Vancouver has no shortage of good hotels, especially in prime downtown locations, but they can get pricey! If you want to stay close to Stanley Park, you actually have a choice of two areas to stay in, North Vancouver and the downtown district. North Vancouver offers hotels, just over the Lion’s Gate Bridge, from which guests can access Stanley Park in a short drive or healthy walk. North Vancouver hotels start off cheaper than downtown hotels and have the added benefit of included parking, Wi-Fi and perhaps even breakfast in an already lower room rate. After comparing prices and amenities of well over a dozen hotels, I picked hotels that offer modern, air-conditioned rooms with some of the best rates and amenities.

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Editor's Top 10 Picks

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Book from ~$91 CAD
Good value hotel in North Vancouver with spacious rooms and free passes to Fitness World
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free local calls
  • The location was praised by many, who described it as close to local attractions and highway access
  • Many guests found the beds comfortable and the rooms spacious and clean
  • Many guests appreciated the value offered by this hotel
Cons
  • A few guests felt a complimentary breakfast should have been included and complained about the restaurant prices
  • A couple of guests complained about limited parking spaces
  • No elevator access to second level
The Best Western Capilano Inn & Suites is my pick for best budget hotel near to Stanley Park. It offers a clean, updated room with modern bedding, air conditioning and included Wi-Fi and parking, for well under $100 on all the days I checked. Some of these rooms also come with an included mini-fridge and microwave, making it convenient for young families and those wishing to eat in for some of their travel meals.

There is a large, heated outdoor pool and sun deck on site and the hotel provides free passes to Steve Nash Fitness World which features an aquatic centre, tanning capsules, spa and workout areas for outstanding recreation. Guests wishing to book this hotel, should be aware that there’s no elevator on site and request a room on the main level if needed.

The hotel is centrally located near to transit, groceries and shopping. De Dutch Pannekoek House is on site, offering either two, or three meals daily, although some guests have reported expensive prices at the restaurant. Denny’s is another nearby option, about a 3-minute walk from the hotel. Guests can access the park on foot in about 30 minutes or by car, via the Lions Gate Bridge, in three minutes.

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Book from ~$100 CAD
Well-liked downtown Vancouver hotel in a prime location offers good views and good value 
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • Several guests complained that the in-room air conditioners were ineffective
  • Parking is $14 per night
Best Western Plus Sands Hotel in downtown Vancouver comes out at just under $100 some days and just under $200 on others during peak season (which is still lower than its competitors in the area, some of which have dated rooms and less amenities). It’s a 7-minute walk to Stanley Park, along Beach Avenue, or a 2-minute drive.

It offers beautiful views of English Bay as well as nearby access to English Bay Beach, restaurants, and public transit. Rooms offer modern bed linens, flat screen TVs, air conditioning, iPod docks and mini-fridges. Wi-Fi is included, but guests will have to factor in the extra cost of parking, at $15 per night, if they are coming with a car.

It has a fitness centre on site along with sauna for some recreation, and offers live entertainment at their on-site restaurant, The Park at English Bay.

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Book from ~$358 CAD
Popular downtown Vancouver hotel near English Bay with ocean views, indoor pool & comfy beds
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • Parking is $17 per night
The highly-rated Blue Horizon Hotel Vancouver is my pick for another great value in downtown Vancouver. It’s on Robson Street, surrounded by dining, all types of shopping and in walking distance of the harbour on both sides of the peninsula. Guests can access the park on foot in about 14 minutes, or if driving or cycling, in 3 minutes.

Comfy pillow top beds with luxury linens, large flat screen TVs, iPod docking, Keurig coffeemakers and mini-fridges are standard fare at this hotel, along with balconies and views of the city, or ocean and mountains.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness centre. There is on-site dining at Abode with a seasonal patio. Guests receive free Wi-Fi, but parking is an extra $17 per night. Also, the hotel offers discounts for local bicycle rentals, ideal for exploring Stanley Park!

