My picks are well-liked properties that provide great value in a great location.


Editor's Top 10 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$119 CAD
Highly praised downtown Vancouver hotel offers suites with full kitchens and free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free area shuttle
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's central locale and proximity to public transit
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and well equipped
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few lodgers
  • Small-sized rooms and inefficient air conditioning were reported by a few guests
The very highly-rated Robson Suites Vancouver is my pick for great value in downtown Vancouver. This accommodation is ideal for families, those needing extra comforts, or the value-conscious guest who wants to stay right downtown, close to great restaurants and Robson Street, English Bay Beach and Stanley Park. It has all the conveniences of home, a full kitchen, separate bedroom, a full bathroom and even a clothes washer and dryer. It’s affordable too, with Wi-Fi, and underground parking thrown in, as well as local calls. It also offers a convenient local area shuttle service, at no extra charge, so guests can freely roam around, and take in the attractions and beauty of Vancouver without having to pay the high cost of parking in the area. Guests wanting to eat in can purchase groceries at Safeway or Whole Foods, a 2-minute walk from the suites, and enjoy the comforts of home.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$358 CAD
Popular downtown Vancouver hotel near English Bay with ocean views, indoor pool & comfy beds
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Guests enjoyed views of Robson St, Coal Harbour, English Bay and North Shore Mountains
  • Many guests liked the location for being within walking distance of English Bay, Stanley Park and many area restaurants
  • Many guests enjoyed their rooms for cleanliness, comfort and being well equipped
  • Many guests thought the hotel offered good value
  • Many guests liked the staff and said they were courteous and very helpful
  • Some guests said they enjoyed breakfast or other meals at the hotel's restaurant, along with the service
  • A few guests raved about the luxury of the bed linens and comfort of the beds
  • Parking is $17 per night
I love this hotel because it's located right on Robson Street, in the heart of the action, near to great eateries and shops. It’s a full-service hotel with some of its own action as well, offering coffees with roasted beans “ground to order” and their own pastry chef’s creations, as well as the wines and comfort foods of Abode, their on-site restaurant and patio. If you want to explore and enjoy Stanley Park, the hotel supplies discount coupons for nearby rental bikes that will get you to the Lost Lagoon Path in 3 minutes. The hotel also supplies a business centre for those who have to work, and leisure amenities, a hot tub, sauna and indoor pool for those who have to relax. Guests love the staff here and the corner rooms, and I hear there’s some pretty amazing views of the blue horizon from the Blue Horizon!
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$100 CAD
Well-liked downtown Vancouver hotel in a prime location offers good views and good value 
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing the beach, Stanley Park, and English Bay attractions
  • The staff was frequently described as helpful, friendly, and accommodating
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean
  • Several guests found their beds to be comfortable
  • Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Some guests enjoyed meals on site
  • Several guests complained that the in-room air conditioners were ineffective
  • Parking is $14 per night
The Best Western Plus Sands Hotel is my pick for very good value in a prime location in Vancouver’s downtown, near to the waterfront of English Bay, close to Stanley Park, and literally surrounded by restaurants. It’s a highly-rated hotel with many pleased guests who enjoyed their stays. Guests highlighted ocean views on the higher floors with sunsets over the bay, enjoyable walks along the sea wall and in Stanley Park, great breakfasts at the on-site restaurant and comfortable rooms. It has classy-looking rooms finished with mahogany and cherry woods, with modern bedding, flat screen TVs and mini-fridges. There’s a well-equipped fitness room, sauna and business centre at the hotel. And guests can also enjoy International cuisine which features locally sourced produce, sustainable seafood, craft beers and live entertainment at the hotel’s restaurant, The Park at English Bay.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$135 CAD
Good value downtown Vancouver hotel with air-conditioned, updated rooms & rooftop terrace
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, updated and comfortable according to guests
  • Staff were knowledgeable and helpful said guests
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants and shops and short drive to attractions
  • White Spot restaurant was well liked for quality and price
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good by guests overall
  • Good value at this hotel, according to guests
  • Underground parking is $20 per night
  • Noise from other rooms could be heard through doors
  • Some guests found their rooms a little small
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$299 CAD
Popular downtown Vancouver hotel with indoor pool, great views and suites with kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi, free newspapers
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and spacious
  • Many reviewers complimented the staff for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring downtown attractions on foot
  • Several reviewers said that they were likely to stay at this hotel again in the future
  • Many guests thought that the furnishings and decor were in need of upgrades
  • A couple of reviewers thought that the in-room kitchen appliances were in need of replacing
  • Parking is $21.60 including tax
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$182 CAD
Central location, clean rooms, friendly service, and rooftop hot tub
  • Free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free drop-off shuttle service, free bicycle rentals, and free bottled water
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many guests indicated that they were likely to stay at this hotel again in the future
  • Several reviewers mentioned that the rooftop hot tub area provided pleasant views of the city
  • Several guests complained that the dining room for the free breakfast was frequently crowded
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$174 CAD
Highly praised boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver with restaurant, bar & free breakfast
  • Free made-to-order full hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free local and worldwide long distance calls
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and professional service
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring downtown Vancouver on foot
  • Several guests thought that this hotel offered good value for the money they spent
  • Many guests praised the food at the free breakfast
  • A few guests were disturbed in their rooms by traffic noise
  • A couple of reviewers described their rooms as small
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$519 CAD
Highly praised downtown Vancouver harbourfront hotel with rooftop pool and ocean views
  • Club floor guests receive free breakfast, free evening hors d'oeuvres, free Wi-Fi, and free coffee and tea
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions and the cruise ship terminal on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their attentive service
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean
  • Many guests praised the food at the on-site restaurants
  • Many reviewers described pleasant views of the harbour from their rooms
  • Wi-Fi is $4.95 or $14.95 per 24 hours
  • Self-parking is $39 and valet parking is $43 per night including tax
  • Several guests thought that the on-site restaurants were expensive
  • A couple of reviewers were disturbed in their rooms by noise from sea planes
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$141 CAD
Central location, in-suite kitchens, clean rooms, and comfortable beds
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and their beds as comfortable
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions
  • Many guests found the in-suite kitchens to be an added convenience
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • A couple of guests thought that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent
  • A few reviewers described the parking facility as small and cramped
  • A few guests thought that the in-room furnishings were dated
  • A few guests described the in-suite air conditioners as loud and disruptive
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$165 CAD
All-suite property with full kitchens, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi and free breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean, spacious, and well-appointed
  • Several guests found the in-suite kitchens to be a value-added feature
  • Several reviewers described the staff as friendly and helpful
  • Several guests found the location convenient for accessing restaurants and shopping destinations on foot
  • Guest complaints seemed to be isolated incidents (see "The Bad" for more details)

