Best Places to Stay in Vancouver (2021): Accommodation & Area Guide

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Looking For The Best Places To Stay in Vancouver, Canada? Here Are Our Tips!

Oh, Vancouver. The gem of the West Coast. A place where the ocean meets the mountains, all in a single glance. Vancouver is an amazing city to visit with lots of great things to do and see.

However, with so many great accommodations – like hotels in Vancouver – and popular neighbourhoods to stay in, determining where to stay in Vancouver can be tricky!

We like staying in the West End (close to downtown) but there are many other areas to choose from.

So, whether you’re looking for hotels near downtown Vancouver like the Blue Horizon Hotel or a more affordable hotel option such as the Best Western Plus Sands, this detailed guide has you covered.

We’ll dive into accommodations in Vancouver by style and budget, and then outline the best Vancouver neighborhoods or areas to stay in with examples of accommodations in each!

Accommodation Types in Vancouver

Like most big cities, Vancouver has lots of accommodation options by type. Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of hotels in Vancouver as well as many aparthotels, guesthouses, and even a few hostels.

It should also be noted that when it comes to accommodations, Vancouver is a more expensive city compared to most. You can find good deals but even the “budget” hotels can be as expensive as some cities’ mid-range hotels.

That said, the types of accommodations are pretty location-specific – similar to Toronto or Montreal. This means you’ll find most of the hotels concentrated close to downtown while guesthouses/B&Bs are in quieter, more residential areas.

Knowing these differences can help you immediately say yes or no to an area based on the accommodation style you are looking to book.

Below, we breakdown Vancouver, BC lodging by type and by budget. So, if you know what kind of accommodation you are searching for, you can get started looking.

Alternatively, if you want to stay in a specific area of Vancouver, you can scroll down to the “Neighbourhood/Area” section to read about them and have a look at top accommodations in each area.

Hotels in Vancouver

If you’re looking for hotels in Vancouver, Canada, you are in luck. Since Vancouver is one of the largest cities in Canada, hotels are a popular accommodation option.

Vancouver area hotels are mainly concentrated in the downtown core. There are so many hotels in Downtown Vancouver – mainly 5-star hotels and boutique hotels.

There are exceptions to this rule, of course, and you’ll find hotels near downtown Vancouver in areas like Gastown, Coal Harbour, the West End, Yaletown, etc. These other areas close to downtown offer a good mix of luxury and boutique hotels as well as more budget-friendly hotel options.

It’s tough to determine which is the best hotel in Vancouver because they are all so different. The good news is that because Vancouver hotels are so different, there are hotels to suit different kinds of travellers (business travellers, couples, families, cruisers, etc).

Get started searching for hotels in Vancouver here

If you want a popular hotel in/close to Downtown Vancouver that balances value for money, location, and nice amenities, you can find some of the best hotels in Vancouver here:

Popular Vancouver Hotels

Budget/Cheap Hotels in Vancouver

There are several really nice budget hotels in Vancouver for those seeking cheap places to stay in Vancouver. Yes, the city can be expensive to visit – but that doesn’t mean you can’t find affordable hotels (relative to Vancouver prices).

Many of the best budget hotels in Vancouver are actually located in nice areas. This is unlike in some other cities where you have to stay farther from the action to get a decent price.

The hotels below are very popular options for travellers looking for a safe and simple place to stay in Vancouver.

A key reason they are relatively cheaper than other hotel options is that they tend to offer fewer amenities than upscale hotels.

So, if you are okay without a spa and a pool, check out these top hotel options for budget travellers :

Boutique Hotels in Vancouver

Being a big, popular, vibrant city, there is lots of style and class in the city of Vancouver. This is reflected in the hotels as there are lots of boutique hotels in Vancouver.

Vancouver boutique hotels – more so than other cities – make a point of offering guests a unique experience.

Featuring super stylish décor, upscale dining options, and cool perks like bottle shops or tropical courtyards, there is a boutique hotel to suit any style and taste.

Below are some of the coolest hotels in Vancouver. If you’re the kind of traveller who is seeking out hip hotels in Vancouver, you’ll hopefully find what you’re looking for below!

  • Victorian HotelA bright, downtown boutique hotel in walking distance to Gastown (Our Pick)
  • Hotel Belmont VancouverA stunningly cool hotel close to Yaletown right downtown
  • EXchange Hotel VancouverA chic, charming boutique hotel close to the water downtown
  • The Burrard – A cool, clean hotel with tropical courtyard in downtown close-ish to Granville Island
  • Loden VancouverA hip, sophisticated hotel in the heart of Coal Harbour

Luxury Hotels in Vancouver

Last, but certainly not least, we have luxury hotels in Vancouver. Like Toronto, the city has a robust offering of high-class hotels to suit luxury travellers or those looking to splurge.

