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Where to stay in Vancouver? Best Neighbourhoods + Hotels

Looking for the best place to stay in Vancouver?

Follow the guide, we have tested, listed and detailed for you the best places to stay in Vancouver as well as the best hotels.

Vancouver is a sprawling and densely populated city, so it has many great neighbourhoods and districts. With its beautiful beaches, countless outdoor adventures, quirky cuisine and incredible metropolitan sophistication, it’s not hard to see why it’s a popular tourist destination. The challenge is deciding where to stay in Vancouver once you’re there.

So which hotel to book and which is the best area to travel to? In this article, we’ll answer all your questions about the best areas to stay in Vancouver.

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Here are the best neighbourhoods to stay in Vancouver with hotels ranging from luxury to cheap. They all have great reviews and are in great locations!

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Staying in Vancouver – Our recommendations

Vancouver is a cosmopolitan, modern city on Canada’s west coast. Nestled between the sea and the mountains, this Canadian city is renowned for its stunning scenery and majestic natural beauty. Unlike most of Canada, the city is located in a region that enjoys a temperate climate, making it an attractive destination for both local and international travellers. In summer, the mild, sunny weather brings Vancouver to life and is the best time to visit. Winters are mild and wet.

Where to stay in Vancouver for the first time: Downtown

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If you’re only in Vancouver for a few days, the best place to stay is downtown, as this is the most convenient area. In general, Downtown includes several neighbourhoods such as West End, Coal Harbour, Gastown, Yaletown, the Financial District, Coal, and the Granville District. We’ll look at some of these areas individually later.

Downtown is the centre of Vancouver, the transportation hub, and is full of shops and restaurants. Downtown is also home to some of Vancouver’s best hotels, such as the L’Hermitage, arguably the highest-rated hotel in the city.

Most visitors to Vancouver choose to stay downtown, and for good reason. Downtown is where the action is. It’s where you’ll find many of the city’s best attractions, shops, restaurants and events. More importantly, once you’re in the city centre, you can access almost every part of the city on foot, by public transport or by a short taxi ride.

By choosing to stay in downtown Vancouver, you’ll be staying where most of the locals live and you’ll get a real feel for what life in Vancouver is like.

Our hand-picked hotels are located in downtown Vancouver. You’ll find a wide range of accommodation options that have received great reviews from travellers like you. We always check these hotels and update them regularly to ensure you get the best accommodation.

Hotel Loden Vancouver

Stay at one of the best hotels in downtown Vancouver. This hotel isn’t just impressive, it also has plenty of positive reviews from visitors like you. Take in Vancouver from your hotel room with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer plenty of natural light.

Designer bath amenities, yoga mats and sitting areas are also included in every room. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Aparthotel Times Square Suites ❤️

Do you like to travel to experience local life and live like a local? Now you can do just that in downtown Vancouver in this beautiful suite equipped with everything you could possibly need for your travels.

This property offers spacious, fully furnished suites with fully equipped kitchens and gas fireplaces, just 3 minutes from Stanley Park. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Blue Horizon Hotel

Want luxury on your Vancouver holiday? Then you’ll want to stay at the Blue Horizon Hotel! Come back after a day exploring Vancouver and relax in the indoor pool, whirlpool or steam room. This contemporary Vancouver hotel is located directly on Robson Street, close to shops and restaurants. Corner rooms include a full balcony with city views. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

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Where to stay in Vancouver to visit: West End

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You may still be wondering where to stay in downtown Vancouver. We recommend the West End if you want to experience how the locals live. It’s perhaps the best place to base yourself. From here, it’s easy and convenient to explore Vancouver’s other major landmarks, English Bay and Stanley Park. But there’s much more to the West End.

While English Bay and Stanley Park are the main highlights of the West End, the area is also hip for its varied outdoor activities and exquisite dining scene. Considered the city’s first upmarket district, the lively streets of the West End are home to the city’s gay community, including Davie Village.

Are you the adventurous type? The West End is where you can try your hand at kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding in the waters of English Bay. If fascinating cuisine is your thing, you should head to Denman Street. On this West End street you’ll find everything from tacos and burgers to international restaurants.

Our selected hotels are located in Vancouver’s West End. You’ll find a wide range of accommodation options that have great reviews from travellers like you. We always check these hotels and update them regularly to ensure you stay in the best accommodation.

Best Western Plus Sands Hotel ❤️

The Best Western Plus Sands Hotel is located in the heart of Vancouver, just a 4-minute walk from English Bay Beach. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. It’s a great place to explore Vancouver. There are so many great restaurants in the area and you are only minutes from Stanley Park.