Tips For Staying In Downtown Vancouver

This large west coast city is a thriving modern metropolis with a bit of a laid-back attitude. Nestled between the ocean and the mountains, this city is a scenic destination with ample recreational facilities. But don't let the relaxing atmosphere fool you -- there's no shortage of action, or hotels, in the diverse neighbourhoods of downtown Vancouver.

Choosing Your Ideal Hotel
Downtown Vancouver has a vast selection of hotels to choose from, including boutique, luxurious, budget-friendly and mid-range chains. Trust me -- there is a hotel for everyone in downtown Vancouver!

Known as one of Canada’s most expensive cities, hotels here are relatively costly. If you're looking to save some money, the south area of downtown, near the Granville Bridge, offers the greatest selection of budget-friendly accommodations. However, these hotels are the farthest away from downtown attractions. 

The most luxurious properties are found clustered near the harbourfront and Robson Square areas. These hotels are some of the tallest in the city and offer the most impressive water and city views. They are also typically the most conveniently located for travellers who want to experience all that downtown Vancouver has to offer.

Additional fees for parking should be expected at most downtown hotels, and fees can range from $25 to $40 per night.

Below are some of the most distinctive neighbourhoods in the city. For the best vacation experience, I recommend choosing a hotel located in the neighbourhood that most appeals to you.