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Book from ~$299 CAD
Popular downtown Vancouver hotel with indoor pool, great views and suites with kitchen
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
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Book from ~$195 CAD
Quiet and clean North Vancouver hotel with kitchenettes and outdoor pool
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free breakfast
  • Most guests were pleased with the hotel's proximity to the area's tourist attractions and the Trans-Canada
  • The staff and management were complimented by several reviewers
  • Many lodgers gave positive feedback about the hotel's free breakfast
Cons
  • A few reviewers complained about noise transfer between rooms and highway traffic noise
  • A couple of guests expressed disappointment that there was no elevator to the second floor
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Book from ~$174 CAD
Highly praised boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver with restaurant, bar & free breakfast
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • A few guests were disturbed in their rooms by traffic noise
  • A couple of reviewers described their rooms as small
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Book from ~$519 CAD
Highly praised downtown Vancouver harbourfront hotel with rooftop pool and ocean views
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
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Book from ~$165 CAD
All-suite property with full kitchens, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • Guest complaints seemed to be isolated incidents (see "The Bad" for more details)
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Book from ~$107 CAD
Popular downtown Vancouver boutique hotel with modern amenities, cafe and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, calls within North America, bicycle rentals, passes to fitness centre
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers praised the retro decor throughout the property
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their thoughtful and friendly service
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • Several reviewers enjoyed the on-site garden courtyard
  • Guests liked the secure underground parking at the hotel
Cons
  • A couple of guests were disturbed in their rooms by traffic noise
  • On-site parking is available for $20 plus tax per night
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Book from ~$124 CAD
Popular downtown Vancouver all-suite hotel with kitchens and free: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking
Pros
  • Free parking, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and free local calls
  • The staff were frequently described as friendly and helpful
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean and spacious
  • Many reviewers found the fully equipped kitchens to be an added convenience
  • Guests loved the location and found it ideal for accessing downtown shops, restaurants and attractions on foot
  • Many guests said the hotel provided good value and they planned to return

6 Other Hotels Close to Stanley Park

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Book from ~$134 CAD
Popular downtown Vancouver hotel on English Bay with restaurant, lounge and kitchen suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, pet stays (no size restriction)
  • Many guests described their rooms as well-appointed
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring English Bay and Stanley Park on foot
  • The staff were frequently described as friendly and helpful
  • Many guests praised the views of English Bay from their rooms
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • Many guests complained that this property did not have air conditioning
  • Several reviewers were disturbed in their rooms by street noise
  • Parking is $18 plus tax per night
Location
An ivy-covered building surrounded by high-rise condos, the Sylvia Hotel offers views of English Bay and is less than a 1-minute drive and about a 4-minute walk from the Stanley Park main entrance and the seawall.
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Book from ~$159 CAD
Highly praised all-suite hotel in downtown Vancouver with full kitchens and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, passes to a nearby fitness centre, local calls
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and spacious
  • Many reviewers described the kitchens as well-equipped
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing Stanley Park on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • A few guests described their rooms as quiet
Cons
  • A few reviewers described the decor and furnshings as dated
  • A few guests said that they were inconvenienced by the limited front desk hours
  • Parking is $22.06 per night including tax
Location
In a residential neighbourhood just outside of downtown Vancouver, the Rosellen Suites are a 2-minute drive from the park or a 6-minute walk.
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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
Location
Surrounded by high-rise condos on the waterfront, this downtown Vancouver hotel is just a 3-minute drive or 10-minute walk from the park.
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Book from ~$127 CAD
Comfortable downtown Vancouver hotel with ocean views, indoor pool and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free local calls
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing English Bay attractions on foot
  • Several reviewers complimented the staff for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several guests described their rooms as clean and spacious
Cons
  • Self-parking is $25 and valet is $35 per night including tax
  • Some guests described the hotel as older or dated
Location
Surrounded by homes and condos on a tree-lined street, this Coast Hotel is a 2-minute drive, or 8-minute walk from Stanley Park.
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Book from ~$144 CAD
North Vancouver hotel with cheaper rates and friendly staff but mixed room reviews
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Most guests found the staff warm and accommodating
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the price and value of the hotel
  • Guests said the rooms were basic but clean and comfortable
  • The location was well liked by guests for accessing the ferry to downtown, nearby restaurants, Grouse Mountain
Cons
  • Some guests had complaints about noise transfer from adjacent rooms and outside
  • No elevator access to second floor
  • Guests complained of dated rooms and fixtures in need of repair
  • Some guests found their rooms improperly cleaned
Location
Situated just off Marine Drive in North Vancouver, this Travelodge is a 4-minute drive from Stanley Park, at the Lions Gate Bridge entrance.
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Book from ~$168 CAD
Comfy North Vancouver hotel in a well-liked location with free breakfast and free parking
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Most guests were pleased with the hotel's location, describing it as close to attractions, downtown Vancouver, and Hwy 1
  • Friendly and helpful staff, according to many guests
  • Many enjoyed the complimentary breakfast and felt it added overall value to their stay
  • Many guests thought the hotel offered good value
  • Many found the rooms to be clean, basic but comfortable
  • Guest rooms were renovated in 2013
Cons
  • Guests said the hotel was old, and most were referring to the exterior
  • A few guests said the bathrooms needed updating
  • No elevator to the second floor
Location
Just a 6-minute drive from the park, this Comfort Inn is on a quiet road just off of Marine Drive.

