Whatever your reason for wanting a weekend get-away – stress, work, kids or in need of a little ‘me’ time – a mini-vacation is perfect. Escape for a short time but a good time at any of these hotels in Vancouver. The city’s hotels are known for having great character and unique histories to back them up. Whether you want upscale and fresh, or want to be transported back in time, you will find it on this list.
This iconic hotel is postcard perfect with enough history and charm to keep King George VI and Queen Elizabeth content. Without even leaving the building, you can shop for a new Vuitton, die at Dior or go for broke at Gucci, then eat in the highest rated restaurants, before venturing across the rotunda to the Vancouver Art Gallery for some peace, quiet and Emily Carr.
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Salt water pool. Isn’t that saying it all? Add to that an outdoor garden and terrace, complimentary newspaper and high-speed internet and there is absolutely no need to take them up on the complimentary touring bicycles service. Just lay there and when you need a nosh, head down to Medina Cafe for waffles.
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If your dream weekend getaway involves putting the finest of everything into your mouth, then savor the week at the Rosewood. Work from the bottom up by starting at the notorious Prohibition cocktail lounge, then dine at award-winning Hawksworth Restaurant, relax in the 1927 Lobby Lounge with a cozy snack before retiring to the Bel Cafe for a full-on decadent sweet platter. Finish your vertical trip with al fresco relaxing at Reflections Garden Terrace, Grab a robe and loosen the belt!
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This hotel offers luxurious comfort with distinctive Asian touches in their warm wood trimmed suites which are larger than most downtown condos. Each room, with floor-to-ceiling windows, provides a romantic view of the twinkling city skyline in the evenings. Wake-up and arrange your day around private yoga and pilates sessions, full-body spa treatments and a relaxing tea ceremony in the Library.
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Tiny but impressive, Opus is located in the heart of Yaletown, amidst the raised cobblestone sidewalks, Starbucks patio, and the delightfully exotic Urban Fare grocery experience. Pet-friendly and a mere five-minute walk to the marina and seawall. Ask about their ‘Steal My Heart Elopement Package’ and celebrate your love in the freshest air and cozy style.
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Founded by the now-deceased wife of notoriously furious Nelson Skalbania, the Wedgewood is all about old-world luxury, velvety charm, and top hats. Set in the heart of downtown with an unassuming entrance, guests step in and are instantly transported back to the Baroque era. Be sure to pack your powdered wig!
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No one stays at the Sylvia Hotel to be pampered and lose themselves. They stay at the Sylvia because it is a stone’s throw from the beach at English Bay, all the characters that hang there in the summer and the abundance of shwarma shops. Keep your eyes peeled for YouTube star Spandy Andy, who has been known to summer in the city. Can you say Gasolina?
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A hotel literally on the water next to the urban rainforest called Stanley Park. Guests enjoy views of the coastline, distant mountains, and easy access to all of the best things to do in Vancouver. Guests can either reinvigorate with an ocean-side jog or bicycle ride in Stanley Park but ensure you pop a couple of band-aids in your pocket. The park is full of ducks, squirrels, small cute birds and a few gnarly raccoons that will take your hand-off for a peanut.
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With the right planning, sports obsessed guests can snuggle in their team jerseys at the St. Regis Bar & Grill, hit a few games at Rogers Arena and BC Place, stumble back to Gotham for surf and turf, and then grab a little for later at the in-hotel liquor store. Sweet!
Being an international waterfront city, Vancouver caters to visitors from all around the world and our hotels reflect this in their unique deals. Always ask if there is a ‘special offer’ happening. It could be anything from a free upgrade because it is your birthday or a deal on a coastal cruise with whale watching.
This article was originally published in StyleDemocracy.com.