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Top 5 Hotels in Vancouver: Urban Sophistication Meets the Great Outdoors

Shimmering along the Pacific Ocean coastline and set against the snow-capped North Shore mountains, Vancouver effortlessly merges its abundance of natural beauty with its thriving culture and diverse urban areas. The downtown core contains the hearty, healthy spirit of the Pacific Northwest as well as the world-class arts and entertainment of a major Canadian metropolis. Vancouver is one of the most happening places in North America and the bustling inner city is filled to the brim with several hotel properties that go above and beyond. Between on-site swimming pools, Michelin-starred restaurants, rooftop terraces, fitness centers and luxurious spa retreats, Vancouver is no stranger to luxury and extravagance. It’s a vivid reminder that you’re in a vibrant city with an impressive cultural scene, where sleek urban sophistication meets the rugged wilderness of British Columbia.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Ever since its grand opening during the Roaring 20s, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia has been universally known as Vancouver’s most historic retreat. When the five-star property first debuted in 1927, it brought an entirely new definition of luxury to the young city of Vancouver and Canada’s West Coast. After a meticulous restoration in 2011, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia remains an oasis of contemporary elegance in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Over the decades, the property has remained a fashionable getaway at the heart of the city’s thriving social scene, having formerly attracted the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ginger Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, the Rolling Stones and the Prince of Wales. This old-world opulence continues to define the Rosewood to this day with opulent furnishings and traditional craftsmanship defining the 156 rooms and suites. This lasting legacy of luxury is bolstered by modern amenities, sleek designs, spa-inspired bathrooms and a warm color palette. In keeping with the unique character of the hotel that was once a playground for movie stars of the early 20th century, the exquisite cuisine, cocktail bar and sanctuary spa all add to the refined overall experience.

Fairmont Pacific Rim

Fairmont Pacific Rim

Located just a block away from the waterfront downtown, the deluxe Fairmont Pacific Rim takes luxury comfort to new levels completely. The hotel takes advantage of the surrounding topography with captivating views of the mountains and water, while all 367 guest rooms and 47 suites play off this feeling of outdoor beauty using naturally-inspired materials and earthy accents. Equipped with spacious spa-like marble bathrooms, luxury linens and a media connectivity panel, the elegant accommodations were meticulously thought out from top-to-bottom. Housed in a shimmering 47-story skyscraper with spectacular panoramic views of Coal Harbor, Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains, the Fairmont Pacific Rim has all the trappings of outdoor luxury in a convenient downtown location. The on-site Willow Stream Spa is an urban oasis where you can unwind with the aid of jacuzzis, infrared saunas, meditation spas or the 24-hour fitness center. Open around the year, the spectacular outdoor terrace boasts private cabanas, heated pools, hot tubs and poolside bar. One block from the waterfront downtown, this deluxe tower mixes Asian and west coast elements, and offers an extensive art program, plenty of high-tech amenities and several stylish restaurants and lounges that attract both travelers and locals.

The Douglas

The Douglas

Situated just a few paces away from BC Stadium, The Douglas, Autograph Collection is the boutique hotel that is unequivocally unique in design and spirit. The extravagant hotel is located within Parq Vancouver, the city’s premier entertainment resort that offers instant access to the casino, eight restaurants and lounges, Spa by JW Reconnect and 30,000-square foot rooftop park. Each of the 188 well-designed hotel rooms are dark, cabin-like retreats designed to offer sanctuary from the urban surroundings below, while deluxe bathrooms with luxurious glass showers and other thoughtful amenities ensures a comfortable stay. The Douglas also seamlessly fuses the surrounding nature of the vibrant False Creek waterfront into its elegant environment with an inspired setting and park views available throughout the property. From the living wall in the entryway to the Douglas-fir-infused gin in the minibars, The Douglas, Autograph Collection channels both the Pacific rainforest and a hip urban vibe. The nature of the boutique complements the excitement of downtown Vancouver at your fingertips.

Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

Occupying 15 floors of the tallest building in Vancouver, the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver oozes sleek sophistication from head-to-toe. The 119 refined suites have been decorated with beige and gold tones, comfortable furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows, Asian-inspired touches and considerate amenities for complete and total comfort. Many of the rooms also feature a private balcony high over West Georgia Street in which to absorb stunning views of the Vancouver skyline and natural beauty. The Shangri-La also finds itself in a prime location in the heart of the downtown core with world-class shopping, fine dining and business districts laying just steps away. Chi The Spa is the tranquil sanctuary for holistic wellness and personality vitality that comes with a treatment menu that blends traditional techniques of east and west, whereas The Market by Jean-Georges is one of the Michelin-starred concept restaurants from Jean Georges Vongerichten himself. Rounding out the extravagant amenities are the small outdoor pool and hot tub, the perfect way to unwind after a long day in the city.

Four Seasons Vancouver

Four Seasons Vancouver

Overlooking Vancouver’s shimmering skyline in the heart of it all, the Four Seasons Vancouver has all the makings of undeniable five-star luxury. After a friendly greeting from the smartly dressed doormen, hop on the escalator from the bright lower lobby to the grand reception which gleams with marble and natural wood. You’ll find Asian-accented art dotted around the hotel along the way to the generous rooms, which are characterized by its warm hues, wooden accents and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for plenty of natural light. Most of the rooms are equipped with wonderful panoramic views of the city with the snow-dusted North Shore mountains soaring in the distance above all else. The Four Seasons Vancouver also contains the city’s only swim-out pool and a peaceful garden oasis that provides retreat from the bustling city below. The hip cocktail bar is a mainstay among some of the city’s most glamorous, whereas the on-site YEW restaurant is a staple among local seafood enthusiasts.

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Braeden Alexander

Braeden Alexander is an explorer with an insatiable appetite for the world and all the exquisite experiences that await. As a writer, he's concerned with the similarities that connect us all.

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