The New York Times once wrote “Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains … It’s the cool North American sibling.” That is high praise from a venerated newspaper, but Vancouver deserves all of those compliments, and more. This is a place where you can go from shining shopping centers to rugged mountain slopes in minutes, and traverse from pristine beach parks to city center skyscrapers even faster. However, do not think you need to rush from one attraction to the next. This city was made for meandering. Whether you are here to add to the designer brands in your closet, enjoy the cosmopolitan cuisine, or experience nature at its very best, Vancouver delivers with a friendly smile. And Travelocity delivers the top Vancouver hotel deals, as refreshing as the city’s mountain air.
The Best Places to Stay in Vancouver, BC
Hotels in Vancouver are the starting point for all of your great adventures, and if you are like many travelers, your home away from home is one of the most important parts of your trip. After all, awakening under plush linens and sipping on the finest coffee is always a welcome way to start your day. If you want accommodation that is as fine as the city of Vancouver itself, consider these 4- and 5-star properties.
- Pan Pacific Vancouver
- Hyatt Regency Vancouver
- Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
- The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver
While you’ll find all the trendy art galleries and cafes you’d expect of “the cool North American sibling,” there is also plenty of culture around every corner. Wondering where to stay in Vancouver if you are a history buff, gastronome, or adventurer? You are in luck.
Gastown for History
Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood; back in 1867, it was only a single tavern founded by John “Gassy Jack” Deighton. However, the area around that small watering hole would soon become one of the city’s most venerated areas. Go for a stroll along Water Street, beginning at the statue of “Gassy Jack” on the eastern end. Antique lampposts, cobblestone alleyways, and quaint old buildings provide the perfect backdrop for vintage-style pubs and the charming Vancouver Steam Clock, whose steam-powered whistles will remind you of days long past.
Downtown for Shopping and Dining
Robson Street is a haven for those who enjoy the finer things in life, be it luxurious brands or delectable dining. This promenade is an international shopping destination, with many famous North American and European brands along its tree-lined streets. If you are in search of a special something that sparkles, jewelry stores abound. Vancouver hotels in this area make it easy to drop all your finds and head back out to sate your growing appetite—and quite the selection you will have. Around Burrard Street, wander a few blocks in any direction and you will find upscale eateries to suit any taste. Twist a lemon onto oysters fresh from the English Bay or slice into a delicious cut of beef in a classic, wood-paneled steakhouse. You’ll always be satisfied with the downtown dining scene.
West End for the Great Outdoors
The West End is best known as the “gateway to Stanley Park,” and there is also much more on offer here. Stretching all the way from the park to downtown, the West End encompasses beaches, farmers markets, and scenery found nowhere else in the city. Cycling is a popular way to explore this area, and is of course in keeping with the outdoorsy atmosphere. Cycle your way along Beach Ave, stopping off for a nice cold ice cream cone and discussion of the statues and public artworks you’ve spotted along the way. If you prefer to paddle, you might try kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding on English Bay. And of course, the vast expanse of nearby Stanley Park offers endless opportunities for marveling at nature.
If Vancouver is a cool sibling, it is most certainly an older one, seasoned and wise, ready to guide you through all its most incredible attractions. And Travelocity is your partner in planning your trip, whether you seek opulent accommodation or cheap hotels in Vancouver. Book with us today, and you’ll know you are getting the best bargains available … and that your getaway will be one remembered forever.