Best hotels in Vancouver, Canada | Budget accommodation ($)

The cheapest options are generally inconveniently-located motels, but there are three good central options on a relative budget if you’re prepared to accept a shared bathroom. The downtown St Clair (577 Richards Street) has an odd nautical theme while the West End’s Buchan Hotel (1906 Haro Street) is in a lovely old building near Stanley Park. It’s a little old-fashioned, but friendly. The YWCA (733 Beatty Street) in Yaletown, however, is surprisingly perky and the furnishings are of a higher standard than you’d perhaps expect.


Best hotels in Vancouver, Canada | Mid-range hotels ($$)

The Listel (1300 Robson Street) is Vancouver’s solid gold bargain. As much an art gallery as a hotel, borrowed museum pieces, sculptures and photo-essays line the hallways. It’s green, uses specially crafted local woods and has a cracking restaurant/ bar with live jazz downstairs. The Sunset Inn (1111 Burnaby Street) gives excellent bang for buck as well – lots of space, iPod docks, kitchens, free parking and free WiFi make it a relative steal. Otherwise, The Best Western Plus Sands (1755 Davie Street) is a well-maintained, solid option near Stanley Park.


Best hotels in Vancouver, Canada | Luxury hotels ($$$ to $$$$$)

The Wedgewood (845 Hornby Street, $$$$) has a country mansion-turned-cool feel to it. Roaring fires, palatial-style bedside drapes, enormous flat screen TVs and in-room bathtubs make this a popular celeb stay – and hugely likeable too. Opus (322 Davie Street, $$$) is the other hip hang out – bright colours, red-lit lifts, loos with a view and a beautiful people-only staffing policy give it youthful swagger. More subdued, but beautifully refurbished and friendly is the St Regis (602 Dunsmuir Street, $$$). An interminable facilities inclusion list features free phone calls to anywhere in the world.

Best in town is the Fairmont Pacific Rim (1038 Canada Place, $$$$$) – a buzzy lobby is complimented a fab heated pool deck. The rooms are gleamingly luxurious, but the harbour view suites  with spa baths are the ones you really don’t want to leave. The suites at the Loden (1177 Melville Street, $$$$$) are more fun, with a Rock Band game kit, floor-to-ceiling windows and exhibitionist-friendly sliding bathroom walls. The Shangri-La (1128 West Georgia Street, $$$$) adds a few Asian touches such as hanging tapestries and dragon-detailed vanity boxes to high-end treats such as TVs in the bathroom mirrors.


Vancouver hotel prices

Price brackets are based, roughly, on the starting rates that can be found in low season.

$ = under C$80 a night

$$ = under C$160 a night

$$$ = under C$250 a night

$$$$ = under C$350 a night

$$$$$ = over C$350 a night.


The Vancouver hotels above have been personally inspected – and recommended as being amongst the best in their price bracket – by travel journalist David Whitley. To look for other hotels in Vancouver, try a Vancouver hotel search with our booking partner,


Disclaimer: These hotels were inspected in May 2011. Things may have changed since then.





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