These hotels offer an array of amenities like world-class spas, dining options (like sushi restaurants), rooms with amazing mountain views, and much more.

Those looking for the best luxury places to stay in downtown Vancouver, BC will have tons of luck. This is because many of the 5-star luxury hotels in Vancouver are located right downtown – or in an area very close to it.

Below are some of the top luxury hotels in Vancouver for you to check out. Many of these are great options for those staying in Vancouver before or after cruise due to their proximity to the cruise port.

Guesthouses/Bed and Breakfasts in Vancouver

There are also lots of guesthouses and/or bed and breakfasts in Vancouver. These are great accommodation options for those wanting a bit more of a “home away from home” when visiting the city.

These cozy accommodations are usually situated in quieter areas of the city in actual houses. Many of these B&Bs are just a short drive or transit ride to downtown attractions.

Most of the guesthouses or bed and breakfasts are run by local hosts who are full of knowledge. Depending on where you book, many offer breakfast, outdoor terraces to enjoy, and parking (which can be expensive in Vancouver).

You can check here for guesthouses/B&Bs in Vancouver. We’ve included a variety of the great guesthouses/B&Bs to get you started.

Many guesthouses/B&Bs are located in Vancouver South (quiet area) but there is one located in the heart of downtown.

Apartments in Vancouver

Another popular accommodation option is an apartment. Apartments in Vancouver for short-stay vacationers can be a bit of a contentious issue. This is because Vancouver – like some other Canadian cities – has a housing shortage/affordability issue.

So, if you are travelling to Vancouver for a few days and want your own base to cook meals or do laundry, we’d recommend an aparthotel or a regulated apartment rental complex (like a converted house of many apartments/suites).

These types of apartments (also called suites) can also work well if you are travelling to Vancouver with family and/or kids.

Plus, aparthotels – a building comprised of all suite-style rentals with kitchenettes or full kitchens – have other perks like being situated right downtown and often have parking and a helpful reception area.

You can check here for great apartments in Vancouver. Below are a few nice apartments and aparthotels in great locations:

Hostels in Vancouver

If you are wondering where to stay in Vancouver on a budget, a hostel might be for you. Hostels in Vancouver are a great option whether you’re a budget traveller or a backpacker looking to connect with fellow travellers who are exploring Vancouver/the West Coast of Canada.

Similar to Toronto, there are actually fewer hostels in Vancouver available than you might imagine for a larger city. However, the Vancouver hostels that exist are often highly rated and very popular because they are located in or near downtown.

Our local Vancouver connection Laura worked for hostels in Vancouver and recommends any of the Hostelling International properties. They can be found with an “HI” usually in the title.

You can check here for top hostels in Vancouver but some of the top-rated ones are listed below:

Good Neighbourhoods/Areas To Stay in Vancouver

Having covered the different types of accommodations in Vancouver, we can now dive into different parts of Vancouver. These parts might be an “area” or a “neighbourhood” – this distinction isn’t hugely important.

We’ll introduce each of the – in our opinion – best areas to stay in Vancouver and describe what you can find there, what kind of traveller it may be best suited for, and then offer a few top-rated accommodation examples in each.

Keep in mind, these are not all the areas of Vancouver – only those that we believe are great for visitors. If we were visiting again (we will for an upcoming wedding), these are the places where we’d search for accommodation.

Also, what makes up the best neighbourhoods in Vancouver, BC is going to differ for everyone. Keep your needs in mind as you read through and you’ll find a good place for you!

If you know your interests, then you can get started having a look at these top accommodation picks in each of the highlighted areas below!

Top Vancouver Accommodations By Area

Safety in Vancouver: Vancouver is generally a very safe and pleasant city. But with any major metropolitan centre, you will need to take the usual precautions while walking about as a tourist.

You’ll also find a few less desirable areas to stay in if you are a tourist visiting for a few days. One of the Vancouver neighbourhoods to avoid is the Downtown Eastside. The rough borders of this area are east of Gastown/Chinatown along East Hastings Street.

It’s not overly unsafe. However, as a tourist, you should seek a different place to stay due to the complex intersection of social issues of the area (poverty, addiction).

