Vancouver is a lively seaport on the west coast of British Columbia. It is known for being among the most livable cities in the world.
The mountains surrounding Vancouver are so majestic, it has served as a filming location for many movies and TV series. Along with its urban beaches come a variety of watersports to get your adrenaline rushing. Kitsilano Beach has some awesome views to offer – the city center with the mountains in the background makes for a terrific view.
Vancouver is known for its delicious seafood, especially the salmon. The halibut, the spotted prawns, and the Canadian Sablefish are also consumed blissfully here. You’ll find these locally produced fish used commonly in restaurants and eateries of Vancouver.
Stanley Park is the most iconic landmark in the city. Spread across 400 hectares of Stanley Park are the Seawall, the Stanley Park Totem Poles, the Vancouver Aquarium, and numerous beaches and hiking trails.
The English Bay is one of the busiest beaches in Vancouver. The biggest event of this oceanfront beach comes in summer when thousands observe three nights of fireworks blowing in sync with the music. The Chinese New Year is celebrated every year with a parade in Chinatown.
In clear weather, one can see arguably the best views of the city from Grouse Mountain. Snowboarding and skiing at Grouse Mountain is a must-have experience. Along the Capilano Road is Vancouver’s first-ever tourist attraction, the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The Capilano Salmon Hatchery makes for a fun visit.
The city has several museums – the Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Vancouver, the HR MacMillan Space Center and the Maritime Museum are the cream of the crop. The waterfront Maritime Museum offers superb views of the English Bay with the North Shore mountains in the backdrop.
Whenever it is that you visit Vancouver, the luxurious hotels here will ensure that your stay here is very comfortable. Here is our list of 10 luxurious hotels in Vancouver:
- Opus Vancouver
322 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5Z6, Canada
The only hotel in Vancouver to have received the prestigious Forbes Four-Star rating for the last 5 years, Opus Vancouver was one of the city’s first boutique hotels when it opened in 2002. The amenities are top-drawer – all the rooms come with a modern and spacious gym, spa bathrooms, lavish robes, contemporary décor. You can savor classic Italian cuisine at La Pentola. The Opus bar located in the lobby has an awesome list of cocktails for you to enjoy.
- Pan Pacific Vancouver
300 – 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3B5, Canada
The Pan Pacific is a waterfront luxury hotel offering amazing views of the mountains, the harbor, Stanley Park and the city skyline. The rooftop saltwater pool is a delight and in case of poor weather, the indoor saltwater hot tub and saunas got you covered. Premium rooms are equipped with a telescope – ideal for a romantic evening spent stargazing. The Spa Utopia is an incredible 26-room spa inspired by Ancient Roman bathhouses. As brilliant as the spa is, its prices are quite reasonable.
- Shangri-La Vancouver
1128 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0A8, Canada
Part of the tallest landmark in the city, the Shangri-La occupies the first 15 floors of this 61-story structure. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer awesome views of the city. Just make sure you request a room with a balcony to enjoy these views. The in-house Chi spa has some of the best beauty treatments and massages for you to indulge in. The outdoor pool is small but offers spectacular views. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel provides very prompt and warm service. The rooms are spacious and very mod – every room has bedside controls.
- Rosewood Hotel Georgia
801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7, Canada
First opened in 1927, Rosewood Hotel is a historic and iconic hotel in the center of downtown. The Hawksworth, the in-house restaurant, was voted the Best Upscale Restaurant by Vancouver Magazine an impressive five times. Views of either the city’s skyline or the hotel’s inner courtyard can be seen from the rooms. The seafood dishes will delight your palate. The classy décor and furnishing take you back in time.
- Fairmont Pacific Rim
1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada
Fairmont Pacific Rim is a waterfront property rated Five-Star by The Forbes Travel Guide. All the rooms are loaded with a Nespresso machine and a minibar. Restaurants here are top-class. The Lobby Lounge has a piano and hosts live performances daily. Botanist effectively combines British Columbia’s local fish with the organically produced ingredients. The rooms on the higher floors enjoy awe-inspiring 360-degree views of Stanley Park, Coal Harbor, and the North Shore Mountains.
- The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6, Canada
The hotel’s old-world identity is evident from its chateau-style architecture. But before you classify it as an old hotel, rest assured that it does have modern amenities. The rooms on the upper floors get more natural light and one can glance at the North Shore Mountains from these rooms. The Absolute Spa is arguably the best spa downtown. It deserves to share the “iconic” tag among hotels in Vancouver with the Rosewood Hotel Georgia.
- The Douglas, An Autograph Collection Hotel
45 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0R3, Canada
The Douglas is part of the Parq Vancouver, a huge hotel and casino complex. The Douglas is a great example of combining the natural vibes of the Pacific rainforest with the urban air of the casinos. The minibars are equipped with Douglas-fir-infused locally distilled gin. The Spa by JW, the fitness center, and a yoga pavilion should take great care of your body and mind. You can think of a stay at the Douglas as a reprieve away from the city and closer to nature.
- Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
791 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4, Canada
Four Seasons goes hand-in-hand with luxury. The service by the staff is impeccable and will ensure you have everything you need during your stay in the hotel. For instance, they even hypoallergic pillows, in case you have allergies. You can enjoy outstanding views of the harbor, and of the mountains, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling (yes, they’re that common among hotels with scenic surroundings). The marble-based bathroom comes with rich robes and designer toiletries. Vancouver’s only indoor/outdoor pool is in this hotel. The in-house spa is good, and you have the option of getting the same service in your room as well. The fine-dining restaurant, Yew Seafood provides excellent seafood with a variety of wines.
- The Loden Vancouver
1177 Melville St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0A3, Canada
The Loden is located adjacent to the Coal Harbor. Just like the rest of the hotels with a view, even the Loden has floor-to-ceiling windows. The hues of the interiors seem to resemble those of the natural surroundings One of the latest additions to the list of luxurious hotels in the city, it is also equipped with the latest technology – iPod stations and LCD TVs to name a few. A modern gym, infrared sauna, and mini waterfall are some other amenities of this amazing hotel. An award-winning bar bistro nearby, Tableau, is a hit among locals as well as travelers.
- The Sutton Place Hotel
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K6, Canada
A stay in this hotel will make you feel like you’ve touched down in Europe. Vida Spa offers a variety of treatments. The Sutton has more than 700 labels of international vintage wines sourced from various parts of the world. The Gerard Lounge is an English-styled club that serves some splendid classic cocktails.
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