There is a big selection of hotels in downtown Vancouver to choose from. I found them expensive on the whole and as I searched for more reasonably-priced hotels, I found a lot of older places that were not all that well reviewed, with guests expressing dissatisfaction over noisy and dated rooms, poor Wi-Fi reception and a lack of air conditioning. After comparing room rates over a 3-month period and doing some comparisons, I found some places that offer good value and that are still reasonably close to the aquarium.

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Editor's Top 10 Picks

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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 Blue Horizon comes out as offering the best value for the dollar in my analysis and is my top pick. This is a highly-rated hotel without a high price tag, offering a comfortable and clean room. Guests enjoy their air-conditioned rooms with modern amenities, a pillow-top bed with luxurious linens, large flat screen TV, and iPod docking station. All rooms feature balconies with views of the ocean, mountains or city. There’s dining on site, along with indoor pool, hot tub and sauna. For guests who want a work out, there’s a fitness centre on site and for guests who need to catch up on some work, there’s a business centre. It’s located on Robson Street, near dining and shopping and Royal Centre Mall is only an 8-minute walk away. The Vancouver Aquarium is accessible via public transit, car, bicycle or walking from this hotel.
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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
The Best Western Plus Sands Hotel is a little more expensive, but has some good rates as well as good ratings. This hotel features mini-fridges in the rooms as well as all the usual modern amenities. Pets are welcomed here and receive a welcome gift from staff at check in, plus their very own bed. The Sands has a Martini Bar and provides live entertainment on site, as well as room service from its restaurant, The Park at English Bay. There’s no indoor pool, but the hotel does have a well-equipped fitness room and sauna for guests to de-stress, as well as a business centre for catching up on emails and work. It’s ideally located near to, and offering stunning views of English Bay Beach, and guests will enjoy being near to the excellent restaurants of Denman Street. The Vancouver Aquarium is a healthy walk or short drive away.
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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 ~$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 ~$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
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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
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Book from ~$119 CAD
Highly praised downtown Vancouver hotel offers suites with full kitchens and free parking
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few lodgers
  • Small-sized rooms and inefficient air conditioning were reported by a few guests
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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

10 Other Hotels Close to Vancouver Aquarium

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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
Overlooking the harbourfront, the Westin is a just a 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk from the aquarium.
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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 in the West End of Vancouver, and bordering Stanley Park, the well-reviewed Rosellen Suites is a 6-minute drive or 18-minute walk from the aquarium. 
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Book from ~$101 CAD
Good value downtown Vancouver hotel offers suites with kitchen and balcony and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and spacious
  • Many reviewers found the location ideal for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their helpful service
  • Several guests found the in-room kitchens well equipped
  • Several reviewers thought that this hotel offered good value for the money they spent
Cons
  • Several guests described the interior decor and furnishings as dated
  • Several reviewers complained that the elevator was small and slow
  • Parking costs $31.50 per night
Location
Surrounded by shops and restaurants on Robson Street, the Riviera Hotel offers rooms, studios and suites just a 5-minute drive, or 25-minute walk from the aquarium.
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Book from ~$197 CAD
Older downtown Vancouver hotel offers clean rooms with ocean views and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi (if booked with Canadian Hotel Guide)
  • Several guests enjoyed the views from their rooms
  • Many guests found the location convenient for restaurants and shopping
  • Guests commonly said that the room rate offered good value
  • Some guests enjoyed meals on site
  • Guests reported clean and generally comfortable rooms
Cons
  • Parking costs $15 per day
  • Guests said the hotel was dated
  • Some guests felt unsafe in the parkade
Location
Located Robson Street in the West End, the Empire is a 5-minute drive or 25-minute walk from the aquarium.
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Book from ~$102 CAD
Clean and cozy budget hotel in downtown Vancouver with kitchenette suites and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and spacious
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown attractions on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • A few guests described their beds as clean and comfortable
  • A few reviewers thought that this hotel offered good value for the money they spent
Cons
  • No elevator
  • No individual climate control or air conditioning
  • Parking is $20 plus tax per night
Location
Also on Robson Street, with nearby eateries, the Greenbrier is a 6-minute drive, or 25-minute walk from the aquarium.
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Book from ~$134 CAD
Older hotel in downtown Vancouver with kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi but mixed reviews
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's proximity to attractions and downtown
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their helpful and attentive service
  • Several reviewers were pleased with their clean and spacious rooms
Cons
  • A few guests complained of dated decor and street noise
  • The hotel's parking lot was described as tight
  • Parking is $15 per day
Location
The affordable rooms and suites at the Robsonstrasse are suitable for both short- and long-term stays and the hotel is situated in a high-rise residential neighbourhood just a 6-minute drive from the aquarium.
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Book from ~$90 CAD
Older Vancouver hotel with free parking, indoor pool and kitchenettes but mixed reviews
Pros
  • Free parking and free WiFi
  • On-site indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, and fitness centre
  • A number of guests mentioned that this hotel was reasonably priced
  • Most guests were pleased with their apartment-style suites
  • Several guests said the staff were "friendly" and "helpful"
  • Many guests found the location in downtown Vancouver ideal
Cons
  • Suites are not equipped with air conditioners
  • Some guests felt the rooms needed refurbishment
  • A few guests said their towels were thin and threadbare
  • Some guests complained of noise transfer from outside
  • Several guests felt the hotel was not clean enough
Location
Offering budget suites in downtown Vancouver's West End, the Tropicana Suites is just down the street from the other hotels on Robson Street,  a 6-minute drive from the aquarium.
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Book from ~$52 CAD
Well located & clean budget hotel in downtown Vancouver with air conditioning & free Wi-Fi 
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests thought that their room rates were reasonable
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing downtown locations on foot
  • Several guests described their rooms as clean
  • Several reviewers complimented the staff for their friendly and helpful service
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Parking is an additional $15 per night including tax
  • A few guests were disturbed in their rooms by noise from both inside and outside the hotel
Location
In the entertainment and dining district of Robson Street, this budget property is a 6-minute drive, or 25-minute walk from the aquarium.
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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
In the English Bay area of west-end Vancouver, this Coast hotel is next to Denman Place Mall on a residential street, just a 6-minute drive from the aquarium.
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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
The Sylvia Hotel is located just off Beach Avenue, a short walk to Stanley Park's seawall. The aquarium is a 7-minute drive or 24-minute walk from the hotel.