Trendy Neighbourhoods Abound: Robson Street, Gastown, and Yaletown
Robson Street
Stretching between Burrard and Jervis Street, Robson Street is known as Vancouver’s fashion runway. Popular brands rub shoulders with high-end boutique shops on this trendy street. Not only a destination for shoppers, Robson Street is home to many cafes, restaurants and pubs. One of our Editor's Picks, Blue Horizon Hotel Vancouver, is in this area and is recommended for its comfy beds, high-end amenities, on-site recreation and great value for the location.

Formerly a warehouse and textile district, Yaletown is now a hip and chic area of downtown with a thriving arts and nightlife scene. For an opulent boutique experience in Yaletown, book at the well-rated Opus Hotel. You'll love the modern amenities and furnishings in all the rooms, including guest-use iPads and iPhones, heated bathroom floors, a mini-bar and in-room massage service. Plus, a fitness centre, business centre and room service are all available 24 hours at this hotel.

A few blocks away from the centre of Yaletown is our Editor's Pick, Rosedale on Robson. If you're in town for an extended period of time or travelling with your family, this all-suite hotel offers great value. All rooms have a full kitchen, a sofabed and floor-to-ceiling windows. Laundry facilities are available on site, and to keep up your fitness routine or to relax, the hotel features an indoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre and a steam room. This hotel is not only within walking distance of the Yaletown District, but also Robson Street, Gastown and the Arena District.

Gastown is the beer district of Vancouver and most bars in the area serve up the local suds. For high-energy fun, try The Alibi Room. This local favourite is housed in a heritage building and features 50 beers on tap and locally-sourced food. The popular local brewery Steamworks has a Gastown Brewpub where you can sample a glass of their craft beer. If you’re extra thirsty (and feeling a bit brave), try the Steamworks Beergarita served in a fishbowl glass!

There are few hotels in the Gastown District, however, the centrally located and highly-rated L'Hermitage Hotel is big on luxury and value. This Editor's Pick hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gastown, BC Place and Rogers Arena. Near perfect scores on popular hotel review sites and a 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award are a testament to this hotel's exceptional customer service. Bathrobes, iPod docks, modern furnishings and free Wi-Fi are found in all guest rooms, while more active travellers are able to borrow bicycles for exploring downtown and the Seawall trail.

Chinatown and Arena District
The third-largest Chinatown in North America, and the largest in Canada, this area is vibrant and culturally rich. You won’t want to miss visiting Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Throughout the year, the area hosts multiple festivals and parades, including the Chinese New Year celebrations in January or February. 

Chinatown borders the Arena District, which is home to the Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium, and staying in this area will give concert-goers and sports fans convenient access to events. The Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Vancouver and Georgian Court Hotel are two of our Editor's Picks and both are within a 5-minute walk of the stadium, arena and Chinatown.

The Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Vancouver offers everything that travellers love about this familiar brand: clean rooms, free Wi-Fi and free breakfast. If you need a little help getting around, it also offers complimentary bicycle rentals and free downtown shuttle service. As an added bonus, this hotel features a rooftop hot tub, a fitness centre and a games room.

The Georgian Court Hotel offers boutique-style accommodations and has a floor specially designed for female travellers. For added value, this hotel provides several freebies, including Wi-Fi, drop-off shuttle service to downtown destinations, bicycle rentals and turn-down service. On rainy days, there's no need to leave this hotel, as there's an on-site restaurant, business centre and fitness centre.

SkyTrain Travel in Downtown Vancouver
The downtown area is well served by the light rail SkyTrain system. Fees are $2.75 for a single ride (within Vancouver) or $9.75 for a day pass. The SkyTrain also provides access to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) via the Canada Line. Trains on this line can be boarded at the Waterfront Station at the north end of Seymour Street. The cost per trip to airport is $5.50.

Taking taxis is also an option for Vancouver tourists without a car. Travel to the airport from downtown is about a $35 trip, while travel within the city costs about $5 per kilometre.

There's a lot of downtown diversity jammed into this west coast city. While it's easy to get lost among the attractions, food and culture of downtown Vancouver, don't miss the view of the towering mountains and the shimmering ocean just beyond the concrete.