Cozy Beds and Epic Views: The Best of Downtown Vancouver's Hotels

Vancouver’s downtown core offers the best of both worlds–it’s a large urban city with plenty to do, but isn’t so large that you can’t walk to all of the restaurants, shops and attractions you’ve got your heart set on. After a day of sightseeing and exploring, a comfortable bed is essential so that you're ready for round two.

There are plenty of luxury hotels to choose from in downtown Vancouver and many of them are solid choices, but if it’s a refined and classy experience you’re after, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is the hotel for you. From the stunning décor to the excellent customer service, this hotel boasts beautiful rooms you’ll never want to leave.

The Fairmont Pacific Rim is another excellent choice. This soaring property has West Coast-inspired rooms with the most comfortable beds with the epic views. Looking for some fun? The nightly live music in the lobby is a popular spot for locals and visitors to grab a cocktail and dine on sushi. If you're looking to get some rest and relaxation, you've got to check out their on-site spa, Willow Stream Spa.

Depending on what you're looking for, these hotels are a great place to start.


Since re-opening in 2008, the St. Regis Hotel has been a favorite spot to rest weary heads. There's something so romantic and intriguing about this century old building that has gone through a complete facelift, yet retaining its heritage charm. They go above and beyond what their competitors offer and things like a full breakfast, free worldwide long distance dialing and high-speed internet are all included in your stay. So, after a day of shopping across the street, you can head back to your room and call all your friends back home to tell them about all of your new purchases, and save some cash for more shopping.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The St. Regis is a charming boutique hotel that's rich in history. It's great for those who really enjoy a smaller and more intimate experience.

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The Sutton Place is an iconic Vancouver hotel and if you don't mind splurging a bit while you're in Vancouver, it's a fantastic hotel to call home while you're here. The Sutton Place has comfy bedding, wonderful service and is in a prime location right on Burrard and Robson; it doesn't get much more downtown than that. Getting around is very easy from The Sutton Place. If you're hungry, make sure to check out the hotel's on-site restaurant, Boulevard. This lovely restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Up for a nightcap? Take advantage of the babysitting services and check out the hotels lounge, the Gerard Lounge for something quiet, cozy and intimate.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver is a stone's throw from Robson. Pair that with the excellent on-site restaurant and comfortable rooms and you're set.

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This luxury Vancouver accommodation offers stunning views of the North Shore mountains and cityscape. There are 489 rooms at the Fairmont Waterfront, many with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the harbour. The contemporary rooms offer a flat screen TV, and wireless internet access, a mini bar, a safe box, an iron and ironing board, a telephone and a coffeemaker. Bathrooms have marble accents and hair dryers. Traveling with your four-legged friend? The Fairmont Waterfront pampers pets, too. Conference space at the hotel can accommodate up to 775 people with full technology and catering support. Unwind after a busy day in the heated outdoor swimming pool and indulge in a delicious meal at the hotel's restaurant, ARC. The hotel boasts an impressive rooftop garden and apiary where they grow their own produce and make honey from their bees.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Fairmont Waterfront neighbours the Pacific Rim and also offers an incredible stay, but it has a completely different vibe.

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The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver is eye catching from a distance as it towers over the urban cityscape. It's one of the city's tallest buildings and can be seen for miles away. However, it's greatness is fully appreciated from inside one of their glamorous rooms. Whether you're looking for a one-bedroom or multi-room suite, the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver has plenty to choose from. One of Vancouver's best spas also calls this stunning hotel home. Chi, The Spa is where you'll enjoy a personalized and ultra special experience in their private treatment suites. Continue riding the bliss train and soak up some sun in the outdoor pool. Jean-Georges restaurant, MARKET, is equally as fabulous as the rest of the property and makes for an ideal date night. This hotel has it all and you'd be hard pressed to find fault here.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver's spa, CHI, The Spa, is a must-visit during your day.

