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$300-$399
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Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W. Georgia Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6C 2W6
Tel: 800 275 7544 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 684 3131
reservations@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/hotelvancouver/

There's been a grand château-style hotel on this spot since 1888, when the Canadian Pacific Railway opened the first Hotel Vancouver. The hotel's current incarnation, with its peaked copper roof, opened in 1939 for the royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and is one of the city's most striking landmarks. The 556 rooms and suites are decorated with old-school elegance: lots of cherry wood, heavy drapes, and floral upholstery. The best are the 39 Fairmont Gold rooms on the ninth floor, which are extra-spacious (averaging 750 square feet) and also give guests access to a private check-in desk, concierge, and posh lounge with an honor bar, deluxe continental breakfast, and evening hors d'oeuvres. There's a health club with a 50-foot lap pool beneath skylights, and on the lower level is the Absolute Spa, Canada's first men's concept spa. In contrast to the rest of the property, the spa is startlingly modern, with free Wi-Fi, pedicure chairs with built-in flat-screen TVs, and treatments like 60-minute back "facials."—Kasey Wilson

$400 or more
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Fairmont Pacific Rim
1038 Canada Place
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6C 0B9
Tel: 877 900 5350 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 695 5300
pacificrim@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/pacificrim

Opened on the eve of the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Pacific Rim conveys urban high-style comfort in a high-energy atmosphere, minus the corporate feel of most hotels popular with both business and leisure travelers. This is the most modern and cosmopolitan property of the three Fairmonts in Vancouver, with unobstructed views of the North Shore Mountains, Coal Harbour, and Stanley Park from the 337 rooms. There are spacious standard rooms, deluxes, and suites, done up in a palette of warm beige and taupe with American walnut walls and soft leather furniture. Plush beds have puffy "Euro" pillow-topped Stearns and Foster mattresses and Mascioni bed linens, and the bathrooms are decked out in white Italian marble. Every room is high-tech, with TV-imbedded bathroom mirrors, bedside-controlled drapes, and lighting panels. The Gold Floor (approx. $150 extra) rooms have all that and more, including deeper, richer hues with gold-flecked, chocolate-brown granite in the bathrooms, and terraces that overlook the rooftop patio or the harbor. An outdoor rooftop pool—a rarity in Vancouver—with private cabanas and iron fire pits has excellent food and bar offerings, including Canada's signature Caesar cocktail with vodka and Clamato juice, and apps of yam tempura rolls and Dungeness crab sushi. The fifth-floor Willow Stream Spa has a 4,000-square-foot fitness and relaxation zone, complete with fireplace-warmed lounges and an outdoor terrace. Executive Chef Darren Brown oversees the second-floor Oru Pan-Asian Bistro and two watering holes: the Skybar overlooking the lobby lounge and a cool bar at the entrance to the hotel. Popular Asian afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge features sushi and tea sandwiches. All that, plus the hotel's friendly staff, comes at a price, but the hotel's resort-style charm makes it worth the splurge.—Kasey Wilson

$300-$399
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Fairmont Vancouver Airport
3111 Grant McConachie Way
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 207 5200
fvares@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/vancouverairport/

"The best airport hotel in the world." Expect a "quiet, mellow vibe" and "well-soundproofed rooms" at this glass tower above the U.S. departure gates. Staff are "prepared to respond to any need." Rooms have flashes of paprika and saffron color, as well as "spectacular views of mountains" and air traffic. The breakfast buffet at Globe@YVR is "to die for."

(392 rooms)

$300-$399
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Fairmont Vancouver Waterfront
900 Canada Place Way
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6C 3L5
Tel: 800 275 7544 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 691 1991
thewaterfronthotel@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/waterfront

With a prime location right on Vancouver's harbor, this 23-story hotel has some of the city's most spectacular views. The best place to enjoy the panorama is, without a doubt, the heated pool surrounded by an herb garden on the third-floor terrace, which seems to hang suspended between vistas of the North Shore Mountains and Stanley Park. Dinner at the on-site Herons Restaurant, with its two-story panes of glass overlooking city foot traffic, isn't too shabby, either. Most of the 489 classically plush rooms and suites face the harbor, but the Signature suites and rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and especially incredible views—including from the spacious marble bathrooms. For the ultimate in pampering, splurge on a Fairmont Gold Club room featuring a private concierge, complimentary breakfast, and late-afternoon appetizers; you'll quickly grow accustomed to feeling like a member of the royal court. Note that the hotel gets packed during high season because of its proximity to the Alaska cruise ship terminal.—Kasey Wilson

