest wave in ever-evolving style on your B.C. vacation!

Quiet, comfortable and convenient are just three of many rave reviews from L’Hermitage’s past guests. It’s true, despite the worlds-away ambience enjoyed inside, outside you’ll find a heart-of-the-city location that puts you at the center of Vancouver sites and attractions. Stroll the loading docks-turned-sidewalks in Vancouver’s trendy warehouse district, Yaletown. Filled with fashion boutiques, design shops and upscale restaurants and bars, this urban neighborhood is a refreshing way to pass the day. When travel magazines describe fabulous cosmopolitan getaways, this is precisely what they have in mind. At L’Hermitage, a more traditional brick and limestone exterior belies the surprisingly chic and modern styling within. Like the vaulted ceilings, warm wood paneling and striking black and white floor pattern in the L’Hermitage lobby. The fine linens, luxurious soaking tubs and even French presses included in your stylishly chic room or suite. And the Broadway-worthy theatre, historic and contemporary art museums and world-class Robson Street shops that are literally steps away throughout your stay.

Fun facts

L'Hermitage is managed by Boutique Hotels and Resorts of British Columbia. Delivering unique experiences in iconic destinations around British Columbia, Boutique Hotels specializes in upscale hotels, lodges and resorts.

Highlights

Robson Street is the most famous shopping street in all of Vancouver. You’ll find upscale retailers, including Prada, Tiffany’s and Louis Vuitton, along this high-fashion avenue.

Related Onsite Offerings

L’Hermitage offers a lap pool, hot tub and steam room for unwinding after days spent exploring Vancouver’s downtown area.

6 . Metropolitan Hotel

Vancouver, Washington

CALL DIRECT: +1 (604) 687 - 1122

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Business and pleasure – an improbable twosome, to be sure. We’ll even admit to being a little suspicious when we found a Vancouver hotel that claimed to pull it off. One visit is all it took to see that not only does the Metropolitan Hotel bring together this unlikely pair, it does so with surprising ease. Welcome to a whole new era of work meets play on your Vancouver vacation!

The Metropolitan Hotel has planning corporate and special occasions down to a tee. They’ve built the 7,800 sq. ft. of conference and banquet facilities, all appointed with mahogany paneling and silk wall coverings for a unique style of décor we’ve nicknamed “executive elegance.” They’ve equipped the spaces with state-of-the-art AV displays and video-teleconferencing. They’ve even put together a team of culinary talents for their full-service catering. All the Metropolitan is missing is an audience to show off for. Send out the invitations, pack your bags and leave lasting impressions with a corporate event or group function at the Metropolitan Hotel. You certainly won’t have to exert yourself to devour the delicious menu offerings served up in Diva at the Met – unless you count the daunting task of picking just one. From hearty seafood chowder to chocolate soufflés, every culinary masterpiece that graces your Diva table is a labor of love. And the Metropolitan would never expect you to toil away after punching the time clock. A glassed-in indoor swimming pool and outdoor putting green are just two more leisurely downtime pursuits offered on site.

Highlights

You’re never far from Vancouver’s top sites and attractions when you stay at the Metropolitan Hotel. Stanley Park, Granville Island market and the Vancouver Art Gallery are all just blocks away.

Fun facts

How’s this for luxury? The Metropolitan offers complimentary downtown limo service in the hotel’s Jaguar each morning.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Metropolitan offers 24-hour in-room dining, same-day dry cleaning and onsite parking for your convenience.

7 . Fairmont Waterfront

Vancouver, Washington

CALL DIRECT: +1 (604) 691 - 1991

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The Fairmont hotel group has earned a reputation for exceeding expectations in nearly two dozen stunning properties in Canada alone – and a considerable amount more scattered in premier locations worldwide. The best locales, the finest amenities and the most luxurious suites make the Fairmont Waterfront a sure bet on your Vancouver vacation.

No matter which style of Fairmont accommodation you choose, you’re sure to be inspired during your stay. The hotel’s ideal location at the water’s edge makes a memorable first impression, while the stunning culinary displays in the open kitchen-style Herons restaurant are a delightful second act. Discerning travelers looking for a luxurious Vancouver experience will delight in the superior comfort and deluxe upgrades of the Fairmont’s Gold Rooms. These sophisticated spaces – a Fairmont signature – include special upgrades like full breakfast each morning and exclusive access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge. Even the so-called standard guestrooms are appointed with contemporary décor and oversized marble baths. They don’t call it the Fairmont Waterfront just for show; each room and suite features floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of the impossibly blue harbour. We can only think of one place that offers better views of Vancouver: Queen Elizabeth Park. This beloved landmark, just minutes from the Fairmont’s doors, is a spectacular tribute to British Columbia’s natural side. Perched atop a hill, the park offers panoramic views of the Vancouver skyline in addition to the must-see display of sunken gardens, exotic tree and plant species and even a conservatory filled with free-flying tropical birds.

Related Onsite Offerings

Unwind after a long day (or get a great start to a new one) at the Fairmont’s Health Club, located on the hotel’s third floor.

Highlights

The multipurpose Herons Lounge is great for everything from discussing business over drinks to happy hour martinis.

Fun facts

Fairmont Waterfront has great packages that let you get the most of your Vancouver vacation. Choose from Celebration, Family, Discovery Packages and more!