The Park Restaurant specialises in fresh seafood and pasta and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Bayside Lounge offers views of English Bay and occasional live music. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Aparthotel Rosellen Suites at Stanley Park

Nestled in Vancouver’s West End and 200 metres from Stanley Park, this all-suite hotel offers fully equipped kitchens. It is 1.2 km from the Vancouver Aquarium and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

This accommodation is a good choice if you like to enjoy the best of Vancouver but still have access to your own kitchen from time to time to save money and cook your own meals. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Aparthotel Sonder at Revival

The Sonder at Revival is located in central Vancouver, close to Sunset Beach, English Bay and Robson Street. Stay here if you want a mix of hotel and flat facilities. You’ll love the location and proximity to major attractions like Prospect Point Lighthouse, Coal Harbour and Christ Church Cathedral. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

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Where to stay in Vancouver with your family: Coal Harbour

Just off the West End, near Stanley Park, you’ll find yourself in Coal Harbour. As the name suggests, this trendy neighbourhood is on the Waterfront and overlooks a body of water called Coal Harbour. Also known as the Waterfront, it’s close to the cruise terminal, and you can stroll along many of the dykes. It’s very easy and convenient to catch the hop-on, hop-off bus or stroll around the local shopping district from the Waterfront.

Coal Harbour is highly recommended if you’re looking for an area with stunning water views and a rich history. In the 17th century, the Waterfront was known as Blueblood Alley. Why was it called Blueblood Alley? Because it was home to many of Vancouver’s grandest mansions, some of which welcomed paying guests. Today, Coal Harbour is home to many impressive condominium complexes and marinas with houseboats.

Want to combine travel and business? The Waterfront is only a few steps away from Canada Place, a vast convention centre popular with business travellers for its proximity. If you choose to stay at Coal Harbour, you’ll have the chance to see many seaplanes take off for day trips or sightseeing tours. And guess what else? You can take a seaplane adventure from Coal Harbour!

Our selected hotels are located in Vancouver’s Waterfront. You’ll find a range of accommodation options that have great reviews from travellers like you. We always check these hotels and update them regularly to ensure you stay in the best accommodation.

Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA

You’ll love this 4-star hotel, not least because of its ideal location. Featuring a rooftop terrace with a pool and hot tub, this hotel is located in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour district, with views of the North Shore Mountains.

The hotel has an on-site restaurant and bar. Guests of the Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA can use the fully equipped fitness centre or the business centre. See availability and rates on Booking.com.

Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel ❤️

For the ultimate in luxury, check into the Fairmont Pacific Rim. This property is ideal for travellers looking to enjoy a luxury trip to Vancouver. The hotel features a rooftop pool with fire pits and hot tub, a full-service spa and a 4,000 square foot gym. What’s not to love about this Vancouver accommodation? See availability and prices on Booking.com.

The Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver

The Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver is in perfect balance with its breathtaking urban and natural surroundings. A stylish base for exploring Vancouver, this waterfront resort is a wellness centre. It has direct access to the Vancouver Seawall and iconic Stanley Park.

We also like the fact that the Westin Bayshore has suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views of the harbour, mountains and city skyline. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

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Where to stay in Vancouver to go out: Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is part of the East Side. It’s a great neighbourhood for hipsters and young people looking to have fun while enjoying the best sights outside of downtown Vancouver. If you choose to stay in Mount Pleasant, expect to be in the company of 20-40 year olds, with or without children. The area has some incredible restaurants, plenty of shops and many craft breweries.

Main Street is the centre of the action in Mount Pleasant. One of the great advantages of staying here is the easy access to the airport, which is much closer than when you’re in the city centre. The only downside to staying in Mount Pleasant is that you won’t be able to enjoy the green spaces or be close to the beaches.

Mount Pleasant has tons of cute cafes, incredible restaurants, boutiques and even art galleries, so you’re guaranteed to never be bored. You’ll have plenty of public transportation options to get you to downtown Vancouver, including buses.

Our hand-picked hotels in Mount Pleasant Vancouver. You’ll find a range of accommodation options that have great reviews from travellers like you. We always check these hotels and update them regularly to ensure you stay in the best accommodation.

Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre Broadway, an IHG hotel ❤️

Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre Broadway features an indoor pool and sun deck. It is 7 minutes from downtown Vancouver and 14 km from Vancouver International Airport. This Vancouver hotel is a 3-star IHG property.

