Vancouver city was awarded the Top Destination in Canada title by TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ choice awards. This world-class city offers plenty of opportunities for travelers who are looking for outdoor adventures as well as those who want to enjoy top-class amenities in city hotels. Just 20 minutes away from downtown Vancouver, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and welcome Nature’s bounty at the mountains. This sea-level port city boasts a pleasant temperate climate that is perfect for vacationers. Furthermore, the mountain slopes are covered with beautiful powdery snow that make for some world-class ski adventures. This is one of the reasons why Vancouver is well known as a winter sports destination. With plenty of ocean-side locations to relax at too, this city truly offers something to suit the taste and preferences of every kind of traveler.
If you are planning a trip to this fun city on Canada’s west coast, you can rest assured that one of the many Vancouver hotels will fall snugly into your budget and fulfill all your other vacation needs. From hotels that celebrate the rich and diverse arts, culture, and history of this place, to hotels that offer some of the best local food and drink options, Vancouver hotels are some of the best in the world. When you have so many top-class and budget options to choose from, choosing one of the Vancouver hotels over the others may sound like a challenging task. Let us make the job a little easy for you by reviewing some of the most popular and unique Vancouver hotels you can opt for.
The Skwachàys Lodge
Each one of the 18 rooms at the Skwachàys Lodge has been envisioned and designed by the First Nations artists. The newest addition to the list of boutique Vancouver hotels, this one is located in a 6-stories tall Victorian building. These rooms will leave you awestruck with their beauty. For example, the room characterized as the “moon suite” boasts lunar white and beige designs and furnishings, coupled with a circular moon-like bed and a round ceiling light for you to gaze at as you go to sleep at night. Located in the downtown east area of the city, this lodge is a great stay option for those who want a taste of the culture of Vancouver. This design hotel boasts a number of contemporary and indigenous traditional art works throughout the lobby area. The first four stories of the lodge serve as studios for artists. Even the cuisine served in the in-house restaurant and the Welcome Room lounge is inspired by the First Nations – don’t forget to get a taste of the pulled bison with rhubarb barbeque sauce and the locally brewed craft beer. This unique hotel also has a sweat room and a conventional healing room. Room rates start at £74 for doubles.
The Granville Island Hotel
When it comes to unique Vancouver hotels, the Granville Island Hotel is one that you definitely should not miss. The only hotel located on Granville Island, this hotel is one of the most popular public spaces in all of Vancouver. Complete with 80 stunning rooms, this property boasts some spectacular water views. Another reason why this is one of the most popular Vancouver hotels is the food that you can sample here. Head to the noisy public market on the island to enjoy a fun day with a smashing harbor view to keep you enthralled. Stop for a bite at the Dockside Restaurant which offers its own craft brews as well as a sustainable seafood menu. During the winters, this hotel transforms into a hub for writers and artists who head here for the Vancouver Writers Fest and other fun gatherings. Room rates start at £84 for doubles.
Welcome to a hotel that gives you a taste of Vancouver’s rich history! The Sylvia Hotel was initially built as an apartment building way back in 1912. It was only converted into a hotel in the 1930s. Around the time of the Second World War, the hotel premises were used by the merchant marine crews. This site is also home to the very first cocktail bar ever to be built in Vancouver hotels. Established in 1958, this is the bar you want to try if you get a craving for a Vancouver sunset martini. With self-catering suites and a dramatic patio that is like a private oasis, you may not want to leave the Sylvia Hotel premises at all. Room rates start at £57 for doubles, while self-catering suites are priced at £294 per week.
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