8 . Century Plaza Hotel and Spa

Vancouver, Washington

CALL DIRECT: +1 (604) 687 - 0575

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The hotel in our No. 8 spot isn’t just close to everything Vancouver has to offer, it’s practically the center of this vibrant North American city. Or at least it seems like it, when you step through the Century Plaza Hotel and Spa’s doors and into your choice of international comedy club, world-class spa or award-winning restaurant, all on site.

The Century Plaza Hotel and Spa has a lengthy history of breaking new ground. Take the Absolute Spa, which laid to rest the longstanding myth that spas are just for women when it unveiled Vancouver’s first spa for men in 2005. Never one to exclude, this blissful retreat – part of Canada’s most prestigious spa chain – offers a surprisingly eclectic menu of treatments tailored to spa enthusiasts of either gender. The world’s top comedic artists routinely break boundaries with their witty social and political commentary at the onsite comedy club, Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver. Even the hotel’s lobby was treated to a recent renovation that left it completely transformed. With build-your-own-package options from Century Plaza Hotel and Spa, planning any style of Vancouver getaway is literally as easy as one, two, three! Choose your accommodations, from a spacious King Suite to a luxurious Penthouse retreat overlooking the North Shore Mountains. Customize it with gift certificates to the Absolute Spa or Beyond Restaurant and Lounge. Then, play as little (or as much) as you’d like, with over-the-top add-ons ranging from artisan chocolate treats to stand-up comedy tickets.

Related Onsite Offerings

Century Plaza Hotel and Spa also houses an indoor ozonated pool, eucalyptus steam rooms and covered parking for your convenience.

Fun facts

Century Plaza Hotel and Spa is within walking distance to shopping and dining on Robson Street, boutiques and lounges in Yaletown and the beaches of English Bay.

Highlights

Rooms and suites at Century Plaza Hotel include amenities like large living areas, full kitchens and balconies with breathtaking Vancouver city views.

9 . The Sutton Place Hotel

Vancouver, Washington

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Every comfort, thoughtfully arranged. Every need, anticipated. Every wish, fulfilled. We’re talking about the superior service you would expect from one of the top-rated hotels in downtown Vancouver – and the hospitality you’re treated to when you stay at the Sutton Place Hotel.

This is more than your everyday Vancouver hotel, and it’s a decidedly better than average experience on your British Columbia vacation. Here at the Sutton Place Hotel, you’re treated to European-style charm and grace from check-in to the all-too-soon departure. Savor gourmet baguette sandwiches and rich espressos in the European-influenced La Boulangerie bakery and café. Linger over lobster bisque and glazed duck in the French-inspired Flueri Restaurant. Surrender to sensory experiences and wellness rituals in the Vida Spa. And at the end of each day, Sutton’s lavishly-appointed rooms and suites embrace you with upscale comfort. The La Grande Residence, attached to the Sutton Place Hotel, offers fully-furnished luxury residences that are perfect for extended vacations or business trips. Here, you’re treated to all the comforts of home, with the added convenience of maid, laundry and room service during your extended stay. There’s even the use of the hotel’s business centre and conference facilities, should you decide to take your work home with you. With an ideal location in the heart of Vancouver’s art and theatre districts, these residences make it simple to add a little play – literally – to the end of your productive day.

Fun facts

The Sutton Place Wine Merchant, a vino-inspired boutique, aims to provide good value while bringing fine wine within the reach of many individuals.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver has venues and spaces, including 16 individually-designed meeting rooms, for gatherings or conferences of every size.

Highlights

Sutton Place’s Executive Chef Kim Thai is originally from Saigon, Vietnam, and has more than 26 years of culinary experience.

10 . Pacific Palisades Hotel

Vancouver, Washington

CALL DIRECT: +1 (604) 688 - 0461

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Every Kimpton Hotel tells a story and the downtown Vancouver hotel in our No. 10 spot is no exception. Here at the Pacific Palisades Hotel, they’ve created a whimsical blend of fun and fabulous. We think it’s the perfect choice for those looking for a more playful approach to planning their Vancouver vacation!

The Pacific Palisades Hotel is everything you’d expect of a boutique hotel set on Vancouver’s Robson Street, a fashion-forward epicenter of world-class style, shopping and British Columbia’s beautiful people. Those looking to stay in high style will be more than satisfied with the sparkling Murano glass chandelier and suspended fireplace featured in the Palisades lobby. Spacious and bright, even the chic suites are testaments to good taste that come alive with mood-brightening color palettes of apple greens, vibrant yellows and touches of teal and pomegranate. Creative patterns and whimsical touches throughout create an eclectic mix of décor at this boutique hotel in the big city. The Pacific Palisades is part of the Kimpton Hotels chain, but if you’re expecting another corporate-influenced stay, think again. From playing a game of 21 for room upgrades to an evening wine hour set against the rotating collections of the hotel’s Art + Soul gallery, the Palisades offers an antidote to traditional Vancouver vacations. Looking to put a little life back into your dining experience? Zin serves up creative cuisine using the freshest locally-produced and organic ingredients. Though small in size, Zin’s intricate delicacies – including foraged mushroom risotto and pan seared scallops – are big on style.

Average temperature

Low 41, high 74 degrees F.

Highlights

The Pacific Palisades Hotel is pet-friendly; they even have a V.I.P (Very Important Pets) program to welcome your four-legged friend in style!

Fun facts

Kimpton Hotels and Pacific Palisades Hotel have a partnership with Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization that provides interview suits and career guidance for low-income women entering the job market.

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