Posted March 2, 2011 by Adam Toren in City Guides

Vancouver Hotel Overview

Hotels are continuously popping up in Vancouver and the industry never seems to stop growing. Tourism will continue to grow as well, as Vancouver and Whistler get prepared for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Many of the hotels in the heart of downtown or in the laid back West End are easy to find and get to. They are close to major attractions, nightlife, dining and entertainment, so it’s hard to get bored when visiting the city. Hotels like the Pan Pacific and Fairmont Waterfront are located downtown near Canada Place and are good choices because it quiets down around the financial district at nighttime. They also have phenomenal views of the North Shore Mountains and the rest of the city, and are close to shopping and the Port of Vancouver.

It is important to know that if you are thinking of booking a hotel room in a place like the Best Western, Howard Johnson or Ramada Inn and Suites, which are located on Granville Street, there will be noise. They may be more reasonable in price, but people party on this street constantly and there are bars and clubs everywhere. The heart and financial district of downtown grows quiet at nightfall, but the West End has some cool and funky lounges that come alive. It might be quieter if you book a hotel in the West End where you will find tree-lined streets and be close to beautiful beaches, restaurants, Stanley Park, and Coal Harbour.

There are also some cozy bed and breakfasts in the West End such as Sylvia Place, The West End Guest House and Barclay House. They are nestled among the residential neighborhoods and one even faces out towards Kitsilano Beach. The prices that are quoted online or on their hotel Web sites do not include taxes. You can always find better deals if you call the hotels directly and ask about their special packages or rates.

It is smart to reserve a hotel room in advance if you plan to visit during the summer months in Vancouver. This is the hottest time of the year for Vancouver and people travel here from all over the world to hang out on the beaches, see the attractions, and dine out at some of the best restaurants. Book early!


Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.