Coal Harbour has a fine selection of hotels that overlook the harbour ranging in price from $230 per night to over $500 for their most basic rooms. This is a prime location, close to Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre, Gastown and Stanley Park. Guests can also enjoy runs or walks along the Seawall trail system from these hotels. If you want to be in the area and are looking for greater affordability, the Coast Coal Harbour is likely to surface as the best deal, but at these hotel prices the defining factor may likely be a matter of atmosphere and style.

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Editor's Top 2 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$158 CAD
Highly praised downtown Vancouver hotel offering ocean views, indoor pool and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free local calls
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many reviewers thought that the location was convenient for accessing harbourfront destinations
  • A few guests described their rooms as quiet
  • A few reviewers described their beds as comfortable
  • Guests said they felt relaxed at the hotel
Cons
  • A few reviewers were disturbed in their rooms by noise from the air conditioners
  • Parking is $33.88 plus taxes per night
Coast Coal Harbour Hotel is my pick for best value in Coal Harbour. It has the most affordable room rates of the five hotels that grace the harbour along with one of the highest guest rating scores. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi and local calling to its guests and provides a modern and comfortable room with beautiful appointments. It's in a prime location in downtown Vancouver, a short walk to the Seawall trail system and about 20 minutes on foot to Stanley Park.

Rooms feature floor to ceiling windows that offer stunning views of Coal Harbour. Guests can dine at Prestons Restaurant which serves Canadian comfort food, with locally sourced ingredients, and relax in the lounge with a drink or on the outdoor patio. Room service is available 24 hours.

Guests can get a work out in the hotel’s large fitness centre with the most modern equipment, and the hotel offers an indoor pool and outdoor hot tub for relaxing moments away from it all. The hotel supplies valet parking underground, in a secured area for $34. Travellers visiting for business purposes will appreciate the 24-hour access to the hotel’s business centre.

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$318 CAD
Luxury hotel in downtown Vancouver with harbour views, fine dining, day spa & rooftop pool
Pros
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their attentive and professional service
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurants
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring the harbourfront area on foot
  • Several reviewers described their beds as comfortable
  • Several guests praised the views of the harbour from their guest rooms
Cons
  • A few reviewers found the touch-controls for the in-room lighting difficult to operate
  • Wi-Fi for (non club members) is $14.65 for 24 hrs
  • Self-parking is $44 and valet parking is $46 per night including tax

3 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Coal Harbour

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$128 CAD
Well-liked boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver with ocean views, indoor pool & free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean, spacious, and well-appointed
  • The staff were frequently described as friendly and helpful
  • Several guests praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Several reviewers described their beds as comfortable
Cons
  • Some guests complained of noise transfer from the hallways
  • Self-parking costs $29.23 and valet parking costs $36.85 per day including tax
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$154 CAD
Highly praised downtown Vancouver luxury hotel with ocean views, indoor and outdoor pools
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi in lobby only and pets stay free
  • Many guests found the location of this hotel convenient for accessing Stanley Park
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several reviewers described their rooms as clean and their beds as comfortable
  • Several guests described pleasant views of Coal Harbour and Stanley Park from their rooms
Cons
  • Self-parking is $36 and valet parking is $41 per night including tax
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise from neighbouring guest rooms
  • A few reviewers thought that the menu prices at the on-site restaurant were expenisve
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$153 CAD
Harbourfront hotel in downtown Vancouver with ocean views, indoor pool and attentive service
Pros
  • Wi-Fi is free in the lobby
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several guests described their beds as comfortable
  • Several reviewers praised the view of the harbour from their rooms
  • A few guests praised the good food at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • A few guests described the in-room air conditioning units as loud and disruptive
  • Wi-Fi (for non members) is $7.95 or $14.95 plus tax
  • Self-parking costs $33.04 and valet costs $40.66 per day including tax

Tips For Staying In Coal Harbour

This coastal area of Vancouver stretches west from the Vancouver Convention Centre to the edge of Stanley Park. This picturesque area is adjacent to downtown Vancouver and features shopping, restaurants, parks and a marina.

Coal Harbour Hotels
There is a limited selection of hotels in Coal Harbour, and most of the hotels in this area are mid- to high-end properties. With close proximity to the water, most hotels feature stunning harbour views from the guest rooms.

While populated with mostly luxury hotels, our Editor's Pick, Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, is a more affordable choice. This modern waterfront hotel features free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business centre, an indoor pool, an outdoor hot tub and an on-site restaurant with 24-hour room service. While the room rates are less expensive than other hotels in the area, you don't have to sacrifice the breathtaking water views. Rooms at this hotel feature floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for viewing Vancouver Harbour and seeing the city lit up at night. 

With a temperate climate, hotel rates in this area remain consistent throughout the year and there is only a slight increase during the summer months. However, with so many business offices and tourist attractions in the Vancouver area, room rates here are generally expensive. Plus, parking throughout Vancouver is expensive, and therefore, so are hotel parking fees. Coal Harbour hotels charge between $25 and $40 per night for parking, so if you bring a vehicle, be prepared for the extra fee on your bill!

Scenic Relaxation and Recreation
Coal Harbour is a bit of a refuge from the bustle of downtown Vancouver and is well suited for guests looking to spend time exploring the waterfront and Stanley Park. Hotels in Coal Harbour are situated within a 3-minute walk of the waterfront Seawall trail. The Seawall is a 22 km paved trail system for walking, jogging, inline skating and cycling. There are also several bicycle rental shops found near the Seawall. 

Starting in Coal Harbour, travellers can follow the Seawall trail west to Stanley Park, which is a 25-minute walk away. Stanley Park is a national historic site and a 400-hectare urban park that features beaches, wildlife and hiking trails under the canopy of cedar trees. Tour the park by horse and carriage or pack your swimsuit and splash through the Second Beach Pool. It even houses the Vancouver Aquarium!

Al Fresco Dining
Dine at one of the area patios and take advantage of the mild Vancouver weather and Pacific Ocean views. Cardero’s Restaurant and Marine Pub offers diners views of the North Shore mountains and an extensive seafood menu, while the more casual Mill Marine Bistro borders the Seawall trail and features traditional pub fare.

Getting Around
Nothing is too far away in Coal Harbour, and most destinations are found within walking distance of area hotels. However, if you’re looking to explore other areas of the city, including downtown Vancouver attractions, public transit is available via bus or SkyTrain.

The nearest train station is Burrard Station, and the train here runs routes to the Granville district, Chinatown, B.C. Place, Rogers Arena and Vancouver Pacific Central Station. SkyTrain fees are $2.75 for a single ride (within Vancouver) or $9.75 for a day pass.

Travellers can also access the airport via SkyTrain along the Canada line. Pick-up the SkyTrain at the Waterfront Station (corner of Seymour Street and West Cordova Street) and it will take you all the way to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Richmond. The cost for this trip is $5.50. If you prefer to take a taxi, cab fare from Coal Harbour to the airport is about $35.

Enjoy the peace and luxury of this waterfront neighbourhood, which provides easy access to some of Canada's hottest attractions and sights. If you secure a room with an ocean view, don't forget your camera -- you'll want evidence of the beautiful sunsets!
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