$300-$399
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Four Seasons Vancouver
791 W. Georgia Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6C 2T4
Tel: 800 819 5053 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 689 9333
Fax: 604 684 4555
www.fourseasons.com/vancouver

Four Seasons' impeccable service and a great downtown location are the main draws at this 373-room property. The hotel is impeccably maintained, and the staff is ready to assist with just about any request (for example, the kitchen will gladly put together a picnic in a sporty backpack if you plan to go on a hike in Stanley Park). A $20-million renovation in 2009 updated the 35-year-old decor, but the bathrooms are still on the small side. All rooms now include 42-inch flat-screen TVs, iHome radios with iPod docks, and super-plush beds; Wi-Fi is free in all public areas. An impressive sundeck surrounds Vancouver's only year-round indoor/outdoor pool, making it a great spot to laze away a warm day. The happening Yew Restaurant and Bar, with its soaring ceilings, glassed-in private dining room, and 14-seat communal table, focuses on Pacific Northwest sustainable seafood and has a talented team of bartenders. Shoppers and culture-vultures will appreciate the location: The Vancouver Art Gallery is right across the street and the Pacific Centre Mall right next door.—Kasey Wilson

$200-$299
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Hotel Le Soleil
567 Hornby Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6C 2E8
Tel: 877 632 3030 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 632 3000
reservations@hotellesoleil.com
www.hotellesoleil.com

One of Vancouver's few boutique hotels, the 112-room Hotel Le Soleil is all about cozy romance. The rooms are done up in crimson and gold, silk brocade, and ornate Louis XVI–style furnishings. Almost all of the rooms are suites, with small but elegant living rooms perfect for relaxing with a bottle of wine from the minibar. Avoid the third-floor suites, which have no living-room windows and are a bit gloomy (corner suites, which do have floor-to-ceiling windows, are a better choice for light-lovers). There's no gym or spa, but fitness-minded guests can get day passes to the YWCA next door, and treatment packages are available at the nearby Spa Utopia at the Pan Pacific hotel. The on-site restaurant is cute, but for a really special and affordable lunch, head one block north and one block east to Sclué, a Roman-style café where the panini are out of this world.—Kasey Wilson

$400 or more
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The Keefer
133 Keefer Street
Chinatown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6A 1X3
Tel: 888 688 1983
reservations@thekeefer.com
thekeefer.com

The Keefer is much cooler than you are. The four-suite hotel is a boon to shabby Chinatown, and a good indication that the area is becoming hip again. Intended as a high-end apartment building (until the housing meltdown), these super-luxe pads are available for the night, the week, or indefinitely. High-maintenance guests should head elsewhere: There's no turndown service, 24-hour room service, or other typical hotel amenities. But for scenesters with deep pockets, this is the place to hang your hat. Each 2,400-square-foot dwelling has two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a modern kitchen, a living room (complete with a punching bag), and a TV so large it might be classified as a mini movie screen. It's tempting to want to throw a blowout party here, especially if you book the penthouse, whose roof deck has a sexy lap pool with a transparent bottom looking into the suite. The decor manages to be chic and well balanced despite the air of playful excess: Retro paintings in lollipop hues and oversized prints of old boxing photos (all by Canadian artist/writer Douglas Coupland) are juxtaposed against unfinished blond-wood floors and matte-gray walls. By contrast, the bedrooms, with their white-and-silver aesthetic, seem almost dull. No matter, you're here for the party.

$300-$399
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Loden Vancouver
1177 Melville Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6E 0A3
Tel: 877 563 3622 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 669 5060
reservations@theloden.com
www.theloden.com

Located in the quiet residential neighborhood of Coal Harbour, the 14-story, 77-room property is just blocks from Stanley Park, Robson Street shopping, and the financial district. Design-wise, the Loden is all about serenity and discretion—blink and you'll drive right past the hotel's understated signage—which may be why celebs like Hugh Jackman and Catherine Zeta-Jones have stayed here. The extensive use of glass on the facade mimics the nearby ocean; massive wooden front doors lead to a lobby centered on a double-sided zebra onyx fireplace. The guest rooms are compact at just over 400 square feet, but floor-to-ceiling windows flood them with natural light, and a sliding wall separates the bathroom from the sleeping area. The look is modern but not minimalist: Coral velvet chaises and blond-wood cabinets stand out against boldly patterned carpeting and, in the bathrooms, chocolate-brown marble. Ask for a high room to get a sliver of a mountain or ocean view, or a garden room for a step-out patio; rooms on lower floors look onto buildings. Voya, the former '40s-style dining room, has been renovated to half its size and replaced by Tableau, a no-attitude French bistro where chef Marc-André Choquette serves flavorful, moderately priced dishes with an affordable wine list.—Kasey Wilson

