With imposing mountain ranges to the north and the Pacific Ocean nuzzling the coast to the west, Vancouver is a nature enthusiast’s nirvana. Yet it’s not all about hiking through bear country; the city boasts a thriving creative community and an ever-evolving startup scene.

As Canada’s third most populated city, Vancouver is an amalgamation of sprawling neighborhoods that are as diverse as they are distinct. There’s a world of difference between Downtown and Mount Pleasant, Kitsilano and East Van – and each pocket has its own draw, with local coffee shops, cafés and craft breweries in abundance.

Vancouverites may refer to it as ‘Blandcouver’ or ‘No Fun City’ and, in terms of hotels, it’s often easy to agree. Don’t expect to be confronted by an impossible choice of small, boutique boltholes or Ace-like trendiness. You will, however, have your pick of lofts, artist’s studios and laneway houses on Airbnb. Afterall, they best way to immerse yourself in a city is by living in it.

SUITCASE picked out some of the best places to stay, play and eat for that authentic Canadian west coast vibe.


The Burrard

At the heart of Downtown, The Burrard is a stone’s throw from Robson Street for shopping and Davie Street for partying. First opened in 1956, it benefitted from a Californian-style facelift in 2010. Today, with free bikes available at reception, visitors are in the best location to take a ride around Stanley Park and the sea wall.

The Loden Hotel

Located on the periphery of Gastown, The Loden is a quietly beautiful 77-room hotel with luxury appeal. The award-winning, independent abode offers guests a sample of true West Coast life with its personal trainers and round-the-clock yoga. It plays host to Tableau, one of the city’s best bar-bistros, serving French fare and strong cocktails.

Rosewood Georgia Hotel

Restored to its original 1920’s grandeur, Rosewood is one of Vancouver’s most beautiful buildings. Head to its organic Hawksworth restaurant and bar or Nordstrom nearby before unwinding at the hotel’s luxurious spa and heated saltwater pool, dredged in natural light.

Wedgewood Hotel & Spa

In a modern and minimalist city, this hotel feels distinctly old-school European, with lavish and spacious bedrooms. The Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge is a nod to the Greek God of the same name – it’s opulent, yet welcoming with dark-wood panelling, velvet armchairs and French-influenced cuisine. Situated close to Robson Square, the Wedgwood is a comforting retreat in the heart of Vancouver. Spend the morning the hotel’s surrounds before returning to pamper your tired feet with a pedicure at the award-winning spa.

The Burrard

The Loden Hotel

Rosewood Georgia Hotel

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