Downtown Vancouver – Central, Lively, Sights

autumn leaves and tall buildings overlooking downtown vancouver with mountain behind
A beautiful shot of Downtown Vancouver – just follow the buildings!

Ah yes, Downtown Vancouver! Dotted by the tallest buildings in the city, the downtown area is a popular place to stay.

It should be mentioned that “Downtown Vancouver” is made up of a few smaller areas or neighbourhoods. When we say “downtown” we mean “Central Vancouver” where the skyscrapers are. You can find specific details about popular areas like West End, Coal Harbour, or Gastown below in this post.

Overall, this area is very central, lively, and busy. There’s no shortage of action – and it’s a great place to stay if you’re visiting Vancouver on business.

From this area, you are within walking distance to a number of attractions around the city centre. You also have the ability to easily hop on public transit to explore other areas.

As for where to stay in Vancouver’s downtown, there are lots of hotels in this area for various budgets and styles. Vancouver hotels downtown tend to be more expensive – but you can find affordable ones dotted throughout.

As for what to do close by, places to see are False Creek, BC Place, Yaletown (considered one of the cool places to stay in Vancouver), Vancouver Art Gallery, and others.

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Because the Downtown area is so full of things to see and do, many consider it to be the best location to stay in Vancouver.

Of course, this is subjective – but it is definitely a good place to start looking if you want to be centrally located!

Featured Accoomodations in Downtown Vancouver

Below are a few of the top accommodations in Downtown Vancouver. Since we mention other districts in the downtown area below, these hotels are very much in the heart of the centre of what many would consider downtown.

O Canada House Bed & Breakfast – Check Now

  • Style: A Cozy and Quaint Bed and Breakfast
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Technically in West End but very close to the centre of downtown
  • Featured Amenities: Cozy rooms, great breakfast, garden terrace, parking included

The St. Regis Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: An Upscale, Classy Hotel (a popular downtown Vancouver hotel)
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Right in the heart of downtown, a short walk to different SkyTrain lines
  • Featured Amenities: Nice breakfast, bar/restaurant on site, paid parking available.

Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: Simple, Functional Apartment Suites
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Yaletown – in central downtown. Walking distance to attractions (like BC Place and Rogers Arena) and public transport
  • Featured Amenities: Parking, pool and sauna, restaurant/bar on site, free wifi

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – Check Now

  • Style: An Elegant and Pristine Hotel
  • Price Range: Luxury
  • Location: The heart of downtown – walking distance to many attractions and public transport
  • Featured Amenities: Parking available, amazing buffet breakfast, great views, swimming pool

Coal Harbour/Gastown – Trendy, Shopping, Touristy

old steam clock in gastown at night in vancouver
The Gastown Steam Clock is in the heart of the area…

Coal Harbour and Gastown are located to the north and the east of the centre of downtown, respectively. We have put them together for this post since together they hug the waterfront on the north end of downtown.

The areas are, in general, trendy, good for shopping, and fairly touristy. That said, being closer to the water – even by just a few blocks – can make a big difference when it comes to your accommodation’s overall ambience.

Because of the great location, there are also lots of hotels in these areas. Location depending, accommodations in this area might also have views of the mountains to the north and Vancouver Harbour.

These two areas are known for many things and attractions like The Gastown Steam Clock, Canada Place, the Vancouver Lookout, catching the Seaplanes, many restaurants, ocean walks, and more!

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Overall, these are some of the more cool areas to stay in Vancouver (aside from Yaletown, Wes End, or Granville Island). You might also want to stay in these areas if you are visiting Vancouver for a cruise.

Featured Hotels in Gastown/Coal Harbour

Below are some of the top accommodations in the areas which we define as Coal Harbour and Gastown. Admittedly, the hotels we feature straddle the two areas to give you the best of both worlds.

Gastown hotels are great for food and shopping while Coal Harbour is close to hiking, biking, and nature in Stanley Park. Overall, it’s a great area for couples!

If you are looking for hotels near downtown Vancouver without actually being exactly in the centre, you’d look to these areas for accommodation.

Victorian Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A bright Boutique Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Downtown, walkable distance to Gastown
  • Featured Amenities: On-site restaurant, breakfast available, paid secure parking available

Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by APA  – Check Now

  • Style: Trendy and Modern Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: The heart of Coal Harbour – close to the water
  • Featured Amenities: Gym, indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub, parking, comfortable beds, amazing views

Fairmont Pacific Rim – Check Now

  • Style: A Cool and Trendy 5-star Hotel
  • Price Range: Luxury
  • Location: Near the water close to downtown and Canada Place (cruise port)
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite bar/restaurants/cafe (good sushi), mountain views, rooftop pool

Loden Vancouver – Check Now

  • Style: A Hip and Sophisticated Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: In the heart of Coal Harbour, walking distance to transit and the waterfront
  • Featured Amenities: Bar/restaurant on site, free bike rental, free cab service

West End – Hip, Scenic, Relaxed

colourful sunset over water at english bay west end in vancouver
An actual sunset shot by Eric at English Bay…. just stunning!