$300-$399
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Opus Hotel
322 Davie Street
Yaletown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6B 5Z6
Tel: 866 642 6787 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 642 6787
info@opushotel.com
www.opushotel.com

Yaletown's only hotel and the most design-centric place in Vancouver, Opus is once again one of our top choices, thanks to quick access to and from the airport via the Yaletown subway station next door. Opus's 96 immaculate rooms are painted in bright primary colors (lipstick red, sunflower yellow), furnished with modern pieces by designers (from Starck bar stools to Arne Jacobsen Egg chairs), and accessorized with cutting-edge touches (lots of chrome, sliding frosted-glass doors leading to starkly spacious bathrooms). Celebs like Lady Gaga and Bono have stayed here, but even everyday folks get VIP perks such as complimentary rides in the hotel's BMW 7 Series and automatic entry into the still-hip Opus Bar. The amenities, from the L'Occitane bath products to the free mountain bikes, are top-notch. What used to be the Elixir brasserie has become a pop-up restaurant that changes every 100 days.—Kasey Wilson

$300-$399
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Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver
300–999 Canada Place Way
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6C 3B5
Tel: 800 937 1515 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 662 8111
info@panpacific-hotel.com
www.panpacific.com/Vancouver

Set right on the downtown harbor and adjacent to Canada Place (home of the Vancouver Convention Centre), this modern 23-story tower is big with business travelers and conference attendees. The 503 rooms are beige, beige, and more beige, but they're also large and airy, with big windows overlooking the water and the mountains beyond. Of the three on-site restaurants, the Cascades Lounge, in the atrium lobby, morphs into a swank nightspot, where jazz musicians often play. The outdoor pool and Jacuzzi are both heated, the Spa Utopia's treatments are sumptuous, and the 2,000-square-foot fitness center is far and away the best hotel gym in the city. Book early during spring and summer (the Alaska cruise ship season). If you're easily put off by crowds of people wearing suits and name tags, you might prefer the Fairmont Waterfront across the street.—Kasey Wilson

$300-$399
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Rosewood Hotel Georgia
801 West Georgia Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6P 1P7
Tel: 888 767 3966 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 682 5566
hotelgeorgia@rosewoodhotels.com
www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotelgeorgia

Opened in 1927, the Hotel Georgia's guest book rivals that of any in the city, catering to British royalty, music legends, and Hollywood celebs. And thanks to a $125-million renovation in 2011, guests of this historic landmark are once again sleeping in style. Toronto designer Alessandro Munge has preserved the history of the building and created a soothing nest for business travelers and other visitors. The moody color palette of cocoa, taupe, and custard is complemented by Art Deco accents throughout the lobby and its "1927" bar; the largest privately owned collection of Canadian artwork flanks the walls on every floor. The 155 rooms are done up in Parisian blue and silver tones and range from 325 to 400 square feet with sleeping and living areas, and luxurious spa-grade bathrooms featuring heated flooring, deep soaking tubs, and rainwater-head showers. (Best views are from the south side, facing the neoclassical Vancouver Art Gallery.) The roomy feel carries over to the full fitness center and spa with its 52-foot indoor saltwater lap pool. The friendly, enthusiastic staffers gamely do all they can to accommodate guests, especially kids in their "Rosebud" program. Hawksworth, the high-wattage in-house wine-centric restaurant run by much-heralded chef David Hawksworth, is just an elevator ride away. The morning is the time to score a proper "English Breakfast" or Dungeness crab Benedict with a perfect hollandaise.—Kasey Wilson

$400 or more
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Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver
1128 W. Georgia Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6E 0A8
Tel: 888 818 1120 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 689 1120
slv@shangri-la.com
www.shangri-la.com/vancouver

For its entry into North America, the Hong Kong–based Shangri-La chain fired a dramatic opening salvo. The 119-room Shangri-La Vancouver takes up the first 15 floors of a 62-story glass tower (Vancouver's tallest) located between downtown and the residential West End. The Asian-style hospitality is evident in the doting, singular focus on guests: After entering, you are greeted by a hostess in Mandarin-style attire, then led to a discreet check-in area on the lower level (and if you've booked a suite, you'll be served a pot of steaming tea on arrival). The interiors are sumptuous, particularly the three-story lobby with its limestone walls and floors, crystal chandeliers, rosewood paneling, and plush leather chairs. Rooms—there are seven different configurations—start at a spacious 450 square feet and have contemporary furniture with Asian touches and a Chinese color scheme of gold and bronze. Marble bathrooms are the biggest in town, with enormous walk-in showers and mirrors that double as ten-inch televisions. Food is covered by Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Market, and classic cocktails, Asian-inspired snacks, and a formal afternoon tea are served in the revamped Xi Shi (Iron Lotus) Lobby Lounge. The Chi spa pampers patrons with a range of Chinese and Himalayan treatments in six individual suites with fireplaces.—Kasey Wilson

$200-$299
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St. Regis Hotel
602 Dunsmuir Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V68 1Y6
Tel: 800 770 7929 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 681 1135
Fax: 604 681 1126
info@stregishotel.com
www.stregishotel.com

Formerly a run-down hotel with a stripper pole in the basement, this 1913 relic (which holds no relation to St. Regis luxury brand) had an $11-million face-lift in 2008. Now it caters to style- and budget-conscious families and business travelers in the core of downtown. The 65 rooms and suites feel larger than their size (under 300 square feet) and are handsomely tailored in shades of gray with dark-brown wood furniture. All that gray can be a bit somber—especially in winter—so book one of the corner rooms (04s and 10s), which have more windows. The drapes aren't heavy enough to defeat the street noise, but on the flip side, you're in the heart of the bustle, close to shopping (chic department store Holt Renfrew is across the street), sporting events, the convention center, and Gastown. You'll give up your expensive waterfront view, but you still have plenty of mod cons, including free local and long-distance calling, Wi-Fi, and iPod docks, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, plus a large work desk with plenty of outlets. Also free is a full daily breakfast—although there's a Starbucks on property. Free passes are available to the Steve Nash Sports Club, one of the city's best gyms.—Kasey Wilson

$400 or more
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Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver
845 Burrard Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6Z 2K6
Tel: 866 378 8866 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 682 5511
cro@suttonplace.com
www.vancouver.suttonplace.com

When locals think of the 397-room Sutton Place, they think of chocolate. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the hotel's Fleuri restaurant hosts an all-you-can-eat Chocoholic Buffet, where guests can load up on desserts like chocolate profiteroles, chocolate cheesecake, and triple-chocolate croissant pudding. It's one of many decadent perks that guests here can take advantage of; others include daily high tea, Sunday Jazz Brunches, Ayurvedic treatments at the Vida Wellness Spa, and a unique shopping program that gives guests 10 to 30 percent off any purchases they make at local boutique stores on Robson Street. Tipplers shouldn't miss the wood-paneled Gerard Lounge, where bartenders reportedly make the city's best martinis. Keep an eye out for visiting celebrities; the hotel's adjoining Grande Residence has fully equipped one- and two-bedroom apartments that are popular with film crews and stars working on location (including Pierce Brosnan).

$199 or less
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Sylvia Hotel
1154 Gilford St
West End
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 681 9321
www.sylviahotel.com

Charming and blowsy, the Sylvia is the Blanche DuBois of hotels. A 1912 eight-story brick apartment building on the bayfront, it's been a hotel since 1954—when it also became the site of Vancouver's first-ever cocktail bar. The 120 old-fashioned rooms and suites have never met a decorator, but they're the best bargains in town, especially those with views—who's watching the salmon-pink nylon faux-patchwork bedspread when you can see the rollerblade parade along the seawall through the window? A sunset cocktail in the bar is a treat, '70s airport-lounge vibe notwithstanding—and you can keep the kids amused by reading them Mr. Got To Go, a book about the infamous hotel cat.

$400 or more
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Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
845 Hornby Street
Downtown
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6Z 1V1
Tel: 800 663 0666 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 689 7777
reservations@wedgewoodhotel.com
www.wedgewoodhotel.com

Greek-born owner Eleni Skalbania, who opened the Wedgewood in 1984, is fond of traditional decor: Inlaid parquet floors, Turkish rugs, leather armchairs, antiques, brocades, and gilded fixtures are everywhere in her 83-room hotel. But modern comforts aren't neglected here—especially in the four penthouse suites, updated in summer 2006 to include Jacuzzi tubs for two, walk-in showers, heated limestone floors, and 37-inch flat-screen TVs. If the small gym isn't hitting the spot, call on general manager Philip Meyer. A former Tour de France cyclist, Meyer leads guests on spins around the seawall, the Gastown area, or even further afield (advance request required). After a ride, sampling chef Lee Parsons' French menus at the on-site Bacchus Restaurant should be nearly guilt-free.

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