It has a small gym and an indoor pool to enjoy after a full day exploring Vancouver. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Cambie Lodge Bed and Breakfast

Comfortable and cosy bed and breakfast accommodation. An ideal location close to the centre of Vancouver, but still homestay and getting to know some of the more residential aspects of the city.

A vegetarian breakfast is served daily at this Vancouver B&B. Free Wi-Fi and parking are included. Granville Island is a 10-minute drive away. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Bed and breakfast Windsor Guest House

Stay here if you need good-value accommodation that’s not too far from Vancouver’s main centre. This Victorian-style Vancouver B&B offers a full vegetarian breakfast. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. Vancouver International Airport can be reached in 27 minutes via the Canada Line. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Where to stay in Vancouver’s historic district: Gastown

Gastown is one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods and this is reflected in its architecture. It’s Vancouver’s historic district, perhaps a little artsy, a little gritty, and very popular with visitors and locals alike. In this part of Vancouver, you can admire restored Victorian buildings, walk along cobbled streets and visit numerous souvenir shops.

Like to shop and grab a bite to eat? Visit Water Street, lined with flagship shops and independent boutiques, not to mention countless bars and restaurants. Look out for the Gastown Steam Clock. It releases noise and steam every 15 minutes.

Our hand-picked hotels are located in Gastown Vancouver. You’ll find a range of accommodation options that have great reviews from travellers like you. We always check these hotels and update them regularly to ensure you stay in the best accommodation.

Skwachàys Lodge Hotel ❤️❤️

Stay at this Vancouver accommodation if you want to enjoy a unique Aboriginal themed hotel in Vancouver. Each room features plenty of interesting indigenous artwork. In fact, this hotel is truly special as it is Canada’s first Aboriginal art hotel and has worked diligently to provide guests with first class services and a platform to showcase local Aboriginal art and culture. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Victorian Hotel

This historic hotel is a 5-minute walk from Vancouver’s Gastown district. This boutique hotel offers period antiques and free Wi-Fi. Built in 1898, the Victorian Hotel features high ceilings, hardwood floors and intricate mouldings.

You’ll love this Vancouver accommodation if you’re a history buff and enjoy historic buildings. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Vancouver Hotel

Want to enjoy Vancouver’s Gastown in style? Then you’ll love this 4-star Marriott hotel. This Vancouver hotel offers high-speed WiFi and floor-to-ceiling windows. Everything is within walking distance and you’ll have incredible views of the city. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown

Vancouver’s Chinatown is the largest of its kind in the country. Chinatown is steeped in history and is an integral part of the city’s cultural diversity. It is a sub-neighbourhood of downtown Vancouver, which is one of the largest Chinatowns in North America.

It’s a vibrant neighbourhood, where new Chinese establishments and traditional businesses thrive alongside each other. Needless to say, if you’re looking for the best Chinese food in Canada, this is the place to be.

The International Village shopping centre is Chinatown’s newest development. This 300,000 square foot shopping and entertainment centre is a major attraction for visitors and locals alike.

If you’re in Gastown or Chinatown, you can check into the Victorian Hotel. One of Vancouver’s finest hotels, the Victorian Hotel exemplifies shabby chic with hardwood floors and exposed brick walls. You’ll love the modern furnishings used in this late 19th century building.

Our hand-picked hotels are located in Vancouver’s Chinatown. You’ll find a range of accommodation options that have great reviews from travellers like you. We always check these hotels and update them regularly to ensure you get the best accommodation.

Getaway + Balcony with a view of the sky

If you love travelling away from home, this China Town flat in Vancouver is ideal for you. Stay in this Vancouver accommodation if you want a hot tub, a lovely sky-view balcony and a private pool too.

This flat has 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV and a kitchen. Towels and bed linen are available. It is ideal for families or friends travelling in groups. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Georgian Court Hotel, BW Premier Collection ❤️

The Georgian Court Hotel is a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, opposite BC Place. You’re never too far from the main attractions as the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is just a 4-minute walk away.

Ideal for culture lovers. The hotel has a fitness centre, whirlpool and infrared sauna. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Kitsilano, the family enclave

Known to locals as Kits, Kitsilano was once an enclave for the city’s hippies who wanted to escape the mad rush. If you’re looking for a Californian beach vibe, Kitsilano is the place to be. This neighbourhood is known for its poetry readings, its coffee culture and for being home to many ‘flower children’.

South of the city centre, Kits is a family-friendly and stylish part of Vancouver. If you’re looking for a beach neighbourhood, stay in Kitsilano. It has plenty of green space, a beach and an outdoor pool, making it a great destination for families.