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On the more quiet streets of Vancouver in Coal Harbour is this beautiful boutique hotel. This property boasts excellent service, comfortable rooms and a fabulous restaurant. The floor to ceiling windows make way for stunning views of the city and the mountains, while the contemporary decor makes each room a treat to stay in. The rooms are equipped with down comforters, plenty of pillows, a deep tub, a flat screen television and stocked bar. Suffice to say, you may never want to leave your room! The location of the hotel makes getting around Vancouver very easy as it's close to a number of attractions, shopping districts, and plenty of amazing restaurants.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Loden Hotel combines luxury accomodations and a boutique setting to create an intimate experience that guests love.

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The Wedgewood Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel that has romance and old world charm written all over it. When you think of a classic hotel that's full of charming touches and rich decor, the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa definitely comes to mind. Everything from the service and amenities to the tastefully decorated rooms make this hotel a wonderful place to stay. This quiet property is ideal for guests who prefer a more intimate space and one-on-one service. During your stay, enjoy the on-site restaurant, Bacchus, for a decadent meal in front of the cozy fireplace. Not to mention, the live music helps set the mood for a romantic evening.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: This cozy boutique hotel has everything you need under one roof and offers personalized service that's warm and inviting.

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Perched along Robson Street, L'Hermitage Hotel is in the midst of it all. The central location makes getting around the city a breeze and you've got everything you need right outside your front door. Wake up to stunning views and freshly brewed coffee from your own Nespresso machine before heading out to explore. Geared towards extended stays, they have all of your basic needs covered so that you feel at home. This luxury boutique hotel pulls out all the stops and will impress While you're so close to a plethora of the city's best restaurants, the state-of-the-art kitchen is a chef's dream! After dinner, cozy up in front of your room's fireplace before calling it a night.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: L'Hermitage's suites have the most luxurious kitchens in their suites. You won't find anything else like them at other properties.

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From swoon-worthy beds and a serene spa to fine dining and lip-smacking cocktails, the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver has got it all under one roof. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, getting here is easy. When it comes to comfort, it's all in the bedding. This luxury, resort-style property makes sure that each bed is equipped with an incredible mattress, a down duvet and down pillows so that guests have a swoon-worthy sleep. If you can splurge on getting a suite, do it. Having a separate sitting area to relax is an added bonus if you're there for a few days. Hungry? Grab a table at YEW seafood + bar. It's one of Vancouver's best restaurants and it's open throughout the day. The hotel's spa is intimate and the indoor/outdoor pool is the perfect place to relax any time of year.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver lives up to the hotel brand's impeccable customer service. They truly take it to the next level.

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If you like your hotel to be lively and more resort-like, the Fairmont Pacific Rim has a room with your name on it. This stunning property is large and in charge, and despite it's grand size, each guest is valued and taken care of. Their standard rooms provide plenty of space and each have the most incredible bathroom. Seriously, you may want to spend more time in the tub than the bed and that's saying a lot; the beds are spectacular. If you're looking for a suite, they've got plenty to choose from. Down in the lobby is where you'll find live music every night, delicious sushi, and a casual cafe that's great to load up on snacks before hitting the city to explore. For a more formal meal, reserve a table at ORU. After a day of exploring and late night cocktails, relax and unwind in the outdoor pool or in Willow Stream Spa. It's the best spa in the city!

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Fairmont Pacific Rim has this wonderful energy that's carried through from the lobby to the spa. You'll definitely feel like you're on vacation here.

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Situated in the heart of Vancouver, Rosewood Hotel Georgia is close to everything you need. This property has a full-service spa, a health club, an indoor pool, a fitness facility, and car service. During the 1920's, this hotel was the epitome of opulence and regal decor. In 2011 a total renovation was completed, making it once again the most beautiful hotel in Vancouver. You don't have to go far for an incredible meal and after dinner drinks. Hawks worth Restaurant and Prohibition are on-site. After a full day, sink into the most dreamy bed. Pillowtop mattresses, Egyptian cotton linens, triple sheeting, and warm down comforters provide a blissful sleep. Bathrooms include a rainfall shower, televisions, and phones. Personalize your ambiance with iPod docking stations, CD players, and climate control. The Rosewood Hotel Georgia offers everything you'd want from a luxury hotel

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The Rosewood Hotel Georgia oozes luxury and old-world charm. Not to mention, they've got all of the amenities covered.

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