Tips For Staying Near Vancouver Aquarium

Location
Located in Stanley Park between downtown Vancouver and North Vancouver, the Vancouver Aquarium (officially known as the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre) overlooks the Vancouver Harbour. Not only is it a popular tourist destination, but marine life conservation and rehabilitation, as well as research, are conducted at the facility.

The aquarium is open 365 days a year, serving the public from 10 am to 5 pm on most days. Visit their website for upcoming holiday hours.

Adult rates are $25, while seniors and youth can expect to pay $18. Children aged 4 to 12 are admitted for $14, while children under 4 are admitted for free.
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Getting Around
Highway 99, the Stanley Park Causeway, runs through the park, connecting downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver by Lion's Gate Bridge. Downtown Vancouver is a 10-minute drive, while the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a 30-minute drive. 

There are 27 km of hiking trails throughout the interior of the park surrounding the aquarium. The seawall is an almost entirely flat, paved path suitable for walking, jogging, inline skating or cycling that stretches for 22 km around Stanley Park, and along Vancouver's waterfront from the Vancouver Convention Centre, near Coal Harbour, to Kitsilano Beach Park.

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 (a 4-minute walk from the aquarium) just off the Causeway. Transit through the park is not available and guests are advised to expect to walk, or take advantage of 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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Parking
There are a number of parking lots throughout the park, including one adjacent to the aquarium itself. Parking rates vary depending on the season, from $2.25 per hour ($6 per day) in the winter, to $3.25 per hour ($11 per day) in the summer.
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Entertainment
A number of shows operate daily, whether it's penguins, otters, belugas or dolphins, and guests could potentially watch marine animal shows all day! More information on schedules is available on their website.
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Dining
The Upstream Cafe offers a variety of food and beverages choices.

Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic lunches, provided they do not include straws or lids. Picnickers can take advantage of the picnic tables available, but cannot take up the seating at the cafe.
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Other Tips
Visitors to the aquarium should be aware of a number of policies before visiting: Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the property including the trails, seawall and beaches. Service dogs are permitted in most of the facility, but pets are not allowed in the facility. Visitors are asked not to bring balloons, straws or cup lids into the aquarium due to the hazard they pose to the animals if accidentally dropped into the habitats. Because the marine mammal habitats are located out of doors, guests are advised to prepare for rainy weather. For a complete understanding of the aquarium's policies please consult their website.
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Money-saving
A membership pays for itself after two visits, so if you're planning on multiple trips in one or two years, that might be the best option. Plus, each season brings new shows and features to the aquarium, so planning multiple visits might be worth your while. 

Information on the added benefits of having a membership, including express entry and discounts on shows can be found on their website. Family memberships are also available.

Discounts on admission may also be obtained by displaying certain types of transit passes.
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