Our hand-picked hotels are located in Kitsilano Vancouver. You’ll find a range of accommodation options that have great reviews from travellers like you. We always check these hotels and update them regularly to ensure you stay in the best accommodation.

Beautiful, quiet 3BR flat in Posh Kitsilano

For a family adventure in Vancouver, we recommend this beautiful flat in a quiet part of the city. It is a beautiful 3 bedroom flat that has a terrace and a washing machine.

The flat has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, flat screen TV with cable channels, dining area, fully equipped kitchen and patio overlooking the garden. A home away from home for you and your family. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Modern flat in beautiful Kitsilano ❤️

Want another great place to stay for family friends in Vancouver? Stay in this modern flat in the heart of Kitsilano. Located in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood, close to Kitsilano Beach, Modern Apartment in Beautiful Kitsilano features a tennis court and a washing machine.

The property offers garden views and is 1 km from Jericho Beach and 1 km from The West Side. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Yaletown, one of Vancouver’s trendiest neighbourhoods

Yaletown is located on the Waterfront, a revitalised industrial area and now one of Vancouver’s hottest neighbourhoods. It’s home to independent boutiques, several chic hotels, trendy bars and modern restaurants. Travelling as a couple and looking for a place to stay in Vancouver? Yaletown may be one of the best places for travelling couples or those looking for a luxury getaway.

Well-connected to other areas of Vancouver, Yaletown is a great place to stay if you’re visiting this part of Canada for the first time. It is within walking distance of Robson, the city’s trendiest shopping street, and a variety of nightlife venues. In this area of downtown Vancouver, you can enjoy many modern features and charming cobblestone streets.

If you’re looking for one of the best hotels in Vancouver, why not try the Opus Hotel? This is a luxurious four-star hotel located in the heart of Yaletown. Surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops, this hotel is within walking distance of all of Vancouver’s most famous sights. What’s more, it’s right next to a Skytrain station and close to the Aquabus that takes you around the area and to Granville Island.

Our hand-picked hotels in Yaletown Vancouver. You’ll find a range of accommodation options that have great reviews from travellers like you. We always check these hotels and update them regularly to ensure you stay in the best accommodation.

Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel

For Yaletown, you’ll want to stay at the lovely Robson Suite Hotel. This is a great place for travellers who want a combination of trendy, chic and luxury. Featuring an indoor pool and hot tub, this Vancouver all-suite hotel is a 5-minute walk from BC Place Stadium.

Each suite has a fully equipped kitchenette. Free Wi-Fi is available for one device in each suite. See availability and rates on Booking.com.

Opus Hotel ❤️

For luxury travellers looking to stay in Yaletown, Vancouver, consider the Opus Hotel, located just 150 feet from the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line station. All rooms feature vibrant décor and contemporary furnishings.

You’ll have shopping opportunities right on your doorstep, and when you step back into your hotel room, you’ll enjoy incredible views of Vancouver through the floor-to-ceiling windows. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

Where to stay in Vancouver for peace and quiet: North Vancouver

Looking for some peace and quiet? Compared to the city centre, North Vancouver is a much more peaceful, low-key and relaxed area. Here you also have access to a large public market. North Vancouver is one of the best neighbourhoods if you want to avoid the city centre and experience the city like a local.

The local government has carefully designed North Vancouver to be a relatively busy area, while retaining its peace and quiet. There are plenty of good hotels, pubs and restaurants, as well as a lovely waterfront just waiting to be enjoyed. This rather relaxed area combines condominium living with plenty of shopping.

As you’re not in Vancouver proper, you can enjoy great views across the city skyline to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The Lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver is excellent for families. Some nice pubs and restaurants are not too noisy if you’re looking for a bit of action. North Vancouver is well connected to the city centre by the reliable Seabus public transit boat.

Our selected hotels are located in North Vancouver. You’ll find a range of accommodation options that have great reviews from travellers like you. We always check these hotels and update them regularly to ensure you stay in the best accommodation.

Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier

Who doesn’t want to enjoy the quiet, modern side of North Vancouver? Featuring a 100-foot pool and on-site gourmet restaurant, this North Vancouver hotel on the harbour is just 12 minutes by Seabus from central Vancouver, British Columbia.

This is ideal Vancouver accommodation for nature lovers, as Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park are both within a 15-minute drive of the hotel. Lonsdale Quay is 1,300 feet away. See availability and prices on Booking.com.

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Remember, though, that Vancouver is an extremely popular destination and you should always book your hotel well in advance. Enjoy your stay! And let us know in the comments if you have any other hotels to recommend. In the meantime, bon voyage!

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