Tips For Staying Near Stanley Park

Location
Named World’s Best Park in 2014 through Travellers’ Choice Awards, Stanley Park is a thousand-acre, densely populated rainforest with about 500,000 trees, some of which are hundreds of years old.

A designated green space for over a hundred years, on the tip of the peninsula just north of downtown Vancouver, it serves as an urban oasis where locals and visitors can escape the bustle of the city and take in the magnificent beauty of the park. It’s almost entirely encircled by the Pacific Ocean with a near-century-old seawall, a paved path that hosts thousands of visitors and locals alike who come to walk, jog or bike along, while enjoying the vistas of the park and the ocean.

The park is home to some 200 bird species, including the Great Blue Heron, as well as other small wildlife that visitors can observe in their natural habitats, and offers beautiful gardens, beaches and family-friendly pools, water parks and playgrounds for visitors to enjoy.

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Getting Around
There are three entrances to the park: guests can enter via downtown, the Lion's Gate Bridge from North Vancouver, or along the seawall from the downtown Vancouver waterfront.

Once inside, there are a number of ways to get around the park, whether it's by car, bicycle or on foot. For an extra fee, a shuttle service, the miniature train, or even a horse-drawn carriage ride are other options. A detailed map of the park is available, including all shuttle stops and points of interest.
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Getting Around: Driving
Highway 99, the Stanley Park Causeway, runs through the park, connecting downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver by Lion's Gate bridge. Driving through the park along this highway takes an approximate 3 minutes, and the whole island could be circled in approximately 30 minutes.

Downtown Vancouver is a 4-minute drive, while the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a 30-minute drive. Both times are estimates from the middle of the park.
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Parking
Pay parking is in effect throughout the park and passes can be purchased from parking meters. Summer prices are $3.25 per hour, or $11 per day, while winter prices (October to March) are $2.25 per hour and $6 per day. Seasonal parking passes can also be purchased for $212 for the summer or $316 year-round.

Day passes are transferable and apply to any space or parking lot within the park, allowing for driving from place to place without needing to pay again.
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Getting Around: Walking
Walking, hiking and cycling through the park could be considered the best way to fully explore. There are 27 km of hiking trails throughout the interior of the park.

The seawall is 22 km of walking, jogging or cycling trail that lines Vancouver's waterfront from the Coal Harbour Convention Centre, around Stanley Park, to Kitsilano Beach. The 9 km of trail encompasses the park and takes an approximate 3 hours to walk, or 1 hour to cycle.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
Public transit into the park is serviced by TransLink's #19 bus from the south, or #240 or #246 from the north. However, buses only stop at the downtown section of the park, just off the Causeway. Transit through the park is not available and guests are advised to expect a walk, or take advantage of some of the other modes of transport.

A single-ride fare is $2.75 for adults, or $1.75 for children or students and seniors with ID. For more route and fare information, visit the TransLink website.
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Dining
There are a number of dining options throughout the park, whether sitting in a turn-of-the-century restaurant, dining al fresco on Stanley Park Bar & Grill's 200-seat patio overlooking rose gardens, or grabbing something quick from a concession stand. For a full list of restaurants and their websites, visit the City of Vancouver website.

A number of picnic areas are scattered throughout the park, complete with sinks and electrical outlets in the kitchen areas and coal barbecue pits.
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Entertainment
There is lots to do in the park, from miles of walking trails such as the seawall ocean-side trail or a day at the beach or the outdoor heated pool and water park. There is also a pitch and putt course, as well as tennis courts and playgrounds throughout the park. The popular Vancouver Aquarium attraction is also located in the park.

The park also puts on activities throughout the year. For a schedule of events, visit the park board website.
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