If you want a more relaxing vibe and great coffee, then staying in the West End might be for you! Located to the northwest of downtown, this is a rather large area known to be hip, very active, and yet also quite relaxed.

The district is a little more residential than the heart of downtown. That said, there are many restaurants, cafes, bars, and other things to check out on Denman and Davie Street.

Because of the access to public transit and the ability to walk to things, it’s also one idea for where to stay in Vancouver BC without a car.

The area has a few popular attractions like the famous Stanley Park + the Sea Wall, English Bay/Beach, Sunset Beach Park, Denman Street, a cool sculpture called “A-maze-ing Laughter”, and more.

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Some say West End is the best area to stay in Vancouver because it’s usually cheaper than right downtown and the water is close by. With the beach and Stanley Park just a bike rental away, this isn’t a wrong assessment.

Featured Hotels in the West End

Below are some of the top hotels in the West End. Obviously, this area is quite large to define and so there are lots of different hotels and accommodation styles in the area.

That said, Eric (and his dad) stayed close to English Bay when they visited a few years ago and so he wanted to feature hotels close by. The sunsets were incredible – see the photo above – making this area also nice for couples.

Blue Horizon Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Clean and Modern Hotel
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: On Robson Street – a short walk to Coal Harbour or to English Bay, restaurants/bakeries close
  • Featured Amenities: Indoor pool, rooms with views in all directions, paid parking available

Best Western Plus Sands – Check Now

  • Style: A Nice, Reliable Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: The heart of the West End – very close to English Bay (a short walk to Stanley Park)
  • Featured Amenities: Parking, bar/restaurant on site with water views, sauna, free wifi, air conditioning

Times Square Suites – Check Now

  • Style: A Cozy, Homey Aparthotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: In the heart of West End, a very short walk to Stanley Park and beaches
  • Featured Amenities: Suites with full kitchens, rooms with balconies, parking available, rooftop patio with BBQ

The Sylvia Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: Charming and Functional Hotel (great for couples)
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: The West End – very, very close to beautiful English Bay
  • Featured Amenities: Parking, restaurant/lounge patio overlooking the water, suites with kitchens

Kitsilano + Granville Island – Quieter, Scenic, Trendy

boat docked under bridge at granville island vancouver
Granville Island would be a unique place to stay in Vancouver!

Kitsilano and Granville Island are two distinct areas. However, they are geographically close to one another and so we mashed them together for this post.

Granville Island is located just south of the heart of downtown Vancouver. Kitsilano is the quiet, westerly area that extends on the mainland away from downtown.

Together, they form the area south/southwest of downtown. However, accommodations in these areas are still quite accessible to downtown via car, ferry, or transit.

These areas, in general, are known to be quieter, more scenic, with Granville being a tad more touristy. 

Granville Island is home to the famous Public Market and Granville Island Brewery. This makes it a good option for couples who want to try different things and have a unique place to stay.

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Kitsilano is known for the Kitsilano Pool, Kitsilano Beach, green space, and shopping on West 4th Avenue. With more apartments for rent, this is a good place for families or those seeking a quieter place to stay in Vancouver.

Featured Properties in Kitsilano/Granville Island

Below are some of the top accommodations in these areas (or very close by). While these accommodations are not located downtown, staying here can make things cheaper while still having access to the city centre.

Granville Island Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: Elegant and Modern Hotel (good for pets and couples)
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: On Granville Island – close to the public market and downtown Vancouver
  • Featured Amenities: Parking, onsite restaurant and bar, fitness centre, good for pets and couples

Alma Beach Manor – Check Now

  • Style: Cozy, Comfortable Apartments
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Just off W 4th Avenue, walkable to the water and shops
  • Featured Amenities: Suites with full kitchens, one with terrace, parking (German-speaking hosts)

Park Inn & Suites by Radisson – Check Now

  • Style: Simple and Stylish Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: In Fairview, close to Granville Island – a quick cab to downtown with eateries around
  • Featured Amenities: Paid parking, onsite food, liquor store, fitness centre

North Vancouver – Scenic, Nature, Secluded

green bridge spanning river into green trees of north vancouver with mountains behind
The Lions Gate Bridge marks the path to North Vancvouver…

If the distance to downtown isn’t totally important to you, you could stay in North Vancouver. The area is known to be scenic, close to nature, and somewhat secluded. The views of downtown Vancouver from here are often very gorgeous.

That said, it’s easy to get downtown via the Seabus from the Lonsdale Pier. You just might have to time your harbour crossing a little bit in advance. You can also drive the Lions Gate Bridge back through Stanley Park towards downtown.

This area is also good if you want to explore the vast natural attractions north of the city. You can check out Lynn Canyon Bridge, Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge, and other things in this area.

This is a good area for those wanting to be active and perhaps do some hiking while on their city escape.

Featured Accommodations in North Vancouver

There aren’t a ton of places to stay in North Vancouver. That said, staying there can serve a good purpose if you are interested in day-tripping to the north of the city.

It’s also a good place to stay if you are continuing north out of the city to Whistler and beyond.

You also have access to the city centre via car or ferry so you’re not completely disconnected from the action. The three accommodation below are all very close to the water and offer great views of Downtown Vancouver!

The Lonsdale Quay Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: Upscale and Trendy Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Right on Lonsdale Pier – with markets and the Seabus very close by
  • Featured Amenities: Parking, comfy beds, bar onsite

Ocean Breeze Executive Bed and Breakfast – Check Now

  • Style: Charming and Quaint Bed and Breakfast
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Close to the water, a quick walk to Lonsdale Pier and the Seabus
  • Featured Amenities: Parking, good breakfast, good for families, rooms have a fridge, microwave, tea/coffee facilities

Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier – Check Now

  • Style: Modern and Chic Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Right beside Lonsdale Pier – with markets and the Seabus very close by
  • Featured Amenities: Parking, pool, onsite restaurant, sauna and steam room, outdoor deck

Vancouver South – Quaint, Residential, Quiet

For simplicity, we grouped together the smaller neighbourhoods and areas that are south of Vancouver into the section on Vancouver South.

It’s geographically everything south of Downtown, east of the University of British Columbia, west of Burnaby, and north of Richmond (where the airport is). This area is known to be quaint, residential, and quiet. That doesn’t mean that it’s boring!

There are a bunch of smaller communities like South Cambie, Shaughnessy, and Kerrisdale that all have shops, restaurants, and parks. This is a great area for those looking for a bed and breakfast since many of them are located here.

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Travellers looking for a quieter stay should look in this area. You’re still connected to Downtown via transit (but you will have to commute to sightsee).

For this reason, prices can often be a tad cheaper here. Shaughnessy is actually one of the more affluent areas in Vancouver so you know it’s a good place to stay.

Featured Accommodations in Vancouver South

Below are the featured accommodations in the Vancouver South area. The area is made for apartment rentals and guesthouses since it’s more residential.

These can be great for families, travellers with a car that need a quiet place to park, or couples wanting a quieter base.

Cambie Lodge – Check Now

  • Style: A Simple, Charming Bed and Breakfast
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Just south of downtown but still in a residential area, SkyTrain stop close by
  • Featured Amenities: Great breakfast, outdoor space, parking available

Sun House – Check Now

  • Style: A Warm and Homey Guesthouse
  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: Quiet residential area – a short walk to Memorial South Park and shops on Fraser Street
  • Featured Amenities: Cozy rooms, very caring host

Diana’s Luxury Bed and Breakfast – Check Now

  • Style: Colourful and Quirky Bed and Breakfast
  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: The heart of Vancouver South, east of Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Featured Amenities: Parking onsite, “to-go” breakfast, coffee and tea, garden, private rooms with bathroom

Vancouver International Airport – For Catching Flights

As always, we wanted to be thorough when talking about hotels in Vancouver. As such, we’ve included hotels that are close to Vancouver International Airport.

This area is technically Richmond, British Columbia, but the area is still in Greater Vancouver. If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Vancouver near the airport, this is where you look.

The airport is connected to downtown via the SkyTrain (Canada Line) which is super cheap and very handy. However, if you want the best place to stay in Vancouver for an early morning flight (and don’t want to risk missing it), check out the hotels below.

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Featured Hotels Close To The Vancouver International Airport

Below are some featured hotels close to the airport. There are many to choose from – some are affordable with shuttle service to the airport, some are physically in the terminal and full of amenities!

Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel Check Now

  • Style: Elegant and Charming Hotel
  • Price Range: Luxury
  • Location: In the Airport Terminal building – doesn’t get much closer!
  • Featured Amenities: Parking, pool, onsite dining, floor-to-ceiling windows for views of mountains or runways!

 Days Inn by Wyndham Vancouver Airport – Check Now

  • Style: Simple, Standard Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Just across the bridge from the airport in Richmond
  • Featured Amenities: Wifi, coffee makers, parking, and breakfast, free airport shuttle

Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel – Check Now

  • Style: A Clean, Classic Hotel
  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range
  • Location: Just north of the Fraser River – a short drive to the airport, Downtown transit nearby
  • Featured Amenities: Onsite restaurant, gym, free airport shuttle

FAQ

If you’ve got questions about where to stay in Vancouver, Canada for you – whether you’re a couple, family, cruiser, or without a car – check out these detailed answers just for you!

Best places to stay in downtown Vancouver, BC?

There are so many places to stay in Downtown Vancouver. The St. Regis Hotel is a very popular hotel while Victorian Hotel is a boutique-style hotel closer to the trendy area of Gastown.

For a luxury hotel in downtown Vancouver, check out the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. For a more quaint stay, O Canada House Bed & Breakfast is a rare (but great) bed and breakfast in this area!

Where to stay in Vancouver, BC without a car?

Those travelling to Vancouver without a car (ie. flying in and then using public transport) will want to stay closer to downtown. However, you don’t have to stay right in the heart of downtown/Central Vancouver.

Areas around the downtown core like Yaletown, Coal Harbour, or the West End will offer you a great location with the ability to walk to shops, restaurants, attractions, and/or nearby transit to explore other areas of the city with ease.

We’d recommend Blue Horizon Hotel in the West End, Opus Hotel in the heart of Yaletown, or Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Coal Harbour.

Best places to stay in Vancouver on a budget?

Vancouver visitors on a budget will have a number of budget accommodation option in a few good areas to choose from.

Check out Best Western Plus Sands in the West End for a popular hotel right at the beach at English Bay or GEC Granville Suites Downtown located downtown for an affordable suite-style aparthotel.

Hostels like Samesun Vancouver are also a good budget-friendly place to stay in Vancouver (also in a great location).

You might also choose a guesthouse/B&B a little further from the centre – like Sun House in Vancouver South.

Where to stay in Vancouver before a cruise?

There are loads of places to stay in Vancouver when you’re there for a cruise – either before or after. You can choose to stay very close to the port. This way, you can walk to attractions and also be able to walk to your ship!

The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront is located between downtown and the port while the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel is literally located at Canada Place (where the ships leave from). They offer amenities for cruisers like luggage transfer.

That said, lots of downtown hotels and/or accommodations in the surrounding areas – West End, Kitsilano, etc – will have you at the port in a maximum of 10 or 20 minutes by taxi.

Best places to stay in Vancouver, BC for families?

Those travelling to Vancouver with family and/or with kids should consider the activities they want to do and the space they need before they book.

An apartment or aparthotel might make for a good base for a few days to cook meals and do laundry. Alma Beach Manor in Kitsilano will allow for a quieter sleep and access to the sea and beaches – while still being close to Downtown.

Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel is located right in Yaletown (downtown) and will allow you to be close to popular attractions while still having space for a family.

Best places to stay in Vancouver for couples?

For couples visiting Vancouver, you could stay in the West End at The Sylvia Hotel for amazing sunsets and seaside walks right at English Bay.

An accommodation in Coal Harbour or in Gastown – like at Coast Coal Harbour Hotel by APA – will get you those mountain views from the north side of Downtown.

For a more trendy location, Granville Island Hotel on Granville Island will allow for trying lots of craft beer and different eateries!

Where to stay with wheelchair accessibility in center of Vancouver, BC?

There are many hotels and other accommodations in Downtown Vancouver that are wheelchair accessible. Rosewood Hotel Georgia has an accessible room and shower access. The Hilton Vancouver Downtown also has a room for those with mobility impairments.

Park Inn & Suites by Radisson is a bit further from downtown but more affordable and also has the appropriate accessible facilities.

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And there you have it – a rundown of some of the best places to stay in Vancouver, Canada! In the end, there are so many different areas and accommodations that are likely to suit your needs and travel style.

You won’t necessarily make a bad decision with any of the above areas or accommodation choices. Just remember your budget and preferences- hotel, apartment, B&B, or hostel – and you should be fine. Enjoy exploring Vancouver!

As always, Happy Waddlin